Tuesday, April 27, 2010

TEACHERS - World of Sacrifices....

Time, money, family...you name it.....
Those are in the "world of Teachers....."

1.   TIME:
It's your free time, I'm talking about... Your resting time... Teachers finish their working hours at 2.50pm everyday and by 4.00pm, they are already in school for sports activities...Until 6.30pm, sometimes 7.00pm.
They go back at 12.10pm on Fridays, but have to return to school at 3.00pm for the weekly Clubs and Societies activities until 6.00pm
Saturdays and Sundays are not spared either... There are more activities such as Silat, Taekwando, Brass bands and Orchestras...., camping and so on....
Sports too... You just cannot escape !!
If the sports season is over, it's the  "extra classes" time.. From 3.30pm to 5.30pm.. Everyday...

2.  MONEY:
When you become coaches to the school team, a part of your salary will be spent on the school team. That's for sure.. I used to spent RM1000 a month on my athletes during my coaching days... I don't regret it. Just to tell you the truth... You cannot claim those money spent..

Half of my family's time are spent on my students. I'm lucky because my wife is also a teacher. She understands... I have to run in between time to entertain my family, such as shopping or to have meals at eateries... My kids get used to my everyday life as a teacher...

Here's one more I got from the papers today...

27th April 2010

There goes teachers’ off days on Saturdays

THE Government’s decision to implement five working days in a week was well received by civil servants in the country. The ultimate aim was to forge a closer family relationship in line with the Government’s initiative of creating a caring society.
The Public Service Department issued a circular on July 1, 2005 to all the ministries under its jurisdiction on this and teachers, who are part and parcel of the civil service, were also covered by it.
However, the Education director-general (D-G) in another circular dated July 20, 2005, appealed to teachers to carry out activities on Saturdays on a voluntary basis. This was done after taking into consideration programmes that had already been planned at the beginning of the year and also other mitigating factors. Teachers followed the appeal whole- heartedly, thinking that it was only a short-term hiccup.
However, this was not the case. Teachers are now being called on to carry out activities nearly every Saturday without fail, citing the D-G’s directive. The incredulous argument is that the NUTP has given its blessing and so teachers have no excuse, but to follow.
The introduction of j-QAF teachers in primary schools has created an additional burden to classroom teachers. The j-QAF teachers have to carry out a programme called Kem Bestari Solat four times in a year on a Saturday for each standard. If there are six, then the programme has to be carried out 24 Saturdays a year. The task is not only handled by the j-QAF teachers but normal classroom teachers are also compelled to help out.
Teachers have also to be in school on the second and fourth Saturdays to assist in co-curricular activities. They have got to attend in-service training at least seven times in a year, usually held on Saturdays.
In addition, teachers are expected to be in school on Saturdays on Sports Day, Prize Giving Day, PTA AGM and for other activities. In a nut shell, teachers have to sacrifice all their Saturdays because of some overzealous principals and, district and state education officials.
But the irony is that these officers have their Saturdays off with their families. The school principals get their Saturday breaks too.
Women make up a large percentage of teachers in schools. Most are young and have just started their own families. They have children and their salaries aren’t enough to hire maids. They rely on baby-sitters or nurseries.
Even then, these facilities are not available on Saturdays and they have to fend for themselves.
If the Government is true to its slogan of “People First”, it should find an amicable solution to the plight of these teachers.
We are also citizens of this country. Do not let them, be a disillusioned lot. We appeal to the Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to help solve the woes of the teachers.
We have strong faith and high hopes that this matter will be resolved soon.

Have a nice day....

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