Honestly, does any other profession get treated with this sort of disdain from both their ‘customers’ and their employers?
From The Star 8 May 2010:
Teachers cry foul over cleaning chores
By KAREN CHAPMAN
PETALING JAYA: Many teachers are unhappy with an Education Ministry circular asking them to carry out a mass clean-up programme (“gotong-royong perdana”) in schools next Saturday to mark Teacher’s Day on May 16.
The circular was sent to 10,000 schools, with teachers encouraged to take part in chores such as cleaning the school compound and painting classroom walls for peer-bonding.
National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said the union had been flooded with complaints.
“They say teachers should not be asked to do cleaning in conjunction with Teacher’s Day,” she said.
Lok added that teachers might have misinterpreted the good intention of the ministry to encourage bonding among teachers.
The union, she added, wanted to suggest that May 15 be made a normal school day as replacement for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri public holiday.
It is learnt that the ministry had sent a subsequent circular yesterday saying that the gotong-royong was now voluntary.
Some teachers said the cleaning work did not reflect their professionalism, went beyond their core business of teaching, and did not give a good impression of teachers.
Happy Mother’s Day, mum! Now cook me a grand dinner and wash the plates afterward!
Happy birthday, pal! Where’s my present and cake you were supposed to get?
Congratulations on breaking the 100-metre dash Olympic record! Here’s a pickaxe, a bucket and a smelter. Go mine some gold ore, refine it and hand over a finely-crafted medal to me.
…Still not done? I thought they said you were fast.