‘i-Hadir’ kesan pelajar ponteng

Jumaat , 11 Mei 2012

http://www.bharian.com.my/bharian/articles/i-Hadir_kesanpelajarponteng/Article

KOTA BHARU: Jabatan Pelajaran Kelantan menjadi perintis mengguna perisian yang dikenali sebagai ‘i-Hadir’ bagi mengenal pasti kehadiran pelajar ke sekolah dan mengesan pelajar ponteng.

Inovasi baru yang diperkenalkan oleh Sektor Pengurusan Pembangunan Kemanusiaan Jabatan Pelajaran Kelantan itu boleh diakses bila-bila masa serta memudahkan pihak sekolah dan ibu bapa mengetahui kedatangan anak mereka ke sekolah.

Pengarah Pelajaran Kelantan, Hussain Awang, berkata, i-Hadir adalah aplikasi mudah, cepat dan tepat, dengan pihak sekolah akan memasukkan rekod kedatangan harian murid ke dalam komputer yang dilengkapi perisian berkenaan.

Pada masa sama, katanya, data itu boleh dipantau oleh pihak Pejabat Pelajaran Daerah (PPD) dan Jabatan Pelajaran Negeri (JPN) walaupun berada di tempat lain.

“Sekiranya ada pelajar yang kerap tidak hadir, pihak JPN akan merujuk semula kepada pihak sekolah berhubung tindakan yang diambil.

“Secara tak langsung, aplikasi ini akan menjadi penghubung antara pihak sekolah dan PPD seterusnya JPN,” katanya pada majlis pelancaran i-Hadir pada perhimpunan ‘Bulanan Jabatan Pelajaran Kelantan di Dewan Bestari, Sekolah Kebangsaan Padang Garong 1, di sini, semalam.

Turut hadir, Ketua Sektor Pengurusan Pembangunan Kemanusiaan, Jabatan Pelajaran Kelantan, Rosnah Wan Ibrahim.
Perisian yang mula diguna dua bulan lalu itu adalah program perintis, dilihat mampu mengesan kehadiran pelajar ke sekolah dan pada masa sama dapat mengurangkan masalah ponteng membabitkan pelajar sekolah bandar dan luar bandar.

Fatimah: No order to bar students from bringing netbooks to schools

Posted on May 9, 2012, Wednesday

KUCHING: The government does not prohibit students from bringing their 1Malaysia netbooks to schools in Sarawak, says Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

What had happened at a number of rural schools in the state was an isolated case that can be solved by the respective schools.

“Isolated cases like these can be discussed at the school itself. The government has never given instructions that forbid students from bringing their netbooks to school.

“Netbooks and computers are important for students, especially those in the rural areas to lessen the digital divide between students in urban and rural areas,” she said at a press conference here yesterday.

On May 6, Bernama reported that Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum was flabbergasted that some rural schools in Sarawak had prohibited students from bringing their 1Malaysia netbooks to school.

He said he was informed that the schools did not want the students to recharge their netbooks at school because this would increase their electricity bill.

“If such a ruling is the norm or going to be one, it is a great loss to the government as well. On my part, I will bring up the matter with the Education Ministry to find out and seek an amicable solution for the sake of the students,” Salang had said.

Fatimah said the government was committed to providing access to (computer) facilities to rural students to ensure that they were on par with those in urban areas.

“The state government provides schools without electricity (some with generators) which is an effort of the Education Ministry to provide 24-hour electricity,” she added.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/05/09/fatimah-no-order-to-bar-students-from-bringing-netbooks-to-schools/#ixzz1uKmgdYh6

76,200 siswazah menganggur tidak mahir

09 Mei 2012, Rabu

http://www.utusan.com.my/info.asp?y=2012&dt=0509&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Parlimen&pg=pa_02.htm

KUALA LUMPUR 8 Mei – Statistik dari Jabatan Perangkaan menunjukkan jumlah siswazah yang menganggur di negara ini adalah seramai 76,200 orang disebabkan tidak memiliki kemahiran untuk mencari pekerjaan.

Timbalan Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Maznah Mazlan berkata, hasil kajian Jabatan Tenaga Kerja menerusi portal Jobstreet Malaysia ke atas 1,994 responden mendapati 77.14 peratus mengaku memerlukan bimbingan bagi mencari pekerjaan.

“Hasil kajian itu juga mendapati hanya 42.59 peratus bersetuju sepatutnya siswazah tidak menghadapi masalah untuk mencari kerja berbanding 57.41 peratus mengaku mempunyai masalah untuk berbuat demikian.

“Ini jelas menunjukkan ketiadaan kemahiran mencari pekerjaan telah menyebabkan ramai daripada siswazah gagal mendapat kerja,” katanya di Dewan Negara, hari ini.

Beliau menjawab soalan asal Senator Khoo Soo Seang mengenai tindakan yang telah diambil bagi mengatasi masalah pengangguran dalam kalangan siswazah yang semakin meningkat setiap tahun.

Maznah turut menjelaskan bahawa kadar pengangguran di negara ini sekarang ialah 3.1 peratus dan menunjukkan ia terkawal serta masih boleh diuruskan.

“Untuk makluman semua, kadar pengangguran di Jepun adalah 4.5 peratus, Amerika Syarikat (8.1 peratus) dan Kanada (7.2 peratus) menunjukkan masalah ini tidak begitu serius di Malaysia.

“Bagaimanapun, kementerian sentiasa prihatin dengan masalah pengangguran ini dengan menjalankan pelbagai program untuk memastikan semua rakyat mempunyai pekerjaan,” ujarnya.

Jelasnya, antara program yang dilaksanakan untuk tujuan tersebut ialah menyediakan kemudahan pendaftaran serta mencari pekerjaan secara percuma melalui portal JobsMalaysia.

“Perkhidmatan itu bukan saja untuk kemudahan penganggur tetapi juga boleh digunakan oleh pekerja yang mahu mencari kerja yang lebih baik,” katanya.

Schooling the poorest

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Homeless children need consideration for their special needs

THERE are many ways in which to battle poverty. Governments can institute minimum wages, provide free or subsidised public housing, and give seasonal handouts. These measures help. But the single greatest game-changer is a good education. In an upwardly mobile society, education can help the children of the poor to break the cycle of poverty seemingly set for them by the preceding generation. A good and solid education, when matched with the opportunity for tertiary studies, can bring a dimensional difference to the next generation’s life. But at the  basic, without a school leaver’s certificate, without the ability to at least read, write and do arithmetic, a person has greatly reduced chances of getting a job that could  make any significant economic difference to his life.

For homeless children, the challenge is particularly tough. Whereas children in reduced circumstances but who have a home might have the stigma of being poor to contend with, the indigent have to survive the risks, discomforts and uncertainties of an itinerant life. And when the next meal or next shelter can be as unpredictable as the next year can be to an “ordinary” child, the fixed routine of waking up, going to school, finishing homework, and getting a good night’s sleep — the every day job of most children — must surely be a luxury, if not pure fantasy.

But, being homeless does not mean the end of hope. Which is why a special school for street and homeless children in the Klang Valley is being proposed. This is not a new concept. In the United States, which has 1.5 million homeless children, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act 1987 made it federal law for all districts to increase enrolment and attendance in school, by removing the barriers to education caused by homelessness — like lack of a fixed address, vaccination or documents. The district has to provide free transport for these children, no matter the distance. The schools that observed the spirit of this law found ways to provide more than just transport by also providing meals, healthcare, school supplies, school lockers, and even laundry services, so that the children wouldn’t be embarrassed to go to school in dirty clothes. Schools that did not observe the law risk losing federal aid. Between 2008 and 2009, there were nearly one million homeless children in public schools. And though there are a handful of special schools just for the homeless, the majority get shelter and understanding from ordinary schools, learning cheek by jowl with all the varied young members of society.

Read more: Schooling the poorest – Editorial – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/editorial/schooling-the-poorest-1.81634#ixzz1uEkn0Ntd

Tuesday May 8, 2012

Students strap on life jackets instead of seat belts every morning to attend classes

By TEH ENG HOCK
enghock@thestar.com.my

TANJUNG KARANG: While most of their schoolmates go to school by either bus or car, some 90 pupils of SJK (C) Yit Khwan here catch the fishing boat every morning.

Their preferred choice of transportation is all the more astonishing because they only stay some 15 minutes away from Tanjung Karang town and not in some rural area in interior Sabah and Sarawak.

Besides putting on their school uniform every morning, these children of Kampung Bagan Sungai Kajang slip on an extra item of clothing a life jacket before leaving home.

“Every student has his or her own life jacket. Otherwise, they will be reprimanded by their teachers when they get to school,” said village chief Ang Seng Hock.

He said the jackets, available in children’s sizes, were given by the Government to ensure the pupils’ safety.

Villagers have been taking the boat to school for the past 60 years and instances of pupils falling into the river are not uncommon. Thankfully, though, no one has ever drowned.

“Sometimes, the children are rushing or are still sleepy and lose their footing when using the ladder to get onto the boat.

“With life jackets on, their lives are not at risk.

“At most they will lose their schoolbooks,” said Ang.

Lim Chuan Yu, 11, fell into the river when he was in Year One.

“Yes, I’m still scared of falling into the river. I slipped when I was climbing the ladder. I’ve also seen some of my friends fall in,” he said before boarding the boat to school yesterday.

Ang said pupils could also travel by road to school, which would take them 10 minutes longer than the boat ride.

There are four boats making a total of seven trips to ferry all the pupils.

“If they take the bus, we need to make at least two trips. With 30 minutes each way, it means the first batch has to leave very early so the bus has time to make the second trip,” he said.

The boat fees are reasonable at RM20 per child per month, he said.

Ang said the village would replace the wooden pier next month with a concrete one, adding that the current structure was falling apart.

“Now, it is about 1.2m wide. The new one will be 3m wide and have steps instead of a ladder for safety reasons,” he said.

Pupil raped in school Nine-year-old sexually abused by teen on three occasions

Tuesday May 8, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/5/8/nation/11246111&sec=nation

The boy would stalk his victim, waiting to drag the girl to the school’s stairwell during break or after school.

It was reported that the boy threatened the girl with a sharp weapon each time, even pressing this against her throat to warn her against telling anyone about her ordeal.

However, the victim, a Primary Three pupil, could no longer take the abuse and informed her school authorities after she was raped for the third time.

A source said the school authorities immediately carried out an investigation and informed the girl’s mother.

Alor Gajah district police chief Supt Umar Ali Saifuddin Shaharuddin confirmed that a police report had been lodged, adding that a suspect had been identified and would be arrested soon.

Onus on all to keep vigilance at schools

Sunday, May 06, 2012

By CHANDRA DEVI RENGANAYAR | chandra@nst.com.my 0 comments

SAFETY: Parents and communities also play vital role

.Schools authorities and parents should monitor the safety of students outside school compounds.

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KUALA LUMPUR: THE safety and security of students should be the  priority of schools at all times, and the responsibility should be borne  by school authorities, parents and  communities, said several parent-teacher associations (PTAs).

The issue of student safety and security comes in the wake of the kidnapping of Mont Kiara International School student Nayati Shamelin Moodliar last week.

The 12-year-old was abducted by two men as he was walking to school at 7.35am on April 27.

His kidnappers released him at the Rawang rest and recreation area in the North-South Expressway on Thursday morning after his family had paid a ransom.

Following the incident, most schools beefed up security and called on parents to be more vigilant to keep their children safe.

SK Bukit Damansara’s PTA initiated a voluntary parent watch group to supervise students outside the school compound in the mornings and afternoons.

Its president, Datuk Rozhan Ghazalli, said the school had always been careful about student safety and security, and continuously reviewed its security measures.

“There is a lockdown for visitors during school hours. No one, not even parents, is allowed into the school without authorisation. We have two guards at any one time at the school and we hope to hire more.”

He said the school was considering installing closed-circuit television cameras on its premises.

Rozhan said the main security risk for students was outside the school compound, especially when they walked home or waited for their transport home.

SMK Seri Hartamas PTA deputy chairman Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said while the school had imposed tighter security measures on visitors and students on its premises, it had no control over what occurred outside the school compound.

“We can only urge students to be on the lookout for suspicious characters, to be in groups, look out for each other, not to loiter after school and to go directly home.

“The police can only do so much. They may increase patrols, but in the end, there must be a coordinated effort by everyone to ensure our children are safe.”

Azimah, who is also the head of the PTA’s safety and security bureau, said the school had produced and distributed a safety guide to students.

“We advised students to use a whistle to attract attention if the need arose. We also asked parents to drop off their children close to the entrance of the school.”

P.C. Yeoh, a PTA committee member of SMK USJ12 in Subang Jaya, said the school worked with the police to ensure students’ safety.

Yeoh said all school stakeholders in Subang Jaya and USJ should sign up for the SJ alert, a free service that provides information on crimes and emergencies via email, SMS, Facebook and tweets.

These measures echo the call by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for all schools to heighten their security measures and ensure that visitors were monitored and screened.

Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said although the ministry had issued guidelines on the matter years ago, Nayati’s kidnapping had prompted it to re-look the guidelines.

However, several parents said these safety and security measures were only knee-jerk reactions following child abductions.

Vasantha Kumari, who has four school-going children, said: “We seem to react only when a child is kidnapped or when someone is bullied or beaten up. Schools tighten their security and parents become more vigilant. And then, after some time, security becomes lax.”

She said a national-level initiative, like the Safety House Programme in Australia, should be introduced to help children recognise and avoid unsafe situations on their way to or from school.

The programme is a joint initiative between the police and the community where houses and businesses are selected as safe places for children to seek shelter and safety, if required.

The participating homes display a bright sign to indicate that they are part of the programme and students can knock on these doors for help.

Another parent, Gordev Singh, urged the ministry to allocate a budget for school security, adding that without funds, security was often an afterthought in many schools.

Read more: Onus on all to keep vigilance at schools – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/onus-on-all-to-keep-vigilance-at-schools-1.81081#ixzz1u9FXFYGQ