Top students put it down to hard work

JOHOR BARU: Earning a diploma in sports and recreation was a dream come true for one of Temenggong Ibrahim Teaching Institute’s (IPTI) best students Mohd Ridzuan Mat Noor.

The 31-year-old Kelantan-born graduate always had a love for sports, especially handball.

“I have always been committed to this field but I never expected to be named one of the top five students of the institute.

Day of triumph: Mohd Ridzuan (centre), Malathy (second from right), Suraya (left), S. Sugunavathy, 35,and Rohani Hussin, 31, having a look at their scrolls.

“I am grateful that I will be able to teach this particular subject to my students,” said the teacher who is currently teaching at SK Jalan Pegoh in Ipoh.

Ridzuan said that teaching the subject came naturally and he has plans to instil the love for sports among his students.

“Sports can enrich a student’s life as well as keep them healthy,” he said.

Meanwhile, S. Malathy, 27, who was also honoured as a best student, said she was very excited to receive a diploma for teaching Tamil.

“I would not have achieved this without the help of my lecturers and fellow students.

“It is also an honour for me to study here,” she said adding that the 18 months at the institute was time well spent.

For Suraya Chek, 35, juggling studies and time for her family was tricky but she managed to triumph in the end.

The mother of four received her diploma for teaching Islamic studies.

“I will take care of my family’s needs before studying.

“That usually means burning the midnight oil to make sure that I will be able to keep up with the topics,” she said adding that her family had always been supportive of her efforts.

The three were among 271 students honoured at the institute’s convocation ceremony on March 27.

Tanjung Puteri Assemblyman Adam Sumiru, who presented the diplomas to the graduates, congratulated all of them and advised them to give their best in their future undertakings.

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