More teachers like Madam Azlina

Teachers in the 21st century should strive to build a rapport with students too.
Teachers in the 21st century should strive to build a rapport with students too.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

After reading about Madam Azlina Hassan hugging her pupils, all I could think of is that we need more teachers like her (Teck Whye Primary School teacher gives all her pupils their PSLE results with a warm hug; Nov 23, 2018).

Being a teacher is not just about presenting facts and methods to students. Teachers in the 21st century should strive to build a rapport with students too.

Personal engagement is especially crucial in primary school as pupils are in the critical stage of forming their values.

I hope that all teachers are able to connect with their students, give them the encouragement they need and be positive role models.

Hai Oufan, 17

Junior College Year 1 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 07, 2019, with the headline 'More teachers like Madam Azlina'. Print Edition | Subscribe