Teachers need to be actively involved, have annual meetings to discuss student progress says deputy minister

Martin Ben

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By Jacob Achoi

SERIAN, Dec 6: Teachers at both secondary and primary schools ought to have annual meetings to assess the progress their students are making in the school curriculum.

In making the call, Deputy Minister of Food Industry, Commodity and Regional Development Martin Ben said this was necessary to know the progress of the school children and to improve any weaknesses in the education system.

Speaking at the launching of Serian division ‘TS25, PIBKS and Pendidikan Kerjaya’ carnival at Serian Community Hall, here today, Martin likened education with business, which at the end of the day, achievement and success were of paramount importance.

“In business it is about profit and loss, whereby profit matters the most, and so is education where we want the best for our school children.

“It is important that teachers have annual meetings to assess the achievement of the school children to seek remedial action for any weaknesses,” the Kedup assemblyman stressed.

Martin also stressed the importance of having a good working relationship among school headmasters and principals with staff of all levels, as well as the groundsmen and kitchen helpers for the betterment of the schools.

He added that he has personally helped schools inside and outside of Kedup constituency, adding that he spent not less than RM200,000 year for the purpose.

Martin also hoped that the RM10,000 allocation from Yayasan Sarawak for all schools be disbursed based on applications.

He pointed out that doing so was to ensure that the allocation be used meaningfully for educational purposes. — DayakDaily