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PUTRAJAYA, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- A total 7,079 untrained temporary teachers

(GSTTs) will be offered teacher training courses from January next year.

Deputy Education minister Datuk Wee Ka Siong said of the number, 4,433 GSTTs

would be

undergoing courses at public higher institutions of learning while the rest at

teachers training institutes.

He said they were among 13,184 GSTTs who had served since June last year and

were given priority since they had met the stipulated conditions.

"The Education Ministry treats seriously any views and complaints connected

to GSTTs. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is also also

Education Minister is also concerned with the problems faced by the GSTTs.

"This announcement today indicates the commitment of the Deputy Prime

Minister who has fulfilled his promise to the 13,184 GSTTs serving the Education

Ministry," he told reporters after chairing a Temporary Teachers'' Special

Committee meeting here, today.

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TEACHER-OFFER 2 (LAST) PUTRAJAYA

Wee said, of the 13,184 GSTTs, 1,799 were undergoing holiday teachers''

training courses while 2,788 GSTTs did not furnish complete documents to be

considered but were given until Dec 26 to appeal.

Apart from that, he said 2,928 GSTTs were not qualified as they were

overaged or had served less than two years.

However, he said they were offered short term contracts which could be

renewed depending on need.

He gave his word the salary of those under such contracts would be the same

as when they GSTTs.

Wee said the Deputy Prime Minister had also decided that all the GSTTs need

not repay the salary they had received since last October.

-- BERNAMA

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