KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has called on Malaysians to join him in recording his appreciation and gratitude to educators in the country in conjunction with Teachers’ Day.
In his latest posting on his blog www.1Malaysia.com.my, Najib thanked teachers who had toiled to enlighten the minds of generations of Malaysians.
“I hope this venerable fraternity continues to do so with dedication for many more generations,” he said.
He believes that teachers were the most unsung heroes in the country, to the extent that some were stationed in the most remote villages in the country.
“These are people who spend most of their lives nurturing and shaping the offspring of others as the future human capital to spur the growth of our beloved Malaysia.
“Too often, their work calls for personal sacrifices, which sometimes go unnoticed and unappreciated by the people they serve,” he said.
In this context, Najib said their sacrifices and contributions should not be remembered only once each year, but remembered and valued every other day of the year.
“As parents, we will desire the best education for our children, and hope that they develop into productive members of society,” he said.
Najib said teachers were there not just to teach students to add or subtract numbers, or to read and write in different languages, or to memorise historical dates.
They were there to teach the pupils how to be creative, articulate their thoughts well and understand their role and potential in the community, he said.
In his posting, Najib, who is a former student of St John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur, did not forget to record his appreciation to his former teacher, Vincent Fernandez, for remembering him still and giving positive comments in his newspaper interview recently.
“In the article, he gave what I can only describe as a glowing report card of my time as a secondary school student at St John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur.
“I was overwhelmed that he remembers me in such a good light; as a boy, I committed my share of pranks,” he added.
Source : Bernama