DPM launches Malaysian Teacher Standard document

TAWAU: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday launched the Malaysian Teacher Standards (Standard Guru Malaysia or SGM) document as part of continuous efforts to place the nation’s education system to be at par with global standards and produce first class human resources among Malaysians.Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said based on the document all teachers are required to have three valued aspects of practices namely teaching professionalism; knowledge; and high teaching and learning skills.

“These three aspects represent important components of teacher standard that must be achieved by every teacher in our country,” he said.

Muhyiddin said only by having all these three important components could teachers reach a high level of competency and therefore discharge their duties effectively.

“I believe that the SGM will be an important reference not just to produce quality teachers but also to improve on policy, planning and development of the national education system,” he said.

Muhyiddin also officially opened the Tawau campus of the Malaysian Institute of Teachers Education costing RM87 million.

He said as part of the government’s efforts to ensure teacher standards reached the desired target, aspects of training and professional development, needed to given priority.

The deputy prime minister urged all teacher training institutes in the country to continue to strive to have quality teacher training programmes besides always improving infrastructure and infostructure.

He said all educators, made up of teachers, headmasters, principals and managers, as well as teacher training institute administrators, must use the guidelines set out in the SGM document to ensure that the country’s education quality was enhanced continuously.

Speaking to reporters later, Muhyiddin said Malaysia wanted be among the best countries for education.

“For that we need a specific direction,” he said.

On the problem of lack of infrastructure, which can be an impediment to achieving the objectives of the SGM, Muhyiddin said the government was aware of the problem and was overcoming it in stages and continuously.

He admitted that a teacher’s achievements could be influenced by the problem of school infrastructure and said the focus on minimising the effect, including in Sabah and Sarawak, would be done under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

He said such effort was not just related to the SGM but also to reduce the gap, in all aspects, between rural and urban schools. — Bernama

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