Muhyiddin: 28 recommendations to reduce teachers’ workload
KUALA KANGSAR, May 16 — A working committee established to see how teachers’ workload could be reduced is implementing 28 recommendations to address 14 issues that have been brought up, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said among measures being implemented include introducing a single data entry system in place of multiple systems.
“This system is being implemented as a pilot project in 88 schools and gradually to all schools under the Ministry of Education by 2013,” he said when opening the 41st national-level Teacher’s Day celebration here today.
He said the ministry was also conducting pilot study on the placement administrative assistants N17 in schools until June to see its impact in reducing teacher’s clerical workload.
“A proposal will be submitted to the Public Service Department for recruitment of administrative assistants N17 for schools,” he said.
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said all state education departments would abolish equivalent examinations and tests and improve school examinations and tests efficiency.
Hence, he said, only one equivalent examination would be allowed to be held this year.
“Equivalent examinations and tests will be fully abolished from 2013 while school examinations and tests will be conducted during teaching and learning period,” he said.
Muhyiddin said the government gave serious attention to complaints from teachers that they were saddled with many tasks to ensure smooth and effective school administration.
He said the quality of teachers and school leadership needed to be enhanced, the curriculum and assessment system needed to be streamlined, school resources needed to be improved while the education delivery system needed to effectively managed.
“In short, the entire education system needed to be revamped and its quality enhanced in an integrated manner,” he said. — Bernama