News on contract service teachers welcomed

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KUCHING: Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) president Adam Prakash Abdullah welcomes the announcement by the Senior Minister of Education, Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin that the services of 2,600 contract service (COS) teachers which ended this June have been extended.

“This extension is very much expected as the teachers have been trained and will be awarded teaching qualifications in schools.

“It is very appropriate to help schools that lack teachers throughout the country, especially Sarawak,” Adam said in a statement yesterday.

He also hoped that the Sarawak State Education Department (JPN) would review the placement of COS teachers in schools that really need the  services based on their degree specialisation.

“We want the placement of these teachers to be reviewed so that there is no surplus of teachers in certain fields in certain divisions only,” he said.

Adam  added it would be a loss if these teachers were not absorbed into the national education system because they had been trained and would be awarded the qualification to teach in schools.

Earlier, Radzi said the fate of 2,600 COS intake in June 2020 would be resolved when their contracts are expected to be extended for two years.

However, he said details of the good news would be announced in the near future once the discussions between the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Education Services Commission (SPP) were completed.

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