Ahmad Malie

KUCHING: This year’s virtual Teachers Day celebration is definitely a challenge for the education fraternity, says Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) president Ahmad Malie.

Following the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) from March 18, all activities involving public gathering had been prohibited, meaning that the fraternity could not gather to celebrate Teachers Day like previous years.

“However, KGBS is still grateful to the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Sarawak Education Department because they insist on implementing the Teachers Day celebration which falls on May 16 every year.

“For this year, in line with the new normal, MoE and the State Education Department has organised a virtual event to celebrate Teachers Day. The national-level celebration started in early April.

“This will be followed by several activities via webinar from May 13 to 16 which act as the climax of the event, comprising messages from Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as well as Minister of Education Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin and Minister of Higher Education Datuk Noraini Ahmad,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Ahmad further said he was confident that many teachers would participate in the activities organised because this time, it would be a historical event – celebrating Teachers Day via online for the first time in the country.

“For the state-level celebration, we have been told that it will take place next month (June),” he continued.

He also said that this year’s celebration might not be the best of all years but he hoped it would at least inject good spirit and motivation to the education fraternity, especially those serving in Sarawak amid the new normal within the education arena. “In conjunction with the Teachers Day’s theme ‘Berguru Demi Ilmu, Bina Generasi Baharu’ (Learning for Knowledge, Shaping a New Generation), KGBS is confident that the education fraternity will be able to play their role in ensuring that the efforts to build a new generation will continue despite going through the new normal,” he added.