To all teachers in the country, would you like to have a lounge in schools?
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik wants government schools to built teachers’ lounges to let teachers relax between classes.
According to NST, the minister said that the teacher’s office right now can only be used for working.
“Based on my visit to schools, there should be a dedicated area for teachers to rest in between classes or after classes, apart from the teachers’ room, which is for them to focus on work.
“The resting lounge is the ministry’s hope to create a happy, loving and respectful environment for teachers.
“A simple lounge can have a pantry, while other schools have already their own resting rooms, equipped with televisions”, said Dr Maszlee.
“Having these dedicated rest areas would motivate the teachers and indirectly, increase the quality of their work.
“It is important as teachers are also people who need to take a breather,” said Dr Maszlee to the reporters at the Parliament lobby last Wednesday (Mar 20).
National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Kamarozaman Abd Razak added that the resting room equipped with internet, reading room, a coffee corner and a discussion room can help teachers cope with stress better before resuming to lessons, reported Berita Harian
Meanwhile, Zulfazlan Jumrah, a 32-year-old teacher from Kolej Tunku Kurshiah, said the facility would be able to restore teachers’ energy amidst work.
He added that the room can motivate teachers, as some teachers have to work long periods, sometimes 34 to 40 hours a week.
36-year-old Maths teacher Ronald Tom Agan from Sarawak felt the idea is great as he explained that many teachers have to stay behind to work, including recess, and are not allowed to rest outside of the school.
“The teachers’ lounge is a must as teachers are forced to stay back after school for work including the extra-curriculum,” said Agan.
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