In conjunction with Teachers Day that was held on May 16, Star Media Group wishes all educators Happy Teachers Day!
THIS is a tribute to the greatest teacher that anyone could ever dream of having. He was a dedicated and committed teacher. He focused on his students, regardless of their weaknesses or strengths.
He never practised favouritism among the students as he loved each of his students. He made them into better people each time they attended his classes, that is how much of an influence he was to many.
The major subject he used to teach students was English. He breathed and slept English. That was how important the English language was to him. He always drove the point that English was a very important subject that students had to master. Indeed, English is a subject everyone must master because it is a universal language people use to communicate with each other.
He was a proud Penangite. He was a father of three. My father is his second child.
Yes, he was my grandfather. His name was Ganapathy Govindasamy and he was 78 years old when he passed away on Teachers Day last year.
He was a very good-hearted man, who always prioritised the happiness of others. He six grandchildren miss him dearly.
We will never forget the kind of person he was. He was destined to be the greatest teacher ever. Not only did he teach in schools, he also emulated the good things about life, such as kindness and selflessness.
He started teaching in SK Jelutong, then he moved on to teach in SK Sungai Gelugor and SK Penaga.
He also taught in SK Rawang. He taught English in all these primary schools.
While he was teaching, he also tutored primary and secondary school students. His students valued him very much. Once a student of his gifted my grandfather with a portrait of himself.
This is the tribute I have personally written for my grandfather whom I miss him very much. He is one man that I will not forget. He was a great teacher indeed.
Nerissa Sangeeta Mohan submitted this article about her grandfather, Ganapathy Govindasamy, who was an English teacher.
Educators who leave an impression
A FEW months ago, I started to ponder on the teachers who made an impact in my life because I wanted to become a teacher – just like them.
I tried to recall the names of teachers who taught me from Year One on wards but I it was difficult to do so until I remembered Puan Maimunah and Encik Jajuli – two names which stood out.
Puan Maimunah was my Year One class teacher. Though she had a hoarse voice probably due to the long term stress on her voice box from teaching, she was the gentlest teacher ever and encouraged my interest in Bahasa Melayu.
My Year Two primary school teacher was Encik Jajuli. To me, he was a handsome and gentle teacher. I could still remember once when I finished my work and started to pretend to skip rope beside my desk, he said: “Alice, buat apa lompat sini lompat sana macam monyet?”
I just smiled and stopped hopping around. Whenever I reminisce, this is a sweet memory.
Once when I was cleaning the house, I found a copy of my autograph book which I had passed to my primary school teachers. I found both Puan Maimunah’s and Encik Jajuli’s messages though only the latter left his contact number. I tried calling the number but it was out of service.
Good teachers know that their students are like their “anak” and they work hard to make learning fun for all. Though I did not manage to get in touch with them, Puan Maimunah and Encik Jajuli will always be remembered because they have planted the seeds of love that cut across race and religion.
This is what I want to model towards my own students so that one day my “children” will remember having a passionate teacher whose love knows no boundaries.
Wishing health and joy to Puan Maimunah, Encik Jajuli and all dedicated teachers! Happy Teachers Day!
Alice Tong is a teacher at Tadika St Ronan, Kuala Lumpur.
Following in mum’s footsteps
MY mother, Nur Yasmin Mohd Khalid, is a retired teacher. She taught for 33 years.
I truly admire her work ethics. I went to the same school where she was teaching.
She did not like to be late so she arrived early most days to start the day.
Despite being busy with her teaching dutes and other work, she organised her time well. She cooked, cleaned the house and raised all of us.
She taught my class once and I witnessed a different side of her. A professional and dedicated teacher who strove to give her students the best. She never complained about the workload. She loved her job and she was passionate about it.
My mother is my idol. I am an English teacher-to-be and I hope I can be as hardworking and as dedicated as she was. I am so glad I was given the opportunity to see my mother at work as it taught me about professionalism, discipline and dedication for an occupation.
I would like to be a responsible teacher just like my mother was, to make a change, to give students the motivation, to guide them and inspire them to be better.
My mother is the teacher I want to be. Happy Teachers Day to all teachers. Thank you for all your efforts. We really do appreciate it. A teacher plays a very important role in a student’s life. If anyone can make a change, it is a teacher.
Aisyah Puteh is a student majoring in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at Universiti Malaya.
Like teacher, like student
MY favourite teacher in school started teaching me this year. She is teaching me a new subject. Puan Julia Jamil is the Sport Science teacher for my class. Sports Science is an elective subject for my class.
She is my favourite teacher because the way she teaches helps me to understand the subject matter better. She is an athlete who previously represented Kedah in hockey. When she’s teaching, her voice is much louder then mine.
She is my idol because she’s so active in sports and academics. When she checks our homework and there is something wrong, she will explain why the answer is wrong.
I hope I will be like her in the future. I want to be a sportsperson as I have an interest in badminton. I am determined to study hard to make my parents proud of me. In conclusion, we should not give up before trying.
Nor Aini Suaidi, SMK Cheras Jaya, Selangor