MIRI: Teachers in Sarawak welcomed the new education policy that at least 90% of teachers teaching in Sarawak and Sabah will be made up of locals, with the other 10% from the peninsular.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi had last week announced that the federal government hopes to implement this new policy by next year.
“Very soon 90% of teachers in Sarawak and Sabah teaching in the two states will be locals.
“The other 10% will be from the peninsular.
“This will be a good ratio that will ensure the empowerment of Sarawakian and Sabahans in education and at the same time maintain a healthy state of national integration.
“The Education Department is doing the best it can to ensure the progress of education for the locals in Sarawak and Sabah.
“It is doing a good job,” he said when addressing locals at SMK Bakun in Belaga district last Friday.
Zahid said the federal government understands the need to improve infrastructure facilities such as school buildings and teachers’ quarters.
Big allocations will be channelled to the two states in the coming budget, he added.
Yesterday, teacher Sylvia Manong from a local school here said that the news from Zahid was long overdue.
“We teachers in Sarawak have been fighting for this for many years.
“The union of teachers and headmasters in the state have also been fighting for this for decades.
“The parent-teacher associations have also been lobbying for the same thing for years.
“The usual practice by the Education Ministry was for Sarawak teachers to be sent to other states upon their graduation from the training colleges.
“Many of them had to apply repeatedly and had to wait for many years before they got a chance to be transferred back to Sarawak.
“With the new policy, more Sarawakian teachers will be able to teach in their home state of Sarawak and maybe even in their own hometowns.
“That will be a good move since Sarawak teachers know their own backyard better and understand the local needs better,” she said.
Retired headmaster Kanyang Beling said that a ratio of 90%.local Sarawakian teachers and 10% peninsular teachers is a good balance.
This ratio is good for national integration, he added.