KUCHING, The Ministry of Education (MOE) will formulate new guidelines on the recruitment and the placement of teachers in Sabah andSarawak.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said more qualified candidates from the two states will be accepted for teacher training.
This followed complaints that too many teachers from peninsula are teaching in Sabah and Sarawak schools.
“We will give attention to this issue which was raised during my meeting with leaders of the Sarawak state government,” he told a press conference after the meeting with Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and leaders of Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, here today.
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the new guidelines will give more opportunity to Sabah and Sarawak applicants who meet the minimum requirement to be called up for training.
“The placement of more Sabah and Sarawak teachers will not only reduce cost but convenient as they better understand the local community and culture. The Education Ministry will raise the percentage of trained teachers from Sabah and Sarawak in stages.”
He however did not state the percentage of increase and urged more qualified candidates from Sabah and Sarawak to apply when the application opens.
Last year, 5,293 applications were received from Sarawak of whom only 1,713 were called for interview and 398 were offered teaching degree programmes.
Between 60,000 and 70,000 applications are received annually compared to the between 3,000 and 5,000 posts offered
Muhyiddin said the ministry would not compromise on quality and only the best candidates would be offered regardless of their state of origin.
“This is because we want to ensure that our children get the best education,” he added.
The minimum qualification required is 5A in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.- BERNAMA