Malaysian teacher among those who stand to win USD$1 million


Muhamad Khairul with one of his students - Image from theSun


By John Isaac

A special needs teacher from Johor Bahru is in the running to walk away with USD$1 million after being shortlisted for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019.

Dr Muhamad Khairul Anuar Hussin from SMK Taman Universiti 2, JB is among 50 others vying for the top prize.

He was among the lucky few picked from about 10,000 nominations from 179 countries around the world.

His dedication to students with special needs was recognised as he has gone out of his way to meet their needs.

Realising these students needed something extra, he came up with a model of Inclusive Education to achieve this.

The model focuses on social inclusion and co-teaching with mainstream students which he realised was an effective way to equip these students to be independent and face the world.

They also learn effective communication skills, speech and language.

Under Muhamad Khairul's guidance, some of these students have also gone on to further their education in vocational training, develop culinary skills and others.

The Ministry of Education recently recognised his model of Inclusive Education and has since been used as  part of the special educational needs teaching policy and guidance.