Appreciation dinner for retired staff
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
CURRENT and prospective staff members of the Ministry of Education (MoE) were advised to perform duties to the best of their abilities.
The advice came from the ministry’s line of recently retired officers and personnel during an appreciation dinner held in their honour.
A teacher of 31 years, 57-year-old Zaini Yunos said one must have the drive and determination to succeed despite the many pitfalls and challenges known to this line of work.
“Being a teacher, there are all sorts of challenges.
“If a teacher lacks persistence and is incapable of tackling challenges it will not be possible for that teacher to be successful,” he said.
Zaini added that with technological advances and media expansion, the challenges are even more difficult therefore teachers must expand their skills into this area and remain competitive.
Assistant administrator, 56-year-old Zainal Hj Abdul Ghani said that current and future administration workers should know the rules and regulations of the government.
“When you assume the duty of a public servant, you have to adhere to the rules and regulations of His Majesty’s government.
“We shouldn’t try to make up our own rules and regulations,” he said adding that those who are unsure should seek the advice of those in the know to make an efficient government. He went on to say that now he is retired, the experience are quite different as there is suddenly so much time available.
“I just want to relax now, any work I do at home is just household errands. I do not have to worry about anything anymore; I don’t have to wake up early or worry about what is going on at the office,” Zainal said.
Retired biology teacher, 55- year-old Lim Beng Chui said that she felt it was better to try and keep working.
“I think it is better to have a job. I did apply to continue on teaching but looking at the situation, the excess of teachers will consider my chances as slim,” she said, adding that she is currently teaching home tuition.
She said that work will continue to keep a person healthy physically and more important, mentally.
Lim advised current and future teachers to strive and to do their best to avoid any regrets later on when retirement comes.
She also said that those approaching retirement should start constructing their retirement plan so they will remain busy after the employment life.
The 364 retirees comprised MoE employees ranging from directors and teachers to lower ranking staff members who retired in the years 2014 and 2015
Present as the guest of honour was Education Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman.
The Brunei Times