KUALA NERANG, Feb 11 — The Ministry of Education (MOE) is confident of the abilities of female discipline teachers in handling disciplinary problems in schools, says minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
He said though there were more female teachers acting as discipline teachers these days, their performance and competency were on par with their male counterparts.
“If we look at the figures there is gender imbalance in the teaching profession as intake of female students into Teacher Education Institutes (IPG) has reached 70 per cent.
“Nevertheless I am confident that the female teachers will be able to deal with the problems (disciplinary) despite having to face more challenges in schools categorised as ‘hotspots’,” he told reporters at a thanksgiving ceremony with Felda settlers at Felda Bukit Tembaga here, today.
Also present was Kedah Housing, Local Government, Water Supply, Water Resources and Energy Committee chairman, Datuk Badrul Hisham Hashim.
He added that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK), Parents and Teachers Associations (PTA) and the local community were on hand to assist schools in addressing disciplinary issues.
Meanwhile, in urging the people to appreciate the harmony and peace achieved through Merdeka, Mahdzir said these were factors which had led to educational opportunities and contributed to Malaysia’s success. — Bernama