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Efforts continuing to achieve 90pc Sabahan teachers
Published on: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The State Education Department will continue efforts to achieve the 90:10 teacher (local to peninsula) ratio, said Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob."The aim is to achieve 90 per cent Sabahan teachers in a period of three years beginning 2016," he said at a ceremony to present the posting letters to new and interim teachers, here, Monday. His speech was read by his Assistant Minister Jenifer Lasimbang.

"The current status, as of July 12, shows that there are 23,273 Sabahan teachers in primary schools in the State or 88.75 per cent.

"For secondary schools, it is 83.33 per cent or 12,578 teachers."

Altogether, Sabahan teachers made up 86.77 per cent or 35,851 of the teaching population in the State.

"The posting of teachers also took into consideration of vacancies and approval by the Human Resource Management Division as well as the schools' option needs," he said.

Yusof also thanked the Federal Education Ministry for allowing the State Education Department to appoint interim teachers via an open market.

"This shows the Education Ministry is not only committed to realising the policy but, more importantly, wants to provide the opportunity for Sabahans to fill any vacancy in the teaching profession in the State."

During the ceremony, some 305 teachers – 261 new and 44 interim teachers – received their appointment letters as Education Service Officers.

He also reminded the newly-appointed teachers to carry their duties with full integrity.

"Put the opportunity given to you into good use…be a true educator no matter where you are posted.

"You should be thankful for such opportunity as there are still many of your friends who are looking for employment," he said.

The new teachers were also reminded to always uphold the teaching profession ethics and comply with any rule and regulation under the Education Act and General Orders.

Also present was State Education deputy director Datuk Dr Mohd Kassim Mohd Ibrahim. - Ricardo Unto


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