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Teachers, learners need emotional intelligence


Educators teach and interact with children, teens and younger adults by nurturing them and imparting knowledge.

Our education in schools focuses on cognitive skills for students but not on their feelings or sentiments.

Yet emotional intelligence or emotional quotient is a subject that I think should be taught in schools and at teacher education institutes.

In many western countries, stress among educators has reached extraordinary levels.

A recent survey stated that almost 40-50% of teachers will leave the teaching service within the first five years.

There may be various reasons for this but much of it has to do with their frame of mind.

In Malaysia, there is no data on teachers leaving the profession within the early years of service, but many teachers will be quick to point out that teaching is not as rewarding as before.

They are bogged down with many non-teaching chores and yes, they could do with some emotional support.

Teachers as it is now, are already multi-tasking.

Emotional intelligence, according to experts can be applied through a set of skills.

It requires one to know their own strengths and weaknesses, respond and react to situations, and empathise with one another.

Teachers need to apply emotional intelligence in the classroom, or when dealing with their students in other situations as well. By doing so, they get optimal results not just for themselves but their students too.

It helps to increase academic success, bolster stronger friendships and reduce negative behaviour among their charges.

AZIZI AHMAD

Kuala Lumpur

Education , edud

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