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No reason to restore teachers’ training course, says deputy education minister

Chong said there is no shortage of teachers in schools last year or this year, and the ministry does not expect the same next year. — Picture by Saw Siow FengChong said there is no shortage of teachers in schools last year or this year, and the ministry does not expect the same next year. — Picture by Saw Siow FengGEORGE TOWN, Oct 12 — The education ministry will not reintroduce the post-degree teachers’ training course (KPLI) in the near future, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said today.

Chong said this is because there is no shortage of teachers in schools last year or this year, and the ministry does not expect the same next year.

“There is no urgency to reintroduce KPLI at this moment but if the need arises, possibly in five years’ time, we might reintroduce it to fill vacancies then,” he told reporters today.

Despite that, he said there might be a shortage in five years’ time as the intake at the Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia this year was low, and subsequently the number of teachers produced in five years’ time will not be sufficient.

He attributed the lower intake to several factors including less applications and less acceptance of qualified applicants.

“The ministry has decided that if the supply of teachers differs from the demand, the KPLI will be implemented to fill the need but at this time, all schools has sufficient teachers especially with untrained temporary teachers,” he said.

He added that by October 23, a total 391 untrained temporary teachers will start in schools nationwide while more teachers will graduate from the Bachelor of Education Programme. 

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