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Malaysian Government Teachers: Then and Now

In the past, Malaysian government teachers were held in high esteem. They were seen as the backbone of the education system, and their dedication to their students was unquestionable. They would often go above and beyond their duties, spending time outside of school hours to help their students learn.

However, things have changed in recent years. With the advent of technology, teachers now have more ways to communicate with their students and parents. This has led some to argue that teachers are now less dedicated to nurturing their students, and instead rely on Whatsapp to do the job for them.

I believe that there is some truth to this claim. It is certainly easier for teachers to send a message on Whatsapp than to have a face-to-face conversation with a student or parent. However, I also believe that teachers still play an important role in nurturing their students.

Nurturing is not just about providing academic support. It is also about providing emotional support and guidance. Teachers can help students develop their self-esteem, learn how to deal with challenges, and make good choices. They can also help students build relationships with their peers and adults.

Of course, teachers cannot do this alone. It takes a village to raise children. Parents, guardians, and other community members all have a role to play in nurturing children. However, teachers play a special role, and their dedication is essential to the success of our education system.

So, do Malaysian government teachers now lack dedication to nurture? I don’t think so. I think they are still dedicated to their students, but they are using technology in a different way than they used to. Whatsapp can be a convenient way to communicate with parents, but it is important for teachers to be mindful when using it. They should avoid complaining about the student or making negative comments. Instead, they should focus on the student’s strengths and areas for improvement. They should also be specific and provide evidence to support their concerns.

Parents want to know that their child is being well-cared for and that they are making progress. By communicating effectively with parents, teachers can build trust and cooperation, which is essential for the success of the student.

I believe that Malaysian government teachers are still dedicated to their students. They may use technology in a different way than teachers did in the past, but they are still committed to helping their students learn and grow.

Here are some additional thoughts on the role of teachers in nurturing students:

  • Teachers can create a safe and supportive environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and learning new things.
  • Teachers can model positive behaviors and attitudes, such as respect, empathy, and resilience.
  • Teachers can help students develop their critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.
  • Teachers can help students find their passions and talents and develop them.
  • Teachers can be a source of guidance and support for students as they navigate the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood.

The role of a teacher is not easy, but it is essential. Teachers play a vital role in shaping the future of our children.

Till next time, Kerina K.