BORANG PENILAIAN PRESTASI - A CURSE TO THE TEACHING PROFESSION IN MALAYSIA There was a very interesting article in The Star

yesterday entitled "Good teachers bypassed" written by OLIONG KAM CHONG of Seremban. Needless to say, there is truth in every word that he has written. Tonight I would like to share this article with my readers. Here it goes: This is the time of the year when teachers are being assessed by their principals and senior assistants on their performance for the year. The assessment will determine their next remuneration adjustment. To some extent, the assessment will also affect the future aspirations and attitudes of these teachers. The good news is that we have competent, committed, reliable and responsible teachers in our schools. The worrying trend is their numbers are fast dwindling. Many have devoted a great number of their good years to the service, but they now feel unappreciated, insecure and disillusioned. This has tempted many to slow down, do the minimum, work to rule, opt out and even throw in the towel.

What is causing this? What needs to be done to arrest the decline and ensure that our schools can continue to have effective and efficient teachers? In our primary and secondary schools, the headmaster or principal and first senior assistant (SA1) are the two chief evaluators of their teachers' annual performances. They hold the key to the promotions, rewards or awards that their teachers can subsequently apply for or attain.

A school head and his SA1 should evaluate their staff objectively, justly and fairly, and award or reward them accordingly. Many heads and their SA1s are doing just that. They should be praised, for they uphold righteousness. But, stories and complaints by teachers are aplenty, more often than not confirming practices of bias, prejudice, favouritism and even cronyism by some school heads and their SA1s. As a result of these unethical and unprofessional acts, wellperforming teachers are being bypassed, under-performing teachers are getting the "carrots" while non-performing teachers are getting off easy. And we have a bunch of favoured teachers and cronies scampering around the head and his SA1, ever so willing to pick up whatever "odd jobs" or errands are thrown at them.

Schools are supposed to advocate, teach, model and inculcate good values and practices. If the

byscampering around the head and his SA1. SA1s and . in every organisation. Bias. prejudice. It is sinful for school heads and senior assistants to consciously overlook and suppress the appreciation and approval of genuinely good workers just so their favoured ones and those subservient to their own agenda can get the rewards instead. ever so willing to pick up whatever "odd jobs" or errands thrown at them. the favoured ones are those who "triumph" in the end. guru cemerlangs. favouritism and cronyism are rampant in the schools nowadays. one can imagine the cancerous and disastrous effects this can have on all strata of our society and all levels of our organisations. What are we celebrating on Teachers' Day? Favouritism? Cronyism? Spyism? Back-stabbingism? Why not have Hawkers' Day or Scavengers' Day instead? I think they are more honourable than many of our teachers. After reading this article. now and in the future. Edelweiss56 (google "Severely Bullied Teacher" and you'll know who she is) called me yesterday and told me about the above article. These cannot be avoided as the principals and their SA1s are "very human" by nature and as we all know. how can the schools inculcate good values and practices in our students? That's why I say that the students shouldn't emulate their teachers or principals! They shouldn't follow the bad examples of our educators. How then can the teachers become the "favoured ones"? The answer is simple . At least they are making an honest living and do not spy on each other or back stab each other. favouritism and cronyism. I find that I have something to add to it and that's why I am writing this blog article tonight.rot starts from schools with school heads and their SA1s practising bias. and under-performing teachers are getting the "carrots" this would mean that many of our principals. If the principals and teachers were so rotten.what is known as the art of survival. This would of course include 1) spying on the less favoured teachers and then make a report to the principal after adding "sauce and spice" and 2) back-stabbing each other to compete for the affection of the principal and her SA1 . I quickly bought The Star and the first thing I looked for in the newspaper was this article of truth which is written by someone who is probably in the same boat as me. Thus the schools are no longer a pleasant environment to work in. prejudice. When the well-performing teachers are being bypassed.

Even Edelweiss56 has been chosen by our scholarship candidate recently to write her thesis for her! Why? Because Edelweiss56 is a veteran English teacher who speaks good English. Right now.those teachers who are awarded scholarships to go for further studies because they have been given very high marks for their Prestasi would go around asking people to write their thesis for them. And lo and behold! My surmise was very accurate. Out of curiousity I asked those who know her what her character is like.college lecturers are of low quality because their positions are not attained by genuine hard work but rather through the art of scampering around the head and his SA1. Another funny thing is . Once there was a teacher who boasted to me that she is a guru cemerlang. The secrecy surrounding the giving of marks for the rekod penilaian prestasi is a shameful thing to happen in a country which practises democracy like Malaysia. (Google "Oppression in a Secondary School in Kuala Lumpur" to find out what I went through) What needs to be done to arrest the decline and ensure that our schools can continue to have effective and efficient teachers? It seems that nothing can be done as long as the teachers are forced to sign the blank prestasi forms and then forced to accept whatever marks and comments that the principals and SA1s give them. It's a waste of money and very unfair to those teachers without scholarships who can write their own thesis but are being tortured mentally and emotionally by the principals who do not want them to go for further studies. This may sound extremely uncivilized but this is actually what is happening in our Malaysian schools.). Edelweiss56 is too busy to help. . many tuition centres also need her service because they know that she is a good English teacher. I wasn't proud of her when I heard that. They won't even get to see the marks and comments. In actual fact. It seems that our scholarship candidate here can't afford to write good English and therefore needs to seek the help of Edelweiss56. This clearly explains why we have English lecturers who don't seem to know much and who speak broken English! Maybe the Malaysian Government shouldn't award anymore scholarships. And of course there were scholarship candidates who approached me and asked me to write their thesis for them because they know that I like writing! (I don't mind doing it if the pay is good and if I have the time. I was wondering if she were one of those fantastic spies and back-stabbers. However. I don't have the time.

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