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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27, 2015:

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan has admitted that the recruitment of Grade N17 teaching assistants to reduce teachers’ extra duties had long been highlighted but had yet to be realised.

He did not know why the proposal was so difficult to implement.

“NUTP made educational trips to South Korea five years ago. At that time, that country was providing assistants for teachers to perform their duties.

“In South Korea, science laboratories have two assistants in place to monitor the students so they are not hurt and the same system is certainly feasible here.

“But in Malaysia, until today, it still cannot be implemented although the proposal is decades old,” he told The Post Rakyat today.

He was responding to a call by PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to fund requests by the Education Ministry to reduce the non-essential workload of more than 500,000 teachers in the country.

Hashim asked the Education Ministry not to make it mandatory for schools to replace school days that had to be cancelled due to the haze.

He said such replacements would create problems for not only students, but also parents and teachers.

“The haze that affected this country was the same as the big floods which were beyond our control and involved the health and safety of people.

“So it is not appropriate that the school days have to be replaced.”

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