KUANTAN: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launched the national-level Teachers' Day celebration here Sunday with some good news - a cash incentive for principals, head teachers and teachers who help to boost the academic performance of their schools.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said those who attained the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) target set by the ministry could get a cash incentive of between RM900 and RM7,500 beginning this year.
"In line with the concept to give priority to performance and output, the new deal offers cash incentives to principals, head teachers and teachers who boost the academic performance of their schools past the composite score of 92% for secondary schools and 84% for primary schools.
"Principals and head teachers who achieve this KPI target will receive a cash incentive of RM7,500, the school's top five per cent of teachers based on their annual performance evaluation will receive RM1,800 and the other teachers, RM900," he told reporters after launching the celebration at Universiti Malaysia Pahang, here.
Muhyiddin said the performance incentive was a new boost for teachers to work harder to improve the academic performance of a school and the output of its students or pupils.
Muhyiddin said the cash incentive was not restricted to a one-time payment to any school, adding that "if a school repeats its performance, it will receive the cash incentive yet again".
Earlier, speaking at the event, he also announced several other incentives for teachers.
He said the promotions board of the teaching service had approved 25,269 promotions for graduate officers, diploma holders and non-graduates in the teaching service up to April 2010.
"To expedite the promotion process, the Public Service Department has agreed that the time-based promotion from Grade DG44 to DG48 for graduate service officers be implemented by the Education Ministry," he said.
He also said that graduate service officers who had acquired a doctorate would enjoy a promotion by one grade should they meet the criteria and conditions set by the ministry.
Muhyiddin also said that the government was considering implementing several promotional initiatives based on better performance to those who showed capability.
Asked about the recommendations of the special committee set up to study the burden of teachers, he said several recommendations of the committee, chaired by Director-General of Education Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom, would be implemented as soon as possible.
"Several of the matters which I mentioned (in my speech) will be implemented immediately," he said.
One of the recommendations to be implemented immediately is to reduce the committees at the school level to a more appropriate number.
"Some schools now have almost 40 committees on management and administration, curriculum, student affairs, cleanliness, security, and so on.
“Reducing the number of committee will ease the burden of teachers and enable them to focus their attention on their core duty," he said.
Another recommendation is to look into the number of examinations and tests, regarded as too many, reorganise the clerical duties and provide suitable courses for the teachers, he said.
Also present at the event was Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and deputy education ministers Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi. - Bernama.
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