Sharifah Hasidah: Sarawak will fight for its education autonomy

Hasidah (second right) presenting the mock cheque of a RM10,000 grant to a representative from the Kuching District Education Department.

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KUCHING, May 21: Sarawak will fight for its autonomy involving education matters, said Deputy Minister in the Premier of Sarawak’s Department (Law, MA63 and State-Federal Relations) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.

In pointing this out, Hasidah said autonomy in education is part of the discussion between the GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) government and its Federal counterpart in pursuing the restoration of Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“We know that education is under the Federal government’s jurisdiction and it is borne by the Federal government, but the Sarawak government also expressed the desire for more autonomy in the field of education and this is still under negotiation,” she said when attending to Kuching District Level ‘Jom Berambeh Sempena Sambutan Hari Guru 2022’ held at the State Education Department building in Jalan Diplomatik, here today.

She also pointed out that Sarawak government also requested to increase the ratio of Sarawakian teachers in the State to 9:1.

“We are bringing all these up in the negotiations so that we have more autonomy in the implementation of our national education policy,” she added.

During the program, Hasidah also presented a RM10,000 grant to the Kuching District Education Department. — DayakDaily