Five teachers retire at the same time

(From left) Sukumaran, Anne, Paruvatharani, Zarinamahnum and Daisy before they left the school for the last time.

FIVE language teachers retired at the same time in SMK Mantin, Negri Sembilan. Three taught the English language while another two are Tamil language teachers.

They are Daisy Irani S. Subramaniam, Anne Edwin Lawrence, Zarinamahnum Alias, V. Sukumaran Velaythan and Paruvatharani Marimuthu.

SMK Mantin principal Norfaimi Mohammad Nor and Parent-Teacher Association chairman Abdul Gani Mohamad Daud thanked the five teachers for their contri butions to the school.

About 1,500 students, teachers, staff and PTA members gathered to celebrate their farewell.

Born in Taiping, Perak, Daisy was a pre-university English teacher. She served as an English teacher for 37 years.

She obtained her degree in Teaching English as Second Language (TESL) from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and her master’s in TESL at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2006.

Daisy was a member of the Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Menengah (KSSM) English Language Curriculum Development Panel. A Girl Guides leader at the school, she received the Excellent Service Award for teaching in 1998, 2005 and 2013. Daisy advised the students to study hard.

“It is time to give back to society,” she said when asked on her retirement plans. Sukumaran who was born in Tangkak, Johor, was the most senior Tamil language teacher.

He obtained his degree in Indian and History Studies at Universiti Malaya (UM). His previous postings included teaching at SJK (T) LadangLayang and as a senior assistant (curriculum) at SJK (T) Bukit Rengam, both in Johor.

He has been teaching at SMK Mantin from 1997 until his retirement this year.

Sukumaran who served for 33 years, held various posts including SPM head marker in Tamil language, Negri Sembilan Technical Chairman for Tamil Language Carnival and member of the KSSM Tamil Language Curriculum Development Panel. He received the Excellent Service Award for teaching in 2003 and 2014.

“My retirement plans include gardening and traveling with my family,” he said. He is married to Sarojini Veerappan with two children.

Born in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Anne was a senior English teacher for 34 years.

She pursued her teacher’s diploma at Maktab Perguruan Ilmu Khas (now known as IPG Kampus Ilmu Khas) and a degree in TESL at UPM.

Anne served as a trainer from Remove to Form Two and was in the KSSM English Language Curriculum Orientation. She was a trainer of English for the Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science (ETeMS) programme.

Anne who received an Excellent Service Award for teaching in 2014, advised those who want to become teachers, to get into the profession to change lives and inspire students.

Her retirement plans include spending time with her grandchildren, being involved in church activities and travelling.

Zarinamahnum who was born in Mentakab, Pahang, obtained her degree in English at UPM.

She was a PMR, SPM and MUET marker for English and head of the English Panel for five years. Zarinamahnum who taught for 26 years, received an Excellent Service Award for teaching in 2010.

“I hope my students will always do their best,” she said, adding that she plans to keep exercising to remain healthy.

Born in Seremban, Paruvatharani pursued her degree in Tamil Studies at UM. In her 31 years of service, Paruvatharani was a SPM marker for Tamil Language and PT3 Area Accessor for the Kluang district.

She received her Excellent Service Award in teaching in 1998, 2010 and 2012.

“I plan to spend more time with my family, travel and be involved in charity work as well as temple activities,” she added.

The writer is a curricular senior assistant at the school.

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