SHAH ALAM, July 9 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that the country needs teachers who are creative, apart from being committed and dedicated.
In this era of globalisation, the Prime Minister said, teachers must have a greater ability to adapt and improvise to keep their students interested.
To teach thinking skill, they themselves must know how to think, Najib said when opening the three-day Young Teachers Convention at Universiti Teknologi MARA Shah Alam here Friday night.
“We do not want our children to learn by rote,” he added.
Najib said that Malaysia wanted creative students who could formulate through power thinking.
He said that teachers need to be multi-skilled and able to adapt to impart knowledge effectively.
For example, a teacher teaching English literature should be conversant in Bahasa Malaysia to reach his students, he said.
Touching on commitment, Najib recalled that when he was Education Minister teachers were giving excuses for not wanting to serve a long time in interior areas.
The Prime Minister said that Malaysia did not have a shortage of teachers, only an imbalance in the distribution, with many more in the urban areas than in the rural areas.
Stressing the importance that they play in the life of the nation, Najib said that teachers were the catalyst of transformation and the agent of social mobility.
Source : Bernama