11,000 lagi guru j-Qaf diperlukan

05 Ogos 2012, Ahad

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Dalam_Negeri/20120805/dn_17/11000-lagi-guru-j-Qaf-diperlukan
Oleh SITI MAISARAH SHEIKH RAHIM
pengarang@utusan.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR 4 Ogos – Seramai kira-kira 11,000 guru bagi mengajar subjek Jawi, al- Quran, Arab dan Fardhu Ain (j-Qaf) masih diperlukan dalam memastikan semua sekolah rendah di seluruh negara mempunyai pembelajaran itu.

Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran, Dr. Mohd. Puad Zarkashi (gambar) berkata, masalah kekurangan guru itu turut menyukarkan pembelajaran tersebut diwujudkan di peringkat sekolah menengah pada tahun depan.

Katanya, pembelajaran j-Qaf juga sukar diperluaskan disebabkan kurangnya guru berijazah untuk mengajar j-Qaf serta masalah permohonan perjawatan daripada Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) yang masih tidak diluluskan sehingga kini.

“Oleh itu, kita minta supaya JPA mempercepatkan kelulusan perjawatan bagi guru j-Qaf yang sudah dimohon Kementerian Pelajaran bagi membolehkan kekurangan diisi segera.

“Kita memberi tumpuan untuk memenuhi permintaan guru j-Qaf di sekolah rendah sebelum melaksanakan sepenuhnya di sekolah menengah,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas majlis berbuka puasa di Sekolah Rendah Islam Cahaya Ummi, Kampung Batu Muda, di sini hari ini.

Pada majlis itu, Mohd. Puad turut menyampaikan sumbangan kepada 60 anak yatim dan golongan asnaf.

Pelaksanaan j-Qaf di 4,747 sekolah rendah sejak 2005 itu berkesan apabila 94 peratus murid berjaya menguasai empat kemahiran iaitu Jawi, al-Quran, bahasa Arab dan fardu ain.

Pada masa ini, kira-kira 13,000 guru j-QAF sedang berkhidmat di lebih 4,700 sekolah rendah di seluruh negara.

Guru mohon cuti khas raya 17 Ogos

01 Ogos 2012, Rabu

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Forum/20120801/fo_04/Guru-mohon-cuti-khas-raya-17-Ogos
CIKGU SAYANG
Selangor

SEBAGAI warga sekolah di Lembah Klang, kami amat berharap agar kerajaan mempertimbangkan pemberian cuti khas atau membenarkan cuti peristiwa diambil oleh sekolah pada Jumaat 17 Ogos 2012 sempena sambutan Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Ini kerana kebanyakan warga kota, khasnya guru, berasal dari negeri di luar Lembah Klang seperti negeri di utara, timur dan selatan Semenanjung Malaysia.

Sekiranya sekolah tidak bercuti pada 17 Ogos, semua warga sekolah dan kakitangan awam yang lain akan bertolak serentak pulang ke kampung halaman pada petang dan malam hari Jumaat serta pada pagi hari Sabtu. Ini sudah tentu mengundang kesesakan jalan raya yang terlampau.

Di samping itu, dengan limpahan kenderaan di jalan raya akan mengundang kemalangan pula kerana masing-masing bersaing untuk sampai cepat ke destinasi memandangkan raya semakin hampir.

Sekiranya Jumaat masih dikira sebagai hari bersekolah, bagaimana dengan sekolah yang mempunyai dua sesi di mana sesi petangnya berakhir pukul 5.30 petang. Tidak mustahil pada hari tersebut ramai guru yang mengambil cuti sakit semata-mata untuk pulang ke kampung lebih awal. Jika ini berlaku, sesi persekolahan pada petang itu akan terjejas.

Selain itu, cuti pada hari Jumaat sepatutnya diberikan pada sekolah memandangkan sekolah tidak mengambil cuti sempena hari raya ini iaitu selama dua hari, kerana kebetulan cuti hari raya jatuh semasa cuti sekolah. Oleh itu jumlah waktu bersekolah yang sepatutnya bagi semua sekolah adalah mencukupi, malah mungkin sudah melebihi jumlah maksimum yang ditetapkan oleh Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia (KPM).

Oleh itu, besarlah harapan kami warga sekolah agar permohonan kami ini mendapat perhatian dan dipertimbangkan.

Harapan kami juga agar makluman mengenai cuti ini dapat diumumkan lebih awal untuk memudahkan urusan kami membuat tempahan tiket dan merancang perjalanan.

Framework needed to get Iban language taught in school

Sunday July 29, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/29/sarawak/11752115&sec=sarawak

KUCHNG: A strong framework is needed to enable the Iban language to be widely taught in school in the state and also throughout the country.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang said the development of the language within the education system started relatively late, so the results would not materialise over a short period of time.

“We need more capable and qualified teachers to conduct more classes at all levels, even pre-schools,” he told reporters after officiating at a dialogue on Iban language development in school here yesterday.

“The language has been recognised by the Education Ministry as a school subject between the late 80s and early 90s.

“In order to make the teaching of the language a success, we need a framework upon which we can build the syllabus, as well as improve the competency of the teachers.”

There are currently 20 students who are about to complete their Iban Language Studies Minor Programme at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Perak.

These students, the first batch to undertake the programme, have only one more semester to go before they become qualified teachers.

There are 71 new students enrolled in the programme.

“A total of 25 students are in their post graduate studies while 46 are in their diploma studies,” said Jabu, while pointing out that some of the students were not Ibans.

At Rajang Teachers Training Institute, 24 students enrolled into its Iban language five-year degree course last year.

“When they graduated, they would teach the language. In June this year, the institute had 20 intakes for the course.

“We will continuously explore the potential of the course in other teachers training institutes,” said Jabu.

Earlier during the dialogue, Jabu said to date there were about 71,000 school students taking up Iban language studies in the state.

“This shows the language is widely accepted. This is a good thing as we encourage our children to be as multi-lingual as they possibly can.

“Initiatives are also given to those who have succeeded,” he said.

Teacher lost in transition

Sunday July 29, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/7/29/education/11696223&sec=education

NELSON Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

This great South African statesman, who united his country and saw it become the most developed African nation, knows what he is talking about.

Education and nation-building go hand-in-hand. In view of this, teachers must be held in high regard.

They are the ones who teach and educate by imparting knowledge and skills to students. The importance of the teaching profession cannot be over emphasised.

However, if our country’s policymakers fail to fully optimise or misdirect its teaching expertise, it would be a waste of precious resources.

I am trained to be a secondary school Biology teacher. I graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia in October last year and finally got posted to a school in May this year.

Unfortunately, I was posted to a Chinese primary school in a remote rural town called Manchis in Bentong, Pahang, about 300km from my hometown, Ipoh, Perak.

I was made a primary school teacher for a number of reasons.

Chinese primary schools in Malaysia have been facing the problem of teacher shortage for many years.

While it may seem that teaching primary schoolchildren is easier than teaching in secondary school, in my opinion the opposite is true.

Well, I have been trained for four years, plus three months of practicum training, to teach secondary school students, not primary.

The approach, pedagogy, techniques and so on for teaching secondary school students are entirely different from that of teaching primary school pupils. Hence, I found myself at a complete loss when I got to the school in Pahang.

My colleagues told me not to worry and said I would soon get used to it but frankly, weeks have passed and I still haven’t got a clue how to conduct a decent lesson.

Nevertheless, I still do my job to the best of my ability.

Returning home after a long day’s work, I would console myself with the thought that this is just a temporary posting.

I strongly believe I would one day go back to teaching Biology in a secondary school, where I truly belong.

However, this is not all there is to my story.

To my dismay, when I received the job offer letter from the Education Ministry, my field of expertise was changed from Biology to Chinese! How could this happen?

I wasn’t the only one; my colleagues’ fields were also changed to Chinese!

Does this mean we are going to be teaching in Chinese primary schools?

I have always dreamed of being a great Biology teacher, teaching my favourite subject and imparting fascinating facts and knowledge about our amazing natural world to my students.

But now it seems that my ambition, my dream and my hope have all been dashed.

First, we were sent to teach in primary schools without our consent. Second, most of us were sent to remote areas. Third, our fields of expertise were all changed to Chinese.

I know I am in no position to make any demands from the authorities. All I want is to serve my country by being the best Biology teacher I can be.

I sincerely hope that the Education Ministry would give us a letter guaranteeing that we would be posted to secondary schools, perhaps in a year or two. Let this plea not fall on deaf ears.

BRYAN LEE

Parents and teachers responsible

Friday July 27, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/27/focus/11738212&sec=focus

I’M a regular user of RapidPenang and have something to say about giving up seats to those who need it.

In the bus there are seats reserved for the handicapped/pregnant women/seniors. Most of the time these seats are taken by other passengers.

It is all right if there are no other passengers (that need these seats ) but many a time I have seen healthy normal passengers just continue sitting even with an elderly frail passenger standing in front of them.

There were many times when mothers with their kids and students (in their school uniforms) just sat there without a care in the world.

The other ugly sight is when a bus stops to pick up passengers, younger people and schoolchildren push and elbow to get into the bus first without any regard for the elderly/handicapped.

Once I told off a group of students for doing that and they just laughed. What is happening to our children nowadays?

I strongly believe parents and teachers have a role in this.

Please be good role models and teach the children/students common decency and manners, or else what goes around, comes around.

TIGER TEH

George Town

STU wants more places for Orang Ulu & Penan

Thursday July 26, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/26/sarawak/11731020&sec=sarawak

KUCHING: More places should be allocated to the Orang Ulu and Penan at teacher training colleges in the state as this would benefit the schools and communities there.

Sarawak Teachers’ Union president William Ghani Bina suggested that the Education Ministry give the Orang Ulu and Penan priority to teach in their own area.

He said not many from other communities would be willing to teach too long in schools in remote areas, where majority of the students were Orang Ulu or Penan.

“Allocating more places to the Orang Ulu and Penan will not only help solve the problem of frequent transfers but also create job opportunities for the Form Five achievers among the communities,” he said.

Ghani expressed his gratitude to the Federal Government, which responded to STU’s request to have more locals at teacher training colleges in the state.

He said STU had suggested 60% of the placements in teacher training colleges in the state be allocated to locals.

“The recent intake to the teacher training colleges in Sarawak was so far so good,” he said.

He noted that before this, only 30% of the placements were allocated for local teachers.

Ghani said the increase in local intakes would not only lessen the cost of sending teachers over to Sarawak, but the teachers would also understand the needs of the locals better.

“The training of locals as teachers will certainly lower the training cost.

“The local teachers are also more likely to devote more time to their duties as they know more of the needs and culture in Sarawak,” he said.

He believed that with Sarawakians teaching Sarawakians, the communication gap would be greatly reduced as local teachers understood the situation and culture of the community better.

Patut atau tidak pelajar sekolah dirotan?

25 Julai 2012, Rabu

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Rencana/20120725/re_02/Patut-atau-tidak-pelajar-sekolah-dirotan
PENULIS ialah Pengerusi Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad.

“BAGI saya boleh … ‘anytime‘ cikgu boleh merotan atas kesalahan yang difikirkan perlu, syarat merotan di bawah paras lutut dan kemudian harus dirotan di hadapan murid lain.” Demikian pandangan seorang pembaca dalam ruangan ‘facebook.com/utusan_online‘ yang disiarkan dalam akhbar Utusan Malaysia baru-baru ini.

Kini cadangan guru dibenarkan merotan pelajar yang melanggar disiplin sekolah telah banyak dibincangkan dalam akhbar dan media sosial. Walaupun ada pendapat yang menentang namun ada juga yang menyokong kerana merasakan guru mempunyai peranan besar membantu menangani salah laku pelajar.

Menurut mereka jika masalah disiplin tidak ditangani dengan betul ketika pelajar berada di bangku sekolah dikhuatiri boleh menimbulkan masalah lebih besar apabila mereka meninggalkan sekolah nanti.

Sesungguhnya amat merisaukan apabila melihat angka statistik dan pemaparan melalui media massa gejala sosial di kalangan remaja. Misalnya isu ‘mat rempit,’ apa yang mereka lakukan bukan sahaja membahayakan diri sendiri tetapi turut menjejaskan keselamatan orang lain. Lebih membimbangkan mereka sudah berani mencabar pihak berkuasa dan merempit di tempat yang terbuka. Ada ketikanya orang awam turut dikasari hanya kerana cuba menasihati perbuatan yang tidak berfaedah itu.

Ini belum lagi dikira jumlah penagih dadah yang kian bertambah. Kesan daripada penagihan dadah boleh menimbulkan gejala sosial lain seperti berlaku kes jenayah, penyakit HIV dan kemerosotan nilai diri sebagai seorang insan.

Penagihan bukan sahaja menjadikan diri mereka tidak terurus tetapi sanggup pula mencederakan orang lain malah ibu bapa sendiri sekiranya apa yang dikehendaki tidak ditunaikan terutama keinginan mendapatkan wang.

Jenayah lain seperti pecah rumah, curi motosikal, meragut, bergaduh dan gengsterisme kerap dilaporkan dalam akhbar. Perbuatan ini bukan sahaja berlaku di bandar besar tetapi turut berlaku di kampung dan kawasan pedalaman. Tidak dinafikan gejala itu mungkin mula bertunas ketika mereka berada di bangku sekolah.

Sering kita mendengar isu ponteng, membuli, mencuri, vandalisme dan bergaduh berlaku di kalangan pelajar. Sekiranya tidak dicegah daripada awal ia boleh memudaratkan apabila mereka terus melakukannya selepas meninggalkan bangku sekolah nanti.

Bagi mencegah dan mendidik pelajar yang melanggar disiplin ada yang mencadangkan dikembalikan semula hukuman rotan atau corporal punishment. Tambah mereka semua guru seharusnya dibenarkan merotan pelajar. Bagi mereka hukuman itu tidak akan menimbulkan tentangan jika dilakukan dengan betul. Buat masa ini hanya pengetua atau guru yang diberikan kuasa boleh merotan pelajar dengan syarat dilakukan di tempat tertutup, direkodkan dan ibu bapa dimaklumkan akan hukuman itu.

Namun demikian ada yang mempertikaikan pendapat tersebut mempersoalkan mengapa peraturan lapuk itu ingin dihidupkan semula. Menurut mereka keadaan dan zaman telah banyak berubah. Hukuman rotan boleh menimbulkan banyak mudarat dibandingkan dengan kebaikan.

Dari sudut psikologi emosi pelajar yang dirotan boleh terganggu, malu kepada rakan dan merasa rendah diri terutama apabila bersua dengan guru yang merotan mereka. Lebih bahaya boleh menimbulkan perasaan dendam terhadap guru dan sekolah.

Kerap kita mendengar kereta guru dirosakkan, perbuatan vandalisme dan perasaan benci kepada sekolah. Walaupun tujuannya murni iaitu untuk mendisiplinkan pelajar tetapi boleh memberi kesan sebaliknya. Lebih parah mungkin boleh berlaku kejadian mencederakan guru dan merosakkan harta benda sekolah.

Sesungguhnya untuk menangani salah laku pelajar Kementerian Pelajaran telah mengeluarkan garis panduan melalui Peraturan- Peraturan Pelajaran (Disiplin Sekolah) 1959, iaitu Perkara 8.3.1. (b) di mana guru boleh merotan pelajar lelaki sahaja dihadkan di tapak tangan atau di punggung dengan arahan Guru Besar tanpa mendatangkan kecederaan.

Hukuman rotan semata-mata bertujuan mendidik dan dilakukan di tempat tertutup. Dijelaskan juga kebenaran merotan ini bermakna hukuman deraan lain seperti menampar, mencubit, menumbuk, mengetuk atau tindakan lain yang seumpamanya adalah dilarang sama sekali.

Berbeza di negara maju di mana terdapat peraturan yang dinamakan student rights atau ‘hak asasi pelajar’ di mana mereka diberi perlindungan ketika berada di sekolah termasuk tidak boleh dikenakan sebarang deraan fizikal.

Ini bermakna pelajar tidak boleh dirotan dan menjadi suatu kesalahan sekiranya dilakukan oleh guru atau pentadbir sekolah. Mereka ada kaedah tertentu bagi menangani pelajar yang bermasalah seperti melalui sesi kaunseling atau merujuk terus kepada ibu bapa pelajar tersebut.

Sesungguhnya dalam sistem pendidikan kita kaedah merujuk pelajar kepada kaunselor telah lama dipraktikkan. Setiap sekolah mempunyai kaunselor yang terlatih. Melalui Surat Pekeliling Iktisas Bil. 1/1985 Penubuhan Jawatan Kuasa Bimbingan Pelajar Sekolah bertujuan memberi peluang kepada pelajar yang bermasalah termasuk melanggar disiplin mendapat perkhidmatan kaunseling. Melalui perbincangan dan bimbingan secara profesional dijangkakan pelajar itu akan sedar kesalahan yang dilakukan dan tidak mengulangi lagi perbuatan tersebut.

Hakikatnya guru perlu berhati-hati ketika merotan pelajar kerana jika mendatangkan kecederaan serius mereka boleh didakwa di mahkamah sekiranya ibu bapa membuat aduan polis.

Mereka boleh didakwa mengikut Seksyen 31 (1) (a) Akta Kanak-Kanak 2001 yang memperuntukkan hukuman denda tidak lebih RM20,000 atau penjara maksimum 10 tahun atau kedua-duanya sekali.

Walaupun niat merotan itu murni iaitu untuk mendidik pelajar tetapi boleh mendatangkan mudarat dan menjadi mimpi ngeri kepada guru jika dilakukan secara berlebihan.

Justeru semua guru adalah guru disiplin. Ini bermakna semua guru bertanggungjawab dan berperanan membimbing, menasihati dan menunjuk ajar pelajar. Ibu bapa dan komuniti pula perlu terlibat dalam menangani permasalahan tersebut.

Keprihatinan semua pihak terhadap salah laku pelajar hari ini akan berupaya mengurangkan jumlah gejala sosial di kalangan remaja di masa akan datang.