Sunday, January 23

Focus currently on increasing capacity of trainee teachers in Sabah

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PRIORITY is currently focused on increasing the capacity of trainee teachers at each of the existing institute of teacher education (ITE) campuses in Sabah, and not increasing the number of ITE campuses.

State education exco Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said increasing the capacity of trainees at each ITE was more practical and easy, as compared to increasing the number of campuses which required financial provisions.

“What is practical and easy to implement is to enhance the ability of the existing ITEs to train new teachers,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Datuk Mohd Suhaili Said (BN-Tungku) at the State Assembly yesterday.

Suhaili had proposed that the government increase efforts to accommodate the new trainee teachers.

According to him, Sabah has only four ITE campuses, namely ITE Gaya, ITE Tawau, ITE Keningau and ITE Tuaran and plans are underway to build one in Kudat.

Earlier, in reply to a question from Datuk Mohamad Alamin (BN-Bongawan), Masidi said the state Education Department, in collaboration with the Education Ministry, used three strategies to achieve the target of 90 per cent teachers from Sabah teaching in the state within three years.

He said the three strategies would run concurrently in stages in three phases: the first in 2016, second in 2017 and the third, 2018.

“Currently, all data of applicants, especially for education options in the 90:10 initiative programme have been submitted to the Education Ministry,” he added.