A teacher’s sacrifices know no bounds


A DAY before I sat for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 Moral Education exam, my teacher conducted a revision class online.

Mr. Vicky had planned to carry out the lesson from the school staffroom because it had better Internet connection. It was scheduled to start at 6:30pm but due to a heavy thunderstorm, the power supply in the entire school was cut off.

Mr. Vicky tried to turn the power back on but to no avail, and was forced to teach in the dark. It was so dark that we could not see our teacher’s face at all.

All we could see was the dim light from the computer screen illuminating his shirt.

It must have been very hot in there as well for him. The class went on for two hours and since it started late, he had to skip his dinner and only ate around 10:30pm. How sad!

We are very touched by how far our teachers were willing to go to make sure we did well in our exams.

My Bahasa Melayu subject teacher, Pn. Muzlina, also ate her lunch late because she joined an online class with the other teachers to learn how to carry out online teaching.

These two examples were among the things my teachers had done that I am very grateful for. They sacrificed themselves, like burning candles, to light the path for their students.

And ever since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, the flames have been burning brighter than ever.

Our teachers have had to come up with new ways to teach us, both online and offline.

They are concerned about not being able to catch up with the syllabus and students not remembering what they are taught. They are worried about our future.

Not only that, the new Secondary School Standard-based Curriculum (KSSM) syllabus requires teachers to evaluate students’ performance and engagement during classes, such as students asking critical thinking questions.

This is incredibly hard to carry out because not all students are active in class and such interactions are even worse during online lessons.

Some teachers have families to take care of too and this is no easy task.

Teachers have done a lot for their students, especially during this challenging period.

I urge everyone to not blame them when things do not go smoothly because teachers are humans too. Their work deserves recognition and they deserve to be respected.

I would like to thank all teachers for trying their best to help us students – we appreciate it and will do our best to repay our debts.

And teachers, please remember to take care of yourselves too.

ZEN ONG JIAXIAN

Student

Kuala Lumpur

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