Disgruntled with the behaviour of some teachers


THERE is a lot about our education system that I am frustrated with and I would like to share these with the Education Ministry and the other authorities concerned. First of all, I wonder if all teachers are really qualified for this noble profession. Just recently, I read a newspaper report about students being burdened with homework and exercise books. According to the report, students are required to have five to six exercise books for each subject.

My niece told me that during the recent one-week school break, she was given 21 English essays as homework. I had to help her because she was stressed out and afraid she would be unable to complete them on time. She also said that her English teacher does not mark their homework. She would just write the answers on the board and tell the students to mark their own work. This teacher does not discuss the homework verbally and only writes things on the board, my niece said.

I was shocked when I visited the school and saw the teacher using her mobile phone in class. As far as I know, teachers are not allowed to use the phone during class but I don’t think anyone follows this rule. I am not against teachers having mobile phones but they must know the right place and time to use them. I hope the Education Ministry will conduct an investigation on this issue and implement strict rules, especially for teachers, on how to behave professionally.

There were a few teachers like these when I was in school but the rest really cared about the students and their performance in exams. I hope the authorities take this issue seriously and take the necessary action immediately.

DAVID IRADAYASAMY

Kuala Lumpur

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