CLASSES for Lower Six students began in March. Given my family's financial status, I had no choice but to give Form Six a go. Once I made up my mind, I refused to entertain negative comments by others.
Thinking that pre-university studies would be challenging and constructive, I went to school in high spirits. Unfortunately, I was in for a disappointment.
To begin with, I was appalled to find that for lessons on Economics and Business Studies (Pengajian Perniagaan), notes were read out by the teachers to be taken down word for word.
Worst still, the notes were taken directly from reference books that most of us had already bought. I, personally, cannot see the logic behind this. Why are we spoon-fed like this? Shouldn't we be questioning this? I doubt this is doing us, Malaysia's future generation, so to speak, any good.
At first, I thought I could endure this for a while and that things would improve. But no, after numerous attempts at trying to ask questions and getting clarification on problems we encountered while studying the Economics notes we were given, my friends and I found that we were at a dead end.
In fact, my fellow students have come to notice that the teacher has a rather funny habit of reacting whenever we spoke up.
Every time a question is raised, the teacher would start “explaining” in a speed and tone of voice that is hardly audible.
There would be no eye contact with us, as she would be facing the blackboard most of the time.
Before we can even make out what she is mumbling, she would quickly move on to another topic, leaving no room for further questions.
One might assume that we were asking silly questions, but the truth is that every question we asked was based on the notes we were given or the graphs we had to draw.
In Business Studies, we were told that entrepreneurs can be both bred and born. The lucky ones have inherited entrepreneurial abilities and talents through their parents' genes.
At first I dismissed this as a joke. But I later found out that this was stated in the reference book we were using.
As for the attitude of my teachers, I have to admit that taking lessons under them has greatly dampened my spirit and caused much disappointment.
I cannot believe that teachers who are totally unsure of and out of touch in their subjects can become educators. Because of this, I found little meaning in celebrating Teachers Day recently (May 16). Respect is hard to come by if it is not earned.
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