SANDAKAN: The government is focusing its efforts to bridge the education gap between the country's rural and urban areas.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said there are still many rural and remote areas in dire need of attention, especially in terms of support infrastructure, educational facilities and quality teaching force.
For this purpose, he said the state government is working closely with the Education Ministry to boost and improve the state's education sector.
He said this is in line with a holistic development which requires redoubled efforts to ensure rural residents, especially students, become excellent human capital.
"It's undeniable that the education sector's contribution through dedicated teachers who generate success for the country and its people is invaluable," he said when officiating the state-level Teacher's Day celebrations, here today.
Meanwhile, in KUALA LUMPUR, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said teachers need to be brave in exploring and applying the latest teaching methods to ensure education remains relevant.
Speaking at the launch of the Federal Territory Teacher's Day celebration at the CIDB Convention Centre, here, he said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wished to shift the country's learning style from the concept of memorising to critical thinking.
"Educators as change agents need to play a role by increasing their professionalism. Teachers should never feel tired of striving for improvements to be more proactive, creative and innovative which will result in students who are competitive at all levels," he said. -- BERNAMA