‘Teachers who care bring subject alive’

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

By AHMAD FAIRUZ OTHMAN | news@nst.com.my 0 comments

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: Those who are passionate will inspire students to success

.A group photo with event organising chairman Vincent D’Silva (seated, third from left) and NST group editor Datuk Syed Nadzri Syed Harun (seated, fifth from left). Pic by Roslan Khamis

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JOHOR BARU: TEACHERS who are passionate about a  subject matter and can engage students have an upper hand when it comes to the teaching of English.

New Straits Times group editor Datuk Syed Nadzri  Syed Harun said teachers must combine these traits with leadership, classroom management and be up-to-date with the trends in the teaching of the language.

“Students are not only looking for knowledge from a teacher, they are looking for someone to inspire and care for them.

“It’s in having a passion for what you do, what you believe in and what you care about that will bring you back each day ready to inspire, care and share,” he said in a keynote address at the opening of the 4th English Language Conference here yesterday.

The three-day event, themed “Revitalising the Teaching-Learning Link”, was organised by the Johor Baru English Language Teaching (Jelta), a non-governmental organisation, and the Johor Education Department.

More than 350 educationists are taking part in the event to gain ideas on the teaching of English in secondary and primary schools.

Syed Nadzri said having passion, leadership, classroom and content management skills were bases for revitalising the teaching-learning link between educators and students.

Once the communication lines between teachers and students were strong, these would help teachers bring about the best in their students.

He said there was a serious need to improve the standard of English as there was a marked declined in its proficiency, especially among fresh graduates.

“We still have graduates struggling to give employers what they need because they are handicapped by poor English language proficiency.”

He said NST was among the hundreds of publications in the world that promotes the use of newspapers as learning tools through its Newspaper-In-Education programme.

Present were  state Education Department deputy director Md Hasidin Zaini, event organising chairman Vincent D’Silva, M Suites hotel executive director Datin Dr Maimunah Abdul Rahman and Jelta managing director Adib Esa.

Earlier, Jelta presented awards to five veteran and still-serving English teachers for outstanding services.

They are Salina Hussain, Tengku Norishkin Tengku Ahmad, Hamzah Abdul Hamid, Senevahisan Naidu and Amy Wong.

M Suites hotel is sponsoring the venue, meals and accommodation for the event’s speakers.

Read more: ‘Teachers who care bring subject alive’ – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/teachers-who-care-bring-subject-alive-1.93810#ixzz1xdGOEuRz

5,500 guru interim patut diserap ikut subjek

Rabu , 13 Jun 2012

http://www.bharian.com.my/bharian/articles/5_500guruinterimpatutdiserapikutsubjek/Article

KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Pelajaran diminta supaya menyerap 5,500 guru interim sebagai guru tetap di sekolah yang masih lagi mengalami kekurangan guru mengikut keperluan subjek kritikal.

Presiden Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan (NUTP), Hashim Adnan berkata, kerajaan perlu meneliti secara terperinci penempatan guru supaya ia dilakukan secara seimbang bagi menampung kekurangan guru.

“Kita mahu kementerian memastikan guru berkenaan diberi keutamaan untuk ditempatkan di sekolah yang masih mengalami kekurangan guru mengikut keperluan subjek di sekolah berkenaan. Misalnya, jika sekolah berkenaan memerlukan guru bahasa Inggeris, maka kita perlu menempatkan guru subjek berkenaan.

“Hari ini ada sekolah yang mempunyai lambakan guru, lebih malang lagi guru ditempatkan di sekolah berkenaan pula tidak mengajar mata pelajaran sepatutnya beliau ajar kepada pelajar,” katanya ketika dihubungi di sini, semalam.

Kelmarin, akhbar melaporkan kira-kira 5,500 graduan Ijazah Sarjana Muda Pendidikan termasuk 4,500 lepasan institusi pengajian tinggi awam (IPTA) yang berjaya pada temu duga antara Januari hingga Mac akan ditempatkan di sekolah seluruh negara mulai bulan ini.

Selain itu, NUTP turut meminta pihak kementerian supaya memberi tumpuan berhubung kenaikan gred lebih 10,000 guru yang sudah mendapat ijazah, namun, masih lagi menikmati gaji peringkat diploma.

‘Soon all teachers must be graduates’

Posted on June 12, 2012, Tuesday

by Peter Boon, reporters@theborneopost.com.

Datuk Mazlan Mohamad

SIBU: Director of day school management division (Ministry of Education) Datuk Mazlan Mohamad said in time to come all teachers would need to have at least a first degree.

This, he added, was in tandem with the country’s vision of heading towards a high income economy and achieving developed nation status.

“We have a standard teacher enrolment qualification. In fact, by 2010, supposedly secondary school teachers need to be 100 per cent graduates while at least 50 per cent are graduates in primary schools,” Mazlan told The Borneo Post when asked if those teachers in pre-schools would need to be graduates.

Met after the 4th National Early Childhood Intervention Conference here last Saturday, he explained that there were various reasons why even preschool teachers needed to be graduates.

“But this does not apply to teaching assistants (SPM graduates) as only teachers need to be graduates,” Mazlan clarified.

Earlier, a participant had posed a question seeking for clarification on preschool teachers needing to have a bachelor degree to teach five- and six-year-olds.

Mazlan’s presentation had earlier aroused participant’s curiosity in wanting to know the rationale behind the initiative.

He, however, said there was nothing to be concerned now as the government was utilising whatever resources they had.

He did not foresee any problem as teachers were being trained.

“For the time being, we use whatever resources we have but in time to come we need teachers possessing at least a first degree,” he said. Mazlan also mentioned that in all teachers’ training institutions, training for special needs education were given.

The convention concluded with the president of NECIC Datuk Dr Amar Singh presenting a Memorandum on Inclusive Education to Mazlan representing Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The conference, themed ‘Family-centered Practices – Early Childhood Intervention and Beyond’ started last Thursday and ended on Saturday.

The official media are Utusan Borneo, The Borneo Post and See Hua Daily News.

More than 600 delegates from NGOs and government agencies throughout the country as well as over 50 international participants attended the conference.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/12/soon-all-teachers-must-be-graduates/#ixzz1xXSYGTH1

Scrap the traditional outfit ban, urge teachers

Tuesday June 12, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/12/nation/11461793&sec=nation

By SARBAN SINGH
sarbans@thestar.com.my

SEREMBAN: Teachers are appealing to the Education Ministry to rescind a 1985 directive which prohibits them from wearing the traditional costumes of other races to work.

They feel the directive, which also covered female lecturers at teacher training colleges and polytechnics, as well as ministry staff at district and state levels, was not only illogical, but created an unnecessary obstacle in the promotion of racial unity.

The Star received several complaints from teachers who had been reprimanded by school heads for violating this provision included in a circular issued in May 1985.

A teacher in a mission school in Kuala Lumpur said staff were regularly reminded about the directive by the headmaster.

“As teachers, we should instead be encouraged to wear the traditional costumes of other races to promote unity,” she said.

Another teacher from a school in Port Dickson said many new teachers did not know of the directive, and that it was unfair when one of her colleagues was reprimanded for wearing the traditional attire of another race.

National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Loke Yim Pheng said the union had raised the matter with the Education Ministry several times and hoped the directive would be reviewed. Loke said a new set of guidelines should be introduced so school heads would not interpret the directives as they wished.

National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council president Assoc Prof Datuk Mohd Ali Hasan said: “I don’t see why a Malay teacher for example, cannot be allowed to wear a Punjabi suit or a Hindu teacher, the cheong sam.

“In the spirit of 1Malaysia, we should be encouraged to experience the cultures of other races without any unnecessary restriction.”

Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman said the directive was irrelevant and needed to be revoked.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Fuad Zarkashi said there was merit in the request made by teachers. He would raise the matter with Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

5,500 guru interim diserap

Selasa , 12 Jun 2012

http://www.bharian.com.my/bharian/articles/5_500guruinterimdiserap/Article/

Oleh Mohamed Farid Noh

Surat tawaran penempatan graduan ke seluruh negara sedang diagih

BATU PAHAT: Seramai 5,500 graduan Ijazah Sarjana Muda Pendidikan termasuk 4,500 lepasan institusi pengajian tinggi awam (IPTA) yang berjaya pada temuduga antara Januari hingga Mac lalu akan ditempatkan di sekolah seluruh negara, mulai bulan ini.

Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran, Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, berkata surat tawaran penempatan kepada semua graduan berkenaan yang sebelum ini dilantik sebagai guru interim (guru sementara) itu sedang diagihkan.

“Daripada kira-kira 5,500 calon yang ditemuduga Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Pelajaran (SPP), hanya 62 calon gagal namun mereka kini dalam proses rayuan selepas wakil mereka bertemu saya kelmarin.

“Saya harap, semua guru yang berjaya dan sudah menerima surat tawaran penempatan itu menerima jawatan mereka dengan semangat tinggi untuk mendidik anak bangsa.

“Jika boleh tidak perlulah membuat rayuan untuk mendapatkan sekolah berhampiran rumah… jika dapat mengajar di Sarawak atau Sabah, terimalah dengan berlapang dada, demi mendidik anak bangsa,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas majlis penyampaian peruntukan RM1 juta kepada Sekolah Menengah Tinggi Cina Chong Hwa Rengit, dekat sini, semalam.

Mac lalu, Berita Harian melaporkan Kementerian Pelajaran giat mengumpul rekod terkini kekosongan guru di sekolah seluruh negara daripada Jabatan Pelajaran Negeri bagi mengisi calon graduan berkenaan yang selesai sesi temu duga oleh SPP, berakhir 16 Mac lalu.
Disember tahun lalu, 5,000 graduan Ijazah Sarjana Muda Pendidikan termasuk dari Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) menuntut Kementerian Pelajaran memberi jaminan penempatan sekolah kepada mereka sama seperti Guru Sandaran Tidak Terlatih (GSTT).

Mereka mendakwa kementerian menganaktirikan mereka dan lebih mengutamakan GSTT untuk diserap sebagai guru tetap.

Sementara itu, Puad ketika ditanya sama ada pihaknya ada menerima permohonan pertukaran sekolah daripada guru yang sudah menerima surat tawaran penempatan itu berkata, buat masa ini tiada lagi permohonan sedemikian.

“Mungkin semua guru ini mempunyai semangat berkobar-kobar dan tidak kisah bertugas di mana saja mereka ditempatkan dan itulah yang kita harapkan daripada mereka,” katanya.

STU: Expand scope of foreign English language experts

Posted on June 10, 2012, Sunday

SIBU: The Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) has called for the services of foreign English language experts and consultants to be extended to teacher-training institutions.

STU president William Ghani Bina said this is so that more locals can be trained in the proper use and teaching of the language in the long term.

“Local language teachers will become more apt in the English language and pronunciation would come naturally as they need not think about how to pronounce certain words or even in communication given the multilingual setting in the Malaysian context,” he said.

For example, he said, training a Penan English language teacher who later returns to the community to teach the language would be a good motivator for Penan children.

“This is because the teacher knows the culture of the community better and the children would feel more comfortable.”

He pointed out that the culture of the school should revolve around that of the people.

Local teachers would also be better exposed to the thinking of native English speakers and their culture, he said.

Ghani added that Sarawak is not short of people who can be trained to impart the English language more effectively.

He noted that currently the native speakers are mainly helping Primary 1 and 2 teachers.

“They are more into the teaching of phonetics and grammar and helping teachers prepare their teaching aids, including how to teach the language effectively,” said Ghani.

He also highlighted the fact that in Peninsular Malaysia, one foreign expert takes care of three schools, while in Sarawak there is one for every five schools.

Last year, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Education Ministry would hire 370 foreign English language experts to monitor the teaching of the language in Malaysian schools.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/10/stu-expand-scope-of-foreign-english-language-experts/#ixzz1xS5b5Opd

CANING: To discipline is to love

Sunday, June 10, 2012

By Khadijah Rohani, Kuala Lumpur 0 comments

AS a mother and educationist, I read last Sunday’s article “Use positive ways, not the cane” with much interest. When children become boorish, selfish, thoughtless, obnoxious or indisciplined, who should be responsible?

Parents? Schools? Teachers? Society? I believe that it is human nature to resist authority from time to time.

When children become rebellious, they are testing the authority — be it parents or teacher — to see how far they can go.

What they really want is reassurance that we are firm and strong but still caring. They need and must have boundaries within which they can operate and authority to whom they can go with confidence to get the direction to succeed in life.

Children do all these because they are hurting. When we understand this fact, it helps us to love them even when they are being unlovable.

Some parents today bring up children with overt permissiveness. We overindulge them. We give them everything and let our children run loose. This sets the expectation in our children that others should treat them the same way.

This is certainly poor preparation for survival in today’s world. We should remember that discipline and order are part of the natural laws of the universe.

Children who are not being disciplined with love by the family will be disciplined without love by the big world.

So comes the big question: what is discipline? Unfortunately, it is one of the most misunderstood words in the English language. Many think of it as punishment or as something unpleasant.

In Greek, the word denotes chastening, correcting, upbringing, training, instruction, education, and reproof. Therefore, the purpose of discipline is positive, mainly to produce a wholesome person, free from the faults that hinder maximum development.

Reflectively, the word “discipline” comes from “disciple”, meaning “a follower of a teacher”.

A disciple should follow his teacher out of love or conviction, and not out of fear of punishment. Certainly, positive and caring parents, teachers, schools and societies would want their children to follow them and their rules because they love and trust them, not because they fear them.

Real discipline is an expression of love and is a long range best interest. The disciplined person is the one who does what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

Is physical discipline necessary? One of the most significant aspects of maturity is learning to be self-controlled or self-disciplined.

We can answer this by quoting psychologist James Dobson.

He says: “If punishment does not influence human behaviour, then why is the issuance of speeding citations by police so effective in controlling traffic on a busy street? Why then do homeowners rush to get their tax payments in the mail to avoid a six per cent penalty for being late? If punishment has no power then why does a well-deserved spanking often turn a sullen little trouble-maker into a sweet and loving angel?”

And remember these words of wisdom: “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him” and “The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to itself disgraces his mother”.

We can take this to mean that the rod was primarily used to protect, rescue and guide the child.

Read more: CANING: To discipline is to love – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/caning-to-discipline-is-to-love-1.92892#ixzz1xS1ewSY1