25 May 2010

Can You Leave Us Alone Please?


The recent proposal by "not to be named" to make it a compulsory for teachers to have a license to teach is really something that I am unhappy with. To obtain the license, teachers will need to sit for exams.

Among many national agendas, why must teaching profession be the big issue? I am really tired of ministers or prominent individuals trying to show off their talents by introducing new ideas that is not in their jurisdiction. I have been reading about schools and education matters written in our local newspaper almost daily and the truth is, I am bit sick of it. According to "not to be named" minister, licensing of teachers will enhance professionalism and solve crimes in schools such as child molestation and rape.

Firstly, I have a few doubts about how a license can solve crimes How does obtaining a teaching license stop a teacher to molest or rape a child? Please explain to me why does a person with a valid driving license still break the traffic law?

Secondly, in the midst of financial crisis, do we still want to spend money lavishly? The cost of conducting exams for our existing 400,000 teachers in the country is not cheap and for goodness sake, we already have PTK exam to deal with. The cost will include paying the invigilators, paper printing, shipment, the examiners etc. Are we prepared to spend that much?

Thirdly, teachers are already over burdened with the paperwork and co-curriculum in schools and now they want to give more work to teachers by asking teachers to sit for exam?

Finally, how could they think that we are not professional enough?. I remembered before taking a degree in education, I underwent an exam and an interview. After I passed the exam and interview, I went through 5 years of academic training plus a few teaching practices. Just before I entered job market as a teacher in schools, I had to undergo another test.

There were so many tests and exams I went through and yet, they still don't see our professionalism? And during our service, we will have to go another interview, attend courses and PTK exams. Are all these not enough to increase our professionalism? Why do they want to add more to our already hectic life and work schedule? This is really mean!

I just couldn't see the rationale behind this and I am glad our Minister of Education has his sense and he is not buying the proposal at present. And I hope it will not happen.

I am not against new ideas, but there are some ideas that we need to consider deeply and require collective opinions from the society. Policy should not be made ased on personal judgment or agenda.

28 Reptozian Messages:

the fickle one said...

exactly Mr.Willie. kadang-kadang geli hati tgga ada yang berkenaan mau play 'teacher' games. *sigh. our teacher need to teach, not to be burden with lots of useless matters.

AmirFX said...

Aku setuju.. Sidak chekgu patut d berik kelonggaran sebab sidaknya lebih arif gik ngn murid2 sidak....

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manglish said...

i agree with you....these are the people who dont think with their heads.....suka2 they said things without looking at the big pictures....

cyrildason said...

I wonder these people actually study something before they announce it out. License for teachers? LOL....

Even doctors and lawyers with licence malpractice.. so its not a guarantee of anything.

Last last... jadi macam lesen kereta... you have it, but it signifies nothing except to allow you to drive.

Ms Tikot said...

Susah betul nak jadi cikgu kan... So many exams.

Norris said...

ntah la...sebab gaji dah naik kali...taraf dah naik..standard dah makin tinggi..so org nak tgok adakah semua benefits yang telah diberikan perlu diuji agar setaraf degn benefits yg telah diberikan?...hmmmm....aku pun tak tau...

lvynana said...

hmmmm....tak tau nak komen ape.
Ape pun, cikgu jgn marah2 erk, kesian anak-anak murid tu nanti :)

lina said...

Maybe, just maybe those who proposed it has an interest in this matter... like want to hv share in implementing the exam syllabus, exam halls, printing contracts etc. etc. :D

Mei Teng said...

Why the issue of license now? When the teaching profession have been around for ages! Of course, I do believe that teachers must be qualified to teach in the first place.

fonsusz said...

what are they thinking...%^$$%%^...dolok sikda lesen pun maseh juak nembiak masuk universiti, wasting taxpayers money again...something fishy...kontrak cetak-mencetak masuk poket sendiry. BTW...rileks...Happy Gawai bro!

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Fickle :It is true what you said. Let us do our work peacefully.

AmirFX :Setuju juak.

Manglish :They are the big heads!

Cyril :That's the thing! Have they thought about it before telling it to the public?

MisTikot :Cikgu juak digago sidak ya.

Norris :Gaji sama ajak macam pekerja awam lain.

Ivynana :Murid murid tak bersalah.

MeiTeng :That's what I'm upset now. We are qualified and professional. What's with the license and extra exams?

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Lina & Fonsusz :Oh well...who knows? never thought about that. Hahaha

mrs shaifull said...

ya lah, y nak kena ada license, mcm engineer plak :) mun sik lulus exam ya, camney?

SJB said...

Sound just like my hubby :D. Dia selalu cerita pasal ni juga.

Rodz Nocturne said...

What? License for teachers? Why on earth does the teacher need license to teach, if to curb up crimes, then police must have license too, every govt professions must have license to be fair. Even with license also people break the law. Driving license is a good example. Haiya, why they wan to make things more complicated... *sigh*

Ghosty Nana said...

License to teach, in future people will use the excuse of not having license to not to teach.
Teacher: Why you don't teach your child to behave well?
Mother: I don't have the license to teach. You have the license. It is your responsibility.

chegu carol said...

i guess, these ppl do not believe in the teaching institutes to provide 'license-able' teachers anymore. isnt that a shame?

sharon (^.^) said...

Hhhheeeyyyyyy...!!!
good to be back..
feels goodddd actually!!
so proud of u still continuing!

mNhL said...

teacher are really not easy. My cousin is also a sec. school teacher in Johor. Can see him very stress.

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

MrsSaiful :Bagus kamek org tok jadi engineer kan? Hahaha.

SJB Uih? Your hubby is a teacher in Canada?

Rodz :License will not help curb crimes at schools.

GhostyNana :Hahaha...a good one.

CheguCarol :YEah...they are downgrading the teachers' institutes.

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Sharon :I am...hahaha...glad to see you too.

MnHL :Yup. Very stressful.

Merryn said...

these ppl just know how to talk to make them look like they are doing they job well.. sigh..

Alv0808 said...

I want to know, why need license to teach since you have all the qualification especially those in education line??..macam tak adil kan??

HoneyBUZZin said...

Headache!

becklee said...

Really ridiculous, teachers are already qualified in the first place before they can even teach, why do they still need a licence?

Ayie said...

hmmm, many exist in this society... sAd reality

SunShine said...

Seriously, I thought this was utter rubbish. License to teach? as though getting a teaching cert from uni or college isn't difficult enough!