| Azlan Othman |
THE Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong, yesterday high-lighted opportunities that retirees have and can contribute to, such as involvement in tuition classes or taking care of students who may need assistance.
The retirement phase provides an ave-nue for retirees to implement or explore certain programmes or activities – various options for developing oneself and life-long learning – which are, in fact, available.
The minister said this during a ceremony to celebrate the retirement of the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) officers and staff for the year 2013.
Since 2012, for instance, the MoE has implemented a programme called ‘Miftah An Najah’ to assist students who need assistance due to several factors, such as low income and a non-conducive house-hold that could affect their academic performance.
This is in addition to the ministry’s school equipment assistance, rendered since 2013, as well as a tuition programme to assist students sitting for their Primary School Assessment (PSR) and GCE ‘O’ Levels, which involves 189 primary school teachers and 183 teachers in the seconda-ry level providing tuition to 929 students.
The number of students who have benefitted from the ‘Miftah An Najah’ programme has also reportedly increased from 7,898 in 2012 to 12,341 this year. Statistics show that there are still a great number of students who still need assis-tance in certain areas.
“I wish to express my appreciation and thanks to all the teachers who have voluntarily contributed to make the pro-gramme a success,” said Pehin Dato (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar, who also mentioned an education intervention programme for students from 15 primary schools that was implemented this year.
“(From the given examples) I believe that retirees have opportunities to contribute, either through involvement in tuition clas-ses or taking care of students who need assistance.”
For this purpose and to foster closer ties among the retirees, the MoE is also willing to consider the provision of a special room for retirees to hold meetings and exchange ideas to assist the ministry in ultimately enhancing the quality of education in the country. The minister added that he hopes the retirees have been made aware of the opportunities and to not take a compla-cent attitude.
Also present at the ceremony, which celebrated 114 retired officers, teachers and staff, were the Deputy Minister of Education, Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Yusoff bin Hj Ismail, the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Permanent Secretaries and Senior Officers at the MoE.