Qualified but still jobless

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  • Sunday, 27 Jun 2004

KOTA KINABALU: Some 100 graduates who obtained their teaching degrees from Indonesian universities are still unemployed in Sabah despite their courses being recognised by the Malaysian Government. 

They are now appealing to the Education Ministry to look into their plight. 

Johen Gipin, representing the teachers, said some of them graduated as far back as 1999 but remained unemployed because the ministry had not posted them to any school. 

“There are also those who are still studying in universities there and will graduate soon...they too may face the same problem,” Johen, who holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Universitas Negeri Semarang said here yesterday. 

Earlier Johen, who specialised in biology, and about 40 of the graduates held a dialogue with Sabah MPs Backbenchers Club to find ways of resolving the problem. 

The dialogue was conducted by three members of the club – deputy chairman Ronald Kiandee (Beluran MP), secretary Wilfred Madius Tangau (Tuaran MP) and committee member Edmund Chong Ket Wah (Batu Sapi MP). 

Met after the dialogue, Madius said the problem could be traced back to the issue of the graduates not being given equal opportunity for postings compared with those with similar degrees from local institutions of higher learning. 

“They were told by the Education Ministry that they could be posted but first they need to teach for a semester in schools to get used to the Malaysian system before they can be posted,” he said. 

However, Madius said that, except for three of the teachers, the others had yet to be called for such a stint. 

“Some of them planned to take postgraduate teaching course but were held back by the tough competition from local graduates who want to pursue similar courses,” he said. 

“We have offered to meet with the Education Minister (Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein) to discuss the matter,” Madius said. – Bernama 

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