State should be allowed to handle own educational development, says minister
KOTA KINABALU July 20, 2011: It is time for the government to examine the State education system and let more Sabahan teachers teach in the State.
Suggesting this yesterday, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun who is also the state education exco, said the Education Ministry should consider leaving it to Sabah and Sarawak to handle their own educational development because both states are far from the ministry in Peninsular Malaysia.
“I am not saying this because we are greedy for power but we are serious about working together with the federal government to improve our education standard in Sabah. If Sabah education is good, it will also be good for Malaysia as well.
“The Education Ministry should look at our geographical challenges that we have to face in order to deliver the best education for our children. If there are teachers from Nabawan or Sipitang qualified to be teachers, they should be teaching in their own place because they know how to deal with the kids,” said Masidi who represented Chief Minster Datuk Seri Musa Aman at the convocation of Sabah zone teachers education institute at Wisma Muis yesterday.
He stressed that the performance of students in Sabah has also been one of the lowest in terms of achievement in the country because of problems related to teachers.
Most of schools where teachers from Peninsular Malaysia were teaching would have new teachers in every three years, he claimed.
“After a period of three years, a school will have another fresh graduate who does not have the experience and our students will be the victims of that situation,” Masidi said, saying that was the reason why he was requesting for Sabahan teachers to teach in their own hometown.
He said it is time for the federal government to come out with an “unusual method” to overcome problems related to teachers in Sabah for the sake of the future generation.