Saying goodbye to teaching after 34 years

  • Education
  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

Gulam Muzammil (middle) presents an appreciation letter to Santhi (left) while school senior assistant Ali Mohammad Zin looks on.

MORE than 500 teachers, parents and students gathered on the last day of school to bid farewell to SMK Tanjong Rambutan teacher Santhi Nachiappan, who has served for the past 34 years.

School principal Gulam Muzammil P K Mohamed presented an appreciation letter to Santhi on behalf of the state education department.

She started as a temporary teacher in Bidor Tamil School, Kati Estate and Enggor Tamil School in Perak.

Santhi then attended teachers’ training at Ipoh Teachers Training College (now Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) Kampus Ipoh) from 1984 to 1987.

After her marriage, she started teaching at Pasir Gajah Tamil School in Kelantan before following her husband to Pahang. where she taught at Renchok Tamil School.

She also attended a one-year special course at Maktab Perguruan Raja Melewar (now IPG Kampus Raja Melewar).

After the family moved to Chemor, Perak, she taught there before completing her degree in education at Universiti Malaya in 2003.

Santhi was then posted to SMK Tanjong Rambutan, where she taught Tamil Language and Tamil Literature together with Moral Education for 16 years.

Her students achieved excellent results under her guidance.

Santhi is married to K. Nachemuthu. They have one son and one daughter who are both married, and serving as a doctor and software engineer respectively.

“I’m spending more time with the family,” she said on her retirement plans.

She also hopes to visit temples in India and fulfil some vows made earlier.

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