LONDON: The government does not practise discrimination in the field of education as it treats all schools alike in Malaysia, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said although the government made announcements on high-performing and best schools, it was done so that they could be models for others to emulate.
He said this during a dialogue with Malaysian student leaders at the Malaysian High Commission here yesterday.
Muhyiddin was responding to dissatisfaction expressed by one student that there was a disparity in the government’s treatment of schools, especially involving those in the interiors of Sabah and Sarawak.
According to Muhyiddin, there was no let up on the government’s part to implement various improvement programmes for schools in the two states.
“The problem the government faces is that there are not many teachers willing to serve in interior areas, especially in those two states,” he said.
Also present were Muhyiddin’s wife, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Malaysia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Datuk Abd Aziz Mohamed. — Bernama