Aloha to the ‘noble labour’ of profession

As usual, on 1st May, it’s off day again for most ‘workers’. Everyone will be happy to take time-off for ‘Labour or Workers day’.

Labour or Workers Day the celebration of the workers who have made any workers in the global world what it is today.

International Workers' Day, also known as Workers' Day, Labour Day in some countries and often referred to as May Day, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

The date was chosen by a pan-national organization of socialist and communist political parties to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886.

The 1904 Sixth Conference of the Second International, called on "all Social Democratic Party organizations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace."

The first of May is a national public holiday in many countries worldwide, in most cases as "Labour Day", "International Workers' Day" or some similar name, although some countries celebrate a Labour Day on other dates significant to them.

Come May 16th, Malaysian teachers will celebrate another holiday that is ‘Teachers Day’ though some school had celebrated it earlier as come May, its Ramadan (fasting month for Muslims) and of course most teachers and educators are Malays.

Most would agree, every school leader knows, our public and private schools are full of some of the hardest workers in the country.

Administrators, support staff, custodians, counselors, teaching aids, and especially teachers, work long hours, even on Saturday, Sunday or even school holidays, often times for less than optimal pay.

Most are driven by a singular purpose: ensuring student’s access to the education and life skills they need to succeed.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of critics out there who underappreciated the effort teachers put into their work.

Though criticized, though hurt by the scolding’s, the court cases against teacher for trying to make other children’s ‘people of the 22nd century’,  it sounds like a breeze, right?

The ever busy teachers’ will always be there to help folks who don’t work in schools understand just how hard teachers work.

The average day for a teacher is somewhere between 12 and 16 hours, according to Busy Teacher.

Besides the eight-hour teaching day, teachers often add an extra hour before or after the school day to help struggling students.

Then, there’s another three to five hours of grading, prep work, catching up on emails, and other tasks that many teachers opt to tackle outside of the normal school day.

While many think teachers benefit from having school holidays, it’s rare for teachers to take full months for vacation.

Most teachers will put up extra weeks of continuing education classes during the school holidays.

On average, teachers take about three weeks during the holidays for curriculum planning as well as an additional month for trainings, meetings, and classroom prep.

Though, the increase of take home is much better from the previous years, still against the ‘high cost of living’, teachers are just getting enough unless teachers are married to teachers.

It’s easy to overlook the heady responsibility that teachers and school staff have when it comes to our future.

Educating our next generation of workers and leaders is one of the most important jobs there is and we should all be grateful for the work our teachers do!

If you see a teacher, or a school administrator, or any other public school employee this weekend, be sure to at least smile or thank them for their hard work.

So much so, labour or worker off day is for teachers too, aloha to ‘the noble labour’ of profession.

Azizi Ahmad is a senior educator Mon, Apr 29, 6:36 PM


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