KOTA KINABALU – Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the teaching assistant placement Programme as a measure to reduce the workload of teachers will be extended to Sabah this year.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the programme taken under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS), would initially be implemented in Kudat, Keningau, Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu.
“Teaching assistants must be placed according to the enrollment of the students.
“A teaching assistant for a school enrollment of 500 students, two teaching assistants for a school enrollment of between 551 to 1,350 students and three for a school enrollment of more than 1,350 students,” he told a special gathering with staff of educational institutions in Sabah held at Universiti Malaysia Sabah here last night.
He said the programme was started in Melaka and Kedah in 2013 and last year respectively.
He also announced that the Education Service Officers (PPP) and implementers (AKP) in Sabah would receive a special allowance of RM72.9 million this year, based on location and hardship level.
He said the original amount of the allowance allocated to Sabah was RM63.3 million,but this had been increased by RM9.6 million following an increased allocation from RM166 million to RM186 million to the PPP and AKP throughout the country.
“The ministry is very concerned about the welfare of all PPP and AKP, especially those serving in schools in interior areas,” he said.
He said since 2007, PPP and AKP in 872 schools in the peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak received the hardship allowance, with 374 schools or 42 per cent of these schools in Sabah.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said an allocation of RM5.3 million had been approved for the second phase of the project to upgrade the Gaya Campus Teachers Training Institute here under the Tenth Malaysia Plan this year.
He said the total cost of the project was RM83 million.
At the ceremony, Sabah Education Director Datuk Jame Alip presented a replica of a cheque worth RM106,800 from the Sabah Education Department to Education secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad for the ministry’s Natural Disaster Fund.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman was also present. -BERNAMA