Posted on August 25, 2012, Saturday
William Ghani Bina
KUCHING: Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) president William Ghani Bina said he hoped the government would set up more international universities and vocational schools in the state to meet the growing needs among locals for quality tertiary and skill-based education.
Such a move, he said, would also enable the people to grab the many opportunities mushrooming in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
Ghani also hoped that universities here would work closely with the industries so that students could do courses that were needed in the state.
“I do not wish to see more foreigners like Indonesians, Chinese and Japanese working in SCORE instead of locals. Priority should be given to locals,” he told reporters at the sideline of the ‘Strategic Educational Leadership for the Building of a Creative Society Symposium’ at Inti College Sarawak here yesterday.
The symposium was jointly held by the college and STU in conjunction with the union’s delegates’ conference.
On the need for more vocational schools, Ghani said: “I hope there will be one more vocational school in Kuching, Sibu, Sri Aman, Miri, Limbang or Lawas. To gain the competitive edge, the younger generation needs to acquire the necessary industry-relevant technical and soft skills.”
Ghani pointed out that education belonged to all Malaysians and not a certain group of people or political party.
He said politics and education should not be ‘mixed’ together and that policies concerning education should be left to educationists and not politicians.
“They (politicians) may give suggestions, but the final decisions should be made by educationists.”
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