The Ministry of Education has unleashed a three-minute advertisement for TV, based on the real-life account of how a teacher never gave up on a wayward schoolboy.
The story behind the new MOE teacher recruit ad, titled ‘Mrs Chong’, was picked from about 400 entries submitted to iremembermyteacher.com, a website for students and former students to write in to share their stories about a teacher who left a lasting impression on them.
Tonight I saw the ad run twice in less than an hour over two Mediacorp channels.
I don’t like it.
Worse, whoever OKed the ad seems to have forgotten the sad, sad true story about the woman teacher who was involved with her 15-year-old male student and was jailed 10 months as a result.
As a reminder of what that story was go to this link here
Instead of inspiring more people to become teachers, I fear “Mrs Chong” with her full lips and eyes on the brink of tears might create new tragedies like that of Mrs X, whose name was with-held to protect the identity of her student.
I hope I am wrong.