:Based on a true story:
There are juniors in my college who are undecided about almost everything; they don't even know why they are here in this teaching institution. Some may live, eat and sleep in English but some are just forced by their parents to be a teacher. Some of the freshmen are dying to become the next English language educator but some just could not care less. What they care is the allowances they receive every month (or semester for degree students) and that's it.
No, I am not talking like I am better than anybody else; I am writing based on a senior's point of view. I heard complaints from the lecturers that the juniors who are just in Semester 2 Foundation Course have started skipping classes and even missed the due date of the assignment. Some have to repeat their examination and redo the coursework, which I think is absurd because all of us are given ample time and knowledge to complete everything.
Come on, all of us are sponsored to study and that is not hard to accomplish. Think about those who are not even called for the interview to further their studies in this teacher training institute, who would die to grab the chance like ours? This saddening scenery makes me ponder about the lack of quality in Malaysian education system, with regards of poor performance by the teachers as well. It is possible that one day nobody goes to public schools anymore, and parents in few more years would depend on private schools and tuition centers to educate their children.
Now I would like to persuade, urge and encourage all teachers-to-be to come back to the real meaning of teaching--that teaching starts within you! If you cannot teach yourself to fulfill the Philosophy of Teacher Education (Falsafah Pendidikan Guru), maybe this is not the place you are supposed to be. Please do not risk the future of Malaysian kids and yourself; what's done is done and you have already signed the agreement so groom yourself to be a truly excellent teacher.
I know some of you would think of me like "Who are you tell us this?" but I need to "wake up" my friends and juniors who have been sleeping for too long. Rise and shine, smell the coffee because you are not taking Bachelor of Education in Sarcasm; you are hand-picked to serve the country as Malaysia's Next Top Educators! Remember, let nobody made fun of teachers and clear the misconception everybody has upon us! Good luck everybody, bring back society's trust in the education system.
P/S: I do not mean to make anybody feel attacked or personally harrased so I request everyone to read this blog post with an open heart, free of prejudice and hatred okay?