Teach­ers play help to trans­form the na­tion

New Straits Times - - News - MASRIWANIE MUHAMADING wanie@nst.com.my

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

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