SIBU (September 5): The Ministry of Education (MoE) has identified different teaching vacancies based on subject-specific requirements, Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) President Adam Prakash Abdullah has said.
According to him, this avoids any mismatch between the qualifications of the candidates and the ability to teach the subjects at school.
“In this regard, STU hopes that the candidates will understand the problem and not assume why they were not nominated,” Adam said when asked to comment on the issue of the 326 Sarawakians who did not pass. to become teachers under the DG41 category in 2021, having received no response from the Ministry of Education or National Education.
In a statement, Dayang Diana Abang Abdul Nasir, who represented this group of aspiring teachers, said it was revealed during a debate by education experts from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Pendidikan. Sultan Idris on August 22 this year that the country lacked about 10,000 teachers in urban areas and 4,732 in rural areas.
“A total of 326 Sarawak-born aspiring teachers had applied for teaching positions in 2021, but our applications were unsuccessful. When the interview results were released on May 27, 2022, we were told that we did not meet the desired qualifications,” Dayang Diana reportedly said.
On this, Adam remarked, “We sympathize with the aspiring candidates. Yes, Sarawak is still short of teachers and I think many including applicants are not fully aware of how the recruitment process is conducted.
“Some time ago the SPP (Education Service Commission) was also criticized for not appointing these teachers, but the fact is that it was beyond its powers at the time.
“The Ministry of Education has actually identified the various teaching vacancies based on subject-specific requirements. It has nothing to do with Sarawakians not being appointed to vacancies in Sarawak; it has nothing to do with race or region, but (it is) more towards (having) the qualified candidates to fill the appropriate vacancies, depending on the subjects to be taught.
Adam said STU has always appreciated these candidates’ willingness to serve in Sarawak and he believed they would be appointed if they met the specific subject requirements.
“We do not want the Ministry of Education to simply enlist any graduate from any discipline to fill vacancies, as this may lead to a mismatch between their qualifications and the ability to teach the school subjects.
“That said, STU welcomes all qualified applicants to serve in Sarawak and help improve education in the state,” Adam said.