Teach­ers mould fu­ture lead­ers and spur coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment

New Straits Times - - Opinion -

ON Tues­day, we cel­e­brated Teach­ers Day as a trib­ute to ed­u­ca­tors who have con­trib­uted to the na­tion.

This day should be cel­e­brated by teach­ers and the com­mu­nity, as teach­ers can help cre­ate unity.

We can never deny the role of teach­ers of all races to in­cul­cate the spirit of unity in stu­dents. This is the main rea­son the govern­ment de­cided to main­tain last year’s theme, “Teach­ers As Na­tion Builders”.

Teach­ers’ in­flu­ence can bring sig­nif­i­cant im­pact to a gen­er­a­tion. They must be recog­nised and ap­pre­ci­ated.

Teach­ers are role mod­els and lead­ers in class­rooms.

They set an ex­am­ple for stu­dents to em­u­late in terms of good char­ac­ter.

To teach­ers, it is not about teach­ing, but more im­por­tantly, it is about ed­u­ca­tion and mould­ing fu­ture lead­ers.

The role of teach­ers is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing.

As the na­tion heads for de­vel­oped na­tion sta­tus, teach­ers spur the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment.

Teach­ers must be re­minded that they should im­part no­ble val­ues, pro­mote unity in schools and reli­gious un­der­stand­ing.

They must al­ways serve with dis­ci­pline, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment.

My hope is that teach­ers will de­velop stu­dents into in­di­vid­u­als who have in­tegrity and no­ble val­ues as well as moral stan­dards.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry must en­sure that there are well­trained teach­ers to en­sure the suc­cess of moral ed­u­ca­tion in schools.

Prin­ci­pals and teach­ers need to be more sen­si­tive to changes stu­dents’ be­hav­iour as it can help iden­tify those with de­pres­sion.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the min­istry would im­prove guide­lines and fo­cus on the is­sue of de­pres­sion among stu­dents, and school au­thor­i­ties must curb the prob­lem.

I be­lieve that what is more touch­ing and can make teach­ers proud is grat­i­tude and their stu­dents’ suc­cess in life.

Eco World Foun­da­tion also ap­pre­ci­ates the role of teach­ers and will con­tinue to im­prove the stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion and char­ac­ters of un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents in the coun­try.

Happy Teach­ers Day.

TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE Chair­man, Eco World Foun­da­tion

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