KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Teacher’s Union hopes that priority will be given to locals when hiring teachers in Sabah following a planned one-off initiative to tackle the teacher shortage issue in four states in the country.
The union president Said Saidi said while the announcement by Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin to hire almost 19,000 teachers is welcome, there were some conditions that should be looked into.
“Placing locals for the vacancies in the state would help prevent another round of shortage when transfers are applied and approved in future,” he said in a statement, Sunday (June 20).
“We also hope that the Ministry would take note of the Internet connectivity problems faced by many teachers and students, especially in the outskirts and rural areas,” he said.
Said pointed out that there is a need to also improve the skills and understanding of information technology and digitalisation for teachers and students alike.
“This is so that educators will have a better grasp of teaching be it online or offline,” he said.
On Covid-19 vaccination, he feels that teachers should be given priority to receive their immunisation jabs.
Said explained that this was to boost the confidence of teachers and help them carry out their duties better during this pandemic.