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TIME-BASED SCHEME: Exercise will motivate teachers to improve performance
KUALA KANGSAR: MORE than 60,000 teachers have either been promoted or are being considered for an upgrade under a new scheme that allows them to move up after serving three to eight years in their grades.
Of this number, 37,306 teachers have already been promoted.
Another 24,053 teachers can check their status now on the Education Ministry’s website. The promotions are based on the date a teacher starts work.
Apart from these teachers, who will be enjoying better terms, 5,124 principals and assistant principals have also been promoted. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said RM934 million had been set aside for the entire promotion exercise, in line with the government’s commitment to improve education excellence and uphold the teaching profession.
He said the upgrading followed the March 1 announcement on the time-based promotions scheme by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Muhyiddin hoped the promotion exercise would motivate teachers to improve their performance. The promotions took effect from Jan 1 this year, he said.
This latest exercise involves 8,222 degree holders and 15,831 diploma holders.
Some 390 teachers were promoted to DG54 grade, 676 teachers to DG52, 3,938 teachers to DG48 and 19,805 teachers to DG44.
For non-graduate teachers, 399 were promoted to DGA38 grade, 2,639 to DGA34 and 9,519 to DGA32.
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the ministry had promoted 854 principals from DG48 grade to DG52 grade and 4,270 assistant principals from DG44 grade to DG48 grade.
"The remaining 430 principals and 2,655 assistant principals will be promoted in stages from June 1, after they meet the requirements."
Muhyiddin made this much-awaited announcement when launching the 41st national-level Teachers Day celebrations here yesterday.
Present were Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and Education director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud.
The time-based promotion scheme allows a teacher to move up a grade within a short time.
Teachers who are degree holders only need eight years to be promoted from DG41 grade to DG44 grade or from DG44 to DG48, six years from DG48 to DG52 and three years from DG52 to DG54.
For diploma holders, it takes eight years to be promoted from DGA29 to DGA32, or from DGA32 to DGA34, and five years from DGA34 to DGA38.
In a related development, Muhyiddin said the data entry system implemented in 88 schools to reduce the burden of teachers, would be extended to all schools by next year.
The ministry is also conducting a pioneer study in using clerical staff to reduce teachers' workloads.