Kuala Lumpur – A few black sheep in the teaching profession have brought a bad name for the whole teaching profession.
This is the perception of many after the recent UPSR examination paper leaks.
A senior lecturer at the education faculty in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Dr.Wan Marzuki Wan Jaafar said the episode has affected the integrity of the teaching profession on the whole.
Having said this, he pointed out that the teachers were not solely to be blamed as the weaknesses in the examination management system too contributed to the problem.
Therefore ways have to be found to prevent such incidents from recurring in the future.
“Nonetheless, the impact is on the students. However, teachers should not feel let down by the wrong perception and have to move on.
“There are good lessons to be learnt from here,” he said to Bernama.
An education professor with the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Dr.Sidek Baba said the standard operating procedure (SOP) relating to public examinations have to be reviewed to help identify shortcomings in the nation’s education system.
“Leaking out examination papers is something that is not supposed to happen. There has to be greater scrutiny in handling and distribution of the examination papers,”
Nonetheless, it is unfair for the society to blame the whole teaching fraternity when only a small group failed to honour the trust bestowed on them by the profession.
Sidek added that though the teachers’ integrity could not be taken for granted, parents could not run away from the fact that their children’s success in education is still dependent on the teachers.
“It is not that 99 per cent of the teachers in Malaysia have failed in their undertaking, so don’t look down on their contributions for the nation,” he said.
Meanwhile, a teacher Noor Zariah Yusof voiced her regret over parents who wanted to see their children excel in education but hardly did anything to monitor their children. They literally left everything to the teachers.
She said teachers nowadays have to put up with the poor attitude and behaviour of the students as they have to be in the classrooms to teach, train and evaluate students.
“However, the public perception on the teaching profession is often skewed and cynical, that teachers are overpaid, only work half a day and enjoy long weekends and leave.