Teachers urged to be best role models for teen students

Lukanisman (third right) presents the 'Tokoh Guru 2019' award to Marcus as others look on.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, May 2: Teachers can be the best role models for teens and dissuade them from unhealthy activities such as drug abuse and illegal online gambling.

Sibuti Member of Parliament (MP) Lukanisman Awang Sauni opined that they (teachers) could be the pefect ‘ears and eyes’ in monitoring teens while in school.

“We all share the responsibility…the government alone, families alone cannot do it, we all need to work together in order to curb the menacing activities,” Lukanisman said.

Making these remarks this during the Miri-level Teachers’ Day celebration on Wednesday night at a hotel here, he added, parents and teachers as well as the community play a crucial part in preventing teens from getting involved in unproductive activities.

He also urged schools to establish monitoring programmes for teens who might be lured into illegal substance abuse.

At the event, Lukanisman also pledged RM10,000 each to four secondary schools in his constituency: SMK Riam, SMK Agama Miri, SM Sains and SMK Taman Tunku.

He also announced a RM10,000 pledge for Miri Education Department.

Nearly 400 secondary and primary school teachers attended the event.

Also present were Miri education officer Shirini Mastura Mohamed Zulkifli, and the Institute of Teachers Education Sarawak Campus deputy director Mohamad Zailani Jaya.

At the event, retired teacher Marcus Hugo Matu Lejau received the “Anugerah Tokoh Guru 2019” award.

Marcus retired as a teacher in 2016, after serving 32 years as an educator. — DayakDaily