Sunday, September 22

Teachers asked not to bottle up emotions

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Ahmad Lai flags off the convoy.

MIRI: Teachers have been called on not to bottle up their emotions but to seek help if they need it.

Sibuti Member of Parliament Ahmad Lai Bujang said dealing with parents’ demands, misbehaving students and struggling to meet their goals in delivering lessons effectively can cause a lot of pressure on teachers.

“The teaching profession has developed tremendously and demands more than just classroom teaching. Teachers are multitasking individuals who take responsibility for students’ welfare and act as advisors for the school’s academic and co-curricular activities.

“Therefore professional psychological counselling that offers help to relieve the stress faced by teachers is vital as part of the move to improve teaching quality,” he said when launching the fourth Psychosocial Tour (JP4) yesterday.

Organised by the Ministry of Education, JP4 involves 26 counsellors who will visit schools in rural areas and the outskirts of the city to provide counselling and advice to teachers.

“Early prevention could help curb the problem from getting worse as teachers are the country’s assets in educating our future generation,” added Ahmad Lai.