June 10, 2009 22:27 PM
Worrying Lack Of Male Teachers And Mandarin Teachers
KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 (Bernama) -- The Sultan Idris University of Education (UPSI) Wednesday expressed its concern over the lack of non-Malay teachers as well as male teachers in the country.
Its vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Aminah Ayob said among the university's 4,800 undergraduates, only 20 per cent were non-Malays and 23 per cent, males.
"We failed to recognise the reasons for this situation. But it may be due to the different interests and inclinations between the races.
"In our university, our non-Malay students mostly take up certain courses like business, economics, science and technology," she said when chairing a dialogue session between UPSI and the media, here, today.
The lack of male undergraduates is also ironic as UPSI, formerly known as the Sultan Idris Teachers College, used to take in only male students before it opened its doors to female students in 1976.
Aminah is also worried over the lack of teachers to teach Mandarin in the future.
"We need more candidates to apply for this programme, which is not only open to the Chinese but also to the other races who can speak and write in the language.
"Maybe we can have a dialogue with non-governmental organisations or Mandarin language activists to understand the situation and solve the problem," she said.
UPSI, which trains teachers to teach at the secondary school level, recently offered a Mandarin programme but so far has failed to meet the future requirement as projected by the Education Ministry.