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Sarawak will implement the use of English for the teaching of Science and Mathematics for Year 1 pupils state-wide, beginning Jan 1, next year. - STR/JANNAH KHO

KUCHING: Sarawak is ready to implement the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English for Year 1 pupils in 1,026 primary schools in the state beginning Jan 1, next year.

Sarawak Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong said so far, RM11 million had been spent by the state government for that purpose.

"This includes to provide training to 2,853 teachers as well as to print books and (teaching) materials," he told a press conference after officiating the Sarawak Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SaSTEMS) 2019 Symposium here yesterday.

Manyin said video-based teaching materials for use in teaching sessions would also be distributed to each school.

"We will be supervising (the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English for Year 1 pupils) for at least six months," he said.

Manyin said, however, the implementation would not involve national-type schools (SJK) in the state.

"Some 220 national-type Chinese primary schools have decided not to teach the two subjects in English next year," he said.

Meanwhile, Manyin said the state government would spend RM50 million to connect a 24-hour electricity supply to 200 schools in the state that were still dependent on the generator set. -- BERNAMA

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