PETALING JAYA: The role of teachers is not confined to enriching their students with knowledge but also to shape good character, says Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin.
The Education Minister said this is important to make the Sekolahku SEJAHTERA concept, which was introduced by the ministry in March, a success.
In line with this, the theme for the 51st national Teachers Day celebration on Monday (May 16) is “Guru Tunjang Sekolah Sejahtera”.
In his Teachers Day address, Radzi said the concept has 14 elements including safety, excitement, health, being ethical, having empathy, and harmony.
“I believe the generation of students educated by these teachers will not only be knowledgeable, but will also possess good personality, and be highly skilled which in turn will allow them to contribute to the country,” he said.
Radzi said teachers are important icons who have been entrusted with educating, guiding and shaping their students’ personality.
He said inculcating the Sekolahku SEJAHTERA concept in a child from early days in school will become ingrained and carried on for generations to come.
“In line with this year’s Teachers Day theme, it is hoped that teachers and educators will continue to increase efforts to shape the personality of students from all socio-economic backgrounds,” he said, while thanking the 500,000 teachers around the country for their hard work and contribution.
Meanwhile, the ministry’s director-general Datuk Nor Zamani Abdol Hamid said the Covid-19 pandemic has also changed teaching and learning with the introduction of online lessons.
She noted that online lessons (PdPR) have given teachers and students the opportunity to enhance their digital skills.
“This has also increased digital skills for online learning and facilitating process (PdPc) when physical lessons resume.
“The use of digital technology will be used in PdPc to ensure that the country’s education system remains relevant to the development of technology without abandoning moral values that are needed for life,” she said.