KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has achieved 86.81 per cent Sabahan teachers at the primary school level after the placement of 187 new teachers statewide.
State Education Department director Mistirine Radin said this was in line with the Ministry of Education 90:10 policy to have 90 per cent Sabahan teachers in Sabah.
The 187 teachers who graduated from the Teachers Education Institutes (IPG) last year has been posted to several primary schools in Sabah, effective yesterday.
Mistirine said the placement of the teachers was done based on their specialisations and the districts which are in critical need of teachers.
Most of the teachers involved specialised in English, Kadazandusun Language, Mathematics, Islamic Education, Early Childhood Education, Music Education, Physical Education and Special Education, she said during the presentation of housing letters and briefing for new teachers yesterday,
“Teachers would be placed based on option need and locality, namely options such as English, Kadazan Dusun, Mathematics, Islamic Studies, Early Childhood Education, Music, Physical Education and Special Education, among others.
“The State Education Department also acknowledges the gap between status of teachers closer to the city and in rural areas, hence the placement of teachers according to districts with a shortage in particular options. This is so that children in rural areas stand to gain equal opportunities in education,” she said.
Mistirine added that human capital is the most important aspect in achieving the status of a developed nation, with the role of teachers being a key part of shaping newer generations to fulfill the aspirations and needs of the country.