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Friday, April 16, 2010

LIFE of a TEACHER....


Who wants to work on Saturdays and Sundays?  The Malaysian government is giving Saturdays and Sundays as "off-days". It's considered as family days... And if you still have to work on Saturdays and Sundays because of important issues, you will be paid "overtime"... Isn't that nice...
But, NOT teachers.....
Teachers are the only government servants that defy orders... Teachers are the only government servants who work on Saturdays and even Sundays.. Teachers are also the only group of government servants who are not paid "overtime"... Come to think of it...., why aren't teachers paid overtime??
Teachers, these days, go to school at 7.00 am to be on duty. School starts at 7.40am and ends at 2.50pm. Mind you, there's no "Tea Break" or even "Lunch Break". The Lunch Break is after 2.50pm and they must be back for extra classes at 3.30pm until 5.30pm. They only go home after those extra classes...
Some teachers have to stay further for sports and games until 6.30pm...

Teachers don’t have such an easy life

ALLOW me to respond on behalf of some teachers to the letter “Be sure you love teaching before joining the profession (The Star, April 13) by Angry Parent from Malacca. Mind you, they might be too busy with their students to have even noticed the letter.
Firstly, not all teachers face the same predicament. Some of us survive fairly well while others don’t. Of course most of us are thankful to our employer if we care to look at the small number of complaints nationwide. That’s why only very few teachers, if any, choose to resign.
Teaching nowadays is not the laid-back job we used to think it was when we were children. Nowadays, too much is expected of a teacher, not to mention the heavy workload. Anyway, nearly everybody will try to convince you that their job is the heaviest.
The fact is, the monthly take-home salary of a typical teacher is just enough to meet the basic needs, and some do struggle to make ends meet. This is especially true for those with a non-working spouse.
My Chinese friends were very surprised that I managed to survive on such a meagre income.
Regarding the holidays, long gone are the days when holidays were holidays and teachers could enjoy them without worrying that they will be called to do something for the school. Moreover, we do not go to school at 7am and return at noon like in the old days.
Lastly, as government servants, I am not boasting, but we are the only group that openly defies our employer – by working every Saturday and sometimes even on Sundays.
NOT SO ANGRY TEACHER,
Johor Baru. 

Hmmm....
Say no further....

Have a nice day....

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