Education Ministry Agrees To Delegate
Power To Sabah, Sarawak To Manage Projects
Oct 30 (Bernama) -- The Education Ministry has agreed to
delegate power to each Education director of Sabah and Sarawak
to manage the giving of education development project contracts
in the two states.
this Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
said it was reasonable to delegate such power, considering
that Sabah and Sarawak were big states in terms of the number
or size of their schools.
it was like that previously for education projects in Sabah
and Sarawak under our ministry, but since the last number
of years, these projects have been managed by the ministry.
see the aptness in delegating this power back to Sabah and
Sarawak. One way is to delegate that power to their Education
director to see how certain projects that we implement at
the state level can be jointly managed," he said after
opening Parti Bersatu Sabah's (PBS) 26th Annual Convention
at KDCA, here.
who is also Education Minister, was earlier asked to comment
on PBS president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan's suggestion
in his speech for the federal government to give Sabah contractors
the opportunity to obtain contracts for projects funded
by the federal government's allocations.
to this, Muhyiddin asked the ministry's development division
to study the two states' capacity to manage educational
development project contracts.
he have agreed on the matter in principle, we want to know
whether they have the capacity or not to manage....we don't
want any disruption after that due to lack of manpower to
manage the projects.
initially we should allow them to manage the small projects
costing less than RM5 million. We should look at their capacity
here first before handing them big projects to manage."
Muhyiddin said, several factors needed also to be taken
into consideration, including the capability of the contractors
offered the projects.
must also be a consultant for every project including on
the contract's worth and areas that need to be scrutinised
before the project is implemented."
call by the Parents Action Group for Education (Page), Sabah
Chapter for the federal government to give national schools
the option to teach Science and Mathematics in English,
Muhyiddin said they had the right to forward their views
on the matter.
we in the government and other concerned bodies have our
own views on the matter too. If parents are asked, they
will say 'yes', without knowing the background...whether
the capacity is there and whether there are enough English
have tested this since we introduced PPSMI (learning and
teaching of Science and Maths in English). That's why we
made the decision (to have the teaching of Science and Maths
back in the Malay language).
have 5.3 million students, almost 10,000 schools and about
500,000 teachers. Hence, the information obtained was all-encompassing
and we have considered all factors," he said.
said the decision on the new policy was not made hastily
but after indepth study made for the good of all.