KOTA BAHARU, July 16 (Bernama) -- The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) has rejected a move by the Education Ministry to place Administrative and Diplomatic Service (PTD) officers on all grades in state education departments.
"We feel deceived, and the move to place PTD officers in the departments also means deceiving Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein who had, in principle, agreed to the NUTP request," NUTP President Anuar Ibrahim told reporters after a meeting of all the 26 affiliates of the NUTP here.
The controversy arose when 200 PTD officers on grades M48 and M52 were placed in all state education departments early last month. The NUTP objected to the move and Deputy Education Minister Datuk Noh Omar said the placement of the PTD officers would be postponed.
It is understood that the PTD officers on grades M48 and M52 would hold the position of sector heads while those on grades M41 and M44 would serve in the management, personnel and development divisions.
The NUTP had earlier agreed to allow PTD officers on grades M41 and M44 to be placed in state education departments under the principle of compromise.
"But this time, the NUTP is rejecting the placement of all PTD officers, regardless of grade, because we feel they are incapable of understanding the teaching aspiration," Anuar said.
He said the NUTP would meet Hishammuddin to hand over a memorandum of protest and give him a fortnight to resolve the matter.
"If the minister is unable to resolve the matter in 14 days, it will be brought up to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and all members of parliament," he said.
Anuar said the NUTP was disappointed that the postponement of the placement of PTD officers as announced by Noh had not taken place."That is why we feel deceived," he said.Anuar said the NUTP only wanted qualified teachers to take the place of the PTD officers in preparing them for appointment to more senior posts.