Obliged to check WhatsApp in the classroom

  • Letters
  • Friday, 06 Apr 2018

REFERRING to the letter “Disgrun­­tled with the behaviour of some teachers” (The Star, April 5), I hope it will open the eyes of the Education Ministry to the situation. The current mode of communication among school administrators and teachers is WhatsApp and Telegram messages. Even official and confidential letters and circulars are communicated through these platforms.

I would like to explain to the writer that teachers are “using” their mobile phones in class to read these messages and directives from multiple departments within the school. It is “burdensome” being disrupted every second to read messages telling them such things as to be alert when a recycling truck enters the school compound to collect unwanted items or of dogs running in the school field.

These are just two examples of the many irrelevant messages which take away our valuable time teaching and engaging with students. If you do not read those messages, you are “enggar perintah (going against orders)”.

Almost all teachers would like to ONLY TEACH as we were trained for. But, as you can see, we are not given a choice. It’s beyond our control. Even the NUTP knows about it and cannot do much either.

I hope my comrade will mark those 21 English essays and discuss the questions in class. My dear comrades, teach; take queries from students; explain; remind them to pay attention to you; wake up those who are sleeping in class; tell Aminah not to daydream and Bala to think about his future considering the influx of foreigners seeking work here; and remind Chua to complete his English essay as our standard of English has declined.

And before I forget, please DON’T forget to read those Telegram and WhatsApp messages every three minutes!



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