Another round of “dog and pony” show is upon us. As a former teacher I take exception that the current trend seems to point the finger at the teaching profession, as though accusingly demanding, “Are you doing what you are supposed to do? Support the government, stupid!” Dang, the taxpayers pay the teachers and the taxpayers pay the Education Ministry to administer. Teachers are not lap dogs and the MOE are not paid to be running dogs!
Teachers were given questionnaire to fill in for the authorities to gauge their political inclinations. Earlier attempts were to categorize teachers under different colors, from black being anti establishment to white being pro government, with assortment of different colors in between these two extremes.
Johor religious teachers were corralled over a weekend to reset their compass to ensure that apostasy does not endanger the faith of the faithful.
Not trusting teachers to instill values into their charges, a non-profit organization is putting its foot into the classroom by enlisting celebrities to end education
iniquities inequity in its Teach For Malaysia program. They are scheduled to teach various subjects in schools in Kuala Langat, Klang, Kuala Selangor, Petaling Perdana and Hulu Langat in Selangor; Sentul and Keramat in Kuala Lumpur; and Tampin, Jelebu and Kuala Pilah in Negeri Sembilan.
No details are available what various subjects they will teach. I say to these volunteers, “Don’t mess with teaching; leave it to our teachers; go instead to the National Service Camps and strut your motivation stuff.”
However, if this cannot happen and you are determined to see through this Teach For Malaysia initiative….I urge the whole lot of you to just start with BASIC ABC - “ANYTHING BUT CORRUPTION!”
The kids will be thrilled if you told them that in the past 10 years, Malaysia has lost a shocking RM1.08 trillion (US$338 billion) in illicit outflows - the fourth highest in the developing world. If this illicit outflow of money were an indication of the scale of corruption then Malaysia must have the most corrupt set of leaders in Southeast Asia, who are also the 4th most corrupt in the world – “stockpiling” what they have pillaged overseas.
You could lend further credibility to the above by quoting the Global Financial Integrity (GFI) report that in January RM930 billion flowed out of Malaysia from 2000 to 2008, growing to RM218 billion per year from an initial RM71 billion in that period. Malaysia lost RM150 billion in illicit outflows in 2009.
I can volunteer to prepare an animated Powerpoint teaching module on ABC, statistics included.
How about it, celebs?
UP TO THIS CHALLENGE?
THE DOG AND PONY SHOW HERE