| Faza Suraj |
TWENTY teachers received the Teacher’s Day Recognition Award (Special Mention) in a ceremony held yesterday to commemorate the 24th Teacher’s Day and the 100 Years of Formal Education at Pusat Insani in Seria, Belait District.
The guest of honour was Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Education.
In his speech, the minister explained the roles of a teacher, referring to one of His Majesty’s titah which said there were three main characteristics crucial for teachers to possess – leadership competency, extensive knowledge and meticulousness in strengthening teaching and learning.
The 20 recipients comprised educators from different institutions throughout the Sultanate from different fields such as Language (for both Malay and English), Entrepreneurship, Mathematics, Sciences (Physics, Biology and Chemistry), Art & Design, Geography, Special Education, Computer Studies, Advanced Al-Quran Reading, Islamic Religious Studies and Physical Education.
Recipient Sylvia Bernadette Buma expressed her gratitude to the Ministry of Education for the recognition.
Describing her eight years’ experience as a teacher, she said, “Being an educator is challenging as it is a dynamic career.
“It changes with the current requirements of education. But I believe with the current developments and with the injection of SPN21 into the system, we can produce better individuals in the future.”
When asked about the most challenging phase in her career, the Years 5 and 6 Science teacher shared a story of an autistic child who was her Year 6 student three years ago.
“I studied more on autism and what I can do to better myself in teaching. I visited the Pusat Bahagia Eric Goh and Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam in Kuala Belait and spent some time with the teachers, especially those experienced in teaching different types of autistic children.”
She said this helped her a great deal in assisting the autistic student in his learning process. He eventually completed his PSR (Peperiksaan Sekolah Rendah) with flying colours.
Another recipient Sea Dayak, 31, shared her motivation of being a teacher.
“My mother’s ambition was to be a teacher. That inspired her children to be teachers. My elder sister also received the special mention award some years back.”
She said she was planning to organise educational trips for her students.
“More than half of the students have not been to the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre. I find the Exhibition Hall there very informative and interactive.
“It is suited for students of Years 5 and 6 who are quick learners.
“I hope that this attempt will provide the students with more knowledge especially in Science.”
Guests were entertained with a video presentation followed by a story-telling by the students of Pg Setia Negara Pg Mohd Yusof of Lorong 3 Selatan Seria, with a tale set 20 years back depicting how a class mischief from Muhammad Alam School Seria became a successful doctor in Suri Seri Begawan, thanks to his teacher.
Later, there was a pantomime performance by Year 1 students from Sg Liang Primary School.
The ceremony concluded with a choir by Panaga Primary School teachers.