The Education Ministry will soon employ graduates with CGPA of 2.75 and above as teachers. Additionally, those who have active involvement in the extra-curricular activities in colleges and universities will be given preference during the selection process for teachers.
The measure is taken as an additional effort to produce quality teaching professionals who are competent enough to carry out their duties and in return produce quality students. In the past, teachers have also been enrolled for a number of training programs to improve their competency and effectiveness in job.
Such training programs include Teacher’s in-Service Training (Latihan Dalam Perkhidmatan), foreign studies program (e.g. Mandarin and French) and a special program to nurture the so-called excellent teachers and school principals (guru dan pengetua cemerlang). To date, close to 500,000 teachers have been enrolled into various programs. Some have also been sent to Beijing Foreign Studies University to learn Mandarin and University Franche-Comte for French.
Further steps have been taken to improve the level of English competency among teachers in Malaysia. Activities such as story telling, public speaking, English camp, drama and others have been organized to achieve the objective.
At the moment, aspiring graduates who are interested to join the teaching force can do so via the following:
SPM leavers: Kursus Perguruan Lepasan SPM (KPLSPM)
Interested SPM leavers can apply for KPLSPM online, where they will undergo a 4-year training course. At the end of the 4-year tenure, students who graduated will receive a Degree of Education, majoring in a field they have chosen during enrolment.
Degree holders: Kursus Perguruan Lepasan Ijazah (KPLI)
KPLI is a more popular path for landing teacher’s job, where graduates can also send their application online.
Application forms can be found online in the Education Ministry website here.