Give Chance To Locals In Interior Of Sabah To Become
TENOM, May 28 (Bernama) -- Assistant Minister
to the Chief Minister Datuk Radin Malleh has appealed to
the Education Ministry to immediately review and relook
at the decisions of the interviewers during an open interview
for the teaching profession, meant for the locals in Nabawan
and Kemabong in the interior of Sabah, on May 7.
He said this was because many parents and students felt
that the interviews were not conducted according to the
"The main objective of the interview is to give opportunity
to locals in the interior of Sabah, especially in Nabawan
and Kemabong, to become teachers," he told Bernama.
However, he added that candidates from outside the interior
districts had also been taken in, depriving the locals of
the opportunity to become teachers.
Radin, who is Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) vice-president,
said he was made to understand that initially the target
group for the intake were locals in the interior who achieved
six credits including in Bahasa Melayu and History in SPM,
and active in co-curriculum activities.
"Scoring 'A' (credit) is not compulsory for the interior
students of Nabawan and Kemabong. The interviewers came
all the way from Putrajaya; they didn't know who these candidates
were, so they just picked at random and the qualifications
applied were the normal one, for example, 4As for male candidates
and 5As for female, thus depriving the locals in the area,"
Radin said what was saddening was the fact that local education
officers were not being involved at all in the intake process.
"Hence the main objective to give opportunity to the
locals is defeated. This is not fair to the locals in Nabawan
and Kemabong," he said.
If these things go on, he said, the locals would be forever
deprived of the opportunity to become teachers.
"That's why the parents want the decisions be reviewed
so that the locals are given the chance to realise their
Radin said that schools in the interior including in Nabawan
and Kemabong were still lacking in many aspects including
infrastructure and information technology facilities.
These should be taken into account in the intake of teachers
through open interview, he added.