Teacher Professional Development Sector, Ministry of Education Malaysia
The Teacher Professional Development Sector (TPDS) came into existence along with the other main sectors under the restructuring of the Ministry of Education Malaysia. Its inception was graced and announced by the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia then, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during the national level teachers' day celebration in Malacca on 16 May 2008. Recognising the importance of this sector, the Ministry of Education has placed the Teacher Education Division (TED), Aminuddin Baki Institute (IAB), The School Inspectorate and Quality Assurance Division, and the Malaysian Institute of Teacher Education under its perview and responsibility. This sector plans, manages and implements teacher professional development activities throughout the nation with the purpose of providing and achieving quality education.
The functions of this sector is further enhanced and strengthened by the upgrading of Teacher Training Colleges to Malaysian Institutes of Teacher Education in 2008 with a degree awarding status. Revisions were made to the 1996 Education Act which was passed in Parliament on 4 December 2008 which enable the Malaysian Institutes of Teacher Education to award diplomas and degrees in teacher education. Previously, Malaysian Teacher Training Colleges could only award certificates in education [Section 44, Section 49(c), (e) and (g)]. These institutes focus on the preparation and training of pre-service and in-service teachers for both primary and secondary education. Creating opportunities for teachers to continue professional development in a systematic and regular manner and a passion for life long learning will inevitably improve teacher qualifications and standards.
To develop quality teacher professionalism in achieving the nation's aspirations.
TPDS as an organisation in developing excellent teacher professionalism.
TPDS upholds positive values, integrity, profesionalism, team work and a learning organisation culture as its core thrust in implementing teacher professional development activities.
Functions of TPDS
TPDS is committed in providing satisfaction to its customers, providers and stakeholders based on the following Client Charter:
- Ensuring that the quality of education provided is always high and fulfills the national educational goals.
- Ensuring customer satifaction is achieved in all courses attended by participants.
- Producing and delivering inspection reports of educational institutions to fulfill customer satisfaction in the allocated duration.
- Providing effective and quality advisory services to customers.
- Ensuring high competencies of its officers and support-service staff.
- Ensuring all views of its customers are taken into consideration for the purpose of improvement.
- Ensuring the effectiveness of service providers are managed according to specified procedures.
Role of TPDS
TPDS's roles are divided into three categories: improving quality leadership management; strengthening pre-service and in-service teacher training; and ensuring standards in teaching and learning. Its specific roles are:
- Improving the quality of programmes and courses offered.
- Increasing the number of courses offered that fulfills the needs of customer competencies.
- Improving the quality of customer management.
- Improving the effectiveness of the quality management system.
- Improving the effectiveness of leadership courses.
- Improving the quality of consultancies.
- Strengthening quality research and publication activities.
- Strengthening management and delivery of programmes and courses.
- Improving staff competencies in terms of knowledge, skills and attitude.
- Ensuring excellent work culture and conducive work environment.
- Improving the use of information technology and communication.
- Determining teacher intake projection based on the ministry's target.
- Improving the effectiveness of in-service and pre-service teacher training programmes.
- Improving the quality of teaching and learning.
- Ensuring effective financial management based on current financial regulations.
- Encouraging professional linkages and partnerships with local and overseas institutions.
- Encouraging research and development in the field of teacher education.
- Ensuring systematic and regular training opportunities at the local, national and international levels.
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