MARUDI: Teachers, students and parents in the Baram district must rise above their circumstances to ensure the goals of education are fully met.
“We are aware of the challenges faced by our rural schools especially the physical condition of buildings but these should not be made excuses for not producing a quality learning environment for our students,” said Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.
Speaking during the launching of the Baram zone Primary School Sports Council (MSSR) recently, he said the role of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) at primary or secondary schools should be enhanced so that learning environment will always be maintained if not improved.
This, he said, is to ensure students give their fullest concentration in classes or in outdoor activities and teachers do their job well with minimal distraction from non-academic issues.
“Teachers posted to rural schools must prepare to accept whatever condition they are in and settle down immediately to enable them to discharge their duty,” he pointed out.
“I believe if all these components are to complements each other, coupled with programmes being put in place by the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Baram should be able to provide a strong foundation for future generation in terms of class standard and therefore be able to compete with anyone anywhere when they get to adult life,” he explained.
The MSSR Baram Zone school sport meet was held at the sports complex here, involving more than 600 students.
At the event, Dennis also announced a Minor Rural Project (MRP) grant of RM10,000 for the Baram zone MSSR.
Also present at the event was Baram District Education Officer Mathew Laing Ngau.