16th May is the official date for Malaysians to celebrate teachers' day. A quick check with the Wikipedia reveals that the dates differ between countries. In Vietnam it's November 20, Singapore September 1, Thailand January 16. It's easy to remember USA's official Teachers' Day: September 11. Somehow, the UK doesn't have a day for teachers but the closest is the World Teachers' Day, celebrated on 5 October.
Everyone knows teaching is a noble profession yet not everyone is brave enough to be one. Which top student would willingly choose to be a teacher when the pay can hardly meet one of a doctor's or engineer's? Which parent would allow his/her child to take up a profession which is often looked down upon when there are so many other possibilities out there? Who would be willing tobe exposed to the possibility of having her car scratched or splashed with Milo (this happened to a wee friend)?
I have mentioned this in one of my previous posts that for some, teaching is the last choice. What a shame. The minimum requirement for most teaching institutions (especially teachin colleges) are extremely low that those who failed to secure a place in a different institution will most definitely be welcomed. Most people think that the teaching profession is a matter of convenience - half-day work and long school holidays.
I have mixed feelings over teachers. We have all had teachers and our off-springs have teachers. I worked amongst teachers and am still a teacher. Will always be. To those who are devoted and respect the students for who they are, I will always look up to you and pray that you be given the sense of satisfaction deep within. To those who take the role just like any other job and often forget that there's a task to be completed, a soul to be moulded, I pray that you will acquire the art of teaching and nurturing through the coming years so that you will change your mind.
To all my dear Kaypo Klub @ Horay Mouse friends who are still teachers, I salute you!!!