KOTA KINABALU-Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi recommended the Ministry of Education Malaysia to take the cross-cultural curriculum seriously in increasing the unity level amongst the teachers and students.
Zahid who is also the Deputy Prime Minister said the unity programme should focus more on the efforts to increase the level of acceptance of the educators and the students towards the difference races, cultures, languages and religious practices.
“In 2004, Ministry of Education Malaysia have carried out a research to produce unity index amongst the teachers and the students.
“The index shown in that year was 6.9 of which mean that the unity amongst the teachers and the students are close. However, the index of the acceptance of the educators and the students towards the difference races, cultures, languages and religious practices is still low,” he said.
He said in his speech during the celebration of National Level Teacher’s Day at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), here, today.
He added the spirit of unity, togetherness, tolerance and understanding, respects as well ass appreciate one another, even the spirit of harmony, need to be preserved to stay prosperous.
Moreover, he also recommended that services scheme of the institution in all level needs to be reviewed as recognition to contribution of he educators in the country.
“The contribution of the teachers whom never know the meaning of exhaustion, they even willing to sacrifice serving the people and live in progressive and prosperous.
“We do not want to nostalgic the celebration of Teacher‘s Day, but what matter is we should concern about the services scheme of the educators,”he said.
In addition, Zahid also demanded the Ministry of Education Malaysia to pay attention to the duties of the teachers in this country so that they will not be burden with unnecessary duty.
“By giving them (educators) more holistic roles, it can motivate the educators to always be committed a higher will in carrying out their daily duties,”he said.
Also present were his wife, Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis, Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa bin Haji Aman, Minister of Education Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Mahdzir bin Khalid, Deputy I Minister of Education, Dato’ P. Kamalanathan a/l P. Panchanathan, Deputy II Minister of Education, Senator Tuan Chong Sin Woon, Chief Secretary of Ministry of Education Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr. Madinah Mohamad, Head Directors of Education Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Dr. Khair Mohamad Yusof and Minister of Tourism, Cultural and Environment who is also Sabah Education Exco, Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun-SayangSabah