My Teachers Don't Do Cincai Work

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. 

I just watched a YouTube video of a 15-year-old kid, telling people her opinions on international school vs government school. She made a few good points, some obvious points that don't need to be addressed as most people already know and some irrelevant points. I second the point when she said that in Malaysia, intelligence is all about grades because I believe everyone has their own speciality, but I feel offended by the way she looks at government schools and on behalf of those who make a living by becoming teachers in government school. I can't deny that international schools have clean toilets and cafeterias that serve scrumptious lunch because your parents have paid for that. And yes, you put high expectation because of the same reason. I can't expect to have a school like yours when I have to pay only one-hundredth of your semester fee. It's the truth.

But. I totally disagree when she said that it's a fact the teachers in gov school don't think out of the box and do cincai work. She judged this based on her unfortunate experience, but I don't think she's eligible enough to say it's a fact and judge gov teachers' qualification of teaching as the gov school she went might be just one out of the 5 schools she had gone to, and for a short period of time.

I bet my primary school was way more kampung than her former school. It's Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Beruang (that bukit doesn't have any beruang by the way haha). Yes, sekolah kampung, which we had to tick the 'luar bandar' when applying for the boarding schools. But, my teachers don't do cincai works. 6 years I'd been there, and I know they don't do cincai works. For another 5 years, I spent it in a boarding school in Cyberjaya. Yes, it is a government school as well. We got delicious food there and clean toilets as well, though still can't beat international school (I reckon so), but my teachers don't do cincai works.

You can't say they make their job simpler if you don't become one of them. The ones who're not in others' shoes would never understand how it feels. For you it might be a cincai by just giving works, students submit, they mark and then teach a new topic. But for them, it is a sacrifice they make to teach, to stay up at late night to mark our exam papers and to have a good thought on what to teach on the next day. You get the chance to learn everything in a variety of ways because obviously you pay for that. My primary school uses chalk to write on the blackboard and a duster to rub it off, before tapping the duster on a small box to remove the dust, but Alhamdulillah I learnt a lot of things even in an unsatisfactory (to a certain person) environment. 

Sometimes it's not about how the surrounding, but it's about who we are. Pay more, get more. That's for sure. Anyway, have you heard about less is more? Those who have less treasure more. We learn simple little things that ones might think it's not a part of their learning matters. Your little things are about studying in mixed cultures and nationalities to learn new cultures and accents, but ours are about using fork and spoon in the dining hall, selling sausages in classes and dorms just to raise fund for our clubs and societies, studying in a bit dark room because it was light off time and we only had to depend on the fluorescent lamps from outside of the dorm, etc.

Opinions are not the same from one person to another, but some opinions are meant to be kept, or at least should be explained in a proper manner. Not everyone is born with a silver spoon in the mouth and there are some people out there who can't even pay for food to fill their stomach. Going to what kind of school is not a choice for some of us. We can't afford to pay that amount of money just to enter an international school as we have a lot of other things to consider, concern and take into account.

To broaden your mind is about how we look at certain things in different perspectives.
To broaden your mind is to put yourself in others' shoes.
To broaden your mind is to appreciate the blessings that we get.
To broaden your mind is to realise that one man's trash is another man's treasure.
To broaden your mind is to choose your words carefully and wisely.
To broaden your mind is to respect everyone.

This post is not written to heat things up, but just a humble opinion from me to remind how much our teachers have done for us. We can't judge the whole community because of a person's wrong and everything has its own pros and cons. Peace!

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  1. I just watched that video this evening. seriously she's 15teen? doesn't look like 15teen though.

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    1. Yup, she is. If she were an adult, I don't think she would make such comments. Budak budak lagi :)

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  2. Suruh dia baca novel 'I Love You, Stupid!'. Kat dalam tu banyak dipaparkan perbezaan antara sistem pembelajaran di Malaysia and Kemboja. Ke dia pandang rendah kat novel Melayu jugak? hahaha!

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    1. Tak lah mungkin niat dia bukan nak pandang rendah, cuma cara penyampaian dia tu salah sikit. Sabar yeee!

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  3. I was from SJKC Bukit Beruang.. Cheers from Bukit Beruang :) and I know the fact that we student from government school can adapt in different situations compared to international school student better because we mix well with all sorts if people no matter what their backgrounds are.. And also we survived the dirty toilets, what else can bring us down ;D
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    1. Yeayyy Bukit Beruang friend! Haha. Yup true, each place has its own pros and cons. We take the good ones, and leave the bad. By the way, I like the way you look at this matter from a positive view :)

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  4. rasa emotional gila baca entry ni :') and i can relate to almost everything you wrote . my elementary school mmg kampung (kelas sikit but student ramai so we learned in a cabin which was built temporaryly atas padang , so NO PADANG to play at TT) but we all learned a lot . cemerlang ja walaupun xda kemudahan se-perfect orang lain ..

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    1. Haha time tulis pun rasa emotional juga but sokay dia pun budak budak lagi. Yang penting kita teruskan usaha untuk belajar tak kira kat mana kita berada okay? Hehe

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  5. betul tuu,,diaa tak boleh judge selagi tak berada dlm situasi tu,,

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  6. setuju! tak patut dia cakap macam tu mentang-mentang sekolah swasta bolehlah nak burukkan sekolah kerajaan. huhu. fieyqa sekolah kerajaan rasa bersyukur sangat, tak pernah rasa ada benda nak complain pun. this girl haa, need to learn how to be grateful ok. haha.

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    1. Betul Fieyqa, kita bersyukur dengan apa yang kita ada. Dia mungkin tak berniat nak burukkan cuma cara dia buat comparison tu macam salah sikit. Bila compare, patut beritahu pros and cons kedua-dua jenis sekolah. Takpelah budak budak, dia pun maybe tak fikir sampai akan jadi macam ni. Sabar jolah ye semua hehe

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  7. Yup,I really agree with u....my teacher also don't do cincai work...because of them I can stand here where I am now..

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  8. im from gov school, my teachers were never cincai, but of course i had once throughout elementary and high school, i mena who doesnt. They're are human, there must be one bad apple in the barrel , right? But not all the time .I was a government school teacher once. It made me to who I am today .

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  9. There's always pro and cons when discussing differences between both education system. As a 'product' of gov school too, I agreed with your article; and I can assure 2000% that my teachers were the best. But I did not blame her either coz she was basically telling the masses through her personal experience-just unfortunate for her to attend that school and hv those kind of experience. However, at some points the presentation of her arguments were inaccurate too which led to those who watched it felt she was putting down on gov schools.

    It's hard to pick which is the best when we're debating about education system. Both have pros and cons. All we need to do now is to strengthen our education system especially our public schools and universities to be competitive against other countries. Takpe lah...she might hv learn one thing or two about presenting an argument skills in the future and we also should try our best to maintain and improve the standard of our education system. Jangan cepat menghukum juga.

    Anyway, good article though!

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    1. Yup, I agree. Everything has pros and cons, wherever you study either in international or government schools. She herself might don't have any intention to downgrade government schools. It's just the way she presented and explained it. Betul, jangan cepat menghukum. Human beings are perfectly imperfect. Agree to disagree, but never sampai doakan orang macam macam.

      Thank you! :)

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  10. Assalamualaikum! Hello, found your article via my friend
    Been to international schools and then to gov school.
    The teachers definitely dont do cincai work. All teachers are amazing humans, they just have different way of teaching I guess. The international schools I went to had teachers which were really softspoken, and in gov schools is the same, though there are some that are a bit sharp tongued. But nevertheless they still help in lots of ways. Teachers deserve respect, not to be labelled doing cincai job.
    :)

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    1. Waalaikumussalam. Yes, they deserve a respect no matter where they teach :)

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  11. May I have the link to the video please?

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  12. salam , saya setuju bila awak cakap mungkin dia punya experience tu buat dia fikir macam dalam video dia tu :) InsyaAllah nanti nanti dia faham la kot

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