Although the world recognizes 5th October as the World Teachers’ Day, Malaysia picks 16th May as its own Teachers’ Day to commemorate the induction of “Razak Report” (Penyata Razak) which has ever since commenced as the basis for the Malaysian education policies. With 2011 as my 2nd year in SK Serendah, the celebration is generally a sombre one due to the plights and problems faced by some of my colleagues – mystical ailment, diabetes operation, pneumonia-esque symptom, chronic viral-and-heart malfunction, suffering from gallstones and the latest is said to be an incident of wandering-or-lost-into-thin-air; nonetheless, the atmosphere is embroidered with merriness, just to light up everyone’s spirit and not be led astray by the dull negative energies.
The morning started with morning assembly where pupils from both sessions; morning and afternoon came together; so you can imagine how it must have been to have more than 1,500 pupils thronging the school frontal compound! After a series of professional and personal speeches (From the Minister of Education, Headmaster, etc), the prefects cheered out their Teachers’ Day wish and distributed cards to each of the teachers they elected. So happened that dear Aisyah Abu Bakar, the 5 Active pupil who also one of the Choral Speaking Team of which I trained was the one who got my name- it was a little bit touching and at the same time hilarious to read what she wrote :
“Cikgu terima kasih. Cikgu adalah cikgu paling sempoi. Walau tegas di sekolah, tetapi di Facebook, sir suka bergurau. Sir, terima kasih kerana telah memberikan sokongan di SKKKB2 untuk jadi pemenang. walau hanya tempat ke-2, tetapi saya gembira sangat. Kalau Sir nak tau, masa saya balik dari SKKKB2, saya buat sekali lagi persembahan di rumah dalam bilik saya. TERIMA KASIH CIKGU.”
You know, being a teacher brings so much satisfaction. Gifts and materials are not what we are devouring upon. Even the slightest and simplest gesture of appreciation shown by pupils brings so much joy to us. I am sure all teachers would have agree with me. And as for me, since my class is 5 Gallant and most of the pupils from the last class are from ‘not-well-to-do’ families, I understand their financial statuses. But what really touches me was that some of the pupils who are not that rich, made an effort to present with gifts and some even bought from the book store just to show that they also had something to give to me! Overwhelming, I say.
After that, all of us went into The Great Hall and had Yassin recital- to seek solace and blessing from Allah SWT; just to alleviate the pain and sufferings shouldered by some of my colleagues. This year is definitely not really a fun year with all of these setbacks and fiascos; but I believe Allah SWT works in the most mysterious way that we, human are helpless to fathom into.
Next, we proceeded to the Game event. For this section, Kak Aireen (the main MC for Teachers’ Day this year) has asked my help to anchor the session. The game was dubbed as “Telur Tembelang” game – something like The Poisonous Ball (‘Bola Beracun’) game. Teachers would make a big circle and an egg would be passed from one teachers to another teachers. Music would be played and when the music stopped, the one with the egg would have to come to the middle of the circle (to me, actually) and then picked the penalties inside a special vase! The penalties were quite fun actually;
- some teachers needed to chant a Syair;
- some teachers needed to sing a duet;
- some teachers needed to collect 10 shillings of 5 cents;
- some teachers needed to sing the school anthem;
- and some teachers needed to find 7 colleagues starting with the pre-fix name “Nor”.
Berikrar dan berjanji
Mendidik dan memimpin
Putra putri negara kita
Kami tumpahkan setia
Rukun Negara kita
Panduan hidup kami semua
Kami tetap bersama
Negara yang tercinta
Amanah yang diberi
Kami tak persiakan
Apa yang kami janji
Tunai tetap kami tunaikan