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OPINION: Women teachers are our unsung heroes

By Letters Time of article published Aug 20, 2019

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Opinion - Tributes and messages in recognition of the value of women, especially during this month, rightfully continue to pour in from all quarters. I am uncertain, however, if their contribution in education has been adequately highlighted.

As a past high school educator for many years, I cannot add much more information than what is already well known regarding the difficulties in handling senior learners in so far as discipline as well as transmitting subject matter are concerned.

There are still marginally more male teachers than women, generally in secondary schools. However, female educators still continue to be in the majority in the early-learning areas, like kindergarten, pre-primary, and Grades up to 5. Comparison between different areas of teaching on close examination reveals that it’s far easier to get across to senior learners than very young children who are about to, for the first time, cut their teeth into strange, mysterious, worlds of alphabet, words and numbers.

These are concepts that are taken for granted by high school teachers. I have had experience in both areas and have reached the conclusion that educators in the lower grades require more patience, empathy, sympathy towards young learners.

And it seems mainly women educators have the acumen to handle our children in their formative years.

I pay tribute to them.

The Mercury

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