ONE of the many initiatives our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem has put in place to regain our Great State’s rights and autonomy would be seeking a ratio of nine local teachers to every one from other states by 2018.
Now you may wonder why this is necessary.
Those in urban areas might not understand the need for Sarawakian teachers but those in rural areas would.
There have been many rural schools that have had to deal with teachers from Malaya who just do not understand the Sarawakian way.
Don’t get me wrong, there are many wonderful teachers from the Peninsula.
But there have also been many cases where the lifestyle of rural Sarawak has not brought out the best in pampered urbanites from Malaya.
Many put in requests for transfers as soon as they arrive. Hence their focus is not on the students.
Now really you can’t expect them to be passionate about improving the lives of Sarawakian children the way Sarawakians would be.
Currently the ratio of local teachers to those from other states is at 70:20, said Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.
“We are going towards that direction and the 90:10 Initiative will definitely be achievable as scheduled. This shows that what the opposition claims – that the initiatives of Adenan are only talk – is not true,” she said.
Talk, talk, talk is something others tend to do.
Our CM on the other hand has definitely proven he walks the talk.
The story from Free Malaysia Today:
S’awk moving closer to filing schools with local teachers
PETALING JAYA: The 90:10 Initiative by Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem of nine local teachers to one from other states by 2018, has been set in motion with the Ministry of Education having approved the applications of 1,164 teachers to return to Peninsula Malaysia.
State Welfare, Family and Women Development Minister Fatimah Abdullah said the ratio of local teachers to those from other states now stood at 77:20.
“With the leaving of 1,164 teachers from Peninsular Malaysia, there are now 31,652 local teachers and 8,173 teachers from other states (in Sarawak),” Fatimah told The Borneo Post yesterday.
She also explained that three per cent of the ratio were vacancies for 553 teachers, 184 of which had been filled by local teachers who started work on February 1.
The remaining 369 spots would be sourced from the ‘open market’, Fatimah explained, referring to teachers who have graduated from other public or private higher education institutes such as Unitar (Universiti Tun Abdul Razak) rather than the official teachers’ training institutes or colleges.
“We are now in the process of filtering these applications. If recruited, these teachers will be contract or interim teachers.”
Stressing that the Ministry of Education would not compromise on quality when recruiting teachers, she also expressed confidence that the 90:10 Initiative by Adenan would be realised by 2018 as planned.
“We are going towards that direction and the 90:10 Initiative will definitely be achievable as scheduled. This shows that what the Opposition claims – that the initiatives of Adenan are only talks – is not true,” said Fatimah.