06 August 2010

New Subject in School? Again?

Time passes very quickly and we are left with four months to go before 2010 ends. I just joined teaching profession in December 2009 and in a blink of eyes, it's already August 2010. No doubt, the first half of 2010 had been very exciting with so many events happened in Kuching and in my school. The bad news is that, the attendance to my scout meeting had shrunk, with students giving a lot of excuses not to come when in fact, I think they are just plain lazy. However, I am still proud of my scout team because, among all other uniformed units in my schools, ours is the most active unit. In fact, we are planning to organise a camp in September.

(My Scout team, among the active members)

Other than getting involve in Scout, teachers are expected to perform other non-teaching duties. Among them are, typing letters, conducting short counseling sessions to problematic students, organize school events such as PTA meetings, Report Card Day, Career talk etc. While studying in a Teachers' Training College (TTC) or in a university, teachers were not trained to handle school events or stress. I think universities and TTC should introduce a new subject called "school event and stress management education" (Oh please! don't take this seriously, I am writing an irony here).

Well, why do I say so? the recent news I read today in the Borneo Post, the government is planning to discuss whether to introduce Reproductive and Social Health Education in school. I'm sure this idea did not fall from the sky right? It probably arises from the increasing pregnant cases among schoolchildren. Before I proceed, I hope the government is open to public criticism.

Don't you know that teachers have been asked to teach some subjects which are not their field?. The sad fact is, new subjects are brought into schools without planning the manpower. I pity those students who are not taught by the experts. Teachers are not superhuman who can teach new subject instantly. In other words "they are not Mr Know It All". Imagine this; "Can a computer expert cure the sick in hospitals? Only doctors can do that!".

The constant interruptions and changes in our education system is like a harassment to me. What we need isn't something new, but to strengthen the current system. The press release made by the Sarawak Teachers Union president, William Ghani Bina impressed me. He said "Schools not World Hospital". What he meant was, schools are not the place to cure social ills. The best place to cure social ills is at home.

The complete info on this proposal is in here > http://whenteacherspeaks.blogspot.com

8 Reptozian Messages:

wenn said...

well, that's actually the reality in school.

lina said...

it is easier to pass the buck to someone else than be responsible for your own family's action... everything pass to teachers to handle lor...
some more, every single action in this country is politicised.

Norris said...

betul willie..aku setuju dgn kata2 kau...semua nya dari rumah...nilai moral zaman sekarang sgt "kosong"...dahulu disiplin penuh...kita tau ttgjwb kita kepada diri sendiri dan keluarga...
masa ku remaja sik kala ku dgr buang bayi..ada kali org buat tp sik la mcm nek tok...manusia berubah,zaman berubah..tapi aku tetap hip hop..eh..pulak dah..
iklan saje...

Faizal n Fashitah said...

Aku stuju juak dengan pendapat ko. Smuanya bermula dari rumah. Jaoh glak beza zman dolok ngan zman kinektok. Kita dolok dididik oleh makbapak penoh dengan disiplin. And benda tok patut kita perturunkan untok generasi muda kinektok..

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE said...

Emphatised with you - few of my brother & sisters are teachers / lecturers as well

Bengbeng said...

oh no, not another half baked idea of somebody who did a thesis on this

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Wenn :You are right.

Lina :too much politics.

Norris :Menar pok. Tugas cikgu lebih mencabar dgn nemiak kinek tok.

Faizal :Entah kenak mak bapak byk lepas tangan.

Robs :Thanks dude.

Bengbeng :Half boiled egg. Hahahaha!

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

Your right, giving of our time is very rewarding.