20 March 2009

Well Done Cikgu

Maka berduyun-duyunlah datang yang berhormat dan yang tak berhormat memuji dan menunjukkan rasa takjub dan rasa belas kasihan – kerana Madihah cemerlang dalam peperiksaan SPM.


Nik Nur Madihah had lived for 17 years and suddenly all eyes have been focused on her and her family. Pak Cik admire her no less but I feel equally sorry for so many, many others like her, many of whom have never reached anywhere to be noticed, let alone to be given some tea and sympathy.

Last month, Pak Cik was requested to see a group of 20 ‘selected’ (top) pupils of standard 6. Half of them are fishermen’s children, like Madihah. The school has about 40 pupils in standard 6. During the last four years, only three students have scored all 5A’s in their UPSR exam. Can we say that over these years not one child from this school deserves sympathy and encouragement? To gauge their understanding in maths, I gave those 20 ‘selected’ pupils a test from STANDARD ONE maths. Surprise, surprise, a number of them were not sure of eleven, twelve and thirteen, and few did not know the meaning of 'near’ in ‘nearest to’.

What future will these innocent faces have without help today?


Last week I was equally astounded to find that none of my current twenty odd FORM One pupils could tell me the difference between 'we', 'our' and 'us'. Believe me, these are not children without brain. You, who have been through Almanar, know it too well how many of you have managed to get all A’s in your PMR exams. You are not of poorer quality in brain-power than many others, though you may be poor in many other aspects. You needed a chance, were given it and have pulled through, some with distinction.

Nik Nur Madihah is not a miracle and it should not be necessary for a child to have scored 20 A’s before a silent cry for help begins to draw attention. We should never forget that she is unlikely to have achieved her success without the school (Sekolah Menengah Arab Maahad Muhammadi, Kota Bharu, Kelantan) and its teachers. Pak Cik would want to loudly say, “Well done cikgu. You all have lived up to what is expected of your noble profession. Keep up with the excellent contribution to the community around you.”

Pak Cik will end this particular posting with a few lines quoted from an article written by the great Pendita Zaaba way back in 1927, more than 80 years ago:

“….. Kita sangat kekurangan orang yang berperasaan gemar pada faedah-faedah ramai (orang yang public spirit kata orang putih). Barangkali yang berperasaan demikian belum ada satu orang dalam tiap-tiap 10.000 orang Melayu melainkan kebanyakan masing-masing menilik kepada faedah diri, loba kempada tembolok sendiri, tamak ke perut sendiri ‘kalau kita sendiri tak dapat faedah apa guna?’ ………”



Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan.

10 comments:

Aliza Yunus said...

Assalamualaikum Pakcik,
Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm deeply impressed with your good deeds.
May Allah bless you, and ease your mission. Amin.

Aliza Yunus said...

Assalamualaikum Pakcik,
Thank you for visitng my blog.

I'm very impressed with your good deeds. Is it true that not many people, think about the others, especially the poor. They just see what that person have, what is their qualifications rather than building sincere relationship.

May Allah bless you and ease your mission. Amin.

Anonymous said...

It was a joyous day for those high-achievers in SPM lately. They got their stories on paper and some of them, like Madihah, got extensive media coverage from the media. People like to see the good things and in this case, what happened to the others? It is no secret that they were not given much attention at school, and this scenario would continue in their life. There is no one to be blamed in this situation, as pointing fingers will not help to solve this problem. What we really need is a nation that cares towards each other and more sensitive to the less-fortunate. It is already 82 years, and Zaaba’s view on our society is still true.

Aliff, UTMKL

Al-Manar said...

Aliza,
Thank you fot volumteering the the information I needed. Your alma mater certainly has been
churning out many able students.

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Aliff,
Hope all is well at the university. One or two ex-Almanar may join you,in which case you have a role to play,Aliff, leading and motivating them.

Rosnah said...

Terima kasih pakcik,saya tahu pakcik ambil berat pada insab-insan sebegini. Kalau disingkapkan sejarah MAAHAD MUHAMMADI dari dulu lagi telah melahirkan modal insan yang cemerlang. mungkin satu keberkatan yang jarang orang jadikan satu pengukuran..

aliza said...

Bila baca cerita pelajar-pelajar sekarang terasa betapa bertuahnya mereka.

Masih ramai insan yang bersimpati dan menolong mereka tidak seperti zaman saya dulu, susah senang kena motivasikan diri sendiri.

Sekiranya tidak kuat, tak tahulah apa nasib saya kini. Cikgupun bukannya mempunyai teknik-teknik motivasi belajar spt sekarang. Namun begitu keikhlasan mereka mengajar betul-betul membantu kejayaan kami.

Pelajar-pelajar Maahad memang ramai yang mencapai kejayaan yang boleh dibanggakan sejak dulu tapi jarang diketengahkan.

Terimakasih Pakcik atas keprihatinan begini, moga anak-anak kampung mampu menempa kejayaan yang lebih hebat.

Al-Manar said...

Rosnah,
Indeed, Maahad Muhammadi is an exceptional centre of learning, established to educate. Pak Cik am full of admiration for the members of its staff. Perhaps one of these days I will take a drive across the Cik Wan Kembang border to pay the school a visit and learn its sejarah.

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aliza,
Old teachers did not have the modern teaching techniques but they had what Aliza rightly say “ keikhlasan mereka mengajar”. They believed in “ ….Wama tunfiku min khairin yuwaffa ilaikum ….” – sadakallah. You have every reason to be proud of that school.

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Anonymous said...

aslmkm.
Pak Cik, i'm impressed for what you have done for the children at Al-Manar.I want to know where exactly Al-Manar is?does Al-Manar opens for all student?coz I also want to send my nephew to Al-Manar...

-kelate-

Al-Manar said...

kelate
We are located in Batu Rakit, Terengganu. Almanar is not exactly a normal school that offers help in all subjects. It serves pupils living within this area. Please e-mail us for more information. Thank you for showing interest in our work.