Sunday, May 16th is National Teacher’s Day, Hari Guru. With pleasure, I dedicate this post to all in the teaching profession who continue to tirelessly educate and inspire our students. I am grateful for your efforts and urge you to keep up the good work. As we strive for 1Malaysia, and aim for developed nation status, the role of teachers is now more important than ever.
It is for this reason that Education is one of eight aspirational values comprising my 1Malaysia vision. When introducing and explaining this value last year, I spoke of the importance of having a society which places education and knowledge at the apex of everything that we do.
A priority of this Government is to ensure that every child has equal access to a high quality education, therefore improving student outcomes. This means implementing measures such as expanding pre-school enrolment and improving programmes to develop literacy and numeracy. The disadvantaged will not be excluded.
Under the new budget, we pledged RM100 million to expand our childcare and early education programme, so that gifted young people in Malaysia are developed. Amongst other things, this allocation is intended to provide train talented students in performing arts and guide exceptionally intelligent students to excel.
None of our commitments would be effective, of course, without teachers playing their vital role in ensuring that every child succeeds. Once again, please join me in applauding them. And finally, if you are a teacher reading this, or a pupil or parent, I would be very interested in obtaining your views on 1Malaysia and education.