RM6mil to train teachers

SERIAN: The Sarawak government has set aside RM6mil this year to train primary and secondary school teachers in the state who are involved in the teaching of Science, Mathematics and English.

Sarawak Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong said the training needed to be carried out as there were many teachers in the state, especially in the rural areas, who had to teach these subjects although they did not have the basics.

“These teachers will undergo training for two months during the end of year semester break at four teachers’ training institutes (IPG) in the state,” he said after launching the Serian District 2020 Education Leadership Colloquium here.

He said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who had recently approved the allocation, is hopeful of a quick solution to the problem of insufficient qualified teachers for these three subjects since it is one of the reasons behind the poor performance of Sarawak students in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Manyin said experienced teachers would usually apply to move to schools in urban areas and they would be replaced by new and inexperienced teachers in the rural areas.

On proposals to merge schools with small number of students in the state, he said this could not be implemented following discussions with parents from the affected schools.

Meanwhile, he said he had approved RM60,000 under his small rural project allocation for the purchase of seven digital boards to be distributed to six schools in the district, including SMK Serian, SMK Tebedu, SMK Tarat, SMK Ta-ee and SMK Balai Ringin. — Bernama

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