Head Minister of Sarawak, Tan Sri Adenan Satem has reportedly rejected the Federal Government’s plan to change two Teacher Training Institute of Sarawak (IPG) to vocasional colleges and stating the action as ‘stupid’.
The Borneo Post reported that Adenan stated that the number of IPG doesn’t need to be reduced as it can harm the government’s aim for a 9:1 ratio for the number of teachers from Sarawak and outside of Sarawak working in the state.
“I wrote a letter to the prime minister to inform that the proposal to change two teacher training colleges (in Sarawak) to a technical school is stupid.
“I know the importance of technical education but should not be done at the expense of two teacher training colleges,” Adenan had said when opening the state-level celebration of Women’s Day 2016, yesterday.
“Which is why, I urged the government (federal) to change the proposal”, he said.
The Ministry of Education said in a statement on October 29 that went on to explain that there is no institute in the country will be closed, in the midst of confusion Budget 2017 tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.