One of my students who graduated from University Malaya a few weeks ago is posted to an Orang Asli school, 60 km from Sg Siput town. The place has no electricity and water supply, what more a handphone line. To get to the school is either by a four-wheel drive or on a scrambler. To top it, she's the only lady teacher in the school. She fears for her safety and is very unhappy. I said a few words of encouragement to her but I doubt if that made her feel better.
How can any teacher be effective if there is no peace of mind and emotionally unstable? Basic facilities are neccasities which are essential in life. Security is crucial. We can possibly learn to survive with minimal facilities but safety cannot be negotiated. Teachers are sent to these rural areas to educate children. Will they be able to do that when reluctance and anxiety govern them.
Those who are not teachers may not understand the angst of having to face the situation. I am not against fresh graduates to be posted to rural areas but some things should be considered so that their wellbeing is not taken for granted.
To those who face the same state of affairs, I wish you all the best. Through thick and thin, work towards excellence. One day in hindsight, you will smile with satisfaction for surviving what may seem to be the worst experiences in your early career life.