30-year history

Explore the untold backdrop behind the High Court case against Malaysia's extreme teacher absenteeism.

"If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse them." — Mitchell Garabedian


A Study of Factors Affecting Performance and Absenteeism Among Employees of a Public Service Organization in Malaysia ⤤Zakaria Ismail, UKM Jurnal Pengurusan

A study had been conducted to analyse the influence of several psychological and organisational factors on work productivity and attendance among a sample group of employees in a government office in Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Teluk Intan, Seremban, Melaka and Kluang.


Leadership and development among students in Malaysia ⤤ — Yahya Don

Then, research conducted by Tan Siew Lan (1998) studied the relationship between organisational commitment and work value among secondary school teachers, particularly in relation to the behaviour of the teacher such as absenteeism and productivity. The findings show that there is a relationship between work commitment and work values.


PBS: Solve Teacher Absenteeism in Rural Schools ⤤Dr. Maximus Ongkili

  • Absenteeism is a "rampant" and "perennial" problem in Sabah's rural schools: teachers and principals both tidak hadir bertugas (THB)
  • SK Magandai, SK Gana, and SK Tagibang ("and other districts") are affected: "no action had been taken against teachers involved"
  • Schools fail to explain: teachers are in "meetings in town" as absences have lasted months. Rural schools have been "left behind" financially


A Critical Review of Commitment Studies: A call for Research in Sarawak School Settings ⤤Chua Lee Chuan

  • Lack of commitment studies on Sarawakian teachers—many consequences
  • References Zakaria (1987); untold financial costs and "could upset and disrupt daily operations"
  • Absent teachers exhibit "escape-avoidance behavior"; they give rise to frustrations from replacement teachers and students alike [the latter naturally suffering more, as their human rights are violated]


Teachers That Do Not Attend Class for One Month Can be Dismissed ⤤  — Berita Harian

The Ministry of Education will not hesitate to take stern action against a teacher in Perak, including firing the teacher from his job, as he had been reportedly missing class since last January.

“The Ministry needs quality teachers and is committed towards fulfilling his honourable duties of educating school children, and not in teachers disinterested in carrying out their duties," said Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong.

Absent teachers: stern action will be taken against them ⤤  — Utusan Malaysia Online

  • Teachers absent 30+ days at an SJKT in Ipoh; Deputy Minister informed via SMS (presumably as no actions were taken)
  • Local television station reported complaints from parents; complaints will be forwarded to the JPA (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam)
The Deputy Minister has said that the Ministry is very serious about this case even though it is a remote case and occurs only rarely.

Stern action must be taken as to not negatively impact the teaching profession.


The Opening Ceremony of the 4th Conference Chairs of the Public Service Disciplinary Board ⤤Tan Sri Mohd Sidek bin Haji Hassan

As an example, if the misconduct of failing failure to attend goes unpunished, it would certainly affect the morale of the other employees in the same agency that are committed to their work. Therefore, in this issue, the officer that has committed  misconduct must face stern and appropriate punishment so that it becomes a lesson  towards other officers to not commit the same misconduct.

As you are well aware, the emolument payments of civil servants involves a large allocation each year. The question is does the expenditure reflect the quality of work produced by civil servants?

High performing officers will be rewarded with remunerations and those who violate the rules will be met with appropriate action, so that the initiative to produce professional, effective and innovative public service can be realised. 

Disciplinary action is not solely intended to provide retribution or appropriate punishment to an officer for an act of misconduct. What is more important is that it becomes a lesson and a lesson to other public servants not to commit the same offense.  

The punishment of dismissal might be seen by some people as a form of betrayal and outdated when actually the officer has committed a serious offense that has a significant impact on the integrity and authority of the organisation as a whole. In fact, there are cases involving negligence that resulted in huge losses in terms of money to the government, but no punitive action was taken against the officers involved.

I hope that in considering the interests of the officers, the Board should also give consideration to the image of the service, the good name of other officers and more importantly, the interests of our country.

Secondly, disciplinary punishment should be handed down even in relatively difficult circumstances. A Head of Department should not fail to take any disciplinary action just because he wants to always be popular among his subordinates.

Creating Effective Teaching and Learning Environments: First Results from TALIS ⤤ — OECD

The Teaching And Learning International Survey (TALIS) is administrated by OECD and is the largest survey of teachers. This set has 24 countries. The data starts on page 23.

19.5% of Malaysian principals reported teacher absenteeism hindered instruction "a lot" or "to some extent" at their schools


117 teachers in Sabah have been served with letters to show cause or face disciplinary action ⤤mStar

To date, a total of 267 teachers in Sabah have been found to have violated disciplinary rules while on duty and out of that number, 117 have been given letters to show cause.

He said the Sabah Education Department was now taking firm steps in addressing the problem in line with the government's efforts to ensure that the teaching profession continued to be held in high regard by the community.

Teachers that skipped classes before requesting leave have been identified ⤤ Utusan

"So from now on, the state Education Department will be more serious in dealing with disciplinary cases (among teachers and staff) in all schools in the state." — Dr Muhiddin Yussin

"If proven true, they will be subject to appropriate action regardless of who they are." — Dr Muhiddin Yussin

"If their absence requires disciplinary action we will do so based on the existing General Public Service order." — Dr Muhiddin Yussin 

A stern warning to absent teachers: Muhyiddin ⤤ Borneo Post

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin warned teachers that skipped teaching just so they could go return to their hometown early before the weekend.

"This should not be done because it contradicts the work rules," he said in a press conference.

According to him, the first time he heard of such a problem was whenBalai Ringin State Assemblyman (ADUN) Snowdan Lawan mentioned in his previous speech.

According to him, the problem will affect the learning process of students and school students.

"Sometimes there are those who teach only three and four days a week because they want to go back home," he said

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