2022 Finalists

Anita Md. Yasin

Keningau Vocational College, Sabah

Cikgu Anita Md. Yasin is a baking and pastry vocational teacher in Keningau Vocational College, Sabah. Her award-winning teaching tools and techniques enabled her students to win medals and prizes in skills competitions and also opened cake businesses. Cikgu Anita’s community project “Sprout” enabled her students to engage with the community via workshops and aid programs where they use their skills to prepare food for the community. Cikgu Anita aims to change public perception of vocational colleges as centres for problematic youths to institutions that provide technical skills for career success. 

Kumaresan a/l Muniandy

SM Pendidikan Khas Vokasional Merbok

Cikgu Kumaresan is one of the Top 5 Finalists of the Malaysia Teacher Prize. He is a special education teacher from SM Pendidikan Khas Vokasional Merbok, Kedah. A mother had bemoaned about her worry regarding the unemployment of her child due to him being an OKU. This concern of his student’s parents has inspired Cikgu Kumaresan to start a career transition learning project that could help special kids have job opportunities or become entrepreneurs in the real world. One of his earliest projects included the quail farming project in 2012 at PPKI SMK Pengkalan Aur. This project allowed the students to have their chance and experience entrepreneurship and the opportunities to be independent. This project won many awards, including Anugerah Inovasi Terbaik Negeri Perak, Anugerah Pingat Emas and Anugerah Inovasi Kebangsaan. In addition to the success, Cikgu Kumaresan’s project was also presented at ICSAR 7TH International Special Education Conference in Indonesia. Other than that, Hello School to Work Project and Kedai Dobi OKU School Enterprise Project has been going on at Cikgu Kumaresan’s school since 2017. As a result, 20 students involved in this project managed to secure themselves a place in the industrial sector according to their field of expertise. These two projects won the Senia World Changer Award, and Cikgu Kumaresan also won the ‘Anugerah Ikon Guru Pendidikan Khas’ and ‘ Anugerah Guru Cemerlang Kebangsaan, Negeri dan Daerah’. Cikgu Kumeresan is still running multiple projects that could help students with special needs in polishing their skills to fulfil their employers’ needs and secure stable employment opportunities after they finish their studies.

Goh Kok Ming

SJK(C) Chi Seng 2, Perak

Goh Kok Ming is a Mathematics Teacher in SJK(C) Chi Seng 2, Perak which is also a low enrollment school (SKM) that has around 22 students. Realising that there is a large digital gap in his students, he started by exposing his students to technology by integrating Minecraft and other applications besides providing them with coding classes beyond school hours. He also actively collaborates with Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) to share his experience in teaching in a combined classroom with students from multiple years and the context of a SKM. 


Tan Shi Min

SMK Syed Ibrahim, Kedah

Tan Shi Min is an English Teacher in SMK Syed Ibrahim, Kedah. One of her crowning achievements is her award winning innovation called the ‘Wheel of Learning’ a colourful multi-layered graphic organiser that aids the organisation of ideas and vocabularies about feelings to help my students who have very poor English language proficiency in story writing which helped her school achieved the highest passing grade in English in the past 5 years. She is also the founder of the Inspire Teringai project which conducts community service at Kampung Teringai Laut, a remote village in Sabah, Malaysia. 

Shahril bin Othman

SK Seri Samudera, Perak

Cikgu Shahril Othman is one of the Top 5 Finalists of the Malaysia Teacher Prize. He is a mathematics teacher and the principal of SK Samudera, Perak. He managed to attract his students to learn mathematics with multiple learning innovations created by him. One of his earliest learning innovations included the 123 Box, which helped the students master the unit conversion method, which is one of the issues at his school. This method successfully crowned Cikgu Shahril Johan Inovasi Negeri Pahang and Johan Kebangsaan in 2010. Since then, Cikgu Shahril has developed a few other innovations and shared them with all the students and his fellow teachers through a Mathematic workshop held across the country. According to Cikgu Shahril, this success has implemented effective learning and teaching methods that could influence and guide teachers and students to increase their curriculum achievements. Cikgu Shahril hopes that his success as one of the Top 5 Finalists of the Malaysia Teacher Prize could inspire school leaders and teachers across the country order to increase the instructional qualities towards better academic achievements for the students.

Anuthra Sirisena

SMJK Chung Hwa Tenom, Sabah

Cikgu Anuthra is the winner of the Malaysia Teacher Prize 2022. She is a Chemistry teacher from SMJK Chung Hwa Tenom, Sabah. The success of one of her students, Brenda, inspired Cikgu Anuthra to continue her efforts and hard work for the betterment of the community in Tenom. She developed a few innovations to assist her teaching, including the gamification method. The impact could be observed when SPM Chemistry became one of the top ten subjects with excellent results in Sabah. Cikgu Anuthra’s faith in her students gave them the freedom and the opportunity to choose their path, and she believes every student has the potential and chance at innovation. Her efforts and trust were proven when her students won multiple innovation competitions. Since then, Cikgu Anuthra has decided to spread their wings and maintain the change she’s been working on for so long.

Wan Mu'adzam bin Wan Abidin

SK Klang, Selangor

Wan Mu’adzam bin Wan Abidin is a special education teacher in Sekolah Kebangsaan Klang, Selangor whose mission is to shine light on students with disabilities and demonstrate their talents and abilities to society. He invented a device called Caballus Rafvi which helps students with visual impairments to run and even to train them in track and field. He is currently collaborating with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) to further improve his innovation and he hopes that it will be of benefit to visually impaired students all over Malaysia.

Dr. Shyielathy Arumugam

SMK Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab, Perak

Dr. Shyielathy Arumugam is an advocate for entrepreneurship pedagogy to support students with special needs. By incorporating entrepreneurship pedagogy in her teaching and learning, Dr Shy directly supports underperforming students with special needs. To ensure that these students are not left behind, she implements this pedagogy by guiding her students in producing household products, creating an atelier at school, conducting workshops with parents and building a kit for other teachers to utilise this pedagogy with their students.

Aishah binti Mohamed Hamdan

SMK Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Perak

Cikgu Aishah Hamdan is one of the Top 5 Finalists of the Malaysia Teacher Prize. She is an English teacher from SMK Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Perak. Cikgu Aishah is very active in handling project-based learning and developing innovations for her teaching method. One of her earliest innovations is the ‘DIY Literature Exhibition’ that brought together 52 schools in Kinta Utara. She also managed to bring the learning of English subject to a higher level when she produced a musical theatre, ‘Sing to the Dawn,’ which attracted more than 4000 viewers. She believes it is her duty as an educator to polish her student’s potential. The impact of her efforts could be observed when her students are more confident in expressing themselves and increase the percentage of SPM English 2019. The success of her students has encouraged Cikgu Aishah to continue her project-based learning method. The profit from her theatre was donated to the school and charity.

Khairil Azmir Ahmad

SMKA (P) Alawiyah, Perlis

Cikgu Khairil is one of the Top 5 Finalists of the Malaysia teacher Prize. He is the Art teacher from SMKA Perempuan Alawiyah, Perlis. Cikgu Khairil’s efforts in teaching arts for more than 40 years, even conducting extra classes outside his teaching hours, had shown results when his school produced the best GPS SPM record in Perlis. Through arts, his students had been given the opportunities to venture into their choice of art-related courses, such as architecture, interior designing and landscape art. Cikgu Khairil also had been entrusted with the position of ‘Ketua Panitia PSV (Pendidikan Seni dan Visual)’ by JPN Perlis. Cikgu Khairil is now active in handling project-based learning as his teaching method. His students can also complete the projects given to them in a short time, proving the effectiveness of project-based learning. Some notable projects from Cikgu Khairil’s PBL art class include the Special Effect Make-Up Artist Project, Stencil-Printing Typography Project, Soap Carbing Project, Themed-Doodle Drawing Project, Build Your Dream House Project through Minecraft and Create Your Movie Poster using the application Canva.