Friday December 21, 2012
By STEPHEN THEN
MIRI: The Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) is deeply concerned about the tidak-apa attitude shown by parents towards their children’s education.
More parents, both mothers and fathers, are handing over responsibility for their children’s academic education, extra-curricular activities, physical and mental development entirely to the teachers and the management of the schools, said STU president William Gani Bina.
Gani said this couldn’t-care-less attitude was spreading in urban and rural schools, adding that this negative behaviour might have contributed to the decline in the academic performance of their children.
Even though the 0.8% decline in the latest overall PMR results in the state this year was not that alarming, Ghani said factors contributing to the decline were of great concern.
“We in the union have found that more parents are leaving the academic and moral welfare of their school-going children entirely to teachers.
“There have been many cases where parents do not bother to show up when invited by teachers to come to school or class to discuss the issues affecting their children.
“More parents are telling the teachers that they have no time because they have work to do,” he said.
Gani noted that they would leave it entirely to the teachers to do what was necessary to make sure their children get good results.
“This is not the right direction for these parents to take. This tidak apaattitude is widespread in schools in the cities, towns and in rural areas.
“This is a worrying trend. If parents do not show a keen interest in their children’s education, the children will eventually conjure up the idea that whatever happens to their studies is not important,” he said.
He said the lack of parental involvement would demoralise students and they would not feel motivated to do well in their studies and school activities.
“The end result is bad for both the students and the parents. Even though the latest PMR results are not too bad overall, parents must show more concern over this latest development,” he said when asked about the main factors that might have caused the slight dip in the state’s overall PMR results.
Gani said the union hoped to carry out more joint activities among parents, teachers and students on a regular basis in the coming school year.
“Teachers are facing tremendous increase in workloads, both in rural and urban schools, but more so in urban schools.
“The teacher will not be able to monitor the academic and personal development of every student under his charge under such pressing circumstances.
“There is no other option except for parents to be more involved comprehensively in their children’s school life if they want them to achieve good results in their studies and personal development,” he said.
When asked which division in Sarawak had the biggest decline in the PMR achievements, Gani said the data were still being compiled.
He, however, stressed that the slight decline did not indicate a decline in teaching standards.