Deputy minister promises to address rural teacher employment issue

Ugak (facing camera) pictured at the ‘Randau’ Session with the Kapit Headmaster Council in Kapit yesterday (Jan 28, 2023). Photo credit: Ukas

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KUCHING, Jan 29: Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs), Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong, assures that the employment issue of teachers in rural areas, including in the Kapit district, will be addressed.

According to the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas), Ugak believes that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is aware of the issue of dilapidated schools in Sarawak and desires to upgrade the schools so that teachers will be more enthusiastic about serving in rural areas.

He stated this in a brief speech delivered yesterday (Jan 27) during the ‘Randau’ Session with the Kapit Headmaster Council in Kapit.

In addition, Ugak, who is also Hulu Rajang MP, remarked that Kapit is fortunate to have three full ministers who will help develop the area in various ways.

During the ‘Randau’ Session, numerous topics were also discussed, including smart schools, school transportation issues, and many others.

Ugak disclosed that the issue of poor internet access in smart schools would be resolved soon with the provision of a new internet line by Sarawak Multimedia Authority Rural Telecommunication (SMART).

Meanwhile, a total of RM200,000 was channelled to the Baleh Education Fund to help students in the area further their studies.

Furthermore, 45 parent and teacher associations (PTAs) in the Kapit district received a grant of RM3,000 per school, totalling RM135,000. — DayakDaily