Teachers play help to transform the nation
TEACHERS, whose role is to mould and develop the potential of the young generation, carry the greatest responsibility in making sure Malaysia will be able to realise the National Transformation 2050 (TN50).
In realising this, the Congress of Teachers Union in the Education Service Malaysia hopes the government, particularly the Education Ministry, will be able to give more attention and support to the teachers in carrying out their duties.
Its president, Datuk Mohamed Sabri Mohd Arsad said teachers are bracing themselves for more challenges daily especially with further advancements in Information Technology which are gradually revoluti- onising the classroom environment.
“In the past, the students depended mainly on teachers to provide them with new knowledge and information.
“Today however, with the advancement of Information Technology, students can easily get excess to new knowledge and information anytime and anywhere via their mobile phones for instance.
“The role of the teachers today are more like a facilitators that provide guidance to students to further understand the new knowledge and information,” he said.
Sabri added teachers today depend greatly on technology and the Internet to perform their duties and it was important for the government to provide them with better infrastructure, including faster Internet connectivity to ease their duties.
He also urged the government to provide teachers with assistance in areas such as clerical work to allow them to focus on their responsibilities in the classroom.
“Teachers, who are professionally trained as educators, should be giving their full attention to the students in the classroom instead of doing clerical work.
“We believe that, should the teachers be provided with a responsible assistant to do the clerical work for them, the teachers will have more time to prepare and focus on their teaching sessions in the classroom,” he said, adding that there were currently about 400,000 teachers nationwide.
Sabri also suggested that teachers who have served for at least five years in the service should be required to attend short courses or seminars so that they can gained exposure to new information and technology.
There was also a need for the Education Ministry to work together with other ministries and agencies, including private companies that would be able to provide them with the expertise and funds to improve the infrastructure and organise programmes at schools.
“There are many aspects that require improvement in our schools particularly in terms infrastructure. This is especially true for schools that are located in the rural areas.
“Apart from lacking in physical infrastructure, some schools in the rural areas are also far behind in terms of academic achievement as they do not have access to the Internet.
“I, however, believe that we will able to achieve the same standards as other developed countries, such as Japan, if the development is well planned together with support and cooperation from other ministries and agencies including private companies,” he said.
Teachers today have to keep updated on the advances in Information Technology so that they can effectively guide their students.
Congress of Teachers Union president Datuk Mohamed Sabri Mohd Arsad