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Parent: Teachers should not be money collectors

Written by: MT Reader | 11 Jan 2018 12:00
This parent is concerned teachers are still being used to handle all the financial transactions which take up their teaching time.
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11 Jan 2018 12:00
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Editor,

Another observation which I would like the Director-General of Education, Datuk Dr Amin Senin to realise is that in Chinese primary schools, and even some Sekolah Kebangsaan these days, teachers have to double up as money collectors.

This takes up a lot of their precious teaching hours just managing the collection of money on behalf of vendors and the Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG).

Dr Amin is fully aware and I have given him examples of what parents show me and I trust that he will set up a special task force, comprising of men and women of integrity and representatives from the Auditor-General’s Office, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and parents watchdog groups such as Jiazhong, to investigate schools that continue to be defiant despite the ban on excessive workbooks last year.

This is one issue that the National Union of  Teaching Profession (NUTP) Jiazhong and Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) should look into, as it takes up a lot of the teachers’ precious teaching hours just managing the collection of money on behalf of vendors and the Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG).

We need people with sharp minds and a heart to get to the bottom of things in order to unravel the hidden agenda behind all the money transactions.

For example, I wonder how certain vendors can be allowed to distribute their list of books to every child in school, and teachers then verbally tell them to subscribe to a certain type of magazine.

The reason given is always that teachers want to use the magazine in class despite the fact that it is never part of the school syllabus. Unsuspecting parents like me in the past would just fork out the money without further queries.  

In my past three years, I observe that there are a lot of wastages; parents are willing to pay and buy a lot of educational materials for their kids, but they are not fully utilised.

From this year on, I stopped all the madness but what concerns me is that teachers are still being used to handle all the financial transactions which take up their teaching time.  

Throughout the rest of the year, as in the past, I believe the PIBG will require teachers to also handle the collection of money.  Each time a flyer is issued out or children are told to pay for something, parents have to dig deeper into their pockets.

Everything is in the name of “donations” or “contributions”, but not when you are parents of some schools which discreetly (to avoid being penalised by the ministry) tell the children they have to pay up.

This is what led to the case of a teacher, who under a lot of pressure, used a cane to collect the PIBG and security fees last year. In the first place, teachers should not double up as money collectors. That is not their job!

If PIBG is serious about following ministry guidelines regarding donations and contributions, with the technology already available, parents can easily donate to the fund via online banking or they can also issue cheques to drop into the box.

This would reduce the need for teachers’ involvement in collecting money and managing sales of books, magazines and what-have-you. I hope Dr Amin will set up a task force immediately to put things in check.

Stephen Ng 
Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya

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