Calls for educators to champion digital education and community engagement

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AN educator is a driving force in producing a quality, responsible, competitive, and ethical generation.


Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow shared this sentiment during an award ceremony held today at Lot 33, Prangin Mall, to honour and recognise teachers for their contributions and excellence in teaching.


“Teachers play a crucial role in leveraging digital technology in education, essential for the nation’s goal of becoming developed, cultured, and inclusive.


“This aligns with the seventh core objective outlined by the Education Ministry (MoE), which emphasises enhancing digital education capabilities in schools,” Chow said.


He expressed pride in MoE’s commitment to collaborating with strategic partners to improve digital education facilities in schools, supporting the Penang2030 vision: ‘A Family-Focused Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation’.


Chow also congratulated all 424 recipients of the ‘Excellence Service Award’.

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Chow in a group pictures with all the recipients and the dignitaries  present

In addition, two teachers, Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad and Hadibah Hashim, received the awards for ‘Tokoh Kepimpinan Pendidikan’ and ‘Tokoh Guru’ respectively.


The northeast district-level award ceremony was organised by the northeast district Education Office.


Chow highlighted the state government’s commitment to developing digital education through the Penang State Secretariat Office (PSUKPP) Penang Digitalisation Strategic Plan (2021-2025).


“Key initiatives include improving digital infrastructure, teacher training and development, digital content development, and Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET), in collaboration with industries.


“Dedicated teachers bridge the gap between the school and the community, extending their impact beyond the classroom.


“As Chief Minister, I hope all educators continue to provide exemplary service and become agents of change to produce a ‘MADANI’ generation,” he added.


MADANI is a Malay acronym for ‘SCRIPT,’ representing core values of sustainability, care and compassion, respect, innovation, prosperity, and trust.

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The attendees at the ceremony

Meanwhile, Mohamad Zawawi Ahmad, the district education officer from the northeast district Education Office, encouraged educators by describing them as game changers. 

Story by Tanushalini Moroter

Pix by Law Suun Ting

Video  by Darwina Mohd Daud