Posted on June 12, 2012, Tuesday
by Peter Boon, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Datuk Mazlan Mohamad
SIBU: Director of day school management division (Ministry of Education) Datuk Mazlan Mohamad said in time to come all teachers would need to have at least a first degree.
This, he added, was in tandem with the country’s vision of heading towards a high income economy and achieving developed nation status.
“We have a standard teacher enrolment qualification. In fact, by 2010, supposedly secondary school teachers need to be 100 per cent graduates while at least 50 per cent are graduates in primary schools,” Mazlan told The Borneo Post when asked if those teachers in pre-schools would need to be graduates.
Met after the 4th National Early Childhood Intervention Conference here last Saturday, he explained that there were various reasons why even preschool teachers needed to be graduates.
“But this does not apply to teaching assistants (SPM graduates) as only teachers need to be graduates,” Mazlan clarified.
Earlier, a participant had posed a question seeking for clarification on preschool teachers needing to have a bachelor degree to teach five- and six-year-olds.
Mazlan’s presentation had earlier aroused participant’s curiosity in wanting to know the rationale behind the initiative.
He, however, said there was nothing to be concerned now as the government was utilising whatever resources they had.
He did not foresee any problem as teachers were being trained.
“For the time being, we use whatever resources we have but in time to come we need teachers possessing at least a first degree,” he said. Mazlan also mentioned that in all teachers’ training institutions, training for special needs education were given.
The convention concluded with the president of NECIC Datuk Dr Amar Singh presenting a Memorandum on Inclusive Education to Mazlan representing Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The conference, themed ‘Family-centered Practices – Early Childhood Intervention and Beyond’ started last Thursday and ended on Saturday.
The official media are Utusan Borneo, The Borneo Post and See Hua Daily News.
More than 600 delegates from NGOs and government agencies throughout the country as well as over 50 international participants attended the conference.