Ghani: Untrained teachers should be trained
BINTULU: The Ministry of Education has been urged to give headmasters and principals the power to identify and recommend all the untrained teachers who have been teaching for a number of years, to undergo proper training.
“These are those who really want to become teachers because they have been teaching for a number of years. They should be given the priority to be drafted into teachers’ training institutes,” said Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU)’s president, William Ghani Bina.
“The training division must therefore consider taking this group because they are the ones who should get the proper training,” he said when officiating at the 6th STU’s Bintulu division annual general meeting held at Li Hua hotel here yesterday.
He also felt that the training division should consider taking in those with the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) qualifications to be trained as teachers.
“Some of those with diplomas or degrees may not be relevant to the current requirement,” lamented Ghani, who strongly believed that those with the SPM certificates were the most ideal group to undergo training for five years.
Meanwhile, he also said that the union members should be willing to attend leadership trainings in the future with the hope of producing more members with leadership quality.
“Not only it is important for you to be trained as leaders. You too should be trained as recruiters so that more teachers could become union members,” he continued.
Currently, there are 20,600 registered members within STU, with 784 registered with the STU Bintulu division.
Ghani reiterated that out of the 103 unions in the state, STU is the most active union as most of its activities are widely publicised in both the national and local newspapers.
Earlier, STU Bintulu division’s chairlady, Soo Siew Huong called on the members here to act as agents of the union by disseminating information to teachers who have yet to register as members.
“As union members, the monthly subscription fee will be refundable when you retire later on, therefore it means that joining the union is free-of-charge after all,” she said.
Touching on the incident where a primary school teacher here was alleged to have forced four pupils to perform oral sex on him recently, Soo remarked that it had brought great shame to the profession.
“We all should condemn this act because it tarnished our image,” she said, adding that teachers should be the ones to take good care of their pupils and students, not to victimise them.
The STU’s Northern Zone vice-chairman, Dundang Bantin, was among those present to witness the AGM.
The line up for the 2009-2011 committee are Soo Siew Huong (chairlady), Dadoi Iregai (vice-chairman), Wong Siew Lang (secretary), Aishah @ Rosni Jelani (vice-secretary), Teo Neu Lin (treasurer), Dayang Latifah Awang Sam (vice-treasurer), committee members Epong Jok, Lucie Radu Balang, Rosline Lamui, and the co-opted members Sigo Jo, Ling Ik Hee and Awang Dahlan Awang Lai.
Ghani was also invited to present awards and incentives to members’ children who excelled in last year’s Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) and those who acquired diplomas and degrees.