Go­ing above and be­yond

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SARAH RAHIM news@nst.com.my

ANEW co­hort of teach­ers is ap­proach­ing teach­ing and learn­ing with in­no­va­tion. These teach­ers, also known as Guru Muda 1Malaysia (GM1M), are aged be­tween 20 and 40 years old.

An English lan­guage teacher, Mohd Hapiz Nordin, 32, said they came up with cre­ative teach­ing aids to help stu­dents have bet­ter un­der­stand­ing and grasp of sub­jects.

Hapiz teaches at SK Putrajaya Precint 9 (2).

“Teach­ers can­not em­ploy chalk and talk any­more and need to use vis­ual aid. Even in school, we have a spe­cial room for the pur­pose of teach­ing English lan­guage. We need to be cre­ative to sus­tain their in­ter­est,” he said.

Hapiz, who has eight years of ex­pe­ri­ence in teach­ing, said this was dif­fer­ent from the con­ven­tional class­room set­ting with teach­ers ad­dress­ing the pupils by writ­ing on the black­board.

“The teach­ers are be­ing cre­ative to at­tract pupils to school. There is no point if the pupils do not come to school.

“At the ini­tial stage, GM1M was mooted with in­ten­tion to give a con­tin­u­ous sup­port to the as­pi­ra­tion of the Malaysia Ed­u­ca­tion Blue­print 2013–2025,” he said.

“The in­volve­ment of teach­ers, es­pe­cially young teach­ers, of all races is very much needed.”

He said there were changes in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in teach­ing and learn­ing as there were el­e­ments like Higher Or­der Think­ing Skills (HOTS) and 21st Cen­tury learn­ing, which were im­prove­ments to the pre­vi­ous sys­tems.

“This com­prises of holis­tic de­vel­op­ment from pupils up to ad­min­is­tra­tive level.”

He said GM1M also needed to play a greater role in liv­ing up to the theme of “Teach­ers for Na­tion Build­ing”.

“Teach­ers are the agent of unity. In the com­mu­nity, we are the first to in­ter­act with the chil­dren. It is a great re­spon­si­bil­ity for a teacher. Our job scope goes be­yond teach­ing the sub­ject in school,” he said, adding that it must also in­clude in­cul­cat­ing good val­ues in the younger gen­er­a­tion.

Hapiz said the min­istry em­pha­sised on holis­tic de­vel­op­ment of pupils.

The Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Phi­los­o­phy (NEP) has iden­ti­fied in­tel­lec­tual, phys­i­cal, emo­tional and spir­i­tual as­pects that must be given equal em­pha­sis to strive for the de­sired bal­ance.

“We want to gen­er­ate pupils of high in­tel­lect, but with good emo­tional quo­tient as well.”

He said the el­e­ment of moral val­ues were in­cluded in les­son plan­ning and were in­te­grated dur­ing school times.

He added that there were also cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, where pupils show­cased their cos­tumes and sang songs in their mother tongues.

As pupils were ex­posed to gad­gets at a young age, he said, teach­ers faced chal­lenges when each fam­ily has a dif­fer­ent view.

“This is be­cause early ed­u­ca­tion be­gins at home and the pupils are in­flu­enced by what they are ex­posed to at home,” he said.

Hapiz, who is a fa­ther of three, said the ex­po­sure might be trans­lated into be­hav­iour, for ex­am­ple, the way a child spoke among peers and the us­age of ap­pro­pri­ate lan­guage.

“As a teacher, we need to guide them and pro­vide good ex­am­ple in class.”

He said the pupils came from dif­fer­ent back­grounds and, at times, it could have an im­pact on the way they carry them­selves.

“I hope that the good rap­port be­tween teach­ers and par­ents would con­tinue,” he said.

Hapiz ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the Par­ent-Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion of his school for pro­vid­ing con­tin­u­ous sup­port, es­pe­cially in the move to­wards pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties for mod­ern-age learn­ing.

Mean­while, in Se­lan­gor, Guru Ak­tif 1Se­lan­gor (GA1S) has been ac­tively in­volved in spread­ing in­for­ma­tion about gov­ern­ment poli­cies to other teach­ers and also en­gag­ing with the nearby com­mu­nity.

Se­lan­gor Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment deputy direc­tor Shashim Shah Harun said Se­lan­gor was ranked as the top state in the coun­try to have teach­ers who are ac­tively in­volved in the ‘Guru Ak­tif’ (Ac­tive Teacher) and ‘Guru Muda’ (Young Teacher) pro­grammes.

“GA1S are teach­ers who are above 40 years old and vol­un­teer to do jobs out of school hours,” he said.

Shashim said there were about 150 ac­tive teach­ers from 935 schools in Se­lan­gor.

“There are about 15 peo­ple in the main com­mit­tee, 10 rep­re­sent­ing each district and five more from the state Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment.

“We usu­ally con­duct meet­ing once ev­ery two months with the main com­mit­tee mem­bers.

“They will tell us the prob­lems that are hap­pen­ing at schools in their re­spec­tive dis­tricts,” he said.

“For ex­am­ple, if the school is fac­ing any wiring prob­lems or an in­creas­ing num­ber of stu­dents, they will tell the depart­ment about it.”

He added that the eas­i­est way for them to com­mu­ni­cate was through a What­sApp group chat, and if the prob­lem was ur­gent, it would be set­tled as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Through­out last year, GA1S has con­ducted seven pro­grammes with the com­mu­nity, which also in­volved Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Ur­ban Wellbeing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar,” he said.

Shashim said among the pro­grammes that were con­ducted in­cluded “Sepetang Ber­sama Pen­garah” (An Evening with the Direc­tor) at SK Seksyen 6 in Shah Alam, “Ken­duri Rakyat Guru Ak­tif 1 Se­lan­gor” (1Se­lan­gor Ac­tive Teacher Rakyat’s Feast) at SK Parit Serong in Tan­jong Karang, and Di­a­logue with the Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar.

He said the main aim of this pro­gramme was for GA1S vol­un­teers to be the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment’s mouth­piece to de­liver in­for­ma­tion on poli­cies and gov­ern­ment agen­das to their col­leagues and the pub­lic.

Teacher Mohd Zamri Ka­har, from Sek Men Keb Ti­ram Jaya, who is also part of GA1S, said he vol­un­teered him­self to join the pro­gramme when it was launched last year.

“I be­lieve this is part of my so­cial ser­vice, not just to the school, but also the com­mu­nity,” said the 49year-old Math­e­mat­ics and dis­ci­pline teacher.

He said the Tan­jong Karang district GA1S would be or­gan­is­ing a “GA1S Art Car­ni­val” in Au­gust.

“All GA1S teach­ers can sub­mit their art­works. The se­lected ones will be dis­played to the pub­lic at Tesco Tan­jong Karang,” he said, adding that there would be sev­eral other com­pe­ti­tions on that day.

“We want to en­gage and con­nect with the com­mu­nity and teach­ers as well.

“There­fore, by host­ing such pro­grammes, we hope that more peo­ple will join us,” he said.

SAAD PIC BY AIZUD­DIN

Mohd Hapiz Nordin, 32, en­gag­ing his pupils dur­ing a les­son at SK Precint 9 (2) Putrajaya.

FILE PIC

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (se­cond from right) wit Ur­ban Wellbeing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar (right) greet­ing teach­ers dur­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony of Ken­duri Rakyat Guru Ak­tif 1Se­lan­gor in Tan­jong Karang last year.

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