The exercise to transform education will see the cikgu play a more critical role in and out of the classroom.
EDUCATION is the pillar of nation building. Without the implementation of a comprehensive education system a country would be regarded as having failed in carrying out its responsibilities to the people. In view of that, transformation in education needs to be implemented for Malaysians to be able to compete internationally.
To strengthen the education system, the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 was launched by former education minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The bluprint objective is to improve the education system. By doing so, we will be on par with other countries and excel academically at international level.
In order to transform the country’s education system, there is no denying that the role of teachers is of utmost importance.
Mentors and motivators : Teaching is not about imparting textbook knowledge alone as it requires a teacher to engage with students in other activities too. – File photo
This is because teachers are the ones who play an effective part in educating the young.
Hence, the teacher’s role becomes more complex and challenging in realising the blueprint goals.
Commitment and effort to improve the quality of education now become the main responsibility of teachers, in order to produce quality students for the nation’s future. Let me reiterate that teachers, play a significant role.
Teachers need to have an understanding of what transpires through education transformation.
This involves having a clear vision on what needs to be changed towards quality education. It also involves grooming the students to excel not only at national level but at international level too.
Teachers need to equip themselves with holistic pedagogical skills, explore the use of various learning models that utilise technology to inculcate higher-order thinking skills, and enhance students’ learning.
To achieve this, teachers need to challenge themselves to think creatively and critically.
They need innovative ideas which can be transferred to the students when they teach them in the classrooms.
The Education Ministry is making every effort in providing training to help teachers master these skills, in line with the blueprint objectives.
Teachers must be truly committed to mastering Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Za’aba the famous Malay thinker, writer and language expert, had said that “knowledge is the most important foundation that saves people from the shackles of backwardness”.
Education and appreciation of knowledge should always be strengthened so that teachers remain relevant.
Teachers need the courage to explore different models of teaching and learning to diversify the methods and techniques of effective teaching.
According to the Seventh Shift in the blueprint, utilising ICT to improve the quality of teaching in schools must be accepted with a positive mindset by the teachers.
The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) requires all teachers in the classroom to be facilitating and inspiring students to learn in a creative way.
In addition, teachers also need to be able to develop effective learning experiences in this digital era.
They need to equip themselves with the technical know-how of using ICT effectively in their classes.
This also indicates that teachers need to update themselves constantly in their teaching career.
To help the teachers, the ministry has set up a digital library for teaching through its e-Guruvideo.
I am of the view that teachers need to be role models in portraying values and unity among students.
This has been mentioned in the Third Shift of the blueprint which looks at developing “values-driven Malaysians”.
This shift aims to develop students holistically as today’s generation will face a world of great challenges.
Environmental degradation, the impact of globalisation as well as development conflict are but some of the challenges.
We are all aware that the inculcation of spiritual values is one of the virtues of education.
While people have a passion for worldly advancement, the aspect of spirituality must not be forgotten.
With strong spirituality comes the values of unity and harmony.
The school plays an important role in instilling the value of spirituality which implies that teachers need to be the role model for their students to emulate.
The blueprint is to transform the education system in our country towards achieving Vision 2020.
Concerted efforts are being carried out from 2013 to 2025 to achieve the vision. Although the ministry is tasked with implementing the blueprint, parents and the community have a part to play too.