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Invite to Sabahan education grads
Published on: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Kota Kinabalu: The State Education Department is calling on all Sabahan education graduates who have yet to be offered teaching positions to register with the department through their respective education offices from Oct. 6 to 9.A total of 5,210 local teachers – an average of 1,735 a year for the next three years – will be needed to increase the percentage of local teachers in Sabah to 90 per cent as promised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Of these, 2,589 would be primary school teachers while the other 2,621 secondary school teachers.

State Education Director Datuk Jame Alip (pic) said the department is taking its own initiative to conduct the State-Level 90:10 Data Collection Programme for education graduates which will kick off on Oct. 6 at 9am at the department's headquarters in Wisma Pendidikan here.

"Education graduates from Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Papar and Tuaran are encouraged to register. This is open to all education graduates from public, private or overseas universities, as long as their degrees are recognised by the Public Service Department. "Education graduates from other districts can start registering on Oct 7 to 9 at their respective education offices," he said during a press conference here, Tuesday.

All applicants are required to bring with them original copies of their identity cards, birth certificates, academic certificates including SPM, STPM, Bachelor degree certificate, Masters degree and PhD certificate, if any. Education graduates from private universities and overseas universities will be required to submit a certificate of recognition from the Public Service Department together with their degrees.

Jame said currently 80.2 per cent of the 26,425 primary school teachers in Sabah are locals while at secondary school level, the percentage is lower at 72.1 per cent.

"For now, this is only open to those with education degrees. We will send their data to the Education Ministry's Human Resource Department and the candidates will be interviewed by the Education Service Commission. This will be a direct appointment because they are all trained teachers," he said.

He added that in the event the number was not enough to fill the positions, the offer will be extended to unemployed graduates from other disciplines such as social science graduates where they will be recommended for a year's training to become trained teachers. However, he said, the offer is only open to those under 35 years. Further information regarding the programme can be obtained by contacting the secretariat at 088-537140 (Mohd Idris Puteh), 088-537142 (Mohd Sarizam Matsanit) or 088-537018 (Tham Yun Fook).

Meanwhile, Jame said he was made aware of a message, which had gone viral on WhatsApp and other social media, purportedly from the department about the recruitment exercise.

"The message was inaccurate and any message from the department, if it did not quote me or Deputy Director Maimunah Suhaibul, the public should just ignore and wait for our formal statement," he said.

Commenting on the haze problem in schools, Jame said district education offices are given the power to close schools if the API reading exceeded 200 without having to refer to him or his office.

"However, the problem is not critical in Sabah but if it happened, then they can close the schools. No need to go through us," he said.



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