KOTA KINABALU: Sabahan graduates with teaching degrees are invited to register with the Education Department from October 6 to 9.
State education director Datuk Jame Alip said the graduates can register at the lobby of Wisma Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Sabah, Jalan Punai Tanah Likas on October 6.
Graduates from other districts in Sabah can register at the Education District Offices nearest to them from October 7 to Oct 9.
He advised all the registrants to bring along the original copies as well as copies of their identification card, birth certificate and academic certificates (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia, Degree, Masters and/or PhD).
Graduates from private and overseas higher learning institutes will be required to present the recognition letter from the Public Service Department.
He urged those requiring further information to contact the secretariat at 088-537140 (Mohd Idris Haji Puteh); 088-537142 (Mohd Sarizam Matsanit); and 088-537018 (Tham Yun Fook).
Jame said that the registration drive was carried out by the department to achieve the 90 percent target for Sabahan teachers to serve at primary and secondary schools in Sabah.
He said that about 82.2 percent of primary school teachers or 21,201 primary school teachers serving in Sabah were Sabahans.
There are a total of 26,425 primary school teachers in Sabah. About 4,539 were from Peninsular Malaysia, 654 were from Sarawak and 31 were from Labuan.
Meanwhile, there are 14,645 secondary school teachers in Sabah.
Of the total, 10,560 or 72.1 percent secondary school teachers were Sabahans while the remaining comprised 3,760 (25.7 percent) West Malaysians; 305 (2.1 percent) Sarawakians; and 20 (0.1 percent) were from Labuan.
He also said that the following vacancies were available at the department now: counselor (38 vacancies), special education teachers (34 vacancies), Islamic teachers (717 vacancies) and Science teachers (323 vacancies).
Jame encouraged Sabahan teachers who were now posted to other parts of the country who were keen to work in Sabah to submit their applications as well.
“We hope to achieve the 90 percent target as set by the Prime Minister within the three years’ time frame,” he said.