Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching is currently Deputy Education Minister 1. Her areas of expertise include education issues focusing on school leadership and school management excellence, as well as quality teacher training. She started her teaching career as an English lecturer at the Sandakan Teachers’ Training College, Sabah, in 1975, and later taught English at several schools in Tawau until 1989.
Thereafter, she held higher positions that included being Head of the Schools Inspectorate for the Tawau Zone, Director of the Sandakan Teachers’ Training College and the Tawau Teachers’ Training College respectively, and was the principal in both a mission school and a rural school before she was transferred to another school in 1996, to turn it around.
Datuk Mary Yap established a reputation for being innovative and achieving results during her headship at the Tawau Vocational Secondary School - now known as the Tawau Technical Secondary School, an institution which has since become a national benchmark. In 2002, she was promoted to Senior Principal (DG 54) and two years later, received her second promotion to Super Principal (a key position in the Public Civil Service - JUSA C post).
Her outstanding contributions in the field of education have been recognised by the conferment of various awards that include the Excellent Woman Award by the Tawau Parliament Constituency in 2003, the Outstanding Woman Award by the Sabah Women Advisory Council in 2004, and the Professional Excellence Award in recognition of her service to the community of Tawau from the Tawau Rotary Club on 28 June 2007.
Datuk Mary Yap was born in March 1951.