Mawan speaks at the event.

KUCHING: Despite the emphasis on academic and co-curricular achievements instilled in the young, efforts must also be done to develop their character.

Pakan assemblyman Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom said with good character, students will be able to compete in the present world.

“Character must be given equal emphasis as it will help them to be competitive in this era of globalisation,” he said when officiating at an excellent service award presentation ceremony and Teachers’ Day celebration in Julau on Friday.

The former minister lauded the role of teachers saying that it is a noble profession and a huge part of nation building.

“The community highly praises the task of teachers in shaping today’s generation according to the mould and aspirations outlined by the government,” he said.

Mawan said being in the 21st century, teachers need to equip students with ample knowledge in order for them to adapt to technological development.

“We need to provide and equip students with various knowledge, skills, identity and ethics in an ongoing effort to enhance the ability of the younger generation to deal with change.

“Teachers and the rest of the school staff must also master information technology in order to control students and prevent any abuse of the technology,” he said.

The Pakan assemblyman expressed hope that the excellence achieved by the education fraternity in Julau would continue for the prosperity of the community as well as the country.