Datin Fatimah Abdullah, Minister in the Chief Minister Department

It’s unfair to label all peninsula teachers in the state as bad just because of few black sheeps says, Minister in Chief Minister Department Fatimah Abdullah.

“Black sheep exist in every profession, no exception to teaching,” she said.

But accusing all peninsular teachers in the state as less committed in their profession was rather unfair.

She said, of the 40,388 teachers in the state this year, only 7,481 were from the peninsula while 753 were from Sabah.

“More than half of the teachers from the peninsula are teaching in primary schools, particularly in rural areas.

“This shows that the majority of the teachers in the state are locals,” she said.

Also, based on information provided by the Education Department, she said there were thousands of transfer applications received from the peninsula teachers.

“In 2011, the Education Department received 2,023 applications (1,362 primary, 661 secondary) but only 151 (98 primary, 53 secondary) were approved,” she said.

On another issue, Fatimah said that Sarawak was indeed facing a critical shortage of religious teachers.

“The criteria says, if any national-type school wherever it is located has 15 Muslim staff members and students, it must have a religious teacher,” she said.