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December 23, 2010

NEGARA MAMPU MENAIKKAN IMBUHAN PENDIDIK SEPERTI PROGRAM 100 HARI PAKATAN RAKYAT

Saya kesal dengan kenyataan Menteri Pendidikan baru-baru ini yang memperlekehkan peranan guru sebagai pembina negara. Beliau menyebut bahawa tindakan memperkenalkan imbuhan khas pendidik sebanyak RM500 setiap orang setiap bulan akan menyebabkan Malaysia muflis.

Pakatan Rakyat telah meneliti kesan kewangan dari pelaksanaan ini. Kita mengambil kira bahawa terdapat 537,221 jawatan di dalam perkhidmatan pendidikan termasuklah pengurusan kementerian (24,153), dasar dan pembangunan pendidikan (4,059), operasi pendidikan (498,399) dan pembangunan profesionalisme keguruan (10,610).

Usaha menaiktaraf mutu pendidikan negara bermula dengan reformasi pendidikan dari pihak atas (penggubalan dasar, pembangunan keguruan) sehinggalah ke tahap pengajaran di bilik darjah (keberkesanan pembelajaran dan pengajaran). Oleh itu, Pakatan Rakyat berhasrat untuk memperkenalkan imbuhan khas pendidik sebanyak RM500 kepada semua pegawai dan guru yang bertanggungjawab di dalam sistem pendidikan kita.

Ini akan menelan belanja RM3.2 bilion setahun. Jumlah ini adalah kecil jika dibandingkan dengan pembaziran-pembaziran lain yang kini berleluasa di bawah UMNO/Barisan Nasional.

Kos perbelanjaan semua lawatan Perdana Menteri ke luar negara setakat ini sebanyak RM8.7 juta boleh menanggung imbuhan bagi 1,450 orang guru. Bayaran kepada APCO sebanyak RM77 juta bagi tahun 2009 boleh menampung imbuhan bagi 12,800 orang guru iaitu keseluruhan tenaga kerja yang membangunkan profesionalisme keguruan. Pembaziran UMNO/Barisan Nasional sebanyak RM131 juta bagi menampung perbelanjaan perunding dan kos operasi PEMANDU bagi tahun 2010 boleh membayar imbuhan bagi 21,833 lagi orang guru, iaitu hampir keseluruhan tenaga kerja kementerian.

Ini belum lagi pembaziran-pembaziran mega seperti subsidi gas sebanyak RM19 bilion kepada sektor korporat dan kroni, kos menyelamatkan kroni yang melibatkan Empangan Bakun sebanyak RM6 bilion dan ketirisan akibat rasuah yang dianggarkan mencecah RM28 bilion setiap tahun.

Justeru, persoalan sama ada negara mampu membayar imbuhan khas pendidik sebanyak RM500 setiap bulan ini tidak timbul. Perkara yang sebenar adalah keikhlasan UMNO/Barisan Nasional untuk mengangkat martabat pendidikan di negara ini.

Hakikatnya, bidang pendidikan tidaklah berada di dalam senarai kepentingan UMNO/Barisan Nasional. Isu kualiti pendidikan telah ditimbulkan sejak sedekad yang lalu, tetapi sehingga kini tidak ada satu langkah konkrit untuk mengiktiraf sumbangan guru di samping memastikan kerjaya perguruan menarik minat calon-calon yang berkualiti tinggi. Langkah Pakatan Rakyat memperkenalkan imbuhan ini adalah langkah pertama ke arah memartabatkan kerjaya perguruan setaraf dengan kerjaya profesional lain seperti jurutera, doktor dan akauntan.

Semalam, akhbar-akhbar melaporkan persetujuan Perdana Menteri untuk menubuhkan satu badan perundingan khas untuk menyelesaikan isu-isu perkhidmatan perguruan. Perkara ini telah disyorkan CUEPACS sejak tahun 2002 lagi – tetapi hanya selepas Pakatan Rakyat membuat cadangan yang konkrit untuk menaikkan martabat perguruan, UMNO/Barisan Nasional memberikan reaksi cemas. Baru sekarang, Perdana Menteri mahu mendengar keluh kesah guru-guru yang bergelumang dengan pelbagai masalah setiap hari.

Ini bukanlah caranya kita merancang kebijakan pendidikan negara. Tanggungjawab menjaga kebajikan guru-guru bukanlah satu reaksi yang hanya ada tindakan apabila Pakatan Rakyat bersuara.

Pakatan Rakyat percaya bahawa tindakan utama yang perlu diambil untuk memulihkan kualiti pendidikan negara adalah dengan menjaga kebajikan guru secara berterusan dan bertanggungjawab. Oleh itu, jumlah RM3.2 bilion setiap tahun bukanlah jumlah yang terlalu besar demi masa depan anak-anak Malaysia.

DATO’ SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM

KETUA PEMBANGKANG

23 DISEMBER 2010

 

MALAYSIA CAN AFFORD TO INCREASE TEACHER’S ALLOWANCE

The Education Minister’s recent statement that a RM500 special monthly allowance for teachers as proposed by Pakatan Rakyat will cause the country to go bankrupt, is regrettable.

 

Pakatan Rakyat has studied carefully the financial impact of the proposal. We took into account that there are 537,221 positions in the education services, covering personnel in the management of the ministry (24,153), the development of education policies (4,059), teachers and school operations (493,399) and lastly the development of teacher’s professionalism (10,610).

 

The reform of our education system must involve every level and function in the education service, from the development of policies to the actual learning and teaching process in the classroom. Therefore, Pakatan Rakyat’s proposal for the special allowance has included every personnel involved in the education service to ensure a wholesale reform of the education sector.

 

This will cost the nation RM3.2 billion per annum. This amount is relatively small when compared to the excesses of UMNO/Barisan Nasional in managing the taxpayers’ money.

 

For example, the cost for the Prime Minister’s international trips so far (RM8.7 million) could have paid for the special allowance for 1,450 teachers. Payments of RM77 million made to APCO for 2009 can pay for the special allowance for 12,800 teaching personnel, equivalent to the total workforce entrusted to train our teachers. The recently disclosed cost of setting up and running of PEMANDU, involving a sum of RM131 million (including RM66 million paid to consultants) could have paid for the entire personnel managing our education service in the Ministry of Education.

 

These are examples of small-change excesses. The amount thrown away each year for mega wastages such as the RM19 billion gas subsidies to the cronies, costs for various bail-outs such as the RM6 billion bail-out of Bakun; and the leakages due to corruption and shoddy procurement practices estimated at RM28 billion can well pay for the meagre RM3.2 billion needed for the special allowance.

 

Therefore, it is not about affordability. It is about political will and UMNO/Barisan Nasional’s priority to restore the quality of education in the country.

 

The painful truth is education was never high in UMNO/Barisan Nasional’s list of priorities. The issue of deteriorating quality of education has been discussed for a good one decade, yet there has not been any concrete proposal to acknowledge the teacher’s central role in maintaining a quality education. No effort has been made to increase the attractiveness of the teaching profession to lure our best talents. Pakatan Rakyat’s special allowance is the first step towards promoting the teaching profession as a career of choice at par with other professions such as doctors, engineers and accountants.

 

Yesterday, the Prime Minister was reported to have agreed to the setting up of a special consultative body to resolve long outstanding issues plaguing the teaching profession. The request for such a body had been made by CUEPACS since 2002 – but it was acted by UMNO/Barisan Nasional only after Pakatan Rakyat made a clear pledge to implement concrete and practical steps to upgrade the teaching profession. It took UMNO/Barisan Nasional eight, long years before lifting a finger after the issue was brought to the national discourse by Pakatan  Rakyat.

 

A competent government would not have managed the nation’s education service in this manner. The responsibility to look after the welfare of the teachers is an inherent function of a government. Thus, it should not wait for a cue from its political opponent before it decides to act for the betterment of the teachers.

 

Pakatan Rakyat believes that the teacher’s welfare is central to the efforts to upgrade the quality of education in Malaysia. Therefore, the RM3.2 billion special allowance proposed will be a good investment for the country’s future.

 

DATO’ SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM

LEADER OF OPPOSITION

23 DECEMBER 2010

 

 

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