KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Education (MoE) is urged to provide guidelines or rules to prevent teachers who are now allowed to involve themselves in politics, from bringing their political ideology into school.
Associate Professor Dr Mohd Hanafi Mohd Yasin, director of the Community Education and Wellbeing Center at the Faculty of Education at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, said this was key to avoiding an unhealthy situation at school.
He said that while the decision to allow teachers’ involvement in politics was appropriate and in line with the principles of democracy, the guidelines were necessary to ensure that the teachers concerned would not neglect their real duties at school. .
“For example, the Ministry of Education could allocate time for teachers’ involvement in politics, for example a few hours a week to avoid interference in their duties as teachers.
“Government should also issue a blanket order prohibiting teachers from bringing their political ideology to school…headteachers or principals should monitor such teachers’ compliance with established guidelines,” a- he added when contacted today.
Yesterday the government announced that teachers across the country as well as staff from the Department of Community Development (Kemas) were allowed to get involved in politics with immediate effect.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was taken by the Cabinet in accordance with the principles of democracy, given that this group had been allowed to do so before.
Mohd Hanafi is optimistic that involving teachers in politics could open up opportunities for them to contribute more creative ideas in development and promote healthy community politics, given that educators in the country are graduating with degrees. recognised.
Meanwhile, a lecturer from the same centre, Dr Anuar Ahmad, who also welcomed the ministry’s decision, said the teachers involved should exercise wisdom in maintaining their professionalism.
“The Ministry of Education should issue an official statement on the matter soon to ensure that those involved such as school administrators, teachers and parents understand the real implications of teachers’ involvement in the policy on the subject. education of children.
“Public service agencies also need to improve their guidelines, including revising the Public Officials (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993 as guidelines for teachers who wish to become involved in politics,” he said. declared.
A guidance and counseling teacher at Sekolah Menengah Agama Jawahir Al-Ulum in Batu Pahat, Johor, Nor Azman Mat Tayab, 34, felt the decision to allow teachers to get involved in politics was a good one new to them as a fundamental right to freedom. of speech.
“Based on my experience during my university years, there were friends who were interested in politics but their involvement was restricted but now they are happy to hear the latest decision,” he said when asked. he was contacted.
However, Tey Ah Ho, 55, a teacher at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Munshi Sulaiman, Batu Pahat, Johor, differed his opinion, expressing concern over prejudice if teachers were allowed to get involved in politics.
He said that teachers should be fair to students, in addition to being rational and professional despite the different political affiliations between parents and teachers, because students had the right to receive the best education in school. — Bernama