KOTA KINABALU: Sepanggar UMNO Women meeting today approved the proposal to ask the government to appoint school headmasters and principals in the state from qualified local Sabahan.
Its Chief, Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid, said the appointment needs to be done since there are many Sabahan teachers who fulfill the requirements for the positions.
“There are many local candidates who are qualified to be made as school headmaster or principal in the state, but the opportunity was hindered by the Malaysia Education Development Plan which obliged them to undergo the NPQEL course,” she said when presenting the proposal at the representative meeting.
According to Jainab, the implementation of the education policy has caused scores of teachers to become uninterested in taking the five-month course as they will have to divide their time for career and family.
“The duty as a headmaster or school principal should be given to the people of Sabah since they understand more on the lifestyle of multiracial communities in the state,” she explained.
Meanwhile, the meeting also approved the recommendation to ask the government to review the price systemization in the Peninsular and Sabah, in line with the concept of 1Malaysia.
“The price gap for goods sold in the Peninsular and Sabah is apparent and it burdens the low-income group,” she said.
The meeting, officiated by UMNO Women Information Chief, Datuk Rosni Zahari, also agreed with the motion to fully support the leadership of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and Datuk Seri Musa Aman as Sabah Chief Minister. -SayangSabah