KGBS: Guide­lines needed for teacher-par­ent com­mu­ni­ca­tion

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SIBU: Sarawak Bu­mi­put­era Teach­ers Union ( KGBS) has called for proper guide­lines to be for­mu­lated for teach­ers to ob­tain the con­tact num­bers of stu­dents’ par­ents for com­mu­ni­ca­tion pur­poses.

Ac­cord­ing­toit­spres­i­den­tAh­mad Malie, the guide­lines can per­haps con­fine the com­mu­ni­ca­tion hours be­tween both par­ties to day­time, start­ing from 7am till 5pm.

He was com­ment­ing on the sug­ges­tion by Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search Min­is­ter Dato Sri Michael Manyin for teach­ers to build a solid re­la­tion­ship with par­ents to en­able their chil­dren to reap aca­demic and so­cial ben­e­fits.

“After 5pm, there should be no more deal­ing (be­tween par­ents and teach­ers). If there are no guide­lines such as this, there is a pos­si­bil­ity it may cause in­ter­rup­tion to both par­ties es­pe­cially in the evening if there is no con­trol.

“Such a sit­u­a­tion will def­i­nitely give rise to prob­lems even­tu­ally. That is why for a start, the im­ple­men­ta­tion must come with guide­lines or rules,” he told The Bor­neo Post yes­ter­day.

Not­ing the pos­i­tive im­pact, he de­scribed this as a good ef­fort be­tween teach­ers and par­ents to mon­i­tor the dis­ci­pline of their chil­dren as well as their aca­demic per­for­mance, adding that this sug­ges­tion be fur­ther fine-tuned.

Manyin had said this would en­able teach­ers to com­mu­ni­cate with par­ents ef­fec­tively when prob­lems in­volv­ing stu­dents arise and sug­gested that the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment in Sarawak is­sue a cir­cu­lar to all schools, in­struct­ing that ev­ery teacher must know the mo­bile num­ber of their stu­dents’ par­ents so that teach­ers and par­ents could com­mu­ni­cate bet­ter when it con­cerns their chil­dren’s prob­lem in school.

Manyin had also men­tioned that dur­ing their of­fi­cial visit to Fin­land in May last year, they were told that ev­ery teacher has the mo­bile num­ber of their stu­dents’ par­ents and the teach­ers and par­ents over there could com­mu­ni­cate at any time con­cern­ing the stu­dents’ per­for­mance.

To this, Ah­mad said: “KGBS wel­comes and sup­ports Dato Sri Michael Manyin’s call for re­la­tion­ship be­tween teach­ers and par­ents be fur­ther strength­ened through the use of mo­bile phone.

“To KGBS, this is a good ef­fort be­tween teach­ers and par­ents to mon­i­tor the dis­ci­pline of their chil­dren as well as their aca­demic per­for­mance.”

He noted in ac­tual fact, the move to strengthen re­la­tion­ship be­tween teach­ers and par­ents through mo­bile phone has been prac­tised in coun­tries that are ad­vanced in terms of ed­u­ca­tion – among them Fin­land, Es­to­nia, Ja­pan and oth­ers.

“Given that this sit­u­a­tion can help to strengthen the dis­ci­pline and aca­demic per­for­mance of stu­dents, KGBS is of the view that it is not wrong if we em­u­late this model by cus­tomis­ing it to the needs of our coun­try,” Ah­mad said.

Ah­mad Malie

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