Nearly 2,000 Teachers Posted Away From Spouses Have Been Reunited

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SUNGAI PETANI – Almost 2,000 teachers who had been living away from their spouses due to their posting elsewhere, have been reunited by the Education Ministry.

Its deputy minister P. Kamalanathan said the effort would continue this year under phase two after phase one which was implemented last year, bore encouraging results.

“The ministry will look into the plight of the ‘suffering’ teachers, and we will focus on reuniting them. Nationwide, there are about 30,000 teachers who are living away from their spouses due to the call of duty.

“Nearly 2,000 of them have been reunited. The rest can check the vacancies available and apply online for a transfer from the District Education Office, which has been authorised to make the decision.

“This is to facilitate the transfer and he have been practising this since two years ago,” he said at a news conference after visiting Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Laguna Merbok, here, which started its new school session Sunday.

Kamalanathan also said that the ministry would continue to find the best solutions to lessen the burden faced by teachers in school.

“The target this year includes focusing more on learning of Bahasa Melayu and English and improving schools’ infrastructure, besides reducing the teachers’ burden.

“The ministry will also begin phase two of the Malaysia National Education Blueprint, hence the cooperation and understanding of teachers and parents is important for its successful implementation.”

On the issue of printing errors in the History textbook for Year Six, Kamalanathan said it would be resolved by the end of this month.

He said while waiting for new copies of the textbook to arrive, History class would go on as usual as there was a need to follow the module set. – BERNAMA