The Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) has declared it is not supporting the move to import American English teachers under the English Teaching Assistants (ETA) programme.

STU claimed that they would prefer locals, and Sarawak is not short of talent for the task.  In addition to that, STU feels that American teachers will have problems adapting to the local culture.

Nonetheless, STU is in full support of the programme and effort to beef up English proficiency among students.

The ETA is a programme by the Education Ministry which emphasis on improving the English standard among the students in the state.

Read more from the original source The Star Online


  1. This union has that much power to dissuade the federal government from implementing the program? I understand the desire to utilize local talent over imported talent but how many teachers have a TESL certification and how many more teachers are needed to raise the English standard in Sarawak?

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