Unfair competition between Sabah, p'sula schools:
KOTA KINABALU, Jan 30 (Daily Express)
-- Sabah schools do not stand a chance against the many
better equipped schools in the peninsula to compete as high-performing
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan
said facilities and infrastructures in Sabah schools, especially
in rural areas, were poor, thus, creating a non-level playing
"We do not have enough of the necessary tools, facilities
and infrastructures, so, from a competition point of view,
how can this be fair to the schools in Sabah, or Sarawak,
for that matter!" said Pairin, who is also Infrastructure
Reacting to the Government's list of 20 high-performance
schools nationwide minus any from Sabah and Sarawak, he
was, nevertheless, convinced Sabah schools would have fared
much better if they knew such a list was being drawn up.
"Perhaps, had we been given an inkling on the said
competition and the reward, we might have tried harder despite
the many handicaps that Sabah schools have been facing all
"As a Member of Parliament, I have been alerted in
more ways than one by the very revealing information related
by the newly-appointed Sabah Education Director (Dr Muhiddin
Backing State Minister in charge of Education, Datuk Masidi
Manjun, on his request for a list of relatively high-performing
schools in Sabah, Pairin said the list was timely in view
of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) launched
by the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister's announcement
on the 20 high-performance schools.
"It is clear that Sabah and Sarawak schools are no
way near the picture at allÉthis is a pathetic picture
and teachers in Sabah and Sarawak have described this as
"I admire the positive and brave attitude that Masidi
put up in response to the scenario of how much reward and
freedom, to spend and manage, within those 20 high-performing
schools! This is the first time I have heard of such competition,"
Meanwhile, he suggested that, in order to address the shortage
of trained teachers, local Sabahans be trained in the teaching
profession so they can fulfil the requirement for fully
trained teachers for Sabah, thus, saving the Government
money, including through not having to spend to transfer
them to the peninsula.
"This is not a new subject matterÉthere was
a time when 1,000 teachers were trained and they were all
sent to the peninsula. Our new Education Director pointed
out that every three years we lose 500 to 700 teachers who
return to the peninsula," Pairin said.
"If you provide for them other necessary incentives
to serve in Sabah, I am sure they will serve and teach with
full commitment and dedication."
He added they will be able to concentrate fully on their
job knowing they have the responsibility in their hands
to prepare and provide the future trained manpower requirement
for the development of Sabah, as part of Malaysia.
Towards this end, he said it was time the National Key
Result Area (NKRA) principle be applied to schools in Sabah
and Sarawak, particularly schools in rural areas.
"I am particularly drawn to bring attention to the
Federal Government and, in particular, the Ministry of Education,
that the Sabah Development Corridor Blueprint has provided
a commitment to develop the education hub for the Interior,"
"That being the case, let us hope 'education for all',
'no rakyat will be left behind' and '1Malaysia, People First,
Performance Now' will be a reality that we can all as Malaysians
be truly proud of."