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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, June 20: The Ministry of Education (MOE) will offer a special one-off teacher recruitment with 18,702 slots for Education Service Officer (Pegawai Perkhidmatan Pendidikan, PPP) grade DG41.
Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said this special teacher recruitment advertisement will be opened from July 7, 2021.
Meanwhile, the placement will be done in stages beginning October.
“The Ministry in collaboration with the Public Service Department (JPA) and the Education Service Commission (SPP) have reached a consensus to provide a special approval in realising this one-off intake of new teachers.
“It is hoped that this effort will be able to close the gap of the long-running issue on lack of teachers nationwide,” he said in a press conference broadcasted on his Facebook today.
Elaborating further on the implementation, Radzi said the MOE found that the limited teaching workforce was also contributed by the fact that the teachers can only teach certain subjects and not those beyond their expertise.
“Therefore, the MOE will create ‘subject option cluster’ where it can arrange the approval qualifications of prospective candidates based on specific clusters in order to ensure a wider pool for the Ministry to select qualified candidates for the required options.
“We will also conduct a variety of appointment methods where we will take into account all approaches to the recruitment process to overcome challenges faced in filling in the teachers vacancies.
“This means that the recruitment offer is open to any eligible graduates with priority of course given to graduates with professional education background among other approaches,” he explained.
He also said the Ministry will work with the SPP in managing the teacher recruitment in terms of panel of interviewers, secretariat and logistics.
At the same time, Radzi highlighted that Sarawak is the State with the highest number of teacher vacancies in Malaysia followed by three other states namely, Sabah, Johor and Selangor.
He also pointed out that the subject with the highest teacher shortage in primary schools nationwide is English, followed by History, Pendidikan Khas (Special Education), Pendidikan Agama Islam (Islamic Education), as well as Information Technology and Communication (ICT).
In secondary school, the subject with the highest teacher shortage is Bahasa Melayu, followed by English language, Pendidikan Khas, Pendidikan Agama Islam as well as Design and Technology.
Following this, Radzi informed that the teacher recruitment will prioritise filling in the vacancies for the critical subjects. — DayakDaily