The Staronline: Saturday February 4, 2012 MYT 12:24:00 PM
“Sarawak teachers' union says no need for English teachers from US
KUCHING: The Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) is not in favour of importing English voluntary teachers from the United States, under the English Teaching Assistants (ETA) programme to beef up the English standard among the students in the state.
STU deputy president Jisin Nyud said this was because the state had enough qualified local English teachers who could handle the task.
"Of course, we welcome the move should the Education Ministry say it is good for the students.
"However, these American English teachers may not understand the local cultures like our local English teachers do.
"We prefer to have the local teachers who possess qualified degrees like Teaching English as Second Language (TESL) to do the task since we have enough manpower," he told reporters at the STU Chinese New Year Open House at its premises here Saturday.
The ETA is a programme which has been engaged by several states in Peninsular Malaysia such as Johor, Pahang and Terengganu, where native English speakers from the United States would assist local teachers to teach the language, in a move to beef up the English standard among students.”
P.S. This is another typical mindset of the Dayak (Sarawak).