MIRI: The development of the Integrated Highland Agriculture Station in the remote interior of Sarawak has been given a much-needed boost from Putrajaya.
The Federal Government will adopt two rural agriculture communities – Long Peluan and Long Beruan – to give them comprehensive financial and technical aid to enhance their living standard.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin made the annoucement yesterday after a briefing with state leaders here.
“We in the Federal Government will ensure that the people of the two villages are given attention so that their income can be improved and their health and education needs taken care of.
“I hope to get regular reports on their progress,” he said after attending the briefing at a hotel here on the development of the highland agriculture stations.
At another function on Wednesday night, Muhyiddin said more efforts needed to be made to encourage high achieving students in secondary schools and tertiary institution of education to join the teaching profession.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said it was crucial that efforts were made to lure the best brains into the teaching sectors so that they could play a pivotal role in nation building via education of the young.
Academic qualification was still one of the most important criteria to identify quality candidates to join the teaching profession, he said when launching the national level education services conference 2015 hosted by Miri City.
“This is the first time that this national conference is held in Sarawak. This is a good move to enhance national integration by bringing teachers from all over the country to come to visit Sarawak,” he said.
“Transformation of the education sector in the country started in 2013 as launched by the Prime Minister.
“The aim was to prepare an education system that can bring up students who have the abilities to be good future leaders for the country and who have good morale values.”
Muhyiddin said attention was given to narrow the rural urban divide in terms of education infrastructure and to train teachers with qualities to serve especially in the rural areas.
“The challenge is to make sure teachers are ready to serve in the rural schools as more than 50% of schools are based in rural regions,” he said.
Muhyiddin said he wanted to see comprehensive steps taken to ensure that intake for new trainee teachers was based on quality.
“We want to make sure measures for recruiting new teachers are very comprehensive so that only the best candidates are brought into the teaching services,” he said.
Muhyiddin was on a two-day working visit to Miri and Limbang.