Restoring the noble profession of teaching

by | Jul 7, 2021 | EDUCATION, Opinions | 0 comments

PHOTO: Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia


It was in the yesteryears, and really quite some time back, when teachers were held in high esteem by people and the noble profession of teaching was highly respected to the point students showed equal respect for parents and teachers.

But that was in the past and really quite some time back. Today’s image of a Malaysian teacher is poor and contemptuous. There is now hardly any show of respect or affinity between teacher and student as in the past.

The days of camaraderie have stopped. In today’s world, teachers are detached as they should be from their students but not to the point they become aloof and indifferent to the educational and psychological needs of students.

It is sad to see that there is no more fellowship and mutual togetherness between teachers and students and this is something which students of today in Malaysia don’t know that they are missing terribly.

If that is not bad enough, many leading authorities in the field of education from around the world question the competency and integrity of those who make up the teaching profession in the country, especially government school teachers.

Government school teachers unfortunately have earned the dubious reputation of being nothing more than clock watchers or half-past-six workers. Many of them have earned a reputation of just doing a semblance of teaching while being involved in other monetary and business activity outside the classroom.

This is why there has to be an immediate overhaul of the teaching profession to ensure that our education system is truly world class and they produce the students of today who will take on the role of being the leaders of tomorrow.


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