NUTP sifatkan syor ‘elaun kesusahan’ tak wajar

Isnin , 05 Disember 2011

http://www.bharian.com.my/bharian/articles/NUTPsifatkansyor_elaunkesusahan_takwajar/Article

KUALA LUMPUR: Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan (NUTP) menyifatkan cadangan pemberian ‘elaun kesusahan’ kepada guru yang bekerja di kawasan pedalaman sebagai tidak wajar kerana mereka sudah pun dibayar elaun khas ketika ini.

Presidennya, Hashim Adnan, berkata ketika ini Guru Pedalaman Satu menerima elaun khas RM500 sebulan, Guru Pedalaman Dua mendapat RM1,000, manakala Guru Pedalaman Tiga dibayar RM1,500, sekali gus menunjukkan kerajaan prihatin terhadap mereka yang bertugas di kawasan luar bandar.

“Cadangan ini bukanlah baru dan hanya akan meningkatkan beban kewangan sekiranya ia dilaksanakan,” katanya ketika dihubungi Berita Harian, semalam.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas cadangan UMNO Negeri Sembilan ketika membahaskan usul agama, pendidikan dan sosial pada Perhimpunan Agung UMNO di sini, kelmarin, supaya kerajaan memberi ‘elaun kesusahan’ kepada guru bertugas di kawasan pedalaman.

Wakilnya, Mustapha Naoor, berkata kemudahan pendidikan di pedalaman amat daif sehingga guru terpaksa menempuh perjalanan jauh dengan menaiki bot dan kenderaan pacuan empat roda untuk sampai ke sekolah.

Mengulas lanjut, Hashim berkata, kerajaan sepatutnya memberi elaun kos sara hidup (Cola) kepada guru mengikut tempat tinggal dan bukannya berdasarkan kepada lokasi mereka ditugaskan.

“Contohnya, ada guru mengajar di Gopeng tetapi menetap di Ipoh, maka mereka tidak layak mendapat Cola RM200, sebaliknya hanya memperoleh RM100 kerana Gopeng dianggap sebagai kawasan pedalaman. Ia akan menjadi beban kepada guru di kawasan luar bandar,” katanya.
Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, turut berpendapat elaun kesusahan bagi guru tidak perlu kerana kerajaan sudah pun mewujudkan elaun khas pedalaman untuk mereka.

“Ketika ini elaun pedalaman adalah antara RM500 hingga RM1,500 dan dibayar mengikut kategori kawasan pedalaman, iaitu Pedalaman P1, P2 dan P3.

“Kementerian tidak bercadang untuk menaikkan lagi jumlah elaun pedalaman itu seperti mana yang diminta oleh sesetengah pihak kerana nilai yang diberikan itu masih lagi relevan,” katanya selepas merasmikan Penutupan Konvensyen Mahasiswa Pendidikan Kebangsaan 2011 di Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) di sini, semalam.

Tis all about the money

Sunday November 27, 2011

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2011/11/27/education/9955937&sec=education

TEACHER TALK
By MALLIKA VASUGI

It was a little disconcerting for teachers to see how parents were so quick to be at school to claim the RM100 disbursed to their children but who would otherwise need lots of coaxing and reminders, when it comes to matters concerning their children’s progress and other issues.

THE RM100 schooling assistance that had been earlier announced in the 2012 Budget report has been disbursed in stages in most schools in the country. For the most part, it has been very enthusiastically received, particularly by the parents of the students involved.

“A trifle too enthusiastically,” remarked my friend Lyn a little wryly as we witnessed the droves of parents at the school gates waiting for the makeshift disbursement “counters” in school to open.

While the keen promptness with which parents turned up to collect the money was admirable, there was a sense of irony in the situation that didn’t escape many of us teachers.

The unspoken question that was flitting through most of our minds was this: “How is it that some parents who are always too busy to attend any school open day, who can’t take off one single hour from work in a year to meet with their children’s teachers and discuss their progress, can turn up at short notice and be willing to go through the inconvenience of waiting just to collect RM100?”

Students of SMK Permatang Rawa, Bukit Mertajam, Penang are all smiles as they hold up the RM100 distributed by the school recently. – File photo

Despite the many attempts by school staff to improve parents’ involvement, some of them had never attended a single “report-card” day, never enquired about how their children were doing, and were always too busy with the various demands of their careers and businesses to take more than a cursory interest in their children’s schooling.

It was a little disconcerting how some parents who had to be always coaxed and cajoled to attend parents-teachers events – often unsuccessfully – could have somehow managed to extricate themselves from all the other pressing demands on their lives, to come and collect the money.

None of us, however, are in the position to pass any judgment. Many of us, being parents of school-going children ourselves, know how difficult it is to juggle a career with all its demands and manage the household without having to be constantly aware of what’s happening with our children in school.

Still, the complete apathy shown by some parents towards what’s going on with their children in school is, to put it very bluntly, simply inexcusable.

Those of us who have been class teachers for many years know what it is like to sit and wait in vain for parents who never show up even during crucial “report-card” days.

Although we are fully aware of the possibility that our students may have failed to deliver the letter requesting parents’ attendance due to obvious reasons, we also know that there are parents who feel that their role in their children’s education is to merely pay the bills.

At times, teachers get the feeling that parents look upon them as baby-sitters who are completely responsible for their children while they go off to work.

Also, there are parents who hold teachers totally accountable for their children’s education. What is a little strange is sometimes while practically thrusting all responsibility for their children’s education on the teachers, there are parents who glibly use disparaging remarks to belittle teachers in front of their children.

It is therefore little wonder perhaps when these same children display little respect for their teachers, and are generally ill-mannered and disruptive.

Although it is not right to generalise, there are times that teachers can’t help wondering whether their students’ rude mannerisms and offensive language are not a reflection of what they are used to at home.

I remember a conversation between two 13-year-olds which I overheard a few years ago. Almost every sentence included a vulgarity.

I remember feeling incredulous and wondering how these students could spew out such a volley of foul language as if it was the most normal thing to do — as if this was what they were accustomed to even out of school.

Teachers are sometimes unfairly blamed for a lot of things that parents are guilty of, although the other way round may also be true at times.

While it is true that schools and teachers are entrusted with the significant responsibility of educating the child, it nevertheless does not absolve parents completely of their vital role in this task.

In the broadest sense, education begins from the moment the child comes into the world and continues throughout his life. There are parents who take this charge very seriously and are constantly vigilant towards their children and monitor their progress consistently.

There are also parents who keep regular contact with their children’s teachers — sometimes even turning up unexpectedly in school to meet with them.

And even if there are moments when this parent-teacher interaction doesn’t proceed quite as smoothly as desired, teachers are still thankful for the opportunity of the meeting and the feeling of shared responsibility it conveys. We are glad that we are doing this together.

The bottom line is that what teachers would like most to see is parents getting involved in their children’s education — and this is not just about paying for school expenses or enrolling them in the most popular tuition centres.

We would also want parents to uphold the role of the teacher to their own children so that this feeling of student-teacher respect becomes ingrained in them without being forced.

The education of our children is a shared responsibility, one which parents and teachers should take on side by side without trampling upon or eyeing each other with hostility, contempt or suspicion.

Perhaps my old friend and retired teacher Mrs. Sivam says it best with these words: “I long for the days when any sentence beginning with ‘Teacher says,’ carried as much authority in the home as a sentence beginning with ‘My father or mother says’ did in the classroom.”

New boarding schools not a priority

Friday November 25, 2011

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/11/25/nation/9973501&sec=nation

By WINNIE YEOH and JOSEPHINE JALLEH
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

KULIM: The Federal Government will limit the setting up of new boarding schools to improve the performance of existing ones.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister, said it also cost more to maintain boarding schools.

“We will focus on improving the standard of existing schools under the School Improvement Programme.

“People think that boarding schools are elite schools but normal schools are equally good,” he said after a 1Malaysia luncheon at Dataran Seri Serdang at Serdang yesterday.

He said the Government would only build two to three boarding schools a year.

On another matter, Muhyiddin criticised the Kedah government for its plan to demolish an Islamic school – Madrasah Salihiah Kanchut, which is more than 100 years old – in Alor Setar to make way for a shopping mall.

This, he said, reflected the attitude of the Pas-led state government towards Islamic teachings.

“Maybe their focus is more on generating income from economic activities rather than to teach Islam,” he said.

During the function, he presented contributions to representatives of four schools who received mock cheques totalling RM6.54mil.

Thirteen secondary schools received RM2.73mil. The others were 12 primary schools (RM2.93mil), 10 Chinese primary schools (RM469,600), nine Tamil primary schools (RM384,200) and a religious school (RM24,100).

Earlier, when attending a tea party at Taman Mutiara, Sungai Kob, Muhyiddin said the Federal Government had allocated RM8.6mil to construct a new Tamil school in Paya Besar in Lunas.

He said RM1mil has also been allocated to increase the number of classrooms in SMJK Chio Min in Kelang Sago in Padang Serai.

Kaji beri RM100 pelajar Tingkatan 6

24 November 2011, Khamis

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2011&dt=1124&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Pendidikan&pg=pe_aa.htm

MACHANG 23 Nov. – Kerajaan akan mengkaji untuk turut menyalurkan bantuan persekolahan sebanyak RM100 kepada pelajar di tingkatan enam.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata, berdasarkan perancangan awal, pelajar tingkatan enam tidak tersenarai dalam kumpulan yang layak menerima bantuan tersebut yang diumumkan dalam Bajet 2012.

“Walaupun peringkat awal kita tidak senaraikan tingkatan enam, kita akan tengok keadaannya, yang kita bayar sekarang ini hanya tingkatan lima, jadi kalau tingkatan enam itu sudah luar sikit kerana mereka ini pra universiti. Kita akan kaji sama ada wajar atau tidak,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas menghadiri Majlis Sepetang Bersama Timbalan Perdana Menteri di Sekolah Kebangsaan Machang (2) di sini, hari ini.

Turut hadir Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed; Timbalan Menteri Kewangan, Datuk Dr. Awang Adek Hussin; Ketua UMNO Bahagian Machang, Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub dan Pengarah Jabatan Pembangunan Persekutuan, Datuk Makhtar Mustapha.

Ditanya mengenai kemungkinan Mustapa dicalonkan di peringkat Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) berikutan penerimaan dan sokongan rakyat kepada beliau, Muhyiddin berkata, perkara tersebut akan diambil kira oleh pucuk pimpinan parti dan ia akan diputuskan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak selaku Presiden parti.

Apa yang pasti, katanya, Mustapa dan jentera parti perlu bekerja keras supaya momentum sokongan rakyat dan gelombang merah dijadikan suatu gelombang besar yang membawa perubahan kepada pentadbiran kerajaan negeri.

RM100: Antara fitnah dan syukur

24 November 2011, Khamis

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2011&dt=1124&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Forum&pg=fo_01.htm

SEPANJANG minggu lalu isu pemberian wang bantuan persekolahan RM100 terus menjadi perbualan hangat masyarakat.

Kerajaan melalui Bajet 2012 Oktober lalu telah meluluskan peruntukan tersebut bertujuan untuk meringankan beban ibu bapa dalam membuat persediaan menghantar anak mereka memulakan sesi persekolahan tahun depan.

Peruntukan yang mula diagihkan mulai minggu lepas kepada ibu bapa oleh sekolah mencetuskan beberapa polemik di kalangan masyarakat.

Antaranya terdapat sekolah yang cuba mengambil kesempatan dengan memotong sesuka hati pelbagai bayaran sampingan seperti yuran Persatuan Ibubapa dan Guru (PIBG) di samping kegusaran ibu bapa yang tidak sempat untuk mengambilnya dalam tempoh masa yang telah ditetapkan.

Tindakan pihak sekolah yang cuba mengambil kesempatan itu telah menimbulkan rasa kemarahan dan ketidakpuasan hati ibu bapa yang berang dengan tindakan sekolah terbabit.

Mujur campur tangan segera pihak Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia (KPM) khususnya Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang mengarahkan sekolah terbabit memulangkan kembali wang yang dipotong itu meredakan kembali keadaan.

Sepatutnya isu ini tidak timbul langsung. Pihak sekolah terbabit sewajarnya lebih sensitif dan bertanggungjawab dalam isu seperti ini yang membuat rakyat tidak puas hati dan marah.

Apatah lagi dilaporkan ada sekolah yang potong sehingga RM50 iaitu separuh dari bantuan kewangan terbabit.

Kita harap dengan adanya campur tangan KPM dan juga Timbalan Perdana Menteri sendiri, isu ini dapat diselesaikan dengan baik dan secara berhemah.

Dalam pada itu pengumuman kerajaan bahawa bantuan kewangan ini boleh dituntut oleh ibu bapa sehingga akhir bulan ini termasuk ketika cuti sekolah pula disambut dengan gembira oleh ibu bapa yang belum berkesempatan mengambil wang pemberian tersebut.

Ternyata kerajaan serius dan ikhlas dalam menyalurkan bantuan ini demi meringankan beban ibu bapa menjelang musim persekolahan yang akan datang.

Namun apa yang dikesali ialah sudah ada pihak yang menabur fitnah kononnya pemberian bantuan kewangan ini adalah usaha pihak kerajaan untuk memancing undi dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU13) yang akan datang.

Ternyata bagi golongan yang kekeringan idea dan modal politik serta terdesak seperti ini apa saja kebaikan yang kerajaan buat tetap dipandang sinis dan dilihat dari sudut yang negatif secara prejudis.

Lantas mereka mengambil peluang ini untuk menaburkan fitnah dengan cuba mengaburi mata rakyat melalui pelbagai dakyah dan fakta yang memesongkan dengan harapan rakyat akan termakan pujuk rayu terbabit.

Justeru, kita berharap sangat agar masyarakat akan lebih matang, waras dan adil dalam menilai dan menghakimi segala tohmahan dan fitnah yang dilemparkan terhadap kerajaan seperti ini. Fikirlah secara positif dan elaklah segala prejudis terhadap usaha dan bantuan kerajaan untuk meringankan beban rakyat.

Ringkasnya, tepuk dada tanyalah selera masing-masing. Apakah selama ini kerajaan hanya membantu rakyat ketika musim pilihan raya semata-mata?

Bukankah selama ini segala jenis bantuan disalurkan sepanjang masa tanpa mengira musim dan keadaan. Malah di kawasan yang kalah juga kerajaan tetap menyalurkan pelbagai jenis bantuan atas rasa tanggungjawab kepada rakyat.

Ternyata apa yang kerajaan buat seperti bantuan kewangan ini adalah bukti keprihatinan dan keikhlasan pihak kerajaan dalam membantu meringankan beban rakyat.

Ini adalah tanggungjawab asas sesebuah kerajaan maka adalah tidak adil untuk kita melihat secara negatif dan prejudis.

Namun apa yang dikesali ialah kita yakin masih ada rakyat yang mudah terpengaruh dan percaya dengan segala tohmahan yang dilemparkan.

Malah lebih teruk lagi masih terdapat segelintir rakyat kita yang begitu mudah lupa segala bantuan yang kerajaan salurkan selama ini apatah lagi untuk mengucap terima kasih mahupun mensyukuri segala bantuan tersebut.

Belajarlah untuk sentiasa berterima kasih dan bersyukur dengan bantuan kerajaan. Pada masa yang sama kerajaan juga sentiasa mengharapkan sokongan rakyat tanpa berbelah bagi agar dapat terus menyediakan pelbagai lagi bantuan dan kemudahan demi kebajikan semua pihak tanpa mengira agama, bangsa dan kaum.

NOOR MOHAMAD SHAKIL HAMEED

Ketua Bahagian Perancangan Korport

Universiti Putra Malaysia(UPM)

Serdang, Selangor

79 sekolah agama terima RM35.6 juta

24 November 2011, Khamis

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2011&dt=1124&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Dalam_Negeri&pg=dn_01.htm

 

Oleh AZRAN FITRI RAHIM
azran.rahim@utusan.com.my

 

MUHYIDDIN Yassin menyampaikan cek bantuan kepada Mohd. Amar Nik Abdullah (kanan) di Pusat Dagangan Kelantan, Kota Bharu, semalam. – UTUSAN/ROSNI MASRI

 

KOTA BHARU 23 Nov. – Sebanyak 79 sekolah agama di negeri ini menerima peruntukan sebanyak RM35.6 juta daripada kerajaan Pusat sebagai pengiktirafan kepada institusi itu dalam mendidik generasi muda.

Peruntukan untuk meningkatkan infrastruktur dan kemudahan pembelajaran itu disampaikan oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dalam majlis perjumpaan khas pengurusan sekolah itu bersama beliau di Pusat Dagangan Kelantan (KTC) di sini, hari ini.

Turut hadir, Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed; Timbalan Menteri Kewangan, Datuk Dr. Awang Adek Hussin; Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Islam, Pendidikan dan Dakwah negeri, Datuk Mohd. Amar Nik Abdullah dan lebih 1,000 warga pendidik serta wakil persatuan ibu bapa dan guru dari seluruh negeri ini.

Pada majlis itu, Muhyiddin turut meluangkan masa kira-kira 30 minit untuk berdialog bersama pendidik dan wakil persatuan ibu bapa dan guru sekolah-sekolah terbabit.

Sebanyak RM10.5 juta daripada peruntukan tersebut diberi secara tunai kepada sekolah-sekolah itu dengan 51 Sekolah Agama Bantuan Kerajaan (SABK) masing-masing menerima RM140,000, 22 Sekolah Agama Rakyat (SAR) masing-masing menerima RM100,000 dan enam Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama (SMKA) masing-masing menerima RM200,000.

Sebanyak RM25.1 juta telah dibelanjakan untuk enam projek menaik taraf infrastruktur dan pembinaan bangunan bagi sekolah SABK dan kesemua projek itu telah siap pada tahun lalu.

Enam projek tersebut melibatkan Sekolah Menengah Ugama Arab (SMUA) Darul Iman, Bachok sebanyak RM2.9 juta; SMUA Al-Kauthar, Kota Baharu (RM4.9 juta); SMUA Al-Falah, Pasir Mas (RM4.6 juta); SMUA Tengku Amalin Aishah Putri, Kota Baharu (RM1.3 juta); SMUA Darul Salam, Kuala Krai (RM4.9 juta) dan SMUA Saadatul Qura, Kuala Krai (RM6.2 juta).

Terdahulu dalam ucapannya, Muhyiddin berkata, bantuan itu membuktikan bahawa kerajaan Pusat tidak pernah memilih bulu dalam meningkatkan mutu pendidikan negara.

“Kerajaan Pusat tidak pernah meminggirkan Islam dalam pembangunan negara kerana Islam menuntut umatnya agar maju. Islam juga tidak mahu umatnya hidup dalam kemunduran.

“Saya tidak pandang dia Pas atau UMNO, yang saya pandang dia Islam. Saya tidak mahu perbezaan politik, lebih-lebih lagi pendidikan Islam wajib dan ia adalah fardu kifayah untuk ditunaikan kepada rakyat,” katanya.

Tambahnya, melalui penekanan agama ia dapat melahirkan insan yang mencintai negara dan menghalang sebarang anasir tidak sihat untuk memecah-belahkan perpaduan kaum dan umat Islam di negara ini.

“Pendidikan agama dan ilmu pengetahuan dunia seperti sains menjadi keperluan untuk membentuk modal insan yang seimbang serta membimbing golongan muda ke arah mencapai matlamat negara maju pada 2020,” katanya.

PTPTN clarification on loans

Sunday November 20, 2011

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2011/11/20/education/9908921&sec=education

We refer to the letter “
Be fair to loan recipients” (StarEducate, Nov 6) on the PTPTN (National Higher Education Fund Corporation) issue.

Under the current policy, borrowers who pursue their studies and wish to apply for a deferment of loan repayment need to send an official application letter or complete a deferment application form that can be downloaded from the PTPTN website. Borrowers are also required to submit the following supporting documents:

·A copy of the study offer letter which has been certified by a government officer from the management/ professional group;

·A copy of the offer letter from the new sponsor that has been certified by a government officer from the management/ professional group (if you receive any sponsorship other than PTPTN or pursue studies abroad);

·Confirmation letter of date of completion of study from the IPT (higher learning institution) if this is not stated in the offer letter; and

·Confirmation letter from the IPT that the student is still studying (if it involves the same institution and that it is an extension of the period of study).

Borrowers who send the completed applications will be processed accordingly.

Our policy clearly states that borrowers who pursue their studies abroad without sponsorship from local government agencies or the private sector do not qualify for a deferment. However, PTPTN is willing to consider such requests on a case-by-case basis.

For further information, please contact the PTPTN hotline at 03 – 2080 4455 or refer to its website: http://www.ptptn.gov.my under the FAQ Section.

Enquiries can also be submitted through
http://icare.ptptn.gov.my.

RINA ABD RAHMAN

Public Relations Officer

National Higher Education

Fund Corporation,

Malaysia