Kullin (right) presenting an incentive to one of the recipients as Gomez (left) looks on.

SIMANGGANG: Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) Sri Aman Division recently held its 17th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Hotel Sri Simanggang here on Oct 10.

Speaking during the meeting, STU vice-president Kullin Djayang urged committee members to continue their efforts to increase the organisation’s membership.

“With a bigger membership, STU will be able to become a large and strong union as well as having a bigger voice for teacher welfare and rights.”

He also reminded members with suggestions or problems to forward them to the STU headquarters or contact any STU Sri Aman committee members.

Among the issues raised during the meeting was teachers complaining about receiving instructions to do irrelevant work when enforcing the standard operating procedure (SOP) among students in schools.

Thus, STU wished to request the State Education Department (JPNS) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) to not put pressure on teachers with regard to student attendance during the Covid-19 crisis.

“The school administration has no right to stop parents from allowing their children to stay at home.”

He also reminded parents and members of the public to not question the duty of teachers after schooling sessions, which does not fall under their responsibility.

STU also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Unimas Business School to encourage its members to further their studies to Masters level.

The event was attended by 40 STU Sri Aman members and some of their children who excelled in public examinations, who were presented incentives.

Among those present were STU Sri Aman chairman Gomez David Apat and former chairman Goh Kaw Sze.