The Lives They Live: 71-year-old goes from being a kampung school teacher to a volunteer

Tamil language teacher, G Rajalaximi, 71, is a volunteer at Project Smile, a charity that helps underprivileged women by providing vocational skills training such as in jewellery making and handicraft classes.
Tamil language teacher, G Rajalaximi, 71, is a volunteer at Project Smile, a charity that helps underprivileged women by providing vocational skills training such as in jewellery making and handicraft classes.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

SINGAPORE - She was, by her own reckoning, shy and nervous and lucky to be accepted when she applied to be a teacher barely out of secondary school.

Eighteen-year old G Rajalaximi found it tough when she started as a teacher at Boon Lay Primary in 1966, with some students barely four years younger than her.

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