Teachers deserve respect for their commitment

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TEACHERS are to be recognised and respected for their effort, commitment, time and energy, said Maktab Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) Principal Hj Ismail Hj Zainal.

He was speaking at the college’s Academic Excellence Award 2013 acknowledging 70 students with outstanding result in GCE O level.

“I believe that many teachers, if not all teachers, have spent some of their own money for the benefit of their students,” he said.

“Teachers, your kindness will never be forgotten for without teachers, what would have become of us?”

In 2012, SOAS’s percentage of students getting 5-9 ‘O’ levels only increased by one per cent from 16.72 per cent (2011) to 17.77 per cent.

However 2013 saw a 6.45 per cent jump to 24.22 per cent made up of 70 students.

Meanwhile the numbers of students getting 8 to 9 ‘O’ level shot up to 33 students compared to 21 students in the previous year including Mohd Norhilmi Muhammad who bagged 5A*(stars).

Apart from SOAS’s teachers, the principal did not forget the vital role of other stakeholders: the students’ parents and guardians.

“This achievement and progress would not have been reached with ease because a target of 25 per cent (5-9 ‘O’ level results) in 2013 required a momentous commitment,” he said.

“As such, muzakarah (dialogue) or ‘one on one’ sessions between parents and SOAS’s side has made a positive impact – catalyst to 2013’s improvement,” he added.

He said the close cooperation between both parties has prompted students to become even more serious towards their studies and opened to resolve problems together.

“This is one of the college’s measures in the College Development Plan which is to strengthen the link between the college and strategic stakeholders,” said the principal.

As advice for the students who achieved academic excellence, Principal Hj Ismail recommended them to look up to the successes made by their seniors who they have previously studied in the college.

“Their success should be an injection of confidence: that I will follow the footsteps of my brothers – in fact even strive to surpass their achievements,” he said.

“(To teachers, parents and students) let us converge together to build a Generation with a Vision and resurrect the golden age of Maktab SOAS as a premier institution for future leaders,” encouraged the principal.

The award ceremony divided its awards into ‘Excellent Achievement’, ‘Outstanding Achievement’, ‘Edexcel BTEC Certificate’, ‘Challenge Trophy’ and recognition awards to teachers presented by guest of honour Datin Dr Hjh Asmah Hj Morni, Acting Director of Schools. Among the outstanding SOAS graduates was Hj Abd Wa’ie Hj Tamin who said that he already set his sights on becoming a future pilot.

The Brunei Times