Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Education Ministry will implement a special programme where an intake of graduates will serve in schools in the interior

PENSIANGAN: The Education Ministry will implement a special programme where an intake of graduates will serve in schools in the interior.
This will open up opportunities for Sabahan graduates to serve in rural areas.
Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said 1,000 spots would be provided to train Sabahan graduates through the programme, which will begin intake in June this year.
"We want to increase the number of Sabahan teachers√Čthe priority (for the intake) will be Sabahan graduates from the rural areas," he said when launching the Campus Astro programme at SMK Nabawan II, here, Sunday.
He pointed out that the Keningau Teaching Institute as well as the Miri Teaching Institute in Sarawak had been identified for such purpose in both states.
He also said to ensure the teaching and learning process runs smoothly, the Ministry has allocated RM2 million to renovate, repair and upgrade schools and school hostels in Pensiangan.
The welfare of teachers as well as support staff serving in the rural areas such as Pensiangan, he said, was a deep concern for the Ministry and as such, they received additional monthly allowance ranging from RM500 to RM1,500.
"This does not include the Government's move to build more houses for teachers in these areas," he added.
On another matter, Hishammuddin said more than half or 5,270 (68.9 per cent) of the 7,644 primary schools throughout the country were located in the rural areas, while the number of secondary schools in rural areas numbered 940 out of a total of 2,181.
"Out of the total of primary schools in the country, 31.4 per cent or 2,401 are under-enrolled or in other words having less than 150 pupils. In Pensiangan, 32 out of the 75 primary schools are facing this kind of situation."
He pointed out that under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (RMK-9), Sabah was the biggest recipient of the education allocation totalling RM3.43 billion.
The State is also the biggest recipient of numerous assistance and education subsidies compared to other states, he said, citing the RM11.32 million for 156,386 pupils under the Poor Pupils Group Trust Fund (Tabung Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pelajar Miskin or KWAPM) and RM54.6 million for 140,201 pupils under the Additional Food Programme (RMT) for 2009.
He noted that out of this number, RM3.2 million had been channelled under the KWAPM to 4,707 pupils and RM1.4 million under the RMT to 3,705 pupils studying in schools in Pensiangan.
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