All schools have been told to set up "special rooms" for teachers to rest and relax from job stress in an effort to create a more conducive learning environment, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (pic) said.
He said a ministry circular dated Dec 19, 2018, had asked schools across Malaysia to create such resting areas so that teachers could rest during breaks or after working hours.
According to Maszlee, the special rooms are part of the Education Ministry's aspirations to create an environment of "love, happiness and respect".
"This is important because psychologically speaking, teachers are humans too and need space to rest.
"I encourage the private sector, the Parent-Teacher Associations, NGOs or alumni to contribute to the schools by helping to set up these special rooms.
"The contributions will be very meaningful and it will bring joy to the teachers. It will also indirectly help to improve the teaching qualities of the teachers themselves," he told reporters at Parliament lobby.
Maszlee said schools were welcome to find suitable spots in their respective places to set up the "special rooms" creatively.
"The most basic need is a chair to rest on and also space to make drinks. Some schools put TVs and other schools have special rooms set up in the foyer," he said.
Maszlee hoped that more schools would set up the special rooms, adding that teachers would want their work and welfare to be given attention.
On another matter, he said the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) task force would meet today to provide an update on its findings.
The UEC task force was set up to gather public views on recognising UEC and the findings would be submitted to the Cabinet.