Teachers should uphold ethics if entering politics, says minister
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KUALA TERENGGANU, Feb 8 — Teachers are reminded to always adhere to the rules, uphold their ethics as civil servants and not to cross the line if they want to get involved in any political parties, says Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
He said teachers must respect the teaching profession and toe the line when showing support for any political parties as their actions would be watched by parents, students and local communities.
“It is not that we discourage teachers from entering politics…this is a democratic country, but they should not get too carried away by showing off, especially when they have positions in the party.
“For instance, if a school headmaster or a teacher shares a stage with the opposition and delivers a speech (to express dissatisfaction against the government), would parents still want their children to be taught by such a person?” he asked.
Mahdzir said this to reporters after officiating the ground breaking ceremony of the new building for Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Serada, Banggol Chempedak, here today.
Also present were Terengganu Education, Science, Technology and State Transformation Committee chairman A Latiff Awang and Terengganu Education director Shafruddin Ali Hussain. — Bernama