Reinforcements to be sent to schools which lack STEM teachers with English proficiency

Manyin (third left) in a photo-call with symposium participants.

KUCHING, Nov 11: Teachers with the relevant skills and knowledge will be sent to schools which do not have enough teachers who have a good command of English languages to teach science, technology, engineering and mathemathics (STEM) subjects.

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research, Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong also revealed that Sarawak will be the only state to implement English as the medium for the teaching of science and mathematics subjects effective from the beginning of the 2020 school term.

He added Sarawak is committed in the teaching of STEM as they have allocated RM11 million to train the trainers.

Manyin said this at a press conference after he officially closed the 2019 Sarawak Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Symposium (SaSTEMS) here today.

He also said that there are 1,246 primary schools in Sarawak, but out of that only 220 Chinese primary schools (SJKC) will not be teaching STEM subjects.

Manyin said that he is sympathetic towards rural schools teachers especially those teaching STEM subjects.

He added the state government has allocated RM50 million to get more than 200 schools connected with electricity and RM9 million for 428 schools with treated water supply.

“This is for the rural schools to have a holistic and conducive teaching environment especially in the teaching of STEM subjects,” he said. — DayakDaily