DATUK Masidi Manjun will take up the issue of the 79 temporary teachers whose services were terminated following a directive by the Education Ministry, and would fight for their right. Stressing that he symphatised their fate, the Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister said although they might just be Sijil Rendah Pelajaran (SRP) holders, their services were still relevant to society.
“I believe they should be absorbed and offered permanent posts, especially those who have served for about three decades,” said Masidi, who is also the Minister in charge of education.He, however, disagreed that the temporary teachers’ contracts were terminated without warning as renewals were done on a yearly basis.
“Those whose contract expires this year were not renewed. But I agree that they should not be treated in such a way. “They are the ones who are willing to go to remote villages to teach, despite the low pay. And in fact, I know that some have served as temporary teachers until their retirement … such act shows their determination and dedication to teach the younger children to excel in their life,” he said in his winding up speech during the State Assembly sitting yesterday.
He was responding to Kuamut assemblyman Masiung Banah’s call on the state government to assist the temporary teachers whose contracts were terminated. “They may be just Sijil Rendah Pelajaran holders, but some have served for about 35 years. I believe they must have bills, house and car loans to pay. It is unfair to terminate their services without giving the prior notice. “The ministry should not have taken the decision so fast … their services are still needed,” said Banah.
Theborneopost Online 28 Mac 2012