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NUTP president Hashim Adnan said IPG lecturers had been feeling anxious ever since they were told that they would be required to return as school teachers at the start of 2016 for not having PhD qualifications as part of IPG's transformation plan.
He said the rule was unfair to the veterans who might not possess a doctorate but had served a long time with the institutes. Hashim said given that IPG lecturers were in almost the same salary grade as teachers in primary or secondary schools, their leave plan should be the same as well.
National Union of the Teaching Profession president Hashim Adnan said while he believed in the importance of equipping the next generation with coding literacy, the programme may be doomed unless the proper foundation is laid before its introduction.
â€œIf they say they are going to start in January, itâ€™s going to be a failure if there isnâ€™t enough preparation,â€� he told Malay Mail Online when contacted. â€œIt definitely has to start, but there needs to be proper textbooks. But at this point, It seems like itâ€™s only at a discussion stage if there is nothing prepared.â€� Hashim cited the abolishment of the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English (PPSMI) policy as an example of a good initiative that was executed poorly, and warned the same fate could befall coding. Non-governmental organisation Kelab Intelek dan Pendidikan Malaysia (formerly known as Suara Guru-Masyarakat Malaysia) chief moderator Mohd Nor Izzat Mohd Johari said he was pessimistic of the implementation with just five months to go. â€œEven if they start training teachers now, it will definitely create a disruption in classrooms because they need to train so many teachers in such a short period of time,â€� he said when contacted by Malay Mail Online.
National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan said while such electronic gadgets were useful, there were other issues to consider.
"I am worried students will use them only for chatting and checking their Facebook," he said, adding that those without mobile phones "would feel left out". National Union of the Teaching Profession president Hashim Adnan said single-session schools would improve the education system. "If the government wants quality education, it must provide quality accommodation for teachers and pupils to feel comfortable with the longer hours," he said. He said the 450,000 teachers nationwide would be enough to conduct classes in single-session schools.
National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan said the sales limit was inappropriate, as it would not solve obesity among schoolchildren.
National Union of the Teaching Profession president Hashim Adnan said trainees would be fully-educated on sexual vices, exposed to a safe camp environment and parents would not be afraid to send their children for the three-month stint. National Union of the Teaching Profession president Hashim Adnan said the recess time for lower primary schoolchildren could be brought forward an hour to 8.30am. "It can be done as most schools have two recess periods for lower and higher primary schoolchildren." The earliest recess time is 9.30am for Year One to Year Three pupils. Hashim said the move should only be carried out after a proper study.
National Union of the Teaching Profession president Hashim Adnan said this had been repeatedly brought up but had remained unsolved.
NUTP president Hashim Adnan said that aiming for 60% graduate teachers in primary schools by 2015 from a current 28% was "not an easy thing to accomplish". "It is very high. It can be achieved, but I'm afraid with the short period of time, we cannot produce that many quality teachers," he said. National Union of the Teaching Profession chairman Hashim Adnan said school administrators should have intervened earlier as the teacher's actions were clearly wrong. "Whether he is a disciplinary teacher, a counsellor or staff, what he did should not have been allowed or tolerated by the headmaster." Hashim said underage smoking was a serious issue that required intervention by the Health Ministry.