“You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars.” Mrs. Sivakami truly lived by this quote by Henry Ford and we think its something to look up to.
Sivakami Vayapuri who only studied in a national school (Sekolah Kebangsaan), is currently serving as the deputy headmistress of SJKT Ladang Mengkibol, Kluang.
The question is, how did she manage to learn Tamil when she only attended national school?
Enthusiasm and desire to learn Tamil is the answer. When Mrs. Sivakami has seen her siblings immersed in their Tamil literature as children, she became very interested in the language and was more determined to learn the language. Two of Mrs. Sivakami’s brothers and two of her sisters attended Tamil schools, but for no known reason, her parents only enrolled her in a national school.
Mrs. Sivakami enrolled in the Temangong Ibrahim Teacher Training College in Johor Bahru in 1998 after passing the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination with distinction. She focused only on becoming a Tamil school teacher after choosing Tamil as her major. She aced the college examinations and earned a teaching diploma with her fierce dedication. Upon completion of her diploma, she started working as a teacher at SJKT Jalan Haji Manan, Kluang. She has made many contributions to the prosperity of the school. It is noteworthy that she got the Best Service Award from the Ministry of Education, not once but thrice.
After serving at SJKT Jalan Haji Manan, Kluang for 17 years, Mrs. Sivakami was transfered to SJKT Ladang Ulu Remis as the vice-principal in the year 2017. After serving at SJKT Ladang Ulu Remis for 4 years, Mrs. Sivakami was offered with another promotion to the post of Deputy Principal at SJKT Ladang Mengkibol, Kluang.
Mrs. Sivakami is often praised by her co-teachers for her outstanding contribution to the school. Principal Bhuvaneshwari from SJKT Ladang Mengkibol praised Mrs. Sivakami for her contribution towards the school’s rapid growth despite the impact of Covid-19 in the past two years.
From someone who doesn’t have the knowledge of Tamil to becoming a Deputy Principal in a Tamil school, Mrs. Sivakami surely have put in her heart and soul into her aim. Her strong determination and efforts is something all of us should look up to and bring to action in our life. A big congratulations to Mrs. Sivakami on achieving her ambitions.
Thank you for inspiring the students as well as the teachers all around.