KUCHING, May 16 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Monday announced five promotion methods for teachers, which will take effect on January 1, 2012.
In his recorded Teacher’s Day message, which was telecast at the 40th National Teacher’s Day celebration here, Najib said the government took the decision because it was aware of the contributions and the heavy burden shouldered by the teachers.
The celebration, themed “Teachers, Catalysts for the National Education Transformation”, was launched by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister.
The five promotion methods, allocated only to the teaching profession, comprises promotions to fill vacancies, promotion given Special to a holder of a post (Khas Untuk Penyandang), time-based promotion, promotion for excellent principals or headmasters and promotion for excellent teachers.
Najib said in line with the excellent transformation needed in the service and to uplift the status of the teaching profession, taking into consideration the uniqueness of teachers’ duties, the promotion methods, especially the time-based promotion, should be given a new direction.
“At present, the government finds the majority of teachers, after spending 25 years of teaching students at schools, will end their service only at Grade DG48,” the prime minister said.
Hence, he said, it was high time for the career path for these teachers to be improved so that teachers, who are responsible for shaping the nation’s human capital, could be given appropriate recognition and rewards.
“The new promotion method is introduced specifically for teachers involved in the teaching and learning process, namely “Guru Wibawa” (high calibre teachers) and “Pendeta Guru” (teaching luminaries), who will be categorised according to four tiers of positions, he said.
Najib said with the creation of the tiers, including regular teacher, senior teacher, “guru wibawa” and “pendeta guru”, a promotion to a higher grade could be made based on their performance.
Through the concept of “guru wibawa” and “pendeta guru”, the prime minister said the career path in the teaching and learning service would be expanded up to Grade 54 within 25 years of service by meeting the level of excellence and other requirements as stipulated by the Teaching Service Promotion Board.
“One more good news is for those who showcase a very excellent quality as stipulated by the Teaching Service Promotion Board. They can reach Special Grade C and above before they retire from the service,” he said.
However, he said, teachers who were not promoted to the Special Grade could still enjoy the annual increment.
Najib said the government had also agreed to increase the number of positions for the Special Grade C in the service by 100 per cent to 72 positions from the existing 36 positions under the concept of “guru wibawa” and “pendeta guru”.
He said the government had also agreed to promote 1,228 secondary school principals to Grade DG52 from the current DG48, to prove the government’s determination in uplifting the status of teaching profession in the country.
A total of 6,585 senior assistant teachers (GPK) in-charge of administration, academic affairs and co-curriculum in secondary schools, would also be upgraded to DG48 from DG44.
All 99 GPK in-charge of administration, academic affairs and co-curriculum in cluster primary schools would also be promoted to DGA34.
“The fact is, all of us, whether a leader, administrator, doctor, lawyer, accountant, engineer or sportsman, we all have been taught and guided by teachers,” he added.