KUCHING: The Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) pledged to continue linking the teachers and the state government in helping the students in Sarawak as much as possible.
STU president Adam Prakash said that with the support and permission given by the State Education Department, STU will go from district to district to aid the teachers in the schools however is possible.
Pointing out that STU now has 28,000 members, he expressed his confidence that the association now has a majority voice that will be used in discussing certain matters with the Ministry of Education.
“I believe that with the strong membership that we have, we will be able to do collective bargaining for the benefit of our members and teachers throughout Sarawak,” he said.
He said this during the officiating ceremony of the STU’s 26th Biennial Delegates Conference at Grand Margherita Hotel here last night.
In light of this, he called on all teachers to continue to strive in improving the learning performance of the students here.
“As a teacher, we are lucky that we are able to help them gain knowledge as the basis of direction for their lives.
“For that, I hope teachers will give their all in teaching the students,” he said.
On another matter, he disclosed the association is looking into taking care of the welfare of its members.
“For that, we are planning to increase the membership from RM5 monthly (which was implemented 20 years ago) to RM10 monthly.
“With the increased membership fees, we hope that it can be used to provide our members with RM100,000 insurance coverage.
“This is our hope because it is always sad that we are unable to provide much assistance to teachers who lost their lives due to sickness or accident while in service.
“Hence, I hope that members will support our reasons for increasing the monthly fees,” he said.