09 November 2012 | last updated at 01:00AM
KOTA BARU: The Education Ministry has received nearly 20,000 applications nationwide from teachers for transfers and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this trend was worrying.
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the figure was rising every year.
He said it included 2,898 teachers who wanted to return to Kelantan, while only 130 teachers had applied to leave the state.
“This is among the biggest problems faced by the ministry. The number of applications received is between 10,000 and 20,000 per year. I was told that the opposition has jumped on the issue, saying that the minister had ignored the welfare of the teachers.”
Speaking at a 1Malaysia Young Teachers gathering at SMK Padang Enggang, here yesterday, which was attended by 10,000 young teachers from the east coast, Muhyiddin said the cabinet had also discussed the problem.
“I was informed that only between three and four per cent of the applications were approved. We welcome anybody who has an idea to help us solve the problem.
“For the ministry, it is not easy to allow all the transfers as it will have an impact on the education system as the teachers are trained in different fields.
“Even if we allow mutual transfers between teachers, as suggested by some parties, it will take five to 20 years for the problem to be resolved.”
Muhyiddin said teaching was not just a job but a profession and the government wanted the best teachers for the country to achieve its targets.