Duties and functions

Teachers are urged not to react negatively to the issue of ‘working hours’

The MySG defines 45 hours of work per week for civil servants in the country, as set by the Civil Service Department and in accordance with the decisions of the International Labor Organization. – Photo Bernama

KUCHING (March 11): Teachers in Sarawak are reminded not to react negatively to the issue regarding teachers’ working hours that has been raised recently on social media.

Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) President Adam Prakash Abdullah said confusion over working hours among teachers was due to misinterpretation by some parties regarding the implementation of Malaysian school governance (MySG ), which was published by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2021.

“STU believe the confusion arose when a few Principals and Principals (PGBs) made their own interpretations because they did not fully understand MySG.

“MySG does not actually involve an increase in working hours which would mean that teachers would only be able to return in the evening after nine hours of work,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The MySG defines 45 hours of work per week for civil servants in the country, as set by the Public Service Department (PSD) and in accordance with the decisions of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

It is a comprehensive and systematic school management guideline, aimed at overcoming the problem of ambiguity in the role of teachers and members of the implementation team (AKP) in schools as well as at standardize school management based on the programs and activities of the Division of the Ministry of Education which must be available in all schools.

As such, MySG was published as a guide to clarify the ambiguity of educators’ functions and roles, in addition to being used as an official reference related to work process procedures and more orderly responsibilities, Adam said. .

He also said that MySG could improve the professional performance of teachers and ensure that they fulfill their responsibilities based on existing rules and circulars.

“The working hours of civil servants are divided into office working hours and outside of them.

“In schools, the PGB and AKP work office hours, while teachers work outside office hours but are still bound by PSD working hours of 45 hours per week.

“These include class hours, including the implementation of teaching and learning (PdP) and non-PdP as well as hours outside of school hours such as extracurricular and other activities. “, did he declare.

He said that when it comes to STU, the government has never said when teachers officially stop working like other civil servants.

“In Sarawak, for example, teachers start working as early as 7 a.m. and they are off at the end of the school term and the rest of their working hours continue outside of official school hours,” a- he declared.

As such, he said the nine-hour period shown in MySG was not mandatory for teachers to return at 4 p.m.

Adam said that although teachers can stop work at 2 p.m., they still carry out their duties as educators at home, such as checking students’ work, planning their lessons the next day and even answering questions from parents. .

“STU hopes that the PGB will refer to the state Department of Education if they have any doubts about the information contained in MySG.

“Please don’t make your own interpretation as this may cause teachers anxiety. It is enough for teachers to do their job in today’s difficult environment,” he said.