Hornbill Unleashed

September 10, 2016

Sarawak requests more private English-stream schools

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:03 PM

Sarawak has requested the federal government to approve more private English-stream schools in the state to improve the level of proficiency of the language among students.

Chief Minister Adenan Satem said the state government had pledged its support to establish more of these schools, which focused on teaching and learning in English.

“We recognise the uniformity the national education policy is set to achieve but it does not necessarily mean unity,” he said at the parade in conjunction with the 80th birthday of Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Abdul Taib Mahmud at the Miri Stadium today.

Adenan said the state had autonomy over education and should be given the freedom to decide its own policy to suit its needs.

He said the state government wanted more English-stream schools as the command of English among students in the state was poor.

He expressed the fear that more than 20,000 fresh graduates from Sarawak would have difficulty getting employed due to their inability to master the English language.

“Be more practical, like Singapore and other states; we are not too late,” he said, adding that Sarawak did not want fresh graduates to be “unemployed and unemployable” due to their handicap in English.

On education facilities, he said, the Education Ministry must focus on upgrading dilapidated schools in Sarawak as some of these schools were in danger of being swept away by rivers due to constant erosion while others still did not have adequate supply of electricity or water.

A total of 80 contingents took part in the parade, including from government departments, uniformed bodies and NGOs.

Bernama Online



  1. Revert all mission schools to their original name to reflect that they are English medium mission schools.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — September 11, 2016 @ 12:19 PM | Reply

  2. No need to request … just do it if you are serious about development a smart society like Singapore … Malasya can remain stupid

    Comment by Tigeryk — September 11, 2016 @ 8:41 AM | Reply

  3. Umno will tell Sarawak that Bahasa Melayu is Bahasa Jiwa Bangsa.

    Comment by Diman — September 11, 2016 @ 8:00 AM | Reply

  4. Not just private eNGLISH MEDIUM SCHOOL BUT ALSO govt enghlish medium school, like in the past!

    Comment by SE — September 11, 2016 @ 3:07 AM | Reply

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