STU: Reward teachers, upgrade education curriculum as country moves towards developed status

STU president Adam Prakash Abdullah

KUCHING, May 15: The Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) is calling on the government, especially the Ministry of Education (MOE) to continue to provide and upgrade the education curriculum to meet the country’s current development.

STU president Adam Prakash Abdullah in a statement today said the curriculum should also take into account the current Covid-19 situation, home based learning, assessment tools and procedures so that the education system provides meaningful and practical education for learners.

“STU also hopes that the MoE will also continue to upgrade the working and living environment of teachers, provide better social protection services as well as recognise the contributions by teachers nationwide,” he said.

He pointed out that no one can deny that teachers play a vital role in nation building by teaching and providing knowledge, as well as imparting life skills with the correct aptitude and attitude.

He said teachers’ tasks in the schools are becoming more demanding and it requires being creative and innovative teachers to ensure effective teaching and learning in the classroom.

“Teachers are expected to continuously upgrade themselves professionally so as to be able to develop a holistic learner as enshrined in our National Education Policy.

“Thus, teachers have to continue to develop themselves into knowledgeable teachers who will remain relevant with the global education development,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Adam said STU would be grateful if the State government could increase the number of the State’s Long Service Medal award recipients as an appreciation to the services to those teachers who have served the state.

Apart from that, he said, STU also appreciates if the upgrading of school buildings and facilities be put on the priority list so that the children in the rural areas could also enjoy the comfort of learning in a conducive learning environment.

“STU hopes the internet accessibility issue will be resolved soon as our children and teachers will not be able to compete and rise to the global standards if they continue to be deprived of these basic education tools,” he added. — DayakDaily