The number of teachers from other states in Sarawak is down to 11.3 per cent or 4,738. At this rate, the state is on track to have locals make up 90 per cent of its teachers by 2018.
Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Minister Fatimah Abdullah, who provided this update, said that locals at present make up 88.7 per cent of teachers in Sarawak, The Borneo Post reported today.
“By May, the figure had reached 81 per cent. So, we are on track to achieve our target of 90 per cent locals,” she said, adding that 37,177 local teachers make up the 88.7 per cent.
She had earlier chaired a meeting on the 90:10 policy at her office.
“We may still have teachers from other states but they will not make up more than 10 per cent,” she was quoted as saying by the Sarawak-based daily.
According to Fatimah, who looks after the education portfolio, the majority of teachers in Sarawak from Peninsular Malaysia were from Kelantan.
Last year, Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem announced the 90:10 initiative following the devolution of power from Putrajaya in five areas – education, works, agriculture, welfare and housing.
On February 26, this year, Fatimah announced that the plan was set in motion with the Education Ministry having approved the applications of 1,164 teachers to return to Peninsular Malaysia.
She was also reported to have said that as at February, the ratio of local teachers to those from other states 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),” she told The Borneo Post at the time.
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