Man who tamed ‘delinquent school’ named Tokoh Guru

  • Nation
  • Friday, 27 May 2011

DUNGUN: Former principal Abdullah Ali never gave up on his students despite being told that SMK Landas, where he was principal in 1988, was “full of delinquents”.

The 59-year-old, who was chosen as the state's Tokoh Guru this year, said everyone had told him when he took over the reins that the school did not have a single decent student.

“I would hear none of it as every student deserves a chance to excel. I then introduced the X-Plus programme in which we focused on ensuring students had the minimum requirement to pass their SPM exams.

“Instead, they surprised me when 17 of them achieved Grade 1. Now, all the students are successful in their careers,” he said.

Besides being a principal and teacher, Abdullah has been a state education department officer during his 32-year career.

Since retiring in 2008, he has continued with his efforts in helping people through his various community work, including being involved in his neighbourhood watch and other charitable causes.

“Retirement does not mean the end of my effort to help people. There are other avenues to explore,” he said, adding that he was honoured by the award.

“I don't think I deserve it as there are many others who are more qualified.

“But I am thankful nonetheless,” he said.

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