AFTER 27 years of service, teacher Rohaina Mat Kilau from SMK Mantin, Negri Sembilan, retired at the age of 55.
But Rohaina, who received the Excellent Service Award in 2015 for her contributions to the profession, already has a list of activities planned to keep herself busy.
The mother of five is looking forward to deepening her knowledge of religion, cooking, handicrafting and gardening. She is also planning to travel and to accompany her daughter who is studying for a degree in medicine in Ireland.
Reminding students to study hard for a better future, she said her fondest memories in a career that spanned close to three decades were seeing her students attend university.
She also advised those who intend to become teachers to have patience and a sincere heart to teach their students.
Born in Gemas in 1965, Rohaina received her early education at SK Hutan Kampung, Alor Star, Kedah, before moving to SK Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur.
Her secondary years were in Negri Sembilan where she attended SMK Bukit Jalur and SMK Tunku Ampuan Durah.
She obtained her diploma in Business Studies from Institut Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, before pursuing her Business Administration degree and her teacher’s Diploma in Business at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Rohaina, who taught in SMK Sungai Manggis and SMK Sri Serdang in Selangor, and SMK Dato’ Mohd Said in Negeri Sembilan, prior to her nine-year stint in SMK Mantin, headed the integrated living skills and technology design panels at the school before her retirement last week.
At her farewell, SMK Mantin principal Zahari Long and parent-teacher association chairman Abdul Gani Mohamad Daud thanked Rohaina for her many contributions to the school.
Describing Rohaina as a responsible and dedicated teacher who is always willing to help, Form Two student Muhammad Aniq Nazran Mohd Nazri wished her good health and happiness.
“We always have fun in her class as she is a creative and entertaining teacher, ” added Form Two student Alexander Levine Anak Garit.