By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Nov 24: As of Sept 30, Sarawak is suffering from a shortage of 3,076 teachers.
Education, Innovation and Talent Development Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Annuar Rapaee said out of this number, 819 teachers were needed for secondary schools while the remaining 2,257 vacancies were for primary school teachers.
“During the meeting held on Nov 7 between our permanent secretary, deputy secretary general (of Ministry Education), Education Services Commission, it has been agreed that by February, 2024, the shortage of 819 teachers should be resolved.
“And the shortage of primary school teachers (of) 752 will be resolved by June 2024.
“Having said that, we still have shortage of 1,555 for primary schools, and we have proposed to the Ministry of Education that we will offer a contract of service for non-teacher graduates to be employed,” said Dr Annuar when answering questions on education raised by Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap (GPS-SUPP) during the Question and Answer session at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting today.
He said the recruitment of non-teacher graduates will be carried out by the Ministry of Education. — DayakDaily