A career as a teacher requires one to have a high value of patience due to work stress that can be emotionally debilitating. However, a depressing work environment may lead a person to act outrageously.
This week, a Twitter post went viral, showing a banner, apparently put up by the teachers who are on a strike against the school’s “mentally-illled” headmaster. “It’s not only y’all who are stressed out. Teachers are also the same. They even made a banner out of it,” wrote Twitter user Mxstaqim (@Mxtaqim1).
For those curious, the banner reads:
“We, the teachers at SMK Bandar Baru Seri Petaling, are calling for the KEM / JPWPKL / PPD to immediately transfer Mrs. Norwaja Binti Nordin (the mentally-retarded principal) from this school in order to re-establish success and excellence of the school.”
Mxtaqim’s post has gained over 14k retweets at the time of writing (Friday, 15th January). Although the truth behind the incident is still unknown, many netizens have been speculating about this. In this case, there are those who voiced out their support towards the teachers. Others, on the contrary, slammed the educators’ attitude.
Here are some thoughts shared by fellow members of Twitterverse:
Here are some comments about the situation:
Pengetua mesra murid tapi tak mesra guru tu wujud.. mak aku ckp pengetua nak kejar ranking sekolah terbaik/cluster tapi mental health cikgu tak jaga. Recently time pkp pun still push cikgu hantar kertas exam ke sekolah padahal boleh je buat online. Kesian mak sis https://t.co/RprRuOVFhs
— 玛诗依达 (@JgnTnyeKenapa) January 16, 2021
Replies from people in the school itself suggest the teachers the one who made the banner. Pergi lah baca replies yg cakap diorang stressed from the so called “Pengetua Mental”. Thats the prove. Kau chill lah asal nak mampus2. Haa malas layan jangan reply lagi ok budak bijak
— Nik. (@NikFikriZharif) January 15, 2021
set of skills that weren’t thought in textbooks and daily classes. I am not siding anyone but this is a fact. This is common among government agencies. Why? Because you get promoted based on the length of time of your service. The more senior you are, you’ll get promoted first.
— 찬또배기의 찐 (@zierali) January 13, 2021
Nampak macam cikgu-cikgu yang mental bukan pengetua. Maybe dah sedap bontot tetiba kena buat kerja lebih tu yang meroyan sampai buat banner? May be may be
— Anna (@farainparis) January 13, 2021
We sincerely hope that this matter can be resolved by both parties. As the saying goes, “Patience has its limits”. But for this matter, it’s safe to assume that the teachers have lost their patience with the attitude of the principal who has been putting extreme work pressure on them.