Monday, May 30

Why Upgrading Principals & PKs Is Laudable

During Teacher's Day some 2 weeks ago, our PM announced that all 1,228 secondary school principals in the country will be upgraded to Grade 52 (RM6,904.20) and all 6,585 senior assistants nationwide will be moved up to Grade 48 (RM6,325.39).
Whether you agree or disagree with this move, I think I have something unique to share so do read on.

taken from blacksmithenterprises.blogspot.com
How many of you have had principals or school administrators who were (I'm going to be really blunt) moronic & utterly incompetent? He doesn't know what he's talking about. He uses a lot of big words albeit inaccurately. He does not give you a clear direction of where he wants to bring the school. He doesn't know how to motivate the staff. He pushes people around & loses his temper for no reason at all. He talks about your teaching methods as if he knows everything but everything that comes out of his mouth is completely inapplicable or mere rhetoric. He doesn't walk the talk. His ideas are amateurish & does not make sense. He hogs the limelight & blows his own horn. He sits in his air-conditioned office all day. He is more concerned about making money than making the school achieve. He pulls down your career if he feels threatened by you. He doesn't back you up when parents/students complain to him about you. He back-stabs you. You get the picture.

The sad thing is... such principals/administrators are increasing every day.
To make things worse... good principals/administrators are either leaving or retiring every day.
Why is this happening? Where are the good people?

Well... the answer is simple.
The good people have decided to just be plain & normal teachers.
Why? Because being just a teacher is more rewarding than being an administrator!
Being a teacher, you mainly teach. Being an administrator, you have to take care of a whole load of other responsibilities & also teach.
Being a teacher, you can opt for Guru Cemerlang & upgrade yourself to a rank that supersedes even your principal or you could do tuition & instantly supplement your salary TAX-FREE! Being an administrator, you can opt for... time based (10 years) or a transfer to a bigger school (with bigger problems) or become a principal (even bigger problems).

taken from bankrollmob.com
Although I think the government is rewarding only 8k educators because they cannot afford to reward every single one of our 400k educators, it is the right move with a limited budget.
There MUST be a gap in salary between administrators & teachers mostly because they make the decisions in the school. They MIGHT be motivated to do more. Then again, a leopard cannot change its spots but men are capable of miraculous change.
Most importantly, administration posts & esp the principal post must be attractive & lucrative enough to attract the best talents to compete for it. Only with the best people on top will you be able to turn a rotten school around, develop the talents of eager new teachers & employ the fresh effective ideas. With half-baked principals, you can only be sure that the fish rots from the head.
Do they deserve it? Honestly, probably not. But it gives them extra incentive to improve & even more reason for the ministry to weed out the lazy & corrupt.

I want to see a blooming education system where ideas are free-flowing & ministry officials are working hand-in-hand with educators to best serve the new generation & prepare them for the future.
However, from what I can see currently... I don't feel particularly encouraged or motivated.
I'll just do what I can & when it is my turn to make a difference in the system, I will. Perhaps that turn will never come due to my skin colour so I'm hoping that whoever reads this will be moved to action when their time comes.
If not, Malaysia will end up in a really really deep deep hole & I will be in another country making loads of money from my experiences in the really really deep deep hole.

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