Top-scoring scholar still waiting for teaching post


By Distressed Scholar

I was born and raised in a small village in Sabah, where I started in a government school.

I sat for the Penilaian Tahap Satu (PTS) test and passed with flying colours. In fact, I was the only one in my district who passed the PTS that particular year.

Next, I sat for my Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and again I passed with flying colours. I obtained 5As and entered a boarding school.

My dad saw potential in me. My family did, too. So did many of the people who knew me and my father. My confidence soared.

I also did well in co-curricular activities. I got 7As in my Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and 6A1, 4A2 in my Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Many people expected more from me in the future. I believed that, too.

In 2008, I went to an international college to do my A-levels under the sponsorship of the Education Ministry.

Subsequently, I was accepted into one of the best universities for Chemistry in the United Kingdom in 2010. I graduated with honours in July 2013.

I wanted to be a teacher and applied to one of the Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) under the programme called Diploma Pendidikan Lepasan Ijazah – Program Pelajar Cemerlang (DPLI PPC) shortly after graduation.

Sadly, we had to wait for a long six months before finally enrolling into an IPG in January 2014. Our supposedly 9-month programme became an 18-month programme due to the insufficient period for training.

I was awarded the Anugerah Pengarah in my first semester, Cemerlang in my overall Diploma Pendidikan and Anugerah Kokurikulum at the end of my studies.

We graduated in June 2015 and had our convocation in November the same year.

I have fulfilled my responsibility as a student and a scholar to study and excel in my studies. Having done all that, my friends and I who attended the same course were optimistic about our postings.

We were frequently told that being Education Ministry scholars, we would be given preference and would be first in line for the postings.

However, when the first interviews were called in 2015, there was no news for us. This continued for almost a year until we were finally called for interviews in April 2016.

Apparently, the interview was just a formality since we were Education Ministry scholars. We were told we would be posted as soon as the month was over.

Just over a month later, we were given the news that we had passed the interview and would be posted soon.

Unfortunately, it has been over three months since the interview, over eight months since the convocation and more than a year since graduation but there is still no confirmation on what is in store for us.

We are now 26 years old. We live in uncertainty as to whether we are going to be employed by the Education Ministry.

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