Lau: Chinese independent schools need govt aid

Posted on July 6, 2012, Friday

by Peter Boon, reporters@theborneopost.com.

SIBU: Chinese independent schools are looking forward to the day when the government adopts a more compromising approach towards them despite not being a part of the mainstream education system.

Sarawak United Association of Private Chinese Schools Management Board president Temenggong Vincent Lau Lee Ming said it was their fervent hope that the government would understand their aspirations one day as they too contributed to the development of the nation’s human capital.

He reiterated that they needed government assistance to reduce their financial burden for running and maintaining the 14 Chinese independent schools in Sarawak.

“We hope the government can understand that even though Chinese independent schools are not a part of the mainstream education system, we have continuously educated the younger generation to help meet the country’s human capital needs.

“Those having completed their education in these schools also contributed towards nation building. And because of this, we hope the government can give us assistance, including grants, to a certain extent,” Lau told The Borneo Post.

Met after the ‘Program Wanita Bestari’ at UCA here on Wednesday, he was asked on the RM10 million allocated to Chinese schools in Sarawak from the RM125.8 million recently announced for the state by Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi for school repair and upgrading.

The function was jointly organised by the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) and UCA Sibu Women’s section.

More than 200 participants turned up at the function and were introduced to the Consumer Tribunal Claims, including the Consumer Protection Act 1999.

Lau, who is also UCA Sibu honorary president, said based on his understanding the allocation (RM10 million) was meant for Chinese primary schools and not for Chinese independent schools.

He said this might be because with over 200 Chinese primary schools in the state, the Chinese community might not be able to come up with sufficient fund for their maintenance.

On the other hand, he said, the board of management was still able to source enough fund to maintain the Chinese independent schools in reasonable condition.

“We can’t afford luxury but strive to keep the school buildings and facilities in reasonable conditions,” he said.

Asked on plans to roll out consumerism seminars in Chinese independent schools, he said they did not have such plan for now but would leave the options open for UCA, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and others to explore.

“Of course, if there is any topic or issue that we think is very relevant to the students, we will definitely look into organising seminars together with government agencies.”

Earlier, Lau said such programme would enable people to be more familiar with the functions of respective government agencies.

Both MDTCC state director Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman and organising chairperson Lau Ek Hwang also spoke at the function.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/06/lau-chinese-independent-schools-need-govt-aid/#ixzz1znvnVDQf

RM125.8mil for 553 projects to repair, renovate and upgrade schools

Tuesday July 3, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/3/sarawak/11591248&sec=sarawak

By DIANA ROSE
drose@thestar.com.my

MIRI: Sarawak received the largest allocation under the Education Special Planning Package (PRK) amounting to RM125.8mil for 553 projects to repair, renovate and upgrade schools infrastructure and facilities.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the Government had come up with a budget of RM900mil for the package for the whole country.

“We will start the projects this month. They are expected to be completed within two years,” he said during a press conference after his visit to SM Sains Miri yesterday.

Puad who was on a one-day working visit also checked on SK Sayed Othman, SJK Chung Hwa Krokop, and SM Sains Miri.

In the afternoon he met educationists at SMK Suai in Sibuti, about 45km from here.

He said out of the RM900mil, a large portion would be utilised by all schools in Sarawak, including mission and Chinese schools.

Puad said RM500mil will be for government schools; RM100mil for Chinese schools; RM100mil for Tamil schools; RM100mil for Sekolah Bantuan Agama, and RM100mil for mission schools throughout the country.

Priority is given to schools categorised at badly damaged.

Puad also said he was satisfied when he inspected ICT-assisted learning at SJK Chung Hwa Krokop.

“I see this as a good move and a relevant project. It fulfils the KSSR package and is in line with our efforts to transform our education system,” he said.

ICT-assisted learning was among the topics discussed in the 17-series education dialogue currently held nationwide.

The final leg of the dialogue is in Johor Baru on July 15.

“I hope more companies would undertake the school ICT project as part of their corporate social responsibilities.

“The students are very active and more daring in learning using ICT,” he said.

Puad said 38 schools in the country has applied ICT-Learning in class and two of them are in Sarawak — at SJK Chung Hwa Miri and another Chinese school in Sibu.

Kenal pasti pelajar layak terima iTR1M

30 Jun 2012, Sabtu

http://www.utusan.com.my/info.asp?y=2012&dt=0630&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Pendidikan&pg=pe_02.htm
Oleh NORIZAN ABDUL MUHID
pengarang@utusan.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR 29 Jun – Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad (YGMB) telah mengerakkan pasukan petugasnya ke sekolah-sekolah bagi mengenal pasti bilangan pelajar yang layak menikmati kemudahan Interaktif Tuisyen Rakyat 1Malaysia (iTR1M).

Dalam masa sama, Pengerusinya, Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd. Dom berkata, pihak sekolah diberi tanggungjawab memilih pelajar yang layak iaitu daripada kalangan kurang berkemampuan sama ada di kawasan bandar atau luar bandar.

“Selain mengenal pasti pelajar yang layak, kita juga melihat kemudahan teknologi maklumat dan internet di sekolah serta pusat-pusat komuniti sedia ada sama ada ia mencukupi untuk menampung program ini.

“Ini kerana, calon Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) dan calon Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) yang mengambil mata pelajaran Sains Tulen menggunakan sepenuhnya kaedah pembelajaran secara dalam talian,” katanya ketika dihubungi Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta memberi perincian mengenai kemudahan tuisyen percuma atau iTR1M yang dilancarkan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, semalam.

Di bawah program itu, selain calon UPSR dan SPM, calon Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) turut terlibat menikmati kemudahan tersebut yang disediakan di luar waktu persekolahan.

Menurut Alimuddin, kemudahan tuisyen untuk calon UPSR dan subjek Sains Tulen disediakan melalui kemudahan portal pendidikan yang dibangunkan oleh sebuah syarikat dilantik YGMB iaitu http://www.unicliq.com manakala calon PMR dan SPM dibimbing secara konvensional oleh guru-guru terpilih.

“Tidak semestinya guru yang dipilih ini datangnya dari sekolah yang sama, kita juga mungkin ambil guru dari sekolah lain yang lebih berprestasi tinggi,” katanya.

Tambah beliau, calon UPSR akan diberi bimbingan dalam semua subjek manakala calon PMR serta SPM meliputi Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Inggeris, Matematik dan Sains termasuk Sains Tulen.

PTPTN lupus pinjaman 16,959 graduan cemerlang

29 Jun 2012, Jumaat

http://www.utusan.com.my/info.asp?y=2012&dt=0629&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Dalam_Negeri&pg=dn_27.htm

TEMERLOH 29 Jun – Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) melupuskan pinjaman pendidikan sebanyak RM475.046 juta kepada 16,959 graduan yang mendapat Ijazah Sarjana Muda Kelas Pertama sehingga 31 Mei lepas.

Pengerusi PTPTN, Datuk Ismail Mohamed Said berkata daripada jumlah itu, seramai 12,529 pelajar dikecualikan daripada membayar balik pinjaman bernilai RM359.26 juta apabila pinjaman mereka ditukarkan kepada biasiswa.

Katanya seramai 4,430 bekas pelajar tahun 2005, 2006 dan 2007 yang lulus cemerlang dengan mendapat Ijazah Sarjana kelas pertama turut menikmati pengecualian itu yang membabitkan peruntukan RM116.2 juta.

“Sebelum ini graduan cemerlang ini tidak mendapat pengecualian tersebut tetapi kerajaan baru-baru ini bersetuju untuk mengecualikan mereka daripada membayar balik pinjaman,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas menyampaikan Wang Pendahaluan Pembiayaan (WPP) kepada 124 pelajar kawasan Parlimen Kuala Krau yang berjaya memasuki institusi pengajian tinggi awam tahun ini di sini, hari ini.

Ismail, yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kuala Krau, berkata kerajaan membelanjakan antara RM5 bilion hingga RM6 bilion setahun bagi pinjaman kepada pelajar yang memasuki institusi pengajian tinggai awam dan swasta dan sehingga 31 Mei lalu, PTPTN telah memberi pinjaman kepada 1.98 juta pelajar membabitkan peruntukan RM44.18 bilion.

Menurutnya, kerajaan tidak bercadang memberhentikan pemberian pinjaman itu bagi melahirkan lebih ramai rakyat berilmu untuk mewarisi kepimpinan negara pada masa akan datang. – BERNAMA

Education system ‘has elevated Malaysians’

Friday, June 29, 2012

By ALANG BENDAHARA | alang@nst.com.my 0 comments

SOCIAL MOBILITY: Najib says success due to combination of meritocracy, social justice

PUTRAJAYA : THE government’s education   strategy in combining meritocracy and social justice under the 1Malaysia concept has successfully elevated the social status or social mobility of many Malaysians.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the success was part of the government’s focus on developing human capital and intellectual capital in the National Transformation Plan.

“One of the government’s achievements is creating a substantial social mobility situation.

“We see how social mobility can occur in one generation where the children lead a better life than their parents because of the eduction system,” he said at a meeting with professors and associate professors from public institutions of higher learning in Selangor at Seri Perdana here yesterday.

Najib said the achievement was a result of the subsidised education provided by the government.

“Ninety per cent of the cost of higher education is subsidised by the government.”

Najib said the challenge for these institutions now was to increase the number of postgraduates.

At the meeting, Najib received a seven-point memorandum from the Malaysian Academic Association Council.

Later, Najib launched the 1Malaysia Interactive People’s Tuition (iTR1M), which provides free tuition to students from poor families in Selangor sitting the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah, Penilaian Menengah Rendah and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examinations.

He also announced a RM2 million funding for iTR1M, which is an initiative by the Malaysian Teachers Foundation Berhad (YGMB).

The project began on June 18 and will go on until October.

It involves 30 secondary schools and 77 primary schools, with the participation of 10,000 students and 350 teachers. Tuition classes will be provided face to face and online for those who have received their 1Malaysia netbooks.

YGMB will eventually expand the iTR1M programme nationwide.

Read more: Education system ‘has elevated Malaysians’ – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/education-system-has-elevated-malaysians-1.99715#ixzz1z8swimb8

Tuisyen percuma dilancar

Jumaat , 29 Jun 2012

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

Oleh Magendran Rajagopal

NAJIB melancarkan Program iTR1M di Putrajaya, semalam.

NAJIB melancarkan Program iTR1M di Putrajaya, semalam.

PUTRAJAYA: Program interaktif Tuisyen Rakyat 1Malaysia (iTR1M) yang menyediakan tuisyen percuma kepada 10,000 pelajar di Selangor yang bakal menduduki peperiksaan umum tahun ini, dilancarkan semalam.

Projek perintis untuk Selangor itu akan memanfaatkan pelajar yang tidak mampu menghadiri kelas tuisyen berbayar tetapi bakal menduduki peperiksaan UPSR, PMR dan SPM pada tahun ini.

Ia dilancarkan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak pada Sesi Sembang Perdana Menteri Bersama Profesor dan Profesor Madya Institusi Pengajian Tinggi Awam (IPTA), di sini

Program yang berlangsung 18 Jun hingga Oktober itu dilaksanakan di sebanyak 107 sekolah, iaitu 30 sekolah menengah dan 77 sekolah rendah di Selangor, membabitkan 350 guru yang memberi tuisyen dalam mata pelajaran Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Inggeris, Matematik dan Sains.

Kerajaan turut meluluskan peruntukan RM2 juta daripada Dana Khas kepada Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad (YGMB). Ia diserahkan kepada pengerusinya, Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom.

Dalam ucapannya, Razak meminta ahli akademik memainkan peranan meningkatkan mobiliti sosial rakyat menerusi pendidikan, sekali gus memantapkan modal insan dan modal intelektual negara.

Perdana Menteri berkata, bagi mencapai matlamat itu, perlu ada keseimbangan dalam mengadun dua prinsip asas, iaitu meritokrasi atau kecemerlangan dengan keadilan sosial bagi memastikan tiada kelompok masyarakat ketinggalan.
“Kalau kita pandang sekali imbas, ada percanggahan antara dua prinsip ini, tetapi hakikatnya kita perlu mengolahnya dalam konteks sebuah negara berbilang kaum di mana kawasan luar bandarnya begitu luas dan golongan berpendapatan rendah masih ramai.

“Kalau sistem kita (kerajaan) tidak memberi peluang yang adil kepada golongan terbabit, maka akan berlaku kepincangan dalam masyarakat. Justeru, kita nak adun keadilan sosial dan pada masa sama mengiktiraf merit,” katanya.

Hadir sama, Presiden Persatuan Pensyarah Kanan Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Prof Dr Mohamad Awang. Beliau yang juga wakil Majlis Kesatuan Akademik Malaysia (MAAC) yang mempunyai kira-kira 30,000 ahli di seluruh negara menyampaikan memorandum mengandungi tujuh perkara kepada Perdana Menteri.

Najib juga menekankan, pelajar di pedalaman dan luar bandar atau keluarga miskin di bandar harus diberi sedikit keistimewaan daripada segi akademik supaya berpeluang dalam perjalanan mencapai mobiliti sosial untuk memperbaiki taraf hidup.

124 schools rewarded

Thursday, June 28, 2012

By R. SITTAMPARAM | news@nst.com.my 0 comments

EXCEEDING TARGETS: 19 institutions leap over 500 places in national ranking

.Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin with some of the headmasters who are recipients of the ‘New Deal’ initiative aimed at rewarding school principals and head teachers based on the performance of their schools under the Government Transformation Programme’s Education National Key Result Areas in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. At left is Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong. Pic by Sairien Nafis

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BANGI: PRINCIPALS, teachers and support staff of 124 secondary schools nationwide received about RM10 million under the government’s new deal for exceeding their set educational goals.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the schools selected for the awards made up 5.51 per cent of the country’s 2,248 secondary schools.

He said the figure had exceeded the target of between four and five per cent set for last year by the Education Ministry.

The “New Deal” initiative is aimed at rewarding school principals and head teachers based on the performances of their schools under the Government Transformation Programme’s Education National Key Result Areas.

Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said he was happy to note that 19 of the selected schools had improved their positions by leaping 500 places or more in the national ranking.

“Two of these schools, Sekolah Menengah Agama Tarbiah Islamiah Pulau Pinang and Sekolah Menengah Agama Makarimul Akhlak Kedah, had risen 1,555 and 1,202 places.”

He said in the high enrolment schools category, Sekolah Menengah Seri Kembangan Selangor showed a huge improvement in its ranking by leaping 1,399 places.

Muhyiddin said it was also encouraging to note there were 35 government-assisted religious schools nominated under the New Deal award, with 18 selected compared with eight nominations and four selections in 2010.

He said the government’s efforts to bridge the rural-urban gap in education had been fruitful, judging from the total of 67 (54 per cent) rural schools selected for New Deal awards this year.

Of the total award money, RM930,000 will go to 124 principals, RM846,000 to the top five per cent or 470 top performing teachers, more than RM7 million for the remaining teachers and RM1.1 million for the selected schools’ support staff.

He said the government had on March 15 bestowed the New Deal awards worth RM15.6 million to 403 (5.27 per cent) of the country’s 7,648 primary schools.

“I hope those who succeed will share their experience with other schools,” Muhyiddin said.

Read more: 124 schools rewarded – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/124-schools-rewarded-1.99118#ixzz1z31xITir