UiTM: No part-time lecturers will be terminated

by RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by BERNAMA

UNIVERSITI Teknologi Mara (UiTM) will not terminate its part-time lecturers following the proposed funding cut under Budget 2021.

The university’s vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim said the hiring of part-time lecturers for each semester is done based on the needs of programmes and subjects at each faculty.

The numbers are different in each semester, he added.

“Hence, the issue of terminating part-time lecturers was not raised at all,” Mohd Azraai said in a statement today.

The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) previously reported that UiTM will have to re-assesses its part-time lecturers and revise its UiTM2025 strategic plan which was just launched in February this year due to the proposed budget cut.

“Well, obviously, it will (affect the part-time lecturer programme).

“However, what we are doing now is to focus more on open and distance learning (ODL). ODL has allowed more innovative delivery, including interactive lectures, to be conducted to a bigger group of students without the constraint of space,” Mohd Azraai told TMR previously.

He also said UiTM needs to be frugal in its spending.

He said the university employs between 400 and 600 part-time lecturers or 5% to 7% of its 8,000 teaching staff nationwide.