Posted on June 18, 2012, Monday
KUCHING: Parents are obligated to instil in their children the purpose of going to school, lest the young ones lack enthusiasm for learning.
Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) president William Ghani Bina noted that many parents were forcing ideas onto their children instead of assisting them unearth their potential and interests.
“Not every child wants to be a doctor, a lawyer or even a teacher. Just because you are a doctor or lawyer does not mean your child also wants to become one.
“Parents should let their children choose what they want to be. What matters is that children must have something in mind, which is what they want to be.
“In this case, parents should encourage their children to think of a purpose of going to school otherwise they just go to school like they are forced to,” he said at the union’s Gawai Dayak open house at Wisma STU at Jalan Song here yesterday.
Ghani added that children, who set their targets early, would most likely focus on certain subjects in school.
Citing an example, he said those wanting to become journalists would direct their attention on languages while those wanting to be doctors would want to excel in Science.
“So give reasons for your children to continue going to school. If they do not have one, discuss with them.”
He thus called on parents to be more attentive to their children’s progress and needs.
Even if they were tied down by work or business, they must not compromise family life, he said.
Meanwhile, Ghani said Sarawak would never welcome political leaders, particularly those from Peninsular Malaysia, who stirred up racial issues for personal agenda.
He felt that every Malaysian should rally behind the 1Malaysia notion mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“If they want to come to Sarawak, they should talk about unity because this is our culture.”