THE Ministry of Education (MoE) would like to refer to the letter ‘More teachers, admin staff needed for primary schools?’ by ‘Concerned Parent’ that was published in the Opinion page of the Borneo Bulletin on October 22, 2016.
We highly appreciate the writer’s concern with regard to the voluntary programme.
The voluntary programme was primarily initiated to encourage students awaiting their examination results / entry into higher education to adopt a culture of giving service to the community.
The programme is aimed at building character, which includes instilling values such as integrity, responsibility and discipline.
It also provides opportunity for the students to acquire work experience, which may give direction to the courses / career they wish to undertake.
The desire and interest to pursue a career as an educator may develop through this programme.
The presence and contributing roles of these teacher assistants are a derived benefit for government schools.
Engaging students to volunteer as assistant teachers should not be misconstrued as only to cover for the shortage of teaching and administrative manpower in these schools.
Besides promoting good social culture and intrinsic values, the programme also helps the young students foster soft skills such as communication skills, teamwork and leadership – which are important attributes to excel in their higher studies and career.
– Public Relations Unit,
Ministry of Education