The National Education System & the Classification of Educational Institutions

Registration of teachers

The Education Act 1996 provides that no person is to teach in an educational institution unless he is registered as a teacher under the Act. Exempted from registration are those who are members of the Education Service in Malaysia, teaching in a government or government-aided educational institution.

A teacher registered under the Act may teach in any school or educational institution but he is required to give notice to the Registrar General whenever he commences or ceases teaching in a school.

The Registrar General may refuse to register a person as a teacher if he is satisfied that the person—

  1. is under the age of eighteen years;
  2. has no qualifications to teach or has qualifications which in the opinion of the Registrar General are inadequate for the purpose;
  3. has made a statement which is false or misleading or which he knew is false or misleading in, or in connection with his application for registration or has intentionally suppressed any fact which is material to the application;
  4. suffers from some physical or mental defect or disease rendering him, in the opinion of the Registrar General, unsuitable to be a teacher;
  5. has been convicted of an offence by a court of law and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than

one year or to a fine of not less than two thousand ringgit; or

  1. is not a fit and proper person to be registered as a teacher.