Daunting challenges when teachers go unprepared

Daunting challenges when teachers go unprepared

PUCHONG: Teacher Chan Mei Fong found teaching challenging in both rural and urban areas due to Internet penetration.

“I taught in the rural area of Sarawak.  They were not exposed to many subject matters.  On the contrary students in urban areas at times know too much of a subject matter due to their exposure on the Internet.”

“There are times when they are more updated than us, the teachers.  It will be challenging especially teachers don’t keep themselves updated,” said Chan who now teaches in a secondary school in Ipoh.

He said this in response to a question on Teachers Day today.

Another teacher, Nora Shamsudin who teachers lower primary students look forward to meet her students every day.

“I have always gelled well with children so getting into teaching is a no – brainer.  I don’t mind them being naughty. It is not something I cant handle.”

Teachers Day is celebrated annually on 16 May.  Many people have taken to the social media such as Facebook to show their gratitude of yesteryear’s teachers.

While celebrations are clear in schools, Malaysians also extend this celebration to lecturers and professors as well since they are teachers as well.

Energy, Science Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin in her wishes on Instagram quoted former South Africa President Nelson Mandela’s words.

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

She also recounted her father’s advice that only education can change one’s lives.

Similarly, Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching too wished the teachers. She did so in four different languages: English, Bahasa, Mandarin and Tamil.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched the national Teachers Day celebration in Penang.

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