I have been religiously following the debates about the controversial National Education Blueprint as it would directly affect my ten-month-old son in six years time. Contrary to the current trend of sending children to private schools, I for one, still believe in the government schools to produce wholesome citizens in the future.
Personally, I think that the current education system has many rooms for improvements and the new National Education Blueprint is long overdue. I applaud the Ministry’s effort to revamp the current system. What I now feel compelled to voice my concern is over the attitude of certain teachers.
My nine year old cousin refused to go to school one morning and I asked him why? This has been going on for quite sometimes – his refusal to go to school. I was aghast when he told me that the teacher called him “stupid” in front of his classmates because he couldn’t write or read as well as his other counterparts. If at all he is really stupid, in which I strongly believe that no one is, where is the teacher’s compassion towards his/her pupils?
Children, too, must be treated with respect. They may be small but they are the ones who are shaping Malaysia’s future. Vision 2020 will not be realized if the Ministry keeps hiring teachers who desire to teach smart pupils only.
What we need more are teachers like my Cikgu Fabillah. This great teacher who knew my aversion to Chemistry, actually went up to my dorm from time to time to personally teach me that dreary subject. She was single handedly responsible for my excellent chemistry result in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia.
In all fairness, the National Education Blueprint would come true if supported by pillars of dedicated teachers. Teaching, after all, is the noblest profession in the world. Parents too, should not shift all the burdens onto the teachers’ shoulders. You are the first teacher for your children. What set us apart from the rest is our ability to put things into perspective. Children are just like white canvas. It is up to the parents how they want to paint it. I am still optimistic in so far as the National Education Blueprint is concerned.
I am also glad to be a part of this watershed moment in Malaysian Education System. Good luck to the Ministry of Education.