Monday, March 22, 2010

Quality vs Quantity

By now, I am sure you've heard of this news. As much as I applaud the Education Minister's interests towards upholding the excellence of English Language proficiency in our Malaysian classrooms, I sincerely believe that we should rationalised the issue thoroughly from myriad perspectives.  Would increasing hours of English lessons per week overcome the declining state of English Language among our students?

Frankly speaking, it's the quality that counts, not the quantity. Let's face it, teachers nowadays are too bogged down with documentation and clerical work that at times, we are gulping and gasping for breath in preparing the best lessons for our beloved students. Teaching is challenging, no joke. We would deliver the best if we are allowed to do what we know best, being a teacher. No teacher in the right mind would settle for mediocre approach towards teaching (the late Tan Sri P.Ramlee's depiction of 'hari hari cikgu main bola' might be one-in-a-million scenario)

God saves our children. *shudders*

I strongly hope that our government won't scrimp on the needs of professional development for the sake of our future generation. If we want top notch teachers, we must be willing to allow the teachers to develop their niche. I have full optimism that all the English teachers in Malaysia are willing to go the extra mile for their students. If we were to teach extra hours for our students, I am sure we are able to do so willingly if we are allowed to focus sans the interference of  extra clerical works. With the right mindset, we are able to achieve anything. As uttered by the late Martin Luther King, I have a dream and right now my dream  is to be the best teacher that I could ever be. Let us teach.

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Nik said...

True. Hire more clerks to do the clerical works and let teachers focus on their students better.

Nor Fadzleen said...

Hi Nik,
A point worth pondering.