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Published: Thursday May 16, 2013 MYT 11:23:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday August 13, 2013 MYT 11:26:15 AM

Teaching gives delayed gratification, says Tokoh Guru winner

NILAI: It is never too late for students to say "thank you" to their teachers even long after they have left school.

National Tokoh Guru 2013 winner Rabiah Johari said she had the greatest satisfaction after her students reached out to her and thanked her on Facebook.

"Teaching was a job that gave me delayed gratification. Sometimes when students are still in school, they may be too young to appreciate their teachers.

"It is usually when they are older that they are able to see what their teachers had done for them," Rabiah said after receiving the award fromDeputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin during the National Teachers' Day celebrations Thursday.

Former Education Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim was honoured with the National Education Leadership award at the same ceremony, and said good teachers are made, not born.

"As long as one has a passion for teaching and a strong desire to contribute to society, anyone can be a great teacher," said Noor Rezan who is currently the education adviser for Khazanah Nasional Berhad.

Also receiving the Tokoh Guru 2013 award were Wan Hamzah Wan Daud and Jacob P.C. Mathews. Sri Cempaka School founder Datuk Freida Pilus received the Tokoh Guru award for national private schools.

Earlier, Muhyiddin said the merging of the Education and Higher Education Ministries will enable better management of the country's education system.

He said the move meant resources and expertise from schools and higher education institutions can be shared to improve the overall quality of education.

"Our efforts in transforming education can be carried out more efficiently as experts from all education sectors work together to make greater leaps in our education system," he said in his speech when launching the celebrations.

Tags / Keywords: Teaching, Gratification, Tokoh Guru Winner

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