Retired teacher happy student took his advice seriously

Retired teachers Nawi Ismail, 62, and Datuk Asariah Mior Shaharuddin, 66, after receiving their 2019 Tokoh Guru awards at the National Level Teachers Day celebration held here today. (Pic by SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL)

GEORGE TOWN: “I still keep the RM50 given by a student who said I inspired him to succeed in STPM,” said 62-year-old retired teacher Nawi Ismail after receiving his 2019 Tokoh Guru award at the National Level Teachers Day celebration held here today.

With a teaching career spanning 37 years, he began at SMK Panji Alam, Kuala Terengganu in 1980 and retired in 2017 at SM Teknik Kuala Terengganu. He currently gives motivational talks at the schools in the country.

Some time in the middle of last year, he delivered a speech at a school in Kemaman which sparked huge motivation for a student who was going to sit for his Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM).

“It was my usual speech. I could not recall what exactly I said to the students at that time which became a source of inspiration for one particular student.

“I also stressed that students who are weak in their studies but work hard to be successful are better than clever students who are lazy. I guess that piece of advice resonated in him,” he said.

As it turned out, the student received 4As for STPM. To express his gratitude, the student forked out RM50 for Nawi which was delivered through a teacher at his school.

Nawi initially refused to take it as he believes that it was part of his responsibilities as a teacher to help the student do well in examinations.

However, the student had insisted that Nawi keep the money.

“I learnt that he came from a poor family and earned the RM50 while working at a night market.

“I will not use the money, I will keep it to remind myself of an unknown student whom I have not even met personally, someone who took my motivational speech to heart and did well in the STPM.’

Nawi said he was proud to have made an impact on a student even after his teaching career had ended.

The former Bahasa Melayu teacher is one of two who received the Tokoh Guru award from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Another former teacher who also received the award was Datuk Asariah Mior Shaharuddin.

Both of them received RM50,000 cheque, RM10,000 worth of gold medal and a plaque, courtesy of Bank Simpanan Nasional.

For Asariah, 66, her proudest moment was when she was appointed deputy-director general at the ministry in teaching professionalism development sector, where she was part of the team that proposed for the Maktab Perguruan to be upgraded to Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG).

She said she worked hard with her team to ensure that IPG produced competent and quality teachers and improved the teaching standard in the country.

National-level Teacher’s Day celebration was held here at Setia Spice Convention Centre involving 3,500 teachers from around the country.

By Audrey DermawanMohamed Basyir.

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