Sarawak achieves 90:10 ratio of Sarawakian to non-Sarawakian teachers

Roland Sagah delivering his winding-up speech during the DUN Sitting on Nov 29, 2022.

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By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, Nov 29: Sarawak has achieved the 90:10 ratio of Sarawakian to non-Sarawakian teachers.

Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development Dato Sri Roland Sagah Wee Inn also informed that there are also no critical shortages of teachers in Sarawak.

“However, there are still issues on the placement of teachers due to teaching subject specialisations or known as teaching options, and family related matters.

“It is a policy to put spouses together within the same location. We do not want the husband to teach in Lundu, while the wife teaches in Lawas,” he told the august House during the winding-up speech for his Ministry today.

On the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English which was now in its third year since it was first implemented in 2020, Roland Sagah said it is still premature to determine the impact of the programme as it would take the entire six years of primary education to gauge the impact.

“Students have shown a positive attitude towards the lessons conducted in English,

“I am confident that the programme will be able to achieve the desired impact in the long term,” he added.

Furthermore, Roland Sagah said teachers have little problem delivering their lessons in English for the subjects following the implementation of Continuous Professional Development Programmes (CPD) for Science and Mathematics for Teachers from 2019.

“In addition, my Ministry has initiated the CPD for School Leaders and Teachers since 2017 when the Ministry was first established. It was to complement teachers’ development programmes under the State Education Department,” he said.

Among the activities carried out include the Workshop on Empowering Leadership and Management of Malaysia Education Quality Standard Wave 2: Sarawak State School Quality by District Education offices throughout Sarawak and the Sarawak English Language Education Symposium (SELES) which benefited 3,000 teachers since 2017.

To date, Roland Sagah said that the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English as well as the CPD for teachers have benefited more than 80,000 students and 5,100 teachers throughout Sarawak. — DayakDaily