| Azlan Othman |
AS THE nation celebrates 100 years of formal education next month, which also coincides with Teachers Day, religious authorities said that in order to make education a success and to produce an excellent generation, parents should ensure that their children regularly attend school.
Imams highlighted the issue at yesterday’s Friday sermon, quoting His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah at Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) 26th convocation ceremony, whereby the Monarch was saddened to note that there were claims saying that parents and guardians were still lax when it comes to their children’s attendance at school. His Majesty said such matter should not continue.
Imams also highlighted the Monarch’s concern on other issues such as students’ discipline and their activities beyond school, whereby “if parents are inattentive on such matters, what would happen to their children’s other activities such as the monitoring of children’s access to the Internet? If parents fail to look after their children appropriately, then the aspiration to produce an excellent generation would not bear fruit,” Imams quoted.
Imams also added that education has evolved in accordance with the national development, and has so far contributed positively to the country’s economic growth and integrity in many fields, especially in facing challenges in this globalised era.
Life-long learning has been given serious attention by the government, and this could be seen through the nation’s Vision 2035 to make Brunei Darussalam renowned worldwide for having a highly skilful and educated workforce, as well as for its quality education and sustainable economy.
Imams said that the revamp of the country’s education system through the 21st Century National Education System, or SPN 21, could be seen as an effort to ensure the population’s welfare, especially in helping the younger generation in becoming a knowledgeable, skilful society which practices noble characteristics.
Imams also said that the theme for this year’s Teachers Day, which reads ‘Life-Long Education Ascertains the Prosperity of the People’, is crucial and meaningful in order to realise the nation’s vision. Teachers are an exemplary source of reference for the community, Imams noted, saying that they must practice life-long education to ensure that they remain dynamic and current.