Chemistry Teacher, V. Komathy Wins Global Teacher Award 2021

What an achievement! 

Chemistry teacher, V. Komathy from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Ave Maria Convent has won the Global Teacher Award 2021, an annual awards event organised by AKS Education.

The 38-year-old cikgu, who has been serving 14 years, received the international recognition at a virtual ceremony via the official Facebook page and YouTube channel of the AKS Education Awards on Sunday (October 24th).

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The mother of three told BERNAMA that she was shocked when she received a notification via email on September 29th from the organisers that she had won the award.

“I still can’t believe that I was selected as the winner out of 321 candidates from Malaysia and about 26,000 entries from other countries.

“Of that number, 500 had been shortlisted, including six other Malaysian candidates,” she said. 

Komathy holds a master’s degree in chemistry education from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) and is currently pursuing a doctorate in the same field at UPSI. She has produced several innovative products that have been recognised internationally, in order to pique her students’ interest in chemistry. 

Among the innovative products are Chem-Ester Kit: Chem-Ester Kit 2.0, namely a PdPC Chemistry product and Biomass Activated Carbon (BAC) for Toxic Dyes Removal: Towards a Sustainable Environment, which is a product of the application of chemistry knowledge in problem solving. 

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She said that the kit is a guidance module in the form of a game card and is designed to increase students’ mastery of writing molecular formulas, structures, naming for alkane compounds, alkenes, alkanes, alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters. 

Komathy started teaching at SMK Methodist Girls School, Ipoh in 2007 for six years before moving to SMK Buntong and then being transferred to SMK Ave Maria Convent in February. 

This is amazing. Congratulations, Cikgu Komathy!

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat