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Parents’ oppostion to centralised schools puzzles KCBS chief BY PETER BOON ON OCTOBER 19, 2020, MONDAY AT 12:01 AM
Posted on : 19 Oct 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

SIBU: Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) president Ahmad Malie is puzzled over the opposition shown by some parents against the establishment of centralised schools.

He said the rationale behind the establishment of centralised schools was to tackle the problem of schools in Sarawak with severely low number of enrolment.

“Many parents defend the existing under-enrolled schools based on sentimentalism, when the fact is these schools experience many problems such as shortage of teachers, dilapidated building and severe lack of facilities.

“In this regard, KGBS is urging those still in the under-enrolled school situation to change their mindsets by accepting the government’s proposal of building centralised schools.

“What’s important is that we need to think about the quality of education for our children in time to come,” said Ahmad in a statement, issued in response to an earlier statement made by Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Datuk Amar Michael Manyin about Sarawak unable to proceed its centralised school plan for now, in view of objection by some groups of parents.

The proposed centralised schools were meant to replace 651 schools with low enrolment rates (SKMs).

Manyin was quoted as having said that although the proposal was aimed at improving the academic performance of school-children in the rural areas, many parents did not agree with the implementation, which would involve the closure of schools close to their villages and settlements.

As such, the minister said for the time being, a retraining programme dedicated to the teaching of Mathematics, Science and English subjects would be conducted for teachers at SKMs, who have been forced to teach these subjects due to unavailability of specialist teachers at their schools.