THE recent article by Nithya Siddhu, titled A rare and special species (StarEducate June 17), is excellent.
There are few male teachers nowadays, and it must be remembered that primary school boys need a role model of sorts to look up to.
Even young girls can benefit from having a good, strong male figure in their lives.
Girls can learn to be competitive, assertive, confident, and what it means to persevere.
With many households lacking a father figure, male teachers can to a certain extent play a role.