KOTA KINABALU: More than 2,280 peninsula teachers currently based in Sabah have applied for a transfer back to their home state as of Oct 1.
State Education director Datuk Jame Alip said of this, more than 1,000 would leave Sabah by next year, leaving a glaring vacancy that could hopefully be filled by Sabah graduates who were presently jobless.
“Comparably, only 394 Sabah teachers who are based in the peninsula have applied to return to the state,” Jame said after launching the state-level ‘90:10 Data Collection Initiative’ at Wisma Pendidikan, Likas, near here yesterday.
The department, he said, was collecting data on unemployed graduates, who would be offered jobs in the teaching profession if they are interested.
The selected candidates will be required to undergo a one-year course in education.
Jame said this initiative was also to ensure that within the next three years, 90% of the teachers in the state would be Sabahans.
The department, he said, was also targeting that 17.9% or 2,621 teachers in secondary schools and 9.8% or 2,589 teachers in primary schools in Sabah were locals.
Sabah, Jame said, was also in a critical need of Islamic Education teachers.
“We have 11 religious schools, but not all of the students end up becoming an ustaz or ustazah. That’s why we do not have enough of our own to teach the subject.”
Sabah, Jame added, was also experiencing a shortage of science teachers and school counsellors.
“We require more than 200 science teachers and counsellors.”
Two weeks ago, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said that the ministry planned to hire unemployed graduates from Sabah to meet the quota of 90% local teachers in the state within the next three years.
A committee, he said, had also been set up to gather information on these unemployed graduates.
This, Mahdzir added, was in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s announcement on Malaysia Day last month that 90% of teaching posts in the state would be given to Sabahans.