Wednesday, July 28

Councillor Collaterals 1 - The Selective Process & Councillors vs Teachers

In my first article of Councillor Collaterals, a brief and undetailed collection of articles all about councillors, I intend to explore whether differences are present between the average student and a councillor, and the reason why councillors just cannot rise up to the "rank" of teachers.

The image of the average councillor in school currently is a rather poor one. The gap between what's supposed to be different in a councillor from a normal student is closing nearer and nearer. Why then should some councillors be called "councillors" when they behave as normal everyday students? Tracing back to the time when these councillors were in Secondary One or Two, teachers had selected them often due to their conduct in class and academic performance - a grave mistake due to the fact that seemingly "good" students when younger have the potential to develop into "bad" students as they grow up and get influenced by their compatriots. As a result, "rotten seeds" are often sown into fertile land, hoping to grow but ultimately stunted by their inward self or character ("bad" student councillors going for training and leadership courses find it hard to develop further in being a leader). The rotten seeds remain in the fertile ground, unchanged by the fertilisers that are added to the soil - the reprimands of teachers cause no effect towards this group of student councillors. All us student councillors might have faced a crisis somewhat similar to this - being in a blown-up situation where we are particularly implicated because we are student leaders. Be it bringing food or drinks out of the canteen, improper attire or the act of forgetting to bring books or not doing our homework, we have experienced our share of being "victimised" time and again.

There is talk that it is hoped that student councillors will one day hold the same "rank" as that of teachers in the school. However, I disagree for the simple fact that "councillors are students; teachers are staff". Councillors and teachers already hold different roles in the corporate body known as the school (or so it is commonly viewed on par with the standard of professional organisations). The role of the councillor (student) is to study in school to work for the best for his future; whereas that of the teacher is to impart knowledge to students. Furthermore, the teacher has something we all desire to be high - a salary. How can students compare to this? They are not even working yet! Thus, I emphasise that a councillor can never equal the "rank" of a teacher - yes, to a small, limited extent of influencing the school population healthily, but how effective will this be, anyway?

Find out in my next article of Councillor Collaterals!


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