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216 Islamic teachers to meet the shortage
Published on: Friday, August 11, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Some 216 graduates have been appointed Islamic Education interim teachers and posted to schools in Sabah to address the critical shortage of teachers in the subject.

State Education Director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul said they are the first batch of Sabahans without having a degree in education to benefit from the programme, the first in the State's education history.

She said 166 teachers are being posted to secondary schools while 50 to primary schools in the State based on the schools' respective needs.

"The appointment of 216 Islamic Education interim teachers for Sabah is, in fact, the second strategy of a master plan to address the shortage of Islamic Education teachers in the Education Department.

"The Education Ministry has approved an application by the department to appoint interim teachers for the subject which are critically needed in Sabah's schools.

"As a result of the given approval by the Ministry, 211 graduates in Islamic Education field were called for interview in which 206 candidates attended the interview, but only 201 were successful to receive the appointment and postings and another 15 who are reserve candidates under the Ministry," Maimunah said presenting letters of appointment and placements, Thursday.

Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Mohd Arifin Mohd Arif presented the letters of appointment and placements at the Federal Administrative Complex here.

Maimunah said these interim teachers are required to attend courses during school holidays called "Kursus Dalam Cuti" (KDC) so that they will be absorbed as permanent teachers. "We are thankful to the State Government for its continuous support to voice out the shortage issue and the 90:10 policy to have 90 per cent teachers from Sabah while 10 per cent teachers from other states in the country.

"We expressed our gratitude to Arifin, who is also the Sabah Islamic Religious Council (Muis) Chairman, for highlighting the shortage of teachers in Islamic Education to the Umno assembly at national, state and branch level.

"Thank you also to Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim) for helping the department in gathering information on the graduates of Islamic Education which facilitates the department in appointing the interim teachers," she said.

She also thanked Tabung Haji for sending 50 trainees under 1Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M) to schools for three months from May to July. Maimunah also called on the 211 interim teachers to make full use of the opportunity given by the Education Ministry where some have even completed their studies in 2009 and waited for good opportunities to come by. "Apart from enjoying special facilities in terms of the allowance and other incentives, I hope the 211 interim teachers would render their best and quality services to the department, especially in educating the students who need their guidance and Islamic knowledge.

"Based on the 'AkuJanji' pledge by these teachers to the department, they have expressed their willingness to be posted to schools irrespective of location and distance.

"That was among the main questions that we asked the graduates during the interview and we are pleased that majority of them have shown their eagerness and commitment to be placed at any schools in Sabah," she said.

Maimunah said the basic salary of the teachers is over RM2,000 plus various allowances and incentives. - Hayati Dzulkifli

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