Sabah education system must go hand in hand with needs of private sector

KOTA KINABALU: The State’s education system must go hand in hand with the needs of the private sector to decrease the number of jobless graduates.

Sabah caretaker chief minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said further studies must be carried out for this “educational reform” in creating tailor-made courses that should cater to market specific skill sets.

He suggested this during the Sabah Foundation one-off cash handing over ceremony at Tun Mustapha Tower.

Shafie said RM15 million was spent by the previous government administration that went to 10,838 undergraduates across Sabah.

“A total of RM1,000 went to each Sabahan studying here and RM2,000 for those studying outside the state,” he said in his speech.

Some 3,600 aspirants benefitted from the financial aid yesterday but only 100 had personally received it, following RMCO procedures.

Meanwhile, financially decaying University Sabah College Foundation (UCSF) that was hit hard by the pandemic continues to be backed.

However, the state owned institute is urged to market for students outside of Sabah so it may become self-sustaining.

“More students mean more school fees. Methods to attract them must be intensified,” Shafie added.

UCSF staff were forced to resign or take a 50 per cent salary cut with working hours reduced to three days a week in a drastic measure taken during the Movement Control Order earlier in June.

By Jonathan Nicholas.

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