I am teaching English Language to the last class in Form 5. I should call this class as 5 XYZ. Being given the responsibility to teach these low achievers is certainly a burden for me as their predecessors did not produce good results in the 2011 SPM with only 3 of them managed to pass the English Paper.

Despite being in Form 5, I cannot use the specified syllabuses for fear that they are unable to understand my lesson. As a result, I have to resort to using a primary school English syllabus to engage them in my lessons. Little did I know that the boys especially, could hardly understand my words although I use simple English during lesson. In contrast, the girls seem to be more attentive and give their full cooperation.

One Thursday afternoon, I noticed that five boys were missing from my class. Their classmates told me that they were hiding in the computer lab right after the previous lesson. I waited for them for thirty minutes but they did not show up. Wow! I’ve got an idea. I would make an announcement through the public address system. So I went down to the school office to call them in. However, they were so stubborn that they only appeared 10 minutes before the lesson was over. As a punishment, I gave the five strokes of rattan each on their buttocks with the hope that they would turn over a new leaf. But they never listened to me. This morning, another three boys from the same group skipped my lesson to join their lower form friends in the canteen.

The big question is, how can I eradicate this truancy among my SPM candidates who are not aware of the importance of English in their life?

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  1. udah dema semua tak minat, nak buat macam mana...
    elok doa ajela dulu sempena hari jumaat ini..

    selamat beramal cikgu

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    1. @maza: tul tu maza..abe dah cuba yg terbaik tp mrka masih jugak x berminat n malas belajar BI..maka apa yg mampu cuma berdoa kpd Allah shj..Amin...

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  2. maybe you can curb this by approaching them in the finest way?

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    1. @Hansyirah: I have done a few techniques like giving them small gifts if they submit their work in time but some of the spoiled brats couldn't be bothered no matter how much I care for them..

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  3. uish..degil betul budak2 tu..memang menduga kesabaran seorang guru

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    1. @boni: mmg la kesabaran ku diuji sepenuhnya bila masuk ke kelas itu...

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  4. tq singgah baca & berkomen di laman KA ye. Done follow u juga 22. Happy blogging

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    1. sama2 kak KA. Sy pun follow blog akak gak. Sama2lah kita bersahabat sesama bloggers ni. Wassalam.

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  5. maybe blh advice dgn tunjuk video2 org xpndi english..org melarat sbb malas belajar dsb...

    Nak jemput cikgu join contest terbaru cik tom ye: Contest Bersama Cik Tom dan Exabytes

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    1. Baiklah Cik Tom, nanti sy nasihatkan mrka agar x melarat nanti. Baiklah sy akan tengok2 contest tu. InsyaAllah kalau menarik sy join...

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  6. Why not try to get them to tell you of their interests and likes? And plan your lessons according to their interests and likes. Put aside exams and such. What's more important now is to get them excited about coming to class. Let them help you decide on what the lesson is going to be on each day. Worth a try. I believe if the lessons revolve around issues that they can relate to, they will not want to miss a class!

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    1. OK, my friend. I will try your new tips next year. I hope they will work! Who are you by the way? Where are you from?

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  7. Saya adlh slh seorg yg pernah tergolong dlm kelas seperti murid2 cikgu...try tarik perhatian mereka coz sebab utama mereka jd mcm 2 adalah bosan...cuba cari di youtube cerita DANGEROUS MIND...mungkin bole membantu...

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    1. OK, sy akan tunjukkan kartun utk mereka tonton. Semoga mrka berminat...

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  8. yup cara terbaik kena tau cara nak tackle mereka mungkin gunakan lagu2 inggeris yg mereka minat

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    1. Dulu sy pernah karaoke lagu2 inggeris dgn anak2 murid sy di Sabah. Ternyata berkesan..

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  9. ramai jugak yg ponteng..macam2 hal budak2 nie ye cikgu..

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    1. kena byk sabar la dgn kerenah mrka...dah tugas cikgu mcm sy.

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  10. cikgu seorang yag prihatin..good job. Kesian pelajar male tu..nilah lelaki...ada2 saja kenakalan mereka..still tak nak faham2 bahawa pelajaran tu the most important ... specially BI

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    1. thanks for supporting me, bro etuza. sy dah cuba yg terbaik tp kalau mrka x nak belajar apa lg yg mampu sy lakukan...?

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  11. Salam, I am one of the teacher trainee in one of the IPGS'. I read your story and I think it is a big challenge for us as a teacher. I'm not ready to be a teacher and I don't know whether i can be a good teacher or not. Reading this just make me scared -.-"

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    1. Salam Syed. Don't worry. I am sure you can carry out your duties well as I believe that your present lecturers have imparted all of their expertise to you.

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  12. Rotaning them won't change them I believe.. I think their buttocks had eat too much cane for too many years now, that the pain from teh cane is nothing but a mere tickle... Haha. I propose that you should try making them to watch educative cartoon like Dora the Explorer or Diego... These two cartoons are very entertaining + they interact with the audience by using simple english..

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  13. @Anonymous: Thanks for your ideas..

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  14. i also like to play truant when i was form 4, very naughty at the moment. but when spm around the corner i study hard and become among the top students the day result announced..hihi

    www.qiyasaad.blogspot.my

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