MAK­ING TEACH­ING

New Straits Times - - Letters -

WE all re­mem­ber our teach­ers. Most were a ded­i­cated lot. At least, mine were. They were se­ri­ous about turn­ing us into pro­duc­tive adults. No won­der, as the na­tion cel­e­brated Teach­ers Day re­cently, there has been an out­pour­ing of adu­la­tion and praise for teach­ers.

We should take our hats off to teach­ers.

Many in the teach­ing pro­fes­sion have made sac­ri­fices. For ex­am­ple, some forgo the com­forts of city life to serve in the outback, where life is more chal­leng­ing.

Among the many anec­dotes re­ported re­cently, one made us sit up and take no­tice.

One teacher trav­els 130km a day to teach at an Orang Asli pri­mary school. His mo­tor­bike jour­ney takes him through treach­er­ous ru­ral roads. Amaz­ing ded­i­ca­tion.

Next to our par­ents, our teach­ers can claim credit for shap­ing us to be good cit­i­zens.

But teach­ers keep chang­ing Some­times, they teach other sub­jects or may move to other schools.

Some are pro­moted and as­sume higher po­si­tions in schools. Some leave teach­ing and as­sume po­si­tions in the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

What­ever it is, there is greater recog­ni­tion of ed­u­ca­tion in shap­ing the pros­per­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness of na­tions. This ex­plains why most coun­tries, in­clud­ing our own, in­vest heav­ily in

WED­NES­DAY, MAY 24, 2017

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