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Friday May 23, 2008

Retirement takes a back seat

FOR Yeoh Loy Cheow, there is no such thing as “retirement” when it comes to imparting knowledge as a teacher.

The former Penang Chinese Girls High School senior principal took up the post of chief operating officer-cum-senior principal of Sri Pinang private schools after retiring from government service in 2005.

Last year, she founded the Penang Tenby International School, catering to the needs of Penangites as well as students from Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea and Japan.

Abdul Rahman having a word with the Tokoh Guru recipients.

“I just cannot see myself sitting still. I feel I can still contribute towards the country’s education scene,” she said at the state-level Teacher’s Day celebrations at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) engineering campus in Transkrian, Nibong Tebal, on Thursday.

Yeoh, who turns 59 on Monday, was among four retired teachers who received the state Tokoh Guru 2008 awards from Penang Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

Another recipient, S. Pakirisamy, 64, said he taught in Tamil schools for 46 years, including 10 years as a temporary teacher.

Teachers can dance and sing too!

“I had always wanted to become a teacher since I was young. I am glad that one of my four sons, Yogendran, has taken after me and now teaches in Miri,” he said.

Pakirisamy said between 2003 and 2007, he voluntarily taught Tamil Language and Moral lessons to 34 inmates at Pusat Serenti Karangan in Kulim.

Former state Scouts commissioner Chye Onn Teck, 67, who also received the award, said it was important for teachers to be involved in activities outside the classroom to develop a balanced personality.

“Teachers should identify an outdoor activity to gain necessary knowledge and experience to help nurture character-building, survivorship and good citizenry among their students,” he said.

We pledge: Teaching taking their oath at the celebrations.

The fourth recipient, Mohamed Salim Mohamed Said, 63, once active in the Scouts movement, had actively served as Peninsula Welfare Centre Council secretary from 2002 to 2007.

“Teachers, especially the younger ones, should be patient and not expect immediate returns in this profession.

“They should do their best for the love of the job,” he said, adding that he was a teacher for 34 years.

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