| Wani Roslan |
DEPUTY Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail yesterday delivered a premiere paper at the International Conference on Teachers Education (ICOTE) 2014 held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
In it, he noted that teachers are a crucial element particularly in the world of education, and that they possess great influence on the efficacy of education.
Personalities, attitudes and teaching practices also hold great influence over the minds of the students, as a great deal of their time is spent with teachers – as compared to others.
“The success and effectiveness of education is closely related to a teacher’s awareness towards responsibilities, scientific equipment, personal morality and sanctity,” he added.
He emphasised that even with the introduction of a better education system, if the presentation of the agents (teachers) are not effective and efficient, the desired outcome will not be achieved.
In the context of today, the role of a teacher is not limited to being an instructor. This is because they are greater connected to the process of training and providing skills, transferring knowledge to the students, who in turn will use the acquired knowledge to contribute to the welfare of the country.
The deputy minister also highlighted the importance of Islamic education curriculum, which includes creating an integrated personality, preparing individuals in every aspect of life, focusing on spiritual needs, instilling a sense of confidence in the minds of the younger generation and in developing spiritual soul.
He also pointed out some of the basic qualities an educator must have to ensure educational goals can be met. This includes personal qualities that can be emulated, effective methodology in delivering materials and the ability to apply moral values.
“As educators, counsellors, and leaders, they need to have and show the best traits, which can serve as a stimulus for the students… so that the transfer of knowledge can run smoothly and effectively. This includes intelligence higher than others, creativity and positive attitude,” he said.
He added, Islamic education is an important issue which produces human capital that is required by the state and Ummah. The quality of human capital can determine the direction of the country in facing current changes and development and at the same time, it also can develop and produce a generation that has the strength of faith and morals.
Islamic education demands construction of all the potential in humans – including spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical – that are related therewith, based on the Al-Quran and As-Sunnah in order to produce pious individuals.