Gov’t implements programme to allow those without SPM to become certified driving school instructors

Gov’t implements programme to allow those without SPM to become certified driving school instructors

In an effort to address the shortage of instructors at driving schools (IM) across the country, the government says it is introducing a special programme that allows those without Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) qualifications to take up the driving school instructors’ certificate (SPIM) course.

Transport minister Anthony Loke said the initiative – which will be implemented by the road transport department (JPJ) – will allow individuals without a SPM certificate to become certified driving instructors, Bernama reports.

He said that driving institutes were facing a serious shortage of teaching staff, as there was about 700,000 would-be drivers who register every year at the 255 IMs nationwide. “IMs employ approximately 15,000 teaching staff, including employees. On average, each IM needs to take 2,500 students every year,” he said.

“So we are giving a period of six months from July 1 to December 31 for this exemption. Anyone who does not have an SPM can register to take the SPIM course,” he said.

Gov’t implements programme to allow those without SPM to become certified driving school instructors

He added that the special programme follows feedback to the ministry that there are many experienced and prudent drivers who have the potential to become good trainee instructors, but do not get the opportunity due to their lack of SPM qualifications.

“In the appeal letters received, there are retired armed forces or police officers who earn a living at IMs after completing their civil service,” he said. He said that applicants need to attend a two-week course at the JPJ Academy in Melaka, and added that the ministry will look at the effectiveness of the programme before reviewing the policy, if necessary.

In a related development, Loke said the JPJ has been asked to review the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and existing regulations for IM vehicles, including conditions of their use, so that they are allowed to be used for the purpose of picking up and sending candidates and also for transportation from home to office for IM instructors.

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Comments

  • Ben Yap on Jun 27, 2024 at 4:08 pm

    sure earn minimum salary RM1.5k

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  • tak pao tak pass on Jun 27, 2024 at 5:52 pm

    Tak spm pun dah pandai jadi corruptor, yg ada spm punya lagi tera makan suap.

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  • Do you trust those that can’t even pass basic education level to teach?

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  • FireAce on Jun 28, 2024 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve no prejudice on people that do not excel in education but I don’t see how this can work. At this age and time, many things are computerized, e-form, on-line system, JPJ internet portal, etc. These instructor might be able to teach student how to drive, they however will not able to able to complete the process about updating student’s status, submit for test into the system, print out, etc.

    Unless, government reverse gear and falls back to 1980’s paper forms for these instructor and driving center hire additional clerks to do data entry.

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  • K.S. Lee on Jun 28, 2024 at 6:11 pm

    Embracing higher road fatality rate….

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