SENIOR counsellor Nor’aini Mustaffa at SMK Mantin retired after 37 years in the education service.
She started off as an English teacher before becoming a counsellor.
Nor’aini received her primary education at SK Kampung Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur. This was followed by her secondary education at Ampang Girls Secondary School, Kuala Lumpur.
She continued her pre-university studies at Victoria Institution and Ampang Boys School, Kuala Lumpur.
After that, she studied Teaching English As A Second Language and a diploma in Malay language. She then pursued her degree in Psychology and Communication at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Born in Segamat, Johor, Nor’aini served as a teacher in Methodist Girls Primary School in Pahang, SK Felda Pasir Besar, Negri Sembilan, SK Sungai Machang, Negri Sembilan and finally at SMK Mantin, Negri Sembilan as a counsellor.
A special assembly was held in SMK Mantin to celebrate Nor’aini’s retirement. It was attended by the school staff, teachers, parent-teacher association (PTA) members, alumni president and about 1,500 students.
In his speech, SMK Mantin principal Norfaimi Mohamad Nor thanked Nor’aini for her service in education and hoped that she would continue to help the school after her retirement.
During her service, she received the Excellent Service Award in 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2018.
PTA president Abdul Gani Mohamad Daud also shared a few words. A multimedia slide show and students’ performances were also held.
Fellow school counsellor Teh Soon Yoong described Nor’aini as a very responsible and dedicated teacher.
Among Nor’aini’s contributions included being a panel member for national level Multimedia Materials in the Malay
Language, curricular senior assistant in SK Sungai Machang and as a national level main trainer for English Language multimedia software.
She also received the Teknopen Award for producing Multimedia Materials in 2004, the Negri Sembilan Innovative Award in 2005 and was the winner of the Golden Needle in 1987.
She also wrote and directed an English Language programme titled “Flowers, flowers Everywhere” for TV Pendidikan in 1995. She was also involved in a programme known as “Grammar Is Great” on TV Pendidikan.
In her speech, Nor’aini said: “I pray for all the students to look at themselves and correct their own mistakes.”
“Don’t blame others but be positive at all times,” she advised.
Her retirement plans include working on her handicraft and tailoring.
“I want to create an educational game for the learning of the English Language,” said Nor’aini. Her husband, Ariffin Kamis who was a former assistant officer in the Seremban district education office, and her two daughters Nora and Kamariah were also present at her retirement ceremony.