KUALA LUMPUR – August 1, 2018: The National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) wants the government to recruit teaching assistants from among youths who it considers to be really interested in the job rather than have retired teachers.
According to its president Kamarozaman Abd. Razak, this is a more efficient and practical way to do it as most teachers are not keen in working after their mandatory retirement.
The idea to enlist retired teachers as teaching assistants was mentioned by Education Minister Maszlee Malik in Parliament today.
“We’re fine with them (retired teachers) but we (NUTP) prefer it if the ministry recruits the young ones who are really interested because of the long-term benefits,” said Kamarozaman.
Among the benefits he cited were a reduction in the country’s unemployment among youths and lowering the government’s expenditure as the pay for these young teaching assistants would be lower than that for retired teachers.
“One does not have to have a diploma or a degree to be a teaching assistant because they won’t be teaching,” said Kamarozaman.
“NUTP also hope that the ministry will start recruiting more teaching assistants as soon as possible because many teachers have been overburdened for quite a while.”