KUCHING (NST) – The Education Ministry will fine-tune its policy on enrolment of students into teaching profession institutions.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the move was aimed at increasing the number of teachers from Sarawak and Sabah.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, however, stressed that quality of teachers would not be compromised despite the policy review.
“I believe that the move to increase the number of teachers from Sarawak and Sabah has its advantages.
“It will definitely save the government cost and time in ensuring there are sufficient number of teachers for both states,” he told reporters after he chaired a meeting with Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders.
Present were BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor and Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who is also state BN chairman. Muhyiddin said last year, the ministry had received more than 5,000 applicants from Sarawak to enrol into teaching profession institutions nationwide.
Only 300 applicants from the state have been accepted after going through selection and interview process.
“If we want to increase number of teachers from Sarawak and Sabah, we need more quality applicants for both states to help us achieve such goal,” he said.
There have been complaints from several quarters in Sarawak including political parties that they have not been enough teachers being trained among Sarawakians.