Last chance for interim teachers to meet the mark

Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong

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KUCHING, Nov 13: The 75 interim teachers who failed to meet the requirements of the psychometric test will have their last chance to take the test again on Nov 30 at Tunku Abdul Rahman Teachers Training College, Samarahan.

Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin said in 2016, as many as 601 have been offered the post of interim teacher due to the shortage of teachers in secondary schools.

From the 601 interim teachers, 392 had passed the test while 209 did not meet the requirements. Their contracts were not continued as a result.

The 209 who “failed” the psychometric test were then allowed to sit for the test again where 134 passed, with 75 of them failing to make it a second time.

Manyin said it was his hope that the remainder 75 will pass on their third try.

“This will be the final chance,” he said at a press conference at the State Legislative Assembly here today.

Describing the questions in the psychometric test as “weird”, Manyin said the answers would reflect the personality traits of those taking the test to see whether they were suitable for the teaching profession.

Manyin said he did not mind meeting with the remaining 75 interim teachers as the ministry was always ready to help.

Meanwhile, Education Director Rakayah Madon said even before the 75 interim teachers went public with their complaints, the Education Department was already in the midst of making preparation for another psychometric test for them.

She added that local teachers now make up 88 per cent of the total number of secondary teachers while 85 per cent of primary school teachers are local. — DayakDaily