Dedicated: Maisura teaching one of her pupils to use a Braille machine at SKPK Princess Elizabeth.
JOHOR BARU: Despite the burden of having to go for dialysis three times a week, teacher Maisura Abd Jalil remains passionate about her job to teach underprivileged kids at a school for the blind here.
In fact, the children helped her to forget her own worries because they needed more attention and care than her, said the 31-year-old wheelchair bound teacher.
“When I see the kids, I feel the need to be there for them. I am spurred to ensure that they learn well,” said Maisura, who teaches at SKPK Princess Elizabeth.
She was diagnosed with a kidney disease about eight years ago and she has to undergo dialysis at a centre in Bandar Baru Uda.
Maisura said she had always been interested in special education when she took up a teaching course. Her first posting was at SKPK Seremban in 2004.
“Two years after that, I was transferred back to my hometown Johor Baru to my current school. That was when I found out that I had kidney problems,” she said here yesterday.
Maisura said she initially found it tough to accept the diagnosis and even doubted her own ability to continue teaching children with special needs.
“I had a lot of support from my family, friends and colleagues but the main driving force are my students,” she said.
Maisura, who drives herself to work from her family home in Taman Sri Austin, teaches Bahasa Malaysia and Mathematics to children aged between eight and 10 years old.
“It is a challenge as I teach children who have more than one disability such as low vision and hyperactivity.
“But I am managing well as I have helpful teaching assistants,” she said.