Attachment to e-mail from Zuber Zain ( titled: Reunion Welcome Speech)
Ladies and Gentleman,
As we know, Reunions were usually held by alumni associations of schools, colleges and universities as a social gathering, giving opportunity for them to come together and remember old days. However this Kirkby College Alumni Grand Reunion which is held for two days on 28 and 29 November is not to be the usual and sundry Reunion but with a great difference in term of objective and programme. It will feature four main events of immense important to Kirkby alumni as well as to teachers and educators at large.
evening, the Honourable Minister of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage was
invited to launch a definitive book on
I would like to quote here some of content from the book.
The book highlighted the important role contributed by teachers and specifically Kirkby teachers in the realm of national human capital development or Modal Insan, for the past 50 years. They have devoted most of their lives to teaching, teaching in remote places and in classrooms without the comfort of air-con rooms that administrative officers (PTD) enjoyed. In those days in 1950s and 1960s, much of the rural areas were still undeveloped; teachers had to travel on kampong road that was muddy during the monsoon season and dusty during dry season. Some of the unlucky ones were forced to travel by boat to reach schools miles upstream. There were not given incentive allowances or hardship allowances as enjoyed by ulu teachers today.
contributed to education in Borneo even before the formation of
fathers and lecturers of
Unfortunately teachers and educators were seldom portrayed as important
leaders of the community despite their immense contribution to the nation.
Until today they remained at the backstage as unsung heroes. Another good
reason for Malaysians not knowing the role of educators in the nation’s
development was that until now our nation did not have a National Education Museum dedicated to publicise the role of
education and teachers. It is quite embarrassing that almost every other
government department such as army, police, even Orang
Asli has its own museum to display their heritage,
but until today teachers has no museum to be proud of. This
For this reason
that the Kirkby College Alumni Association has submitted a National Education
Museum proposal to three ministries (Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and
Heritage; Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education), requesting
an urgency for such museum to established in Kuala Lumpur. Without a proper
As a complimentary
event for the book launching, after the launching of the Kirkby book, the
Honourable Minister was invited to officiate a Kirkby Pictorial Exhibition, where many rare pictures and artefacts
This morning, an International Convention on Teachers’ Education is being held at INTAN Auditorium where YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, our active, progressive and far sighted Minister of Education was invited to present a keynote address and officially open the convention. Two more papers will follow after YB Hisham’s keynote address, one by Dato’ Prof Dr Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid, a professor at INTI University College, well known educator who will present a paper on world class teacher training and Prof Diana Burton, Pro-Vice Chancellor of John Moores University of Liverpool will present a paper on teacher education in England.
And finally, tonight a Grand Dinner will be held a PICC Putrajaya whereby all of Kirkby-trained teachers will receive certificates of appreciation from the government. Even though all of them had left the teaching profession more than 15 years ago, this gesture from the Minister of Education is in line with government’s policy to value the service rendered by government servants. It was most appropriate that INTAN, the public department training college, give full support for this function.
During the Grand
Dinner, a Kirkby College Coffee Table book in Bahasa
The Kirkby College Alumni Association is honoured that for the first time three ministries are involved as joint organiser; the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage.
In conclusion, once again, on behalf
of the organizing committee, I would like to thank the honoured guest, YB Menteri Pelajaran, paper presenters, session chairpersons and all the
attendees, especially my colleagues Kirkby alumni
that came from all over the country, for your support and presence to make this
As a parting note I would like to ask the YB Minister to consider tapping the huge talents and experience of former teachers and lecturers by creating a post service scheme for experience lecturers, especially as contract teaching staff at the newly upgraded Teachers Training Institutes. Kirkby College Alumni Association members, many of them proficient in English Language, some with masters and PhDs and specialised in many academic subjects, will be ever ready to answer the call for post-service scheme, if there is an urgent need for them to go back to classrooms and lecture rooms.
TAN SRI DATO' DR YAHAYA IBRAHIM