ONE of the overall best trainee prize winners at the Federal Teachers’ Training College Penang’s 34th Convocation is a former electronic engineer who finds joy in teaching the country's future leaders.
Tan Phen Liang, 33, a graduate of Universiti Putra Malaysia had worked at a factory in Seberang Prai as an electronic engineer before discovering his true calling in teaching.
He is now teaching at SMK Convent Pulau Tikus.
“Engineering is exciting. When I was working at the factory, I was training junior engineers.
“I enjoy dealing with students, understanding their needs and caring for them,” he said after receiving his Post-graduate Teaching Di-ploma (Secondary School) at the convocation at a hotel recently.
Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and his consort Toh Puan Hajjah Maji-mor Shariff took turns to present the diplomas and awards to 539 graduates.
The other four overall best trainees were Yu Siau Ling, 25, Chu Kim Koon, 32, Juraidah Yusoff, 28, and Tan Lay Koon, 27.
Yu, who is six months pregnant, thanked her lecturers for their caring attitude throughout her stint as a trainee.
“All my lecturers were very caring and lecturer Ooi Poh Lim even sent me to the hospital once,” said a grateful Yu, the prize winner in the Malaysian Teaching Diploma (Holiday Training Course) who is now teaching at SJKC Chong Ming, Perak.
Chu left a demanding job in the insurance line to pursue her love in teaching by taking and acing in the Malaysian Teaching Diploma course. She is now with SRJK Chung Kwo, Selangor.
Lay Koon, a graduate of Universiti Sains Malaysia, worked as an associate consultant in an accounting firm before joining a private college as a lecturer. She is now teaching at SK Perempuan Island, George Town.
“When I was still in univer-sity, I was a tutor assisting the lecturers and that was when I discovered my interest and ability in teaching,” said Lay Koon who received her Post-graduate Teaching Diploma (Primary School).
Juraidah became a teacher at a school in Kedah on a computer certificate before aiming higher for a diploma and graduating on Thursday with the overall best trainee prize in the Malaysian Teaching Diploma course.