SIBU: Sarawak is willing to be the first state to implement the revival of teaching of science and mathematics in English, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg.
He said this in a speech to teachers when officiating at the state-level Teachers’ Day Celebration in Sri Aman Saturday (May 11).
He said the Sarawak government was well aware of the challenges in carrying out this initiative but was ready to overcome the various constraints.
Education minister Dr Maszlee Malik had, in a recent meeting with the Chief Minister, conveyed the intention of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to reinstate teaching the two subjects in English.
Dr Maszlee had said Dr Mahathir expressed his wishes that Sarawak be the first state to implement the programme.
Abang Johari said the biggest obstacle would be to ensure that sufficient competent and English-proficient teachers were available to teach the subjects.
He pointed out this would entail the need to train teachers locally and gave assurances that Sarawak was willing to fund the training programme for the sake of further enhancing the command of English among students in Sarawak.
The second challenge, he said, was to ensure that proper textbooks were available and again gave assurances that the Sarawak government was willing to contribute financially to produce or purchase the textbooks.
“What is important to us is the outcome in the effort to produce quality, English proficient students,” he said.
He also suggested that teachers carry out more non-classroom-based learning that he believed would make teaching and learning more effective.
He thanked teachers for their selfless contribution to nation-building while describing them as leaders in their own right in the schools and outside.