The Education Ministry is recruiting about 13,000 graduates and secondary school leavers to be trained as English language teachers next year in an effort to achieve the National Key Result Area (NKRA) target of widening access to quality and affordable education.

Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi

Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the candidates would be sent to teacher education institutes in the country.

”This is one of the measures to overcome the shortage of teachers and, at the same time, to ensure that students have access to quality education as required under the NKRA,” he told reporters after a working visit to Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendam, Sadong Jaya, here Tuesday.

He also visited eight primary and secondary schools in the Batong Sadong parliamentary constituency, accompanied by Batong Sadong Member of Parliament Nancy Shukri and Sarawak education director Datuk Dr Julaihi Bujang.

Dr Mohd Puad said the ministry would recruit more teachers from as many localities as possible to avert the problem of the placement of teachers in interior and rural areas.

Some 443 primary and secondary schools in Sarawak are categorised as interior and rural schools, and 6,261 teachers serve there.

Dr Mohd Puad also said that the ministry would intensify efforts to provide facilities such as school buildings and water and electricity supply in the interior and rural areas in Sarawak under the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015).

”The ministry will also give immediate attention to teachers quarters,” said Dr Mohd Puad, who began a four-day visit to Sarawak on Monday. — Bernama