So­ci­ety and par­ents should share teach­ers’ bur­den

New Straits Times - - Letters -

EV­ERY May 16, the coun­try will cel­e­brate Teach­ers Day.

Why May 16? It was the date in 1956 when the Fed­eral Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil ac­cepted the rec­om­men­da­tions by the Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee Re­port as the ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy for our coun­try. The doc­u­ment, widely known as the Razak Re­port, has since be­come the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy.

Teach­ers Day is cel­e­brated to draw at­ten­tion to and em­pha­sise the im­por­tant role that teach­ers play in na­tion-build­ing.

Teach­ers face many chal­lenges to ful­fil their du­ties to ed­u­cate the student and en­sure he or she grows up prop­erly and be­comes a use­ful mem­ber of so­ci­ety.

With new com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies and a bor­der­less world, ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially chil­dren, is be­ing exposed to ideas, threats and ex­am­ples.

We are exposed to is­sues con­cern­ing stu­dents’ delin­quent be­hav­iour, such as drug abuse, gang­ster­ism and bul­ly­ing. As much as teach­ers have tried their best to deal with the prob­lems, they per­sist.

There will be some who point the fin­ger at teach­ers for the prob­lems faced by stu­dents.

In this age of so­cial me­dia, feel­ings of dis­sat­is­fac­tion can eas­ily be ex­pressed online and be­come vi­ral.

This can harm not only the tar­geted teacher, but also jeop­ar­dise and de­stroy the rep­u­ta­tion of our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

If we fo­cus on find­ing fault and list ways to pun­ish a teacher for his or her mis­takes, it will not lead us to so­lu­tions that will solve the prob­lems faced by stu­dents.

It is im­pos­si­ble for teach­ers to ed­u­cate pupils without hav­ing full sup­port from the so­ci­ety, es­pe­cially from par­ents.

We must help our teach­ers in their quest to ed­u­cate our younger gen­er­a­tion.

So­ci­ety and par­ents should share the bur­den with teach­ers. Point­ing fin­gers and find­ing fault will not do any­one any good.

Happy Teach­ers Day.

DR MUZAFFAR SYAH MAL­LOW, Se­nior Lec­turer, Fac­ulty Syariah & Law, Univer­siti Sains Is­lam Malaysia (USIM)

We must help teach­ers in their quest to ed­u­cate our chil­dren.

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