Hornbill Unleashed

December 13, 2013

Sarawak PKR wants autonomy for education needs

Filed under: Education,Human rights,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:01 AM
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1465393_10202470372498587_25533641_nWilliam Mangor

Sarawak SMKs fare below nation’s average education standard due to insufficient funds and delays in processing requests for development and maintenance of schools.

PKR spokesperson Boniface Willy Tumek fears that allocation of the education budget for Sarawak is insufficient and urges that autonomy be accorded to the State’s Education department.

The Ministry of Education’s (MoE) insufficient allocation to the Sarawak state education department result in school maintenance delays and inadequate care being given to the student’s welfare.

Approximately 66% of national secondary schools (SMK) in Sarawak are at average and below average standards and overall student examination performance of SMK’s in Sarawak are not made known to the general public.

“The RM1.2 billion allocated in the 2014 Federal budget, (to be used) for building of 33 new schools and upgrading and maintenance for existing schools, will not be enough.

“The recent PISA (Programme for International Students Assessment) 2012 seems to indicate that schools in other parts of Malaysia are not that much better off.

“Recently there have been numerous complaints regarding the state of the education system in Sarawak,” he said to the media during the weekly party meeting.

Currently there are 184 SMK’s in the state of Sarawak with 119 of these schools located in the rural-urban areas.

Rural area schools are categorised as Sekolah Menegah Kebangsaan Luar Bandar (SMKLB) by the MoE.

SMK’s are graded using a ‘band’ system based on the school’s Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) achievements .

In 2012 only two SMKs in Sarawak achieved a Band 1 category which is ‘Excellent’, whilst 110 SMKs came in under Band 5, the ‘Average’ category and 12 SMKs were in Band 6, the ‘Below Average’ category.

“Among issues repeatedly highlighted are the dilapidated schools, especially in the rural areas, the lack of basic facilities such as classrooms and science labs, insufficient teachers due to the high rate of transfers, accessibility and connectivity, just to name a few,

“In October this year, the state director of education was quoted as saying that dilapidated schools in rural Sarawak are very common,” he added

Meanwhile, Noel Changgai a former State Planning Unit (SPU) member said that if autonomy is extended to the Sarawak state education department, it would make their handling of tasks easier.

“If we are accorded autonomy then we would not be required to channel our needs to MoE who are then required to seek ‘approval’ from the Federal Finance department, who then revert back to MoE and they in turn, back to us.

“The process takes a long time.

“Autonomy in Sarawak state’s education will ensure necessary components to be passed easily and on a more timely basis.” Noel add


  1. Mission schools throughout East Malaysia must take the initiative to reverse the slide in education standards in Sarawak and Sabah. They must ignore the national education policy and reset the mimimum acceptable standard for mission schools. They shall choose only teachers acceptable to the board.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — December 13, 2013 @ 10:47 PM | Reply

  2. Sarawak needs autonomy for education, freedom of worship or belief, ownership control of oil and other natural resources, among others. In short, Sarawak needs autonomy for self-government. After all, we are an equal partner, not a state under Malaysia.

    Comment by Sharpshooter — December 13, 2013 @ 8:45 PM | Reply

    • Autonomy is such a great catchphrase – a buzzword among Sarawakians. I begin to use this word spontaneously. I do not fully grasp the meaning of this word but to me it connotes people’s power, more power to people, not the corrupted elite. But which politician in Malaysia is free from corruption? BN and Pakatan are both rhetorical but non action as far as corruption is concerned. Thus a revolution or metamorphosis is needed here, not mere transformation advocated by Idris Jala. Perhaps what Kim Jong Un did by purging even a close relative (suspected of corruption) will answer the deep rooted corruption, cronyism and couldn’t care less Malaysia ….

      Comment by I am Right — December 17, 2013 @ 5:26 PM | Reply




    Comment by anon — December 13, 2013 @ 7:46 PM | Reply

  4. Willy Tumek? No lah nobody listens, people only listens to Pehin, no matter what.

    Comment by i knowit all — December 13, 2013 @ 9:16 AM | Reply

  5. The end of mission schools also spelled the end of solid education in Sarawak. All because of politics of dominance, racial and religious frenzy that only the BN, under the control of Umno is capable with. And as long as education remains under the thumb of the Umnoputras, the standard will only get worse as they manipulate the system to cater to one race only while leaving the rest in the lurch. It’s been an ongoing process for the past 50 years. You want to see change? Change the government first and the rest will flow naturally. But it will take a herculean effort and it will take years to reverse the process. In the meantime, the rot will continue under the BN.

    Comment by apai — December 13, 2013 @ 9:12 AM | Reply

    • Please be informed that Sarawak has no more mission schools. Two acclaimed schools in Kuching St. Joseph and St. Teresa are no more mission schools because it’s teachers are all from Education Ministry. The church only own the buildings. There are no more De La Salle brothers in the schools. Those with money can send their kids to private schools. A possible suggestion is demanding the return of education into the auspices of the state.

      Comment by I am Right — December 13, 2013 @ 11:33 PM | Reply

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