SIBU: Parent-Teachers’ Association of schools have been urged to play an active role, especially in helping teachers in organising co-curriculum activities for the participation of students.
Selangau MP Baru Bian in saying this at the Selangau District Teachers’ Day celebration on Saturday night, said the helping hands of PTAs was important in reducing the burden of teachers with huge workloads.
“I do understand that the responsibility of teachers is very challenging as they do not only have to teach their subjects but also play the role in the development of the community, especially those in the rural areas,” he said.
Baru who is also Works Minister, said with PTAs chipping in to help carry out co-curriculum activities, it would help to ensure that children will always be in a safe and conducive enviroment.
He also called on the people to give their cooperation to teachers and school authorities as the job of teachers is not an easy one as perceived by people.
“Teaching is a very challenging task. Parents should always be close with teachers and the school. Whatever problems that crop up should be addressed with an open mind,” he said.
Baru gave an example of cases where parents blamed teachers when things happened to their children. There were even parents who acted roughly and cases of parents lodging police reports without referring to the school first.
“As we know, negative elements have not only affected schools in the city but also in rural areas. Due to this, teachers should help parents in overcoming social problems brought about by negative influence.
“This include the problem of all kinds of drugs and gangsterism which are affecting youths,” he said, adding that in this micro environment, parents should be more responsible while teachers and the general community should also step in to help.
Also present at the event was Selangau district education department head, Jambai Sayong.