Wednesday, March 20

Govt to discuss delegation of education power


Teoh (back row, middle) and Maimunah (on Teoh’s right) with the winners of the competition.

KOTA KINABALU: The Pakatan Harapan government will discuss the details the delegation of education power to the exco minister in charge of education in Sabah.

However, no time frame was given by Deputy Education Minister Teoh Nie Ching, when asked to elaborate on the matter.

“Not yet. Give us some time. There are still a lot of things we are studying,” she said, adding that the matter has to wait until after the Parliament sitting.

“After that, there will be discussion. We will announce after the discussion,” she told reporters at the prize presentation ceremony of the 12th National level Creative Writing in the Chinese language at Likas Square Apartment yesterday.

She was also asked to comment on the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) to which she said ‘no comment’.

With regards to the event, Teoh stressed the importance of creative writing and the role it plays and contributes to the development of the community of both developed and developing nations.

Teoh said writing encourages the community to think, to value and to appreciate as well as to involve themselves positively to the development of the nation and country.

She also stressed that the development of a country and nation require changes in mindset and perception of the community and the people, and that this can be achieved through writing.

She also said that the Secondary School Chinese language creative writing competition started in 2007 and that this year marked the 12th time it has been organized.

She said that the competition is aimed at encouraging the interest of students in writing Chinese literature and creating a young generation that is balanced and holistic as contained in the National Education Philosophy.

The effort to carry out the competition is an initiative that in part of the Malaysia Education Development Plan 2013-2025, she said.

Meanwhile, Sabah Education Director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul said that the activity fulfils the aspiration of the Malaysia Education Development Plan 2013-2015 through the Students Aspiration.

She added that the programme is carried out annually with the aim of improving the mastery and usage of the Chinese language amongst secondary school students in literature.

The winner of the Lower Secondary School category award was Sarawak, while the Upper Secondary category was won by Perak.

The overall winner of the competition was Johor.

The host for next year’s competition, which is Perlis, was also announced yesterday.