KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has expressed his appreciation to all teachers for their contribution in educating the country’s children.
He said teachers carried a heavy burden in nurturing students to prepare them to inherit the struggles to bring development to Malaysia.
“We are thankful to the teachers who have sacrificed their time and energy tirelessly to discharge their heavy responsibility,” he said in his blog www.1malaysia.com.my in conjunction with Teachers Day yesterday.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin urged teachers to continually improve themselves as they were the agents of change needed to educate Malaysian students.
Great teachers, he said, groomed their students to become leaders.
“Ordinary teachers direct us along the right path but great teachers inspire us to seek our own path. They encourage us to discover our talents,” he said during the national Teachers Day celebration themed “Teachers: Creating Creativity, Generating Innovation”.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, urged teachers to be ready to accept change and be equipped with innovative skills.
“The heavy duties placed on a teacher’s shoulders require a lot of commitment, especially to face global competition that requires dynamic changes in the education system,” he said.
This was why, he added, the ministry was strengthening the professionalism and quality of teachers as emphasised in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
He said the Government would continue to transform learning according to the blueprint which stressed on creativity and innovation.
At the ceremony, Muhyiddin also presented the Tokoh Guru Award to LeapED Services Sdn Bhd adviser Tengku Azuan Tengku Mohamed and the National Education Leadership Award to former education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom.