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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
"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
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