Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dept supports proposal for two more colleges

This will reduce shortage of local trained teachers especially in rural schools, says Education director

BINTULU: The State Education Department supports the suggestion from Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) to set up two more teachers’ training colleges in the state.

Its director Dr Julaihi Bujang said this would reduce the shortage of local trained teachers, especially in rural schools.

Julaihi however said additional colleges might not necessarily solve the problem as “some local trained teachers are reluctant to serve back in their areas but prefer to teach in urban schools”.

He was asked to comment on the request from STU president William Ghani after he had officiated at the Bintulu-level Teachers’ Day 2009 celebration at SMK Assyakirin in Tanjung Kidurong here yesterday.

Julaihi said the request was good for intake of locals and trainees from Sabah. Travelling expenditure would be reduced if the colleges are sited in Lawas or Limbang.

Currently, there are some 38,000 teachers serving over 500,000 students in 177 secondary schools and 264 primary schools throughout the state.

Touching on another proposal, he said the department had no say on the intake of trainees and the proper training of untrained teachers .

He said the decision and intake comes under the jurisdiction of the ministry’s training division.

Ghani had recently called on the government to set up two more teachers’ training colleges in Sarawak to ensure intake of at least 50 per cent local trainees.

Earlier in his speech, Julaihi urged teachers to uphold the good image of their profession and be ready to change with global changes and challenges.

He said they were not only entrusted to educate but, most importantly, inculcate among locals values for the 1Malaysia concept.

A retired teacher, Bakeri Yusof, 70, from Kampung Baru was honoured with the Model Teacher 2009 award at the function.

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