LAST_UPDATESat, 21 Jul 2018 9pm

Govt Urged To Raise Grade Of Primary School Headmasters

SUBANG JAYA – The Federation of Malaysian Headmasters Council (GMGBM) has urged the government to raise the grades of the 5,710 primary school headmasters nationwide from DG34 to DG48 in line with their educational qualifications.

Its president, Rustam Affandy Abdul Aziz said almost 3,000 headmasters in the country were 'stuck' in grade 44 even though they have the same educational qualifications as teachers in secondary schools who were in a higher grade.

At present, the teachers appointed to the post of headmaster would remain in the DG34 grade and only be given an allowance of RM200.

“We (primary school headmasters) are ignored, not recognised and not heeded so that makes us frustrated because this issue has been pursued since 2003.

“We are discriminated against and do not seem to be appreciated,” he said when met by Bernama after the closing ceremony of the 24th National Education Convention and GMGBM's 36th General Assembly here, today.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik, in his opening speech at the convention, responded positively to the issue of grades for school headmasters and showed seriousness in helping to resolve the issue.

Rustam Affandy said it is hoped the 15-year struggle with respect to the grades of headmasters would be resolved before the Teachers Day celebration next year as a gift to all headmasters who deserve recognition.