By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, March 20: Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) has lauded Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s announcement yesterday to make national schools great again.
KGBS president Ahmad Malie said Dr Mahathir’s vow meant that the government was trying to rebuild the system as well as re-introducing an initiative to strengthen the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) curriculums, including the use of the English Language.
Ahmad regarded the move as timely for the sake of the country’s standard of education.
“I believe it can help elevate the quality of teachers and students’ characters, too,” he said when contacted by DayakDaily.
He was asked to comment on Dr Mahathir’s announcement made at Invest Malaysia 2019: Capital Market Forum in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.
Ahmad added that as far as KGBS was concerned, efforts to enhance national schools should not focus solely on transforming the system but on other aspects as well, such as improving facilities and infrastructure.
“This is because there are still a lot of schools in Sabah and Sarawak that are in dilapidated conditions,” he pointed out.
As for reforming the curriculum, he noted that the national civic and religious education curriculums were currently under review. — DayakDaily