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Why Upgrading Principals & PKs Is Laudable

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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.

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…

What It's Like To Teach In The Interiors

So You Want To Be A Teacher - Part 1Part 2Part 3
If you've always wondered what it's like to teach in the interiors do check out a 3 part article I wrote for loyarburok.com
I've always wanted to write about my experiences & take photographs depicting every advantage or disadvantage but I never really got down to do it.
When an acquaintance hooked me up with one of the curators of loyarburok in Sibu & he gave me an assignment to share about teaching in the interiors, I thought that it was a brilliant idea.

At several points I wanted to delay the article because I was preoccupied with school work. More particularly Ketua Waden work. But the curator motivated me & inspired me to get it done.
So I spent 2 weeks reflecting on the article, listing down what to share, wrote it down & took the photographs.
I got teachers & students from my school to appear in the photographs so if I photographed you within the past 2 weeks, you're probably in one of the par…

All Inclusive 1D1N In Sibu FREE!!!

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Only if you're my student...
And you got an A for your English PMR Paper.

I'm a firm believer of rewards in teaching. I am also very fair.
If you do well, I will reward you well.
If you do extremely well, I will reward you extremely well.
If you do badly, I will reward you... accordingly.

I've got a whole arsenal of rewards. They include candy, stationary, praises, attention, affection, pinches, slaps, knocks, whacks, "candy-canes", "hair-driers", "loud-speakers" et cetera.
My ultimate of ultimate rewards last year was my promise to my PMR classes that anyone who got an A for their English Paper would be rewarded with a trip to Sibu.

You must be thinking: Is it so hard to get A for English?
This is a valid question. It is totally NOT hard to get an A for English.
A decade ago, I myself got an A without even studying. Every year, tens of thousands of Malaysians get it too.
As for SMK Katibas, there was only 1 prior to last year... EVER.

You mus…