KUCHING: Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) wants the Sarawakian teachers quota for training to be a teacher increased to 60%, citing the current 35% given is too low for a state which is the size as the peninsular.

It was further elaborated that by increasing the quota, Sarawak stands to benefit as the shortage of teachers in the state could be addressed in the near future.

KGBS also stated that local teachers are more preferable in the state as they are more sensitive and know the culture of Sarawakians better.

The request of more places for teachers in training was made after Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong announced that the Education Ministry is close to achieving a 35% cent quota for locals to be trained as teachers in Sarawak.