KUCHING: The Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) described the Chief Minister’s decision to have the state’s own international schools – fully funded by the state government – as an excellent decision.

Its president Macky Joseph said it was in line with the need for Sarawak to prepare her own qualified workforce.

“The Sarawak government is making a bold move by setting its own state government international schools.

“The decision is in line Sarawak’s need to prepare her own workforce. After the completion of their studies locally and abroad the students could then be absorbed into the state civil service,” he added in a press statement issued yesterday.

STU believed that the proposal was also in line with Industry 4.0 and it was indeed timely.

The union expressed hope that the move would drastically reduce costs for those interested in furthering their studies right here in the state.

However, STU also expressed high hopes that the state government-funded international schools would be equipped with among the best facilitators and infrastructures.

In addition, in-depth details for registration should be made transparent, giving the opportunity to all eligible Sarawakians to enrol, he added.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in announcing the proposal said Sarawak had to leapfrog to (Industrial Revolution) 4.0.

The international school was the way to develop Sarawak because at the end of the day, Sarawak’s economy was much integrated with new knowledge and was no longer isolated, the Chief Minister added.