Finally, Malaysians get to taste what the Malaysian teachers have been facing for the past 10 years; the banning of the usage of cane/’rattan’ to educate children in order to discipline them. The environment cocooned in the school environment due to political rhetoric under the token of “psychology” has now transcending to the bigger scale, out from the school zone. Malaysia is to implement and enforce the new legislation to put parents on the court if they were to cane their children ala Sweden, under the clauses stipulated in Convention on The Rights Of The Child (CRC).
For the past 10 years, Malaysian teachers are tormented with this finger-pointing by Malaysian parents. Now, the spotlight is on the parents themselves. You want to educate your child (like teacher wants to educate beloved pupils) but you are not allowed to use any ‘hard love’ approach but merely psychological words to assuage the rudeness!! Wonder what will happen to the generation of “free-from-cane” for the next 20 years?
As a teacher, I am on the old school camp. It is understandable that parents of one child or parents whose children are just starting schooling will support this “ban” of cane usage under the token of “psychology” or “pity-them-as-they-are-still-children”. These parents tolerate foul-mouthed offspring and they don’t mind if their children didn’t show the typical Asian respects as they are self-confessed “Westernized intellectuals”. Well, when you are managing lesser than 5 children; you can say that. But not when you are managing 40 pupils at one time! I believe cane or “rattan” need to be infused so that the sense of ‘being aware that rules should not be broken” will be cultivated amongst the students as per The Pavlov Theory (Google, if you don’t know!). Of course, some parents will defy this claiming that cane will merely serve as an ‘object of inferior’ to these students – but you need that kind of tool to harness the control; and of course not to threat the students!
The Malaysian Minister of Women, Families & Society Development, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim make the controversial announcement. We will peruse the rippling effect echoing this statement in the next 2-3 days.
Then again, you can’t change the pre-conceived notion of the minds. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions. By hook or crook; it is said that Malaysia will kowtow to these acts stipulated under CRC as Malaysia “has already signed the agreement” and will be under the watchful eyes of the world if we refuse. I wonder how the typical Malaysian parents would react when they are barred from educating their own flesh and blood by a 3rd party? I have written an entry on the fiasco of our Malaysian parents in Sweden detained simply because one of the children told the Swedish teachers bad thing about his parents (Urrrgh; really I feel so angry with the boy!) at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/malaysian-parents-detained-in-sweden-the-rights-denial-of-parenthood-or-protecting-the-childhood/. Do we really want this to happen in Malaysia?????
The Convention On The Rights of The Child (CRC) logo.
We, Asians believe in the tough love. The clash between cultures and of course the echo from the so-called Westernized Asians that mostly make up the affluent strata of our Asian society (erghhh! Damn!) will likely to see that this Westernized culture to supersede our Asian culture perceived as ‘antiquated’ and ‘barbaric’ (Yawn! Westerner wannabe to the core!). The uprising of uncontrollable Generation Y in terms of etiquette as well as manners (and social illness tags along with this!) is deeply rooted to the ban of “rattan” usage in Malaysian school for the past 10 years. I was shocked when I first entered the school scene in 2009 (during practical) and 2010 when I first started to teach. Teachers are merely marionette to teach; NOT TO EDUCATE. You can’t put a stern approach if a pupil talks back at you or demonstrate sense of ‘bravado honcho’. I was left agog when I learned that these things happened even among PRIMARY school pupils which never happened during my schooling years :-
- Pupils kissing in the toilet;
- Boys lifting up girls’ pinafore skirts;
- Pupils touching genitalia or sensitive body parts of other sex;
- Pupils threaten peers with sharp objects;
- Pupils serving & distributing pornography materials;
- Pupils writing sexual abusive and dignity-downgrading words to peers via Facebook;
- Pupils doing Mean Girls-thing – by creating Hate FB account or spreading rumors about victimized peers;
and many more!
And you want to pinpoint teachers or learning institutions for THESE? Please THINK.
And yet, are we as Malaysian adults are expected to settle these via ‘subtle’ approach? Personally, I love being a teacher. It gives me satisfaction to impart knowledge as well as a chance for me to be a humanitarian in education line when I learn about the background of my misfortune pupils (illegitimate children; suffering from serious illnesses, abused by parents, etc). BUT what really irk me are the bureaucracies shouldered by teachers as well as nonsense shenanigans such as this!!!
A student boxed a teacher who tried to control himself from retaliated to the student. If the teacher retaliated, he will be summoned. The student? Oh, well….he is still “immature” hence, he could do anything to the teacher. Seriously??? Please use your humanized common sense, Management!!!!
I am not trying to boast or what; but I think I am quite an alright teacher in terms of my technique to approach pupils and my lessons in classes as well as my rapport with pupils/colleagues (based on my pupils’ feedback as well as constructive comments from my colleagues and senior educationists). BUT, I am scare that I can’t really confine my spontaneity for longer time if a pupil demonstrates insolence or rudeness if this acts of CRC were to be enforced. I don’t want to face penalty from the Government as well as the finger-pointing parents. There will an Exodus of teachers out from the system in the years to come; and probably I would be one of them?
Which accelerates my option to bail out from the Malaysian primary/secondary education systems. I don’t know what hold me in the future but given this circumstances, can I ever weather the polemics for the next 20 years of my life? I need to have clients that I don’t have to think about their disciplines but at the same time, I can continue doing what I like- which is to impart knowledge. Seems like the option is to venture in lecturing. Nevertheless, it ain’t going to be a smooth sea. Will I ever dare to face the volatile tide?
And everytime we hear this, Malaysians will be “shocked”?? You never know how the school atmosphere has evolved far from your olden schooling days. Malaysian government is making a big mistake by agreeing with the act stipulated in CRC. Big mistake.
Insya ALLAH. Amin. God SWT is Great.