KUCHING: SK Batu Lintang headmistress Annie Soon has never asked for anything in return from her students since she took up the teaching profession some 30 years ago.
“Teachers can only teach their students and tell them what to do. What is important is for them to wish to improve themselves.”
To see that her students perform well in their studies and in life was all that she wished for, Soon said.
However, achieving a high standard in education for the students could not be done without the cooperation of their parents, she said.
“I cannot clap with one hand. Working hard in school alone is not enough. I hope the parents will assist the students at home too,” Soon told The Star during the Teacher Day’s celebration at the school yesterday.
Soon, who has been teaching at the school for six years, said the school did not perform well in the UPSR exam last year as it had a passing rate of only 70% .
She said 54 students from her school would sit for the UPSR this year and she hoped they would perform better this time with the cooperation of their teachers and parents.
The school has eleven classes and a preschool with some 280 students and 28 teachers. Teacher’s Day is held yearly in appreciation of the contributions of teachers.
During the celebration, the school’s head prefect Mattaus Lim said: “To our teachers, who have been hard-working and inspiring over the years, we apologise for all our wrongdoings and thank you for your teaching and guidance.”
The event started with a singing performance by the teachers followed by musical and dance performances by the students arranged by Maestro Music.
The Star was among the main sponsors of the event.