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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Teachers - Reward ALL, not Some...


On Teacher's Day itself, 16th May 2011, the Malaysian government made a special announcement - acknowledging the teacher's burden in nation building and awarding special grade and salary increments to certain teachers but not all....
Applauding this gesture, many teachers are NOT happy at all.... Why? Simple..., not fairly distributed..
For god sake, reward ALL teachers !!!!

It looks like the "not teaching teachers" are being rewarded handsomely, while the "teaching teachers" get nothing! So, the issue of fairness arise here.. Teachers who take up posts as administrators get perks and increments, while those prefer to teach (instead of administer) and coach, gets nothing. It's just the same as in sports. The coach who does the donkey job gets peanuts while the administer of the team gets all the money... I bet Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United will never want to be a coach (teacher) in Malaysia..

When Kenny Dalglish was offered to coach Liverpool recently, he made it clear that he must have all the power to choose and buy players before signing as coach/manager of Liverpool. He doesn't want the administrators to overrule him... That's professional...
Similarly, in teaching a certain subject in class, the subject teacher knows best what to teach to make his/her students excel in that subject. The exam results speak for itself.... Better still, ask the students themselves, what they think of the subject teachers.. Now, these are the teachers that the government should reward - teachers who teach in class....

Do you know that there are teachers who don't like to teach? Yes..., many of them. They are qualified teachers by profession, but they have lost interest in teaching.. Some even refuse to enter class to teach, sighting all the possible reasons they can to their students.. These teachers then take up offers from the Education Departments to become administrators and then goes to school to tell the "teaching teachers" what to do in class... Their shallow experience in teaching and base on readings on "what to do and what not to do in class" is not good enough to correct the more experience teaching teachers... Alas !!! That's what happening now..

Back to these teaching teachers..  If rewards are to be given to teachers, then it should be these teaching teachers.. It should be on the number of hours (periods) these teachers stay in class to teach, the higher the rewards should be... After all, that's what teaching is all about. Hands on !!! Do you know that the job is not easy? Try staying in class to teach over 30 students for 80 minutes (2 periods). Each and everyone of them is not the same. You are lucky if you teach the first few classes (A, B or C). Try teaching the end classes (E, F, G) where the students have low IQs and low motivation to learn.. Better still, try teaching the Standard 1 pupils in primary school..., where you have to play the role of a maid in class !!!

Reward the senior teachers by all means..., whether they administer or not.., but never forget those teachers with over 10 years of teaching experience... If you don't Mr. Education Minister, then they will leave the school.. They will take up other job offers because it doesn't pay much being a teacher....
Worst still, SPM and STPM holders won't be so interested becoming a teacher in the near future. The boys are already shying away from this profession, leaving 85% undergraduates females. You can see why the discipline in schools is getting worse !!!! It's your call, Mr. Education Minister......

Reward ALL teachers !!!! Or, you'll pay the price...
Have a nice day....

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