KOTA KINABALU July 23, 2011: Graduates from Sabah and Sarawak should be given the opportunity to teach in their own states as they are qualified for the job, according to Sabah International Dynamic Management (SIDMA) College chief executive officer Prof Dr Morni Kambrie.
He said the two states are not a place for teachers from the peninsula to undergo basic training only to be sent back upon maturity.
He said the difference between the peninsula and remote areas in Sabah and Sarawak probably makes them unwilling to teach there for a long time.
“When the situation is totally different, their hearts are not there when they teach, but there are many graduates from Sabah and Sarawak who can teach in such the interior areas,” he said.
The event was officiated by Islamic Association of Sabah (USIA) secretary general Major Abd Latiff Kandok, who represented USIA chairman Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Sakaran Dandai.
Morni said he welcomed the statement by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun who is also the state education exco that Sabah is not a place for new teachers from the peninsula to undergo basic training.
He said he was told that every year the number of teachers from the peninsula applying to be sent back reach 1,000 but the number of teachers replacing them are less than 1,000.
This means that every two to three years the schools in both states would receive new and untrained teachers, who would ask to be transferred back when they have gained experience, he said.
At the same time, graduates from Sabah and Sarawak are denied the opportunity to undergoing training, he added.
“In addition, we are quite disappointed that graduates from private institutes of higher learning (IPTS) such as Universiti Tun Abdul Razak are not being accepted,” Morni said.
The Teacher Recruitment Division had issued a memo in October last year stating that teaching posts were only for graduates from public institutions of higher learning (IPTA) and Teachers Training Institute, he said.
“Nearly 70 per cent of our graduates are from the interior and they know the environment there.
“They do not mind being posted to such areas and are always willing to teach there, but they are not being accepted,” he lamented.
“If the department says teachers’ recruitment is based on projection, then why are there still schools that have vacancies for teachers and are not filled?
“For example, there is a school in Kalabakan, Tawau, that faces a shortage of five teachers but why are our graduates not taken and sent to teach at the school?” he asked.
“Our children are not guinea pigs. They should not have to bear the lifetime consequence of decisions made and changed with every education minister which shows such instability and indecision.
“We need our own Ministry of Education in Sabah to look into the K-12 curriculum, the expansion of Malaysian and international universities here and the training and employment of Sabah teachers in their own State as well as provide local people the chance to erect local schools,”
“Our federal history syllabus does not highlight the realities of Sabah’s past political leaders and their contribution to state and nation and they omit essential information pertaining to what this state considers to be important like the documents leading up to the formation of this country as well as the historic 16th September 1963.
“The IGC report is very clear on the issue that the state government is to be in full control of educational policies and the administration of education in our state. It further mentions that we may continue the use of English throughout our curriculum and that we are not required to enforce any religious instruction in our schools.
UBF chairman and founder Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan
Ahli Parlimen Tenom, Datuk Raime Unggi, meminta kerajaan melalui Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia agar memperkasakan dan merancakkan pembangunan pendidikan khususnya dalam kemudahan infrastruktur dan prasarana pendidikan di luar bandar.
“Kemudahan infrastruktur yang baik akan memberikan impak yang berkesan terhadap pembangunan pendidikan pelajar-pelajar luar bandar,”
Ahli Parlimen Tenom, Datuk Raime Unggi