Friday, June 21

Sabah to set up own vocational schools – CM

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Shafie presenting a State Scholarship Award to one of the 40 recipients at Tun Mustapha Tower yesterday. Looking on are Dr Yusof (third right), Hajah Rosmawati(left) and Maimunah (right).

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will establish its own educational institutions like vocational schools in the future, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

The Chief Minister said Sabah was focused on developing its own human capital for Sabah’s future industrialization.

“This will be the established Ministry of Education (and Innovation) Sabah. We will not rely on the central government. I’ll find money and ways to enable our children to study and focus on technical fields in colleges,” said Shafie when officiating at the 29th ABCNS presentation ceremony at Tun Ahmad Raffae, Menara Tun Mustapha here yesterday.

“This is upscaling of young people, not only do we want PhD holders. Industry does not need master’s, degree holders. Industry wants skills. This is what we want and there must be, what people say, organized planning,” he explained.

He added the Education and Innovation Ministry would also focus on courses that match up with the planned industrial development in Sabah.

“We have to match it up with some of what we intend to do. I have also told our new Sabahan International Trade and Industry Minister, I want an industry that we want to develop at the Sabah level to match up with the investment coming into Sabah so the need will be organized well,” said Shafie.

Also present at the event were State Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob, Sabah Foundation deputy director Datuk Hajah Rosmawati Haji Lasuki and State Education Department director Datuk Hajah Maimunah Suhaibul.