TUNKU Dara Naquiah has given a very good suggestion to use the pool of valuable English-teaching human resources available in our own country – the retired English teachers “Hire retired English teachers” (The Star, June 16).
These teachers were educated in English from primary to tertiary institutions of learning.
In addition, they speak and write in English all the time in their daily life that it is like their first language.
In fact, it would be wise to make full use of their expertise and skills. Most of them are in their 60s and 70s but the majority are still healthy and fit for work.
These retired people have got two choices – go ahead with their life of leisure or take up the challenge of teaching again and continue to contribute to the progress and development of education.
When the need arises, I believe they too would be willing to rise to meet the demand.
Perhaps someone can draw up a registry of these retired educators who are willing to teach on a part-time basis.
K. K. YONG