04 May 2008

200 teachers in remote postings to be honoured


MALACCA: Teachers serving in remote, rural schools are being singled out for special recognition at the national Teachers' Day celebrations to be held here on May 16.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will grace a function at Dewan Seri Negeri in Ayer Keroh on Teachers' Day 2008 where the guests of honour will be some 200 teachers stationed in remote areas nationwide, including the interiors of Sabah and Sarawak.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said it was important to acknowledge these teachers as the ministry had it tough finding educators who accepted the challenges of remote postings.

"These teachers are willing to make the sacrifice to go into remote areas for the sake of ensuring an education for those staying deep in the forests.

"This is the right time for us to recognise their sacrifices and come May 16, they will be given an opportunity to experience the beauty of Malacca, the place where everything is deemed to have begun."
The teachers will be taken on a tour of the historical city, visiting such places as the A'Famosa, Stadthuys and Jonker Walk.

They will also be invited to participate in forums and debates to be held in the state.

Malacca Education Department director Isa Abu said it was an honour for the department to host the celebrations for Teachers' Day 2008.

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