Tessy hopes to serve hometown Bau after accomplishing her plan for SK Sungai Buloh

Tessy Rijem, the winner of the 2021 Global Teacher Award. (Image courtesy of Pusat Maklumat Rakyat PPD Sri Aman).

KUCHING, Oct 27: Winner of 2021 Global Teacher Award Sarawakian Tessy Rijem hopes to return to serve her in her hometown of Bau after completing what she has planned for SK Sungai Buloh, Selangau.

Apart from conveying her wish, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Selangau chief Joshua Jabeng congratulated the primary school teacher for her achievement, especially in putting Sarawak in the limelight.

“At the same time, this achievement has put the name of SK Sungai Buloh, Selangau on the world stage,” Joshua said in a statement today.


This award, Joshu said, is an international award recognising the outstanding performing of teachers from all over the world especially in terms of their contributions to the teaching profession.

Meanwhile, Joshua said he knew both Tessy’s parents, Rijem Nerot and his wife, who are also both teachers.

“They are very concerned about matters related to good education. It is not surprising at all that as a result of their guidance, a champion was born who is now worthy of being emulated by all teachers. 

“A good education starts from the family that is fully aware that education is the key to success and the future,” said Joshua.

Joshua said in the global age of a borderless world, English is the main language of communication. 

The teaching of English needs to be improved, especially in Sarawak, which remains to be a language recognised in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly and an official language in the affairs of the Sarawak government to this day.

“Tessy has stressed that teaching English is not a difficult thing but teachers have to be innovative and willing to think outside the box to make learning creative and engaging. She also appealed to the government to provide support and assistance to further perfect the plans she had started.

“Tessy certainly misses going home to teach in her hometown. 

“Before that, we sincerely hope that all teachers throughout Sarawak can be inspired to be innovative in their respective subjects. Such an approach will certainly brighten the future of our children up to the university level, certainly not only in Selangau,but throughout Sarawak,” said Joshua. — DayakDaily