All disciplinary action against SGMM chief Nor Izzat and all teachers who criticised SBA should be immediately withdrawn


With the suspension of the controversial School-Based Assessment (SBA), the Education Ministry should also revoke all disciplinary action against Suara Guru Masyarakat Malaysia (SGMM) chief Mohd Nor Izzat Mohd Johari and all teachers who criticised the SBA.

The heavy-handed response by the Education Ministry to penalise Nor Izzat and teachers who have come forward to criticise the SBA is totally uncalled for and unjustifiable and must be deplored as a very mean and cowardly manner to suppress legitimate criticism in the education service.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should give his personal attention to ensure that all disciplinary actions against Nor Izzat and teachers who had criticised the SBA should be revoked immediately.

The SBA fiasco transforming teachers into data entry clerks, forcing teachers to get up at 2 or 2 am just to input the grades of students because of online network problems, should be an expensive lesson in the so-called educational transformation of the country.

Nor Izzat and all teachers who had come forward to criticise the SBA should be invited by the Education Ministry to participate in the evaluation of the SBA to date.

The SBA woes is a reflection of the pitfalls and disasters awaiting the so-called educational transformation in the country, based on an educational blueprint outsourced to highly-paid foreign consultants instead of being a product of local educational experts.

Muhyiddin should give a full report to Parliament next month on the SBA fiasco and disaster.

(Media Statement in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, 24th February 2014)

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  1. #1 by yhsiew on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 8:23 am

    Agree. The Education Ministry must not suppress freedom of expression. In a democracy people have the right to express their dissatisfaction on governmental policies.

  2. #2 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 8:36 am

    Umno and mooo are scared stiff.

    The show of dissatisfaction by teachers will trigger something bigger. It could trigger a mass show of unhappiness by civil servants. And that would surely be a block sign and end of the road for umno.

  3. #3 by bruno on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 9:31 am

    This is what is expected of civil sevants.Toe the line or face the consequences.All this are no surprise as we all know this is the land of the bolehs and kangaroo courts.

  4. #4 by bruno on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 9:36 am

    The ruling elites can run the country as a police state.As long as the PR politicians are kept busy fighting amongst themselves,Umnoputras can do whatever they like.Until the PR get their acts together,there is no party strong enough to kick these bullies out.

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 10:03 am

    Honestly, Y waste time criticising SBA
    Can’t BEAT them, JOIN them lor n HUUUATTTTT aaah

    Join polis officers n many other civil servants + frens of Perkosa-UmnoB/BN, KOREK here, korek there, easily am@ss a few million RM
    Goyang kaki lah, better than goyang kepala

  6. #6 by sheriff singh on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 12:06 pm

    The government can:

    1. bully because it is a big bully and is in a position to bully using all the resources available, so there
    2. transfer these people because it is ‘legal’ for them to do so and has ‘followed’ all SOPs (whatever they are); all the teachers are insignificant statistics and pawns and should not think at all, just obey
    3. move to silence these critics because it, the government, has no proper answer or response to the criticisms and does not know what to do
    4. and does ‘know’ what is ‘best’ and its policies must not be challenged; no one better contradict it even when it, the government, its ministers and senior officials, are plainly wrong or are put in embarrassing positions

    If anyone does not like it here, they can migrate to North Korea or Zimbabwe where the grass, if there is any there, is greener.

  7. #7 by sheriff singh on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 12:08 pm

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    The government can:

    1. bully because it is a big bully and is in a position to bully using all the resources available, so there
    2. transfer these people because it is ‘legal’ for them to do so and has ‘followed’ all SOPs (whatever they are); all the teachers are insignificant statistics and pawns and should not think at all, just obey
    3. move to silence these critics because it, the government, has no proper answer or response to the criticisms and does not know what to do
    4. and does ‘know’ what is ‘best’ and its policies must not be challenged; no one better contradict it even when it, the government, its ministers and senior officials, are plainly wrong or are put in embarras$ing positions

    If anyone does not like it here, they can migrate to North Korea or Zimbabwe where the gra$s, if there is any there, is greener.

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 1:23 pm

    Some more, if open mouth, tell d truth
    Nanti kena OSA, ISA, n what hv U

  9. #9 by sheriff singh on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 3:19 pm

    Muhyiddin says the transfer order and decision did not come from him and he does not know anything about. Maybe a small, more powerful ‘little’ Napoleon is responsible he suggests. Nor is he interested or want to do something about it. His Ministry is just falling apart and is now a joke. Pity all the teachers in this country who fear being given 24 hours transfers to Ulu Hutan or some remote Felda settlement. When will there be a Teachers’ Spring?

  10. #10 by john on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 6:50 pm

    God has mercy on the Rakyat and save this Nation by delivering us from the gripped of these parriiaaahs put in placed ( just by being Bumnos ) to govern this Nation. And to finally detached completely from the iron-grip of this Mamak !.
    We need God Blessing to save this Nation.

  11. #11 by Di Shi Jiu on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 8:50 pm

    Mr Lim,

    I have several friends who are teachers and not one of them have anything good to say about SBA and yes, some of them are BN voters!!

    The most common remark is quote, “Bloody waste of time”, unquote.

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