Teachers urged to be good role models, set example for students

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TWENTY-NINE educators were honoured for their contributions to Brunei’s education during the 26th Teacher’s Day celebration yesterday at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam handed over the awards to two recipients of the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) Education Award, two recipients of the Meritorious Teachers’ Awards, five recipients of the Excellent Teachers’ Awards and 20 recipients of the Special Mention Awards.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, State Mufti Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz Juned said he is thankful to Allah SWT and the sultanate for receiving the SOAS Education Award.

The state mufti was selected for his vast knowledge, understanding and contribution towards religious education in Brunei. He was also selected for his long service of around 46 years for the government.

“I, and all those who received this honour, say many thanks and appreciation to Allah SWT and the country for this award,” he said.

YB Pehin Dato (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abd Aziz went on to encourage all teachers in Brunei to become role models for their students.

“A good teacher is a person who can become a good example to the students. This is important because the example a teacher gives, it is the catalyst to shape the generation,” he said, adding that the teachers can continue to improve themselves to become good examples.

“If this is one of the things you are lacking (being a good example), you can improve. All of us have our own set of weaknesses and they can improve as long as we are willing to change,” he said.

Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Saman Kahar, who also received the SOAS Education Award, said he is also honoured and grateful for being recognised for his contributions and dedication.

The recipient was also selected for his understanding, knowledge and contribution towards religious education.

He has also been selected for his service of over 37 years where he held various positions from a religious teacher to an ambassador of Brunei Darussalam in Saudi Arabia.

He encouraged the teachers to also continue improve their knowledge further as it will be needed for shaping the students in the future.

“I hope that the teachers will continue to add more knowledge. The teachers must improve their knowledge because the time will change and if they don’t (improve) they will fall behind,” he said.

The Brunei Times