PETALING JAYA – Following the disclosure by the Minister of Education, Dr. Maszlee Malik on the shortage of teachers in major town, the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) revealed that the condition was contributed by several factors.
Its Secretary-General, Harry Tan said that besides facing high cost of living and pressure, the difficulty to get a baby sitter also encouraged the teachers to migrate to the rural areas.
Besides that, traffic congestion and pressure to teach in big schools, especially in Selangor and Johor also stimulated the migration of the teachers to rural areas.
“The parents in big schools are lawyers, doctors and engineers. They tend to counter the teachers if they made small mistakes.
“In several cases, the teachers’ wrongdoings or mistakes were exposed through the social media. Some were taken to the court. All these gave huge pressure to the teachers,” he told Sinchew Daily.
Harry added, as a normal human being, the teachers too, may err. However, parents in major cities love to complain on small matters.
Harry also said that the baby sitters issue is another contributing factor for teachers’ migration.
“In smaller towns, they could get baby sitters nearby their school. This enables them to pick up their children after work,” he said while adding that security issue is another factor for teachers to reject teaching in major cities.
Earlier, the Minister of Education said that the teachers shortage in major cities especially in Johor and Selangor is getting more critical as many teachers chose to serve at their hometowns.
The high cost of living in major towns has been identified as among the main contributing factors for the teachers to return to their hometowns such as in Kelantan, Kedah and Perlis. – MalaysiaGazette