I wonder wat is wrong with the undergrad teachers from the Universiti of Brunei Darussalam?? I tot you people are more professional than we from the Institute Technology Brunei. I have to help my sister at home with her work. You undergrad teachers are paid more than $2K per month and yet the result of your students are so bad. Wat are your priority, earning big income or producing educated future generation?
It is very easy to blame teachers when things go wrong in a classroom, especially when they’re earning a minimum of BND$2000 every month. But the thing is, their job is one which requires more than anyone thinks. Most of them deal with 5-10 classes of 30-40 students each, and more often than not, in under-equipped classrooms. I repeat, 30-40 teens per class, who are hormonal, and constantly seek attention and approval in a non-airconditioned classroom from 7.30 am to 12.30pm.
Some people go: ah well they only work half day. The truth is it doesn’t really stop there. The rest of the day will most likely be spent doing remedial classes, marking and preparing for whatever will happen tomorrow. It’s a stressful job: the future of the country is literally in their hands. How’s that for pressure?
Of course, I’m not trying to defend the teacher should she be the one proving to be incompetent, however, maybe the student might also be at fault. She had all the time to tell the teacher that she does not understand the particular word/concept/problem, whether in class or privately, but she chose to keep quiet.
I don’t know if a lot of secondary-school students reads my blog, but if there is a few, this is the most important thing I could ever ever tell you: when you are confused about something, or if you don’t understand when your teacher is explaining, tell him/her. Do not be afraid. Do not be embarassed. Do not just keep quiet. In the end, it is up to you. In the end, you are the one sitting for that exam paper. In the end, you are the one photocopying your certificates to apply for work.
The society is so hell-bent on telling what teachers need to do. They forget that it goes both ways: in fact it goes three ways. [Student-Teacher-Family] needs to work together. The blog extract I took above is an excellent example of a concerned family member (minus the UBD-graduate bashing hehe). I understand that she is concerned of her sister’s well-being and as all family members are, they want the best for their own. In this instance, do talk to her teacher. It is a teacher’s responsibility to listen and respond appropriately.
Lastly, to all teachers: remember never to lose your spirit and open-mindedness. I know sometimes, it’s easy to get disillusioned and complacent. You can feel isolated like everyone is pretty much against you, but just hang in there okay?