BINTULU: Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) Bintulu branch held it 15th annual general meeting (AGM) at a hotel here yesterday.
The opening ceremony was officiated by the Prime Minister’s special envoy to East Asia cum Bintulu incumbent Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.
Also present were STU Sarawak president Jisin Nyuk, Sebauh Education officer Tero Bayel, STU Bintulu chairperson Soo Siew Huong and other union members.
Tiong in his speech thanked the government for the various initiatives introduced to assist educators in carrying out their tasks effectively and efficiently to produce highly educated younger generation for the future.
“I know you are carrying a heavy responsibility. Being a teacher nowadays is not easy as you face challenges especially from parents.
“Parents tend to think in a one-way traffic, that their children were not at fault and put all the blame on teachers if anything bad happened.”
Tiong advised parents to be fair to the teachers who make sacrifices just to see their students excel.
He warned that if parents continue pushing and pointing fingers at teachers, they (parents) are killing their own children’s future.
He also reminded teachers of their responsibility to the nation by educating the younger generation and not be too emotional.
“You must be professional at all times,” he advised.
At the same time, he also called on teachers tasked to teach in rural and remote areas to be proud of themselves and not feel depressed as they will get their reward from God for their good deeds.
Meanwhile, Jisin said the union was formed to take care of the welfare of teachers and fight for their rights together with the Ministry of Education.
He hoped all development projects that have been planned to upgrade the education facilities in Sarawak will be carried out smoothly.
“We are always with the government of the day and play a very important role politically, being the biggest union in Sarawak with over 18,000 members statewide,” he added.
Soo meanwhile said currently STU Bintulu had over 1,000 registered members and hoped to register more members in the future.
During the event, a total of 45 outstanding students received excellent academic incentives and certificates for their achievements.