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Closure of Keningau, Tawau IPG campuses being negotiated

13th July, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: The State Ministry of Education and Innovation will continue to negotiate with the federal ministry on the closing down of Keningau and Tawau Institute of Teachers Education (IPG) campuses.

Its minister Datuk Dr. Yusof Yacob said despite the previous government’s announcement to shut down the two campuses, the ministry under the new government has a different stand on the issue.

He said discussions are still on-going and announcement can be expected within the next month.

“I hope it will result in a positive outcome…(announcement) will be made in the near future, maybe next month,” he said to reporters during the ministry’s Raya open house here yesterday.

The two campuses previously were told it would be shut down and restructured into becoming polytechnic college and vocational training centre, leaving only two IPGs in Sabah – IPG Gaya and IPG Tuaran.

It received numerous objections what more with the insufficient number of teachers in the State to meet the government’s 90:10 target ratio of local teachers in Sabah.

According to Yusof, the ministry is working on a number of programmes to push the government’s mission to empower human resources and elevate Sabah’s level of education.

“We should not rely on meritocracy or handicap system because we need to address our shortcomings. If a school has low achievement, it means they have low (education) quality so we need to lift up the quality and not lower it. “The ministry’s mission is to enhance students’ quality and achievements especially in rural areas.”

With the setting up of the new ministry, he said he is seeking to conduct human resource trainings and skill building under the ministry so that it will be easier to monitor and coordinate.

“Apart from the upgrading of dilapidated schools, we have also identified dilapidated teachers’ quarters which will be looked into to assure comfort to our teachers especially those who will be posted in rural areas.”

The open house yesterday saw officers under the ministry and departments related to the ministry celebrating Raya that is coming to its end.

Also present were assistant ministers Jenifer Lasimbang and Mohammad Mohamarin, Permanent Secretary Datuk Bruno Vun and Director of State Education Department Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul.

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