KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will meet state executive councillors in charge of education over plans to convert teachers training institutes to vocational colleges.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon (pix) said the meeting would discuss bringing about a solution to optimise the use of under-utilised teachers training institutes.
“There is already an influx of trained teachers who have not receive their placements.
“Existing teachers training institutes are also under-utilised, so training new teachers is not feasible at the moment,” Chong said at Parliament lobby.
Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said recently he would not allow the state’s two teachers training institutes to be converted to vocational colleges, calling the move by the Federal government “stupid.”
Adenan said the institutes should be maintained to meet the state’s objective of achieving a 9:1 ratio of Sarawakian to non-Sarawakian teachers serving in the state.
Chong said the Finance Ministry had advised to fully utilise the existing facilities and keep the training within the 2017 Budget.
“So we are seeing how we can optimise the use of these institutes that we already have, but yes, let us discuss this with the Excos from all the states,” he said.