Jiao Zong urges Ministry of Education to revamp teacher app

Compiled by FATIMAH ZAINAL and C. ARUNO

The association of Chinese school teachers UNITED (Jiao Zong) has urged the Ministry of Education to revise its psychological assessment test, as it is one of the reasons why many teacher candidates do not were not accepted into teacher training, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Its chairman, Cheah Lek Aee, said he disagreed with candidates for teacher training colleges being screened out just because of a test.

“I do not agree with the policy on the use of psychological assessments.

“How can we judge someone’s suitability to be a teacher just because they failed this test – before they even had a chance to teach?” he said.

According to Cheah, if the policy continues, Malaysia will not be able to address its ongoing teacher shortage.

Instead, Cheah suggested that the psychological assessment only accounts for 30% to 40% of the score when evaluating a candidate.

The rest should depend on the candidate’s performance in the interview phase, he said, adding that would be a fairer assessment of a candidate’s suitability.

Cheah urged the ministry to review its recruitment and training process to address the long-term teacher shortage.

> Hong Kong actress and former beauty pageant contestant Sit Yeng Yi will hold a durian eating event in Petaling Jaya this week, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Ten lucky fans will be able to join the 38-year-old, dubbed ATV’s ‘First Sister’, to savor the king of fruits on SS2, according to an announcement from Asia Momentum Media.

Fans were visibly excited about Sit’s visit, with many hoping to be chosen for the event.

● The above article is compiled from vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). Thus, the stories are grouped according to the respective language/media. When a paragraph begins with this sign ‘>’, it designates a distinct short story.

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