Over 1,100 new teachers to ease shortage in Sarawak

PUTRAJAYA: More than 1,100 new teachers are set to serve in Sarawak schools starting Thursday.

The Sarawak Education Department (JPNS) said 422 teachers were given placement in primary schools and the remaining 686 teachers in secondary schools,

The department, in a statement yesterday, said the 1,108 new teachers were graduates from public and private universities.

JPNS expressed its gratitude and appreciation to the Education Ministry for its concern and for sending the teachers.

“JPNS also expresses its appreciation to the Sarawak Education, Innovation and Talent Development Ministry (MEITD) and the Sarawak Branch Education Services Commission (SPP) for their support in helping to overcome the shortage of teachers.”

JPNS said it would work closely with the ministries, SPP and stakeholders to address the shortage issue, Bernama reported.

In October this year, MEITD said the Federal Government had agreed in principle to Sarawak’s desire for devolution of power in critical areas of education, and that the state’s shortage of over 3,000 teachers had been discussed.

In November, the Sarawak government announced that Year Six pupils in the state would be assessed based on the state’s own system, which will be developed in place of the abolished Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR).

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