KUALA LUMPUR: Technology and reports can never replace a teacher’s personal touch, says the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP).
NUTP secretary-general Harry Tan Huat Hock, responding to the Education Ministry’s statement that teachers could be freed from clerical duties by next year, said the move is one that is long-awaited by the teaching fraternity.
Tan said the union has always maintained that teachers should be given more time to focus on their students instead of being burdened by additional clerical work.
“In my view, this announcement is welcomed by teachers nationwide. As teachers, our primary role is to nurture the development of our charges.
“Technology and reports can never replace a teacher’s personal touch and the interaction with students in helping them develop.
“Some students who lose focus, lack affection and are weak, need more attention from their teachers,” he said.
Tan was commenting on a statement by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik, who said the ministry is working towards eliminating clerical duties for teachers by January next year.
The move, said Maszlee, was to empower the teaching profession and enable educators to focus on teaching in order to produce successful students.
Tan, meanwhile, said removing irrelevant clerical duties can free up teachers’ schedules and foster closer bonds and ties with their students.
“We have had several meetings with the Prime Minister’s Office on this issue. We’ve also submitted the relevant preliminary working papers.
“We will also be organising a nationwide roadshow to gather more information on the nature of duties which have proved burdensome to teachers.”