JOHOR BARU: National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) must play a role in implementing changes in line with the Government’s aspirations, especially in terms of human capital development.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian said skilled manpower was a critical element in transforming the state and Malaysia as a whole, from a middle-income country to a high-income and competitive nation.
“The well-being of the students who will one day become the country’s manpower, is an important factor that needs serious attention, and also lies in the hands of their teachers.
“For that reason, NUTP needs to incorporate creativity and innovation in their teaching method, and in various policies and scope of learning development,” he said at the opening ceremony for NUTP Malaysia
Half Term Research 2017-2020 session here.
Also present at the event were NUTP president Kamarozaman Abd Razak and NUTP secretary-general Harry Tan, as well as some 250 NUTP members from all over Johor.
Osman added that the Government was also focusing on nation building efforts to strengthen unity, build national identity and develop human resources in line with national needs in the face of globalisation challenges.
“These are the key elements in the nation’s education development agenda as they are a medium that can increase productivity and competitiveness in order to make us a developed and inclusive country.
“Creativity and innovation in NUTP should also be upgraded to a maximum level, and not merely be slogan or empty words,” he said.
Osman said the culture of creativity and innovation began with the realisation of true knowledge.
“It is therefore a requirement and obligation of all to support this move so that the benefits can be felt comprehensively, especially among educators in the state.
“I hope every teacher will undertake efforts to acquire knowledge in pursuit of innovation and creativity,” he said.