Saturday, 18 February 2012

It gets to their head

We have achieved our independence for almost 55 years now and indeed our country is standing with its head up looking proud in the eyes of the world. No one in the era of YM Tunku Abdul Rahman, our first Prime Minister, would have imagined that we could come this far and be recognised around the globe. We indeed owe it all to our 4th Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir.

We are no doubt catching up with the developed countries in infra- and info-structures; and we definitely top the list among the developing countries. Nevertheless, the mentality of majority of our people remains underdeveloped and is far from having achieved its "independence".

I don't have to look far to prove my point. Looking at my own students, a particular group of them who have the opportunity to do the twinning programme with an Australian University, is enough to confirm the matter. And these are youths whom we hope to exhibit zero sign of colonised minds for the future of the country lies in their hands. Regrettably, only with two years abroad to be among the "mat salleh", studying at a "mat salleh" University, having "mat salleh" lecturers, they have come back to try to sound and behave like the "mat salleh". They have become unnecessarily critical over petty matters because it's not like when they were in Australia. Born and bred in Malaysia all their life and the two years changed their perspective of their own country. Their minds have become more colonised than those who have lived through the years of the British rule.

With many English words still mispronounced and some English sentences used are still grammatically wrong, yet they have actually came back with an attitude. The journey of their life has hardly begun. The criterion of becoming a successful teacher has never been where one is trained or educated. It's what lies within us. If one begins with forgetting one's root too easily, the journey may not be an enjoyable one after all.

Tun Mahathir never studied in any "Mat Salleh" country in his life, yet he became the Prime Minister of Malaysia for 22 years and brought us to where we are today...a proud nation envied by the rest of the world!!!

Friday, 3 February 2012

It's already the second month of 2012 and work has resumed full swing since the new semester started on the 4th January. My expectations to see some changes in my favour do not seem to show any sign of being fulfilled in the near future. I have, however, brace myself so as not to anticipate anything to avoid disappointments. This is the time to practice what I always preach to my students.

Speaking of students...I am entrusted with two groups of Guru Sandaran Tidak Terlatih (GSTT), one the Program Persediaan Ijazah Sarjana Muda Perguruan (PPISMP) and the other Diploma Perguruan Lepas Ijazah (DPLI). These programmes are newly introduced and they cater for those who have at least two years experience teaching in primary schools as untrained contract teachers. It's an advantage to teach them because of their teaching experiences. They are able to relate easily to classroom situations. Given the correct and ample guidance, they should perform well in their practicum and later as trained teachers. My anticipation is more on their academic performance.

Another group is the same group which I taught in 2010 when the students were doing their preparatory course. Now, they are already undergraduates. I enjoyed teaching them then and they were already at home with me. Thus, teaching them again for another two semesters this year would be like resuming the relationship and rapport that we have built with each other. They have a commendable attitude towards learning and teaching them gives me a lot of pleasure.

Numerous new events and involvements are anticipated this semester. My hopes are that I will be able to live up to others' expectations of me and fulfilled my duties as a lecturer, facilitator and administrator effectively and commendably...Insya'Allah.