16 October 2007

Union to help teachers get longer holiday break

The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) will assist teachers celebrating Deepavali to obtain extra days off from their respective school heads.

Union secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng advised teachers to approach their immediate superiors first or the district education office.

“The NUTP has received complaints that teachers were told to attend examination briefings on the eve or the day after Deepavali, which falls on Thursday, Nov 8,” she said.

Lok was responding to complaints that teachers were told by their school heads that their respective schools would not be applying for extra days off for those celebrating Deepavali.

She said the union had received a complaint from a school in Kluang, Johor, that the teachers were required to attend examination briefings when the state education department had already postpone the briefings after the union’s intervention.

Lok said heads of schools with a reasonable number of Hindu teachers and pupils should be more proactive in finding an amicable solution to the matter. – Bernama

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