Call to fill vice chancellor posts soon

KUALA LUMPUR: The Congress of Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has called on the Higher Education Ministry to quickly make new appointments to fill the vacancies of vice chancellor in five public universities which have been left vacant since early this year.

The five public universities are Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Cuepacs secretary-general, Abdul Rahman Mohd Nordin in a statement today (June 7) said the long vacancy of the top posts which are being temporarily filled by deputy vice chancellors could affect the direction and administration of the universities.

“Even though deputy vice chancellors are acting as vice chancellors, there are constraints preventing them from carrying out their duties fully.

“Staff welfare matters especially those of the support group also did not receive the appropriate attention as the absence of the vice chancellor was often cited in staff problems,” he said,

According to Abdul Rahman, the delay of the government in making new appointments to fill the posts can also affect the administration as well as the direction of the universities in meeting their respective visions and missions.

The empty posts at the senior management can also cause the full potential of the education institutions to be fully explored when the country is facing the Covid-19 pandemic, he added.

“Therefore, Cuepacs sees the need to quickly appoint new vice chancellors to enable the administration of the universities to run smoothly as usual and hopes the Minister (Higher Education) would consider the matter promptly,” he said.

 Abdul Rahman said in the pandemic, all government department and agency posts should be filled as catalyst to boost efforts against the prevailing issues. – Bernama