Boon for education sector

Saturday October 8, 2011

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THE education sector proved to be a big winner with a staggering RM50.2bil being allocated for it under Budget 2012.

Compared to last year’s allocation of RM39.5bil, the huge amount this time would be for a comprehensive spread across the board from schools to teachers, to students and parents.

NUTP secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said that unlike previous announcements, Budget 2012 took into account a wider scale of things and included individuals from all age groups.

“This year’s allocations are different as they include the younger generation all the way to senior citizens.”

She said that the abolition of school fees for primary and secondary schools was a good move as it would help ease the burden of lower income families.

“After all, every child deserves an education, so I am glad that the Government has made free schooling a reality.”

Lok said NUTP had hoped for a revamp of the salary scale and more training to improve the quality of teachers.

“I am very happy with what the Prime Minister has announced. The additional half-month bonus was a nice extra,” she said.

It was announced that the salary scale of teachers would be adjusted. For instance, a teacher on grade DG48 currently receives a maximum salary of RM6,325.39, while under the new scale, the maximum salary could go up by 37.7% to RM8,710.

Lok reminded teachers to work hard to improve their quality of teaching.

“The Government is giving us a higher salary because it recognises our efforts as teachers. Teachers should push themselves to improve their skills.”

Joint Teachers Unions Committee chairman Jemale Paiman welcomed the education goodies, especially speedier promotion for teachers and the further education incentives for teachers to enrol into Master’s and doctorate programmes on a part-time basis.

He also lauded the move to give book vouchers and one-off payments to poor families.

Secondary school teacher Noor Suzina Saiful, who has been teaching for the past 12 years, said the improved pay scale was good news.

“It has been a while since the salaries were reviewed, so this is definitely a move we welcome. But we hope that this does not mean we will be laden with more work.”

Noor Suzina added that she was happy about the half-month bonus.

Victor Rajendran Francis, who has been teaching for 31 years, was appreciatve of the benefits for teachers.

“There are certainly a lot of goodies this time round and I am grateful for whatever that comes.”

Welcoming the pay rise, Victor said he hoped that prices of food and other necessities would not escalate.

“Over the years, when they raised the pay of government servants, other prices would also go up. I hope this doesn’t keep happening because then the pay rise would not make any difference.”

Parents: Give RM100 to the needy only

Sunday October 9, 2011

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PETALING JAYA: The RM100 given under Budget 2012 to students at the start of the school term should have been used to help those from needy families, say some parents.

“RM100 may seem little to us, but there are parents who really need the money.

“The best option is to perhaps direct it to the needy groups,” said Abd Latiff Abdullah, 47, a regional manager with a financial institution.

Executive secretary Chin Cheng Khee, 47, said that with only one more child studying in secondary school, he did not see how the RM100 would make any difference to his expenditure.

Warehouse executive Ganesan Muniyandi, 51, said: “Both my children are still schooling and RM100 will make a difference as they can buy more exercise books.”

RM200 book voucher will help cut costs, say students

Sunday October 9, 2011

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 PETALING JAYA: University students welcomed the RM200 book voucher announced in Budget 2012 as a blessing.

University of Malaya student Kalaivaani Sulandhi said she was pleasantly surprised when she heard the announcement.

“I am thankful that I no longer need to borrow all the books that I need from the library,” said the first-year History student.

The daughter of a lorry driver, she previously had to cut down her entertainment expenses just to be able to buy books.

Computer Science student Hong Poh Huey, 20, said the RM200 book voucher was much welcomed as her textbooks would usually cost more than RM300 per semester.

“Textbooks can be really expensive and the voucher will help ease the students’ financial burden,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants student at Universiti Teknologi Mara, Megat Faiz Naim Zainuddin, 25, said the voucher was inadequate as he needed to buy books imported from England.

“Nevertheless, the voucher will be helpful, even if it is only enough to get me one book,” he said.

Second-year Information Tech-nology student Noor Atikhah Rahinin, 20, said the RM200 voucher would help cover her expenses since she was dependent on her civil servant father for an allowance.

“Hopefully, with the book voucher I could ease my father’s burden,” she said.

Noor Atikhah said the book voucher was a great move by the Government to help ease students’ financial woes.

Mengutamakan pendidikan rakyat

08 Oktober 2011, Sabtu

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KUALA LUMPUR 7 Okt. – Langkah kerajaan memansuhkan yuran RM24.50 bagi sekolah rendah dan RM33.50 bagi sekolah menengah bermula sesi persekolahan tahun depan mendapat reaksi positif dan disifatkan sebagai satu sejarah oleh ahli akademik.

Menurut mereka, selain dapat mengelakkan keciciran kalangan pelajar, ia juga dapat membantu ibu bapa untuk menggunakan wang berkenaan bagi peruntukan harian lain.

Tokoh akademik, Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Arshad berpendapat, Bajet 2012 yang dibentangkan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hari ini secara keseluruhannya memberi perhatian kepada pelbagai sektor termasuk pendidikan.

Kata beliau, pemansuhan tersebut dilihat dapat meringankan beban ibu bapa terutamanya isi rumah berpendapatan rendah yang mempunyai ramai anak.

“Pemberian tunai RM500 kepada isi rumah berpendapatan kurang RM3,000 sebulan juga antara langkah kerajaan yang cukup prihatin terhadap tanggungan kos sara hidup rakyat pada masa depan.

“Bukan itu sahaja, dengan menaikkan had umur persaraan antara 58 hingga 60 tahun, rakyat tidak terlalu terbeban menampung perbelanjaan keluarga memandangkan mereka masih berkemampuan bekerja dan mempunyai pendapatan bulanan,” katanya ketika dihubungi di sini, hari ini.

Dalam sektor pendidikan, kerajaan turut memberi bantuan RM100 kepada seluruh pelajar tahun satu hingga tingkatan lima di seluruh negara dan memberi baucar buku RM200 kepada pelajar warga tempatan di institusi pengajian tinggi (IPT) serta tingkatan enam.

Pensyarah Geostrategis Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Dr. Azmi Hasan pula berpendapat, bantuan tersebut membuktikan kerajaan prihatin terhadap bebanan yang ditanggung pelajar.

“Kos bahan rujukan di IPT amat tinggi dan sesetengah pelajar tidak mampu menanggungnya.

“Walaupun jumlah itu tidak banyak, sekurang-kurangnya ia membantu dalam melengkapkan keperluan mereka sebagai pelajar,” ujarnya.

Sementara itu, penganalisis politik, Prof. Madya Dr. P. Sivamurugan berkata, Bajet 2012 yang menyeluruh dan berpusat kepada kepentingan rakyat memperlihatkan kerajaan mendengar apa yang telah disuarakan oleh rakyat.

“Pemansuhan yuran tambahan sekolah rendah dan menengah adalah pertama kali dilakukan oleh kerajaan dan ini dilihat sebagai satu sejarah kepada sektor pendidikan dan tentunya ia khabar yang cukup dihargai oleh seluruh rakyat,” katanya.

Katanya, kenaikan gaji penjawat awam antara tujuh hingga 13 peratus, tambahan bonus setengah bulan gaji dengan bayaran minimum RM500 serta had umur persaraan sehingga 60 tahun adalah antara strategi kerajaan membantu rakyat menghadapi ekonomi global yang tidak menentu.

‘Fund extra classes for weak students’

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

By Aisyah Sulaiman
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KUALA LUMPUR:Parents and teachers are calling for an allocation in the 2012 Budget to help pupils facing difficulties in their studies.

National Parent-Teacher Association president Associate Professor Datuk Mohamad Ali Hasan said more focus should be given to pupils who were weak or unable to cope with their workload.

“There should be extra classes for those who are weak or having a tough time catching up and teachers should be given incentives to coach and guide them.
“Special classes can be held either at their schools or centralised at one school, which is accessible.”

Ali said allowances should be given to encourage teachers to give additional lessons to the weaker pupils.

“The weak pupils should be identified early and be tutored so they would not add to their burden when exam time nears.”
Parent Action Group for Education (Page) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the government should set up a programme to train junior teachers or teaching assistants to help pupils who were struggling with their education syllabus.

“Teaching assistants or junior teachers can be brought in to give additional classes after school.

“They can be qualified teachers or those who are interested in teaching and would be able to help the pupils with their studies.”
She said there were many countries that offered teaching assistant programmes and they could be looked into as guidelines for Malaysia.

“There should also be trained teachers for extracurricular activities. Our aim is to not only have more teaching power but to also have better quality teachers.”

600 pelajar terima Geran Akademik 1MDB

05 Oktober 2011, Rabu

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MOHAMED Nazri Abdul Aziz (tengah) bersama Lodin Wok Kamarudin (dua, kiri), Abu Bakar Abdullah (tiga, kiri), G. Palanivel dan S. Subramaniam bergambar dengan penerima Geran Akademik 1MDB, di Kuala Lumpur semalam.

 

KUALA LUMPUR 4 Okt. – Seramai 600 pelajar cemerlang Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2010 hari ini menerima Geran Akademik 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) berjumlah RM32 juta untuk tempoh empat tahun pengajian.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz berkata, program kali kedua itu merupakan bantuan kewangan untuk pelajar daripada keluarga berpendapatan rendah dan diimbangkan dengan meritokrasi khasnya mereka yang akan melanjutkan pengajian di institusi pengajian tinggi awam (IPTA) dan institusi pengajian tinggi swasta (IPTS) dalam negara di peringkat ijazah pertama.

“Ia merupakan usaha kerajaan untuk membantu pelajar cemerlang melanjutkan pengajian dan kita harap mereka akan menggunakan kesempatan itu untuk belajar dengan baik supaya menjadi pemimpin pada masa akan datang.

“Pemberian bantuan ini juga tidak mempunyai sebarang agenda lain melainkan untuk membantu rakyat,” katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas menyampaikan surat tawaran geran tersebut kepada pelajar terlibat dekat sini hari ini.

Hadir sama, Ketua Pengarah Perkhidmatan Awam, Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah; Pengerusi Lembaga Pengarah 1MDB, Tan Sri Lodin Wok Kamarudin; Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk G. Palanivel dan Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam.

Mohamed Nazri dalam pada itu berkata, 600 pelajar yang menerima Geran Akademik 1MDB itu terdiri daripada 300 pelajar bumiputera, 150 pelajar Cina dan 150 pelajar India.

Katanya, pelajar yang melanjutkan pengajian di IPTA akan menerima bantuan tahunan sebanyak RM8,000 bagi kursus kritikal manakala RM7,500 bagi kursus bukan kritikal.

“Selain itu, pelajar di IPTS pula menerima bantuan tahunan sebanyak RM16,000 bagi kursus kritikal manakala RM10,000 untuk kursus bukan kritikal,” katanya.

Sementara itu, seorang pelajar yang ditemui, Huda Mhd Asrar, 18, berkata, dia terkejut ketika menerima surat tawaran Geran Akademik 1MDB.

Kata anak keempat daripada lima beradik itu, dia gembira dan bersyukur kerana diberikan peluang untuk menerima bantuan itu yang dapat meringankan beban keluarganya.

Lim Joe Ann, 18, turut gembira menerima bantuan itu kerana ia dapat meringankan beban keluarganya dan menjadi motivasi kepada adik beradiknya yang lain untuk berjaya.

“Saya amat bersyukur dengan bantuan ini dan ia seharusnya menjadi inspirasi kepada pelajar lain bahawa kemiskinan bukanlah penghalang bagi mereka untuk berjaya,” katanya.

New Deals scheme inspires better performance

Monday October 3, 2011

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KUALA LUMPUR: In a recent television interview, Education Ministry Deputy Director-General of Education (Teacher Develop­ment Professionalism Sector) Sufa’at Tumin disclosed New Deals, which was an incentive programme under the GTP’s Edu­cation NKRA that aims to ultimately improve the quality of students’ outcome.

Sufa’at said the New Deals incentive was one of the four initia- tives under the Education NKRA that rewarded principals and head of schools, along with their teaching staff, for signifi- cantly improving their respective school’s performances.

The Education Ministry selects eligible candidates based on a set of criteria that would also be evaluated and approved by the Secretary-General and Director-General of Education.

Out of approximately 10,000 schools based on last year’s performance, Sufa’at said 584 school heads were rewarded in March this year while 92 principals were also rewarded in September, all of which was presented by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Education Minister.

Based on performance and leadership, Sufa’at said the eligible principals and school heads would receive a monetary reward of RM7,500 each.

The school’s top 5% of performing teachers would stand to receive RM1,800 each while the other teachers would receive RM900 each. Support staff will also receive RM500 each for their efforts.

He said the principals, school heads and their schools would also be considered for non-monetary rewards, such as job promotions or training opportunities abroad should they succeed and receive incentives under New Deals for three years consecutively.

Astro dekati penduduk Sarawak

Posted on September 30, 2011, Friday

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by Kepu Sidi.

TANGGUNGJAWAB KORPORAT: Rohana (kiri) menyerahkan replika cek kepada Norah (tengah) sambil disaksikan oleh Borhanuddin.

1,400 set dekoder dipasang di sekolah, hospital di bawah Astro Kasih

SARIKEI: Program Astro Kasih telah berusaha mendekati penduduk negeri Sarawak dengan pelbagai cara termasuk dengan memasang lebih 1,400 set dekoder.

Pemasangan dekoder ini, termasuk siaran percuma di sekolah-sekolah rendah dan menengah serta wad-wad pediatrik hospital di bawah projek Kampus Astro dijangka akan memberi kemudahan yang positif kepada masyarakat.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Astro Datuk Rohana Rozhan berkata, Astro percaya pembangunan komuniti dan persekitaran perlu diberi perhatian dengan seriusnya dewasa ini.

“Pihak Astro dalam tanggungjawab melaksanakan perkara tersebut, telah mengambil langkah melalui beberapa pendekatan seperti melalui elemen pendidikan, semangat kesukanan serta aktiviti acara langsung termasuk kerja-kerja amal melalui Astro Kasih.

“Seramai lebih 3,000 kakitangan Astro telah terlibat dalam menjayakan program ini yang berusaha untuk menarik seberapa ramai rakyat Malaysia untuk menonton program ini.

“Bagi penduduk di daerah Sarikei, sebanyak 58 sekolah dan wad pediatrik Hospital Sarikei boleh menikmati kemudahan yang telah disediakan oleh Astro ini,” kata Rohana.

Beliau berkata demikian pada Majlis Jalinan Kasih Aidilfitri anjuran Astro yang dilangsungkan di Central Market Sarikei, petang kelmarin.

Pada majlis yang sama juga, Ahli Parlimen Tanjung Manis Datuk Norah Tun Abdul Rahman mengucapkan syabas kepada Astro atas inisiatif menunaikan tanggungjawab sosial korporat melalui penubuhan Astro Kasih.

“Sejak penubuhan program Astro Kasih lebih kurang dua tahun lalu, lebih daripada 480 aktiviti kebajikan telah dilaksanakan oleh pihak Astro dan kakitangannya yang banyak menghulurkan bantuan dari segi tenaga, masa dan kepakaran untuk dinikmati oleh segenap lapisan masyarakat.

“Terima kasih kepada pihak Astro atas sumbangan amal Astro Kasih yang sebanyak RM50,000 kepada Tabung Kebajikan Parlimen Tanjung Manis yang akan disalurkan untuk program-program kebajikan di Kampung Paloh, Sarawak,” kata Norah.

Majlis tersebut dianjurkan untuk meraikan lebih 1,200 golongan kurang berkemampuan dan telah melibatkan kerjasama seramai 100 sukarelawan Astro dan ia merupakan program yang julung kali diadakan seumpamanya di negeri ini.

Dalam program Astro Kasih ini, terdapat empat elemen utama tanggungjawab sosial korporat Astro yang diutamakan iaitu merangkumi sukan dan kehidupan yang sihat, melahirkan nilai melalui pembelajaran yang berterusan, melaksanakan inisiatif kebajikan untuk kakitangan ke arah keharmonian masyarakat dan memajukan ketahanan alam sekitar.

Turut hadir Ahli Parlimen Sarikei Ding Kuong Hiing, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Repok Dr Wong Hua Seh, Timbalan Residen Sarikei Alex Liau dan Pengarah Eksekutif Rangkaian AMP Radio Datuk Borhanuddin Osman.

Education backbone of Vision 2020

Wednesday September 28, 2011

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THE Community Chest education fund, a smart partnership between the private sector and the Government, must be lauded (“Charity chest” – The Star, Sept 27). The RM100mil education aid will help upgrade vernacular and mission schools in the country.

Education is the backbone of the country’s push to become a developed nation by 2020 and in boosting the quality of education, the vernacular and mission schools cannot be neglected.

Outstanding students who are needy will not be deprived of an opportunity to study at top-tier universities worldwide.

The only way to develop the people is to instil positive values for a better future for Malaysians to serve the nation and ensure no one is left behind in their quest for knowledge.

The Community Chest smart partnership is a creative and innovative idea to ease the burden on, and speed up development of, Chinese, Tamil and mission schools, which are partially-aided schools that always requires funds for better facilities to improve the quality of education of students.

It is a noble initiative by the country’s top business tycoons.

The Community Chest fund will be used by the vernacular and mission schools to repair leaking roofs, windows and ceilings and build new classrooms, laboratories and multi-purpose halls.

This was previously carried out with funds collected from former students who wanted to give back to their alma mater.

C. SATHASIVAM,

Seremban.

Syor JPA henti taja luar negara

Rabu , 28 September 2011

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Oleh Mohd Feroz Abu Bakar

KUALA LUMPUR: Seorang pakar ekonomi mencadangkan Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) menghentikan penawaran biasiswa kepada pelajar negara ini untuk melanjutkan pengajian peringkat ijazah sarjana muda di luar negara, termasuk dalam bidang perubatan dan kejuruteraan.

Presiden dan Naib Canselor Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK), Prof Datuk Dr Md Zabid Abdul Rashid, berkata JPA sebaliknya perlu menggunakan dana biasiswa berkenaan untuk menaja pengajian pelajar di universiti tempatan dalam bidang profesional atau separa profesional.

Katanya, ini strategi serampang dua mata iaitu negara dapat mengurangkan beban menaja pelajar di luar negara yang kosnya kian meningkat dan pada masa sama universiti tempatan menerima pelajar terbaik dalam setiap bidang.

Beliau berkata, dasar menghantar pelajar ke luar negara dibuat ketika Malaysia hanya mempunyai satu universiti.

Saya tidak faham mengapa JPA masih meneruskan dasar yang tidak sesuai dengan keadaan sekarang dan sudah lapuk ini, katanya kepada Berita Harian ketika ditemui di sini, semalam.

JPA membelanjakan lebih RM1.5 billion setiap tahun untuk menaja pelajar ijazah sarjana muda dalam pelbagai bidang di Amerika Syarikat, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, India, Korea Selatan dan Jepun.

Bagaimanapun, beliau berkata, JPA atau agensi kerajaan lain seperti MARA boleh membiayai pengajian pelajar di peringkat pasca siswazah di luar negara.
Ketika ditanya mengenai kecenderungan agensi awam menaja pelajar pelajar di universiti terkemuka atau Ivy League, Md Zabid berkata, negara ini juga mempunyai institusi pengajian tinggi (IPT) menawarkan program bertaraf antarabangsa dalam bidang profesional.