An honour: Muhyiddin (third from left) cutting a cake with his former teacher Yusuf Karto, while Idris (left), Kamalanathan (second from left), Muhyiddin’s wife Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman (second from right) and education director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof (right) look on.
INTEGRITY is the most important thing in the teaching profession, said this year’s Tokoh Guru award recipient Tengku Azuan Tengku Mohamed.
“Everyone can be a teacher but to be an excellent teacher with integrity is difficult,” she said, advising young teachers to strive for excellence.
“I think integrity has to do with the heart. It has to do with sincerity,” she said.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin presented the Tokoh Guru Award to LeapED Services Sdn Bhd adviser Tengku Azuan Tengku Mohamed and the National Education Leadership Award to former education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom at the national Teachers Day celebration in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
“When teachers have integrity, they will indirectly strive to do their best,” said Tengku Azuan after receiving her award.
The Kelantan native started her teaching career in SMK Zainab, Kota Baru and after 23 years, became the principal of Sekolah Seri Puteri, Kuala Lumpur.
In 2004, she created history when she achieved the highest grade for super principal C in the first cohort. This is the highest grade for a school administrator.
She has served in several schools including SMK Aminuddin Baki, Kuala Lumpur and Kolej Tunku Kurshiah (TKC) in Negri Sembilan. Tengku Azuan came up with and implemented the headcount model that is still being used in schools today.
This model identifies students’ potential and weaknesses and helps teachers to focus.
She remained in TKC until her retirement in 2007, transforming it into a high performance school in the process.
“Even after retiring, I would say I haven’t retired,” she said, adding that she continued serving the Education Ministry by providing lectures on the headcount model and education management.
Alimuddin said parents can contribute much to schools and the education system as they have many skills.
“I think that with the right help and cooperation between parents and schools, plenty of things can be accomplished. I feel it is time for schools to open their doors,” he added.
The Perak native explained that this meant giving freedom to parents so that they can offer their skills and talents in their children’s schools.
Alimuddin retired in November 2010 after 34 years in government service. He served previously as a History teacher, senior assistant and principal and the last seven years in various posts within both the Education Ministry as well as the then Higher Education Ministry which has since been merged back with the former.
He also served in urban and rural schools in Perak and his last posting was at Malay College Kuala Kangsar, Perak, as senior principal before heading to the Education Ministry as Schools Division deputy director in 2003.
Even after retirement, Alimuddin has been involved in many societies such as the Yayasan Guru Malaysia Bhd and and Koperasi Yayasan Guru Malaysia Bhd.
Alimuddin is currently an adviser on the review for the National Higher Education Strategic Plan at the ministry’s Higher Education Department.
Also present at the event were Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Deputy Education Ministers Datuk Mary Yap and P. Kamalanathan.