A Negeri Sembilan Primary School Held The Cutest ‘General Election’ Ever

(22-5-2018)

Just a week after Malaysia’s 14th General Election (GE14) on May 9, comes the celebration for Teachers’ Day, May 16. A primary school in Negri Sembilan creatively held their own cute version of a ‘general election’! It was almost like a scene out of GE14 with polling booths and ballot boxes, but instead of indelible ink, the students dipped their index fingers in red food coloring.

Pre-schoolers and primary students of SK Felda Pasoh 2 in Jempol gathered on Teachers’ Day to vote for the school’s Most Handsome Teacher, Most Active Teacher, Best Teacher and other titles. The whole idea was derived from a teacher, Mohd Yunus Shahar, 34, who had volunteered as a polling clerk for the Election Commission during GE14. He then decided to bring a slice of the election atmosphere to this school in a Felda scheme. “I wanted to pass down my experience to my students and teach them about democracy and their right to vote.” Source: The Star MUST READ Primary School Teacher Injured And Students Traumatized After Thief Robs Her In Classroom. According to Mohd Yunus, the voting process was similar to the General Elections, but slightly simplified, because there were 21 teachers who were contesting and ‘candidates’.

“In the beginning, the students were confused. But after we explained the objective of the Teachers’ Day election and what their ‘rights’ as students are, they started to grasp the concept of voting. “We only issued one ballot paper and the students voted by writing the teacher’s candidate number next to the preferred award.”  Just a week after Malaysia’s 14th General Election (GE14) on May 9, comes the celebration for Teachers’ Day, May 16. A primary school in Negri Sembilan creatively held their own cute version of a ‘general election’! It was almost like a scene out of GE14 with polling booths and ballot boxes, but instead of indelible ink, the students dipped their index fingers in red food coloring.

Pre-schoolers and primary students of SK Felda Pasoh 2 in Jempol gathered on Teachers’ Day to vote for the school’s Most Handsome Teacher, Most Active Teacher, Best Teacher and other titles. The whole idea was derived from a teacher, Mohd Yunus Shahar, 34, who had volunteered as a polling clerk for the Election Commission during GE14. He then decided to bring a slice of the election atmosphere to this school in a Felda scheme. “I wanted to pass down my experience to my students and teach them about democracy and their right to vote.” MUST READ Primary School Teacher Injured And Students Traumatized After Thief Robs Her In Classroom. According to Mohd Yunus, the voting process was similar to the General Elections, but slightly simplified, because there were 21 teachers who were contesting and ‘candidates’.

“In the beginning, the students were confused. But after we explained the objective of the Teachers’ Day election and what their ‘rights’ as students are, they started to grasp the concept of voting. “We only issued one ballot paper and the students voted by writing the teacher’s candidate number next to the preferred award.” Mohd Yunus said he discussed the idea with the school headmistress Mazda Ujang who immediately agreed to the school ‘election’. He jokingly added that the election was a success with a 100% turnout rate. “183 students participated in the elections, the student had fun, the parents were happy, the whole school had a good time.” At the end of the day, the Music and Sports teacher was voted as Most Active Teacher. Aside from all the fun and games, Mohd Yunus had introduced a new culture and tradition to the school.

“We plan to have an election for the Head Prefect and the Deputy Head Prefect for 2019, at the end of this year.” He added that teachers and students will vote together in this election. Just like any credible election, the candidates will have to launch their own manifesto on how they will contribute to the school. “This is a new tradition for SK Felda Pasoh 2, but I hope other schools in Malaysia will also adopt this tradition.” This is so cute, and it is also good for the children. This way, they wouldn’t be as confused about voting in General Elections as some of us were when we were casting our votes for the first time! Bravo!

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