1) Is the driving school business in Malaysia open to ladies? Can ladies take up the role of a driving instructor?
Yes, certainly ladies can apply to become an instructor.
2) What does one need to become a driving instructor?
The qualifications are the same as for men. S.P.M. (Sijil Persekolahan Malaysia) is a minimum requirement.
3) And the training?
As for the men, ladies should also undergo courses organized by the J.P.J. authorities. If successful, ladies will receive the Sijil Mengajar or S.M.2.
4) Do lady instructors charge higher or lower fees?
I think the prices are the same. Maybe some may charge lower. It all depends. On the other hand, maybe some may charge even higher. Who knows?
5) In your opinion, do you think teaching driving is suitable for a lady?
In this modern society, ladies are taking over jobs done by men previously. If there are lady “pilots”, why not “lady driving instructors” too.
6) Will ladies end up being better instructors compared to men?
That is a difficult question to answer. Anyway, I shan’t be drawn into making a conclusion. People will say, as a man, I maybe biased. So, sorry, no comment.
7) What if I choose to have a lady instructor rather than a man instructor teaches me?
The choice is yours. If you prefer ladies, go on, opt for it. The wish is yours entirely. Hunt around, and look for a lady driving instructor. Anyway, there aren’t too many lady instructors around.
8) As a whole, do men or ladies make the better instructor?
In reality, when it first started, teaching or providing tuition to potential drivers was a man’s job. One has to face the hot Malaysian sun. You could easily be darkened within a few months.
Taking this into consideration, I should say, it’s more suitable for men rather than ladies. Don’t forget, ladies are associated with “puteri lilin”.
9) What happens if I, as a potential learner, cannot make the decision to either have a man or lady as my driving instructor?
In such a situation, leave the final decision to your parents to make the choice. They know what’s best for you. After all, they are the ones who are paying for your course. Leave it to them to decide.
So, to all you men instructors out there, if lately your business appears to be dwindling, may be you might be facing some stiff competition from some lady driving instructors.
As for me, I’m three quarters of my way to retirement.
Anyway, the K.P.P. (Kursus Pendidikan Pemandu) lectures still keep me occupied. Then there’s the Pra-Ujian to deal with too.
You see, I am also a Pra-Ujian or Q.T.I. examiner.