Ministry aims to fill 50 pct of estimated 3,000 teacher vacancies in S’wak by March

Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek

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By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, Jan 28: The Education Ministry (MoE) hopes to fill 50 per cent of the estimated 3,000 vacancies for teachers in Sarawak by March before the school term starts, says its minister, Fadhlina Sidek.

She said this is an effort by the Ministry to ensure there are enough teachers in the State. However, she also said that the 90:10 ratio (of Sarawak teachers and non-Sarawak teachers) would still apply to Sarawak when bringing in new teachers.

“The issue is not only faced in Sarawak but the country as a whole,” she said in a press conference after the ‘Majlis Sumbangan Kasih Anak Terkesan Covid-19 Sarawak’ held at SMK Batu Kawa today.

Meanwhile, Fadhlina also said that the issue of upgrading and repairing dilapidated schools in Sarawak was one of MoE’s top agendas.

“On infrastructure, especially dilapidated schools, it would be our (MoE) responsibility. It’s under our commitment as it is under the seven aspirations of MoE,” she said.

Also present at the press conference were Sarawak Education director Datu Dr Azhar Ahmad and Education Ministry director-general Dato Pkharuddin Ghazali.

On Jan 27, it was reported that the MoE is ready to improve education issues in Sarawak within the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), which Fadhlina Sidek said she had discussed the matters with Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg. — DayakDaily