Tanam cili atas bumbung bangunan

Selasa , 02 Ogos 2011

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

Oleh Nor Hazwani Hamat
bhkb@bharian.com.my
2011/08/02

SEBAHAGIAN penuntut dan kakitangan Politeknik memetik Cili Centil di atas bumbung bangunan Politeknik Jeli.

SEBAHAGIAN penuntut dan kakitangan Politeknik memetik Cili Centil di atas bumbung bangunan Politeknik Jeli.

Kaedah Rooftop Gardening jana pendapatan Politeknik Jeli

TANAH MERAH: Pelajar dan kakitangan Politeknik Jeli melakukan usaha di luar jangkaan apabila manfaatkan ruang atas bumbung bangunan institusi pengajian mereka seluas 9,000 kaki persegi dengan menanam Cili Centil yang boleh memberi pendapatan RM8,000 sebulan.

Program Keusahawanan Rooftop Gardening atau tanaman atas bumbung itu diusahakan menggunakan teknologi penanaman secara fertigasi di kawasan lapang bumbung sejak Mei lalu.

Pengarah Politeknik Jeli, Azizi Lin, berkata selepas dua bulan, sepohon cili centil dianggarkan dapat menghasilkan sekilogram cili matang sebulan dengan purata harga pasaran RM10 sekilogram.

“Sebanyak 800 pokok ditanam yang mampu menghasilkan 800 kilogram tuaian jangkaan hasil RM8,000 sebulan,” katanya ketika ditemui di penempatan sementara politeknik berkenaan di Taman Harmoni, Tanah Merah di sini, semalam.

Proses penanaman bermula pada 18 Mei lalu dan hasilnya dituai secara berperingkat mulai 19 Julai lalu.

Beliau berkata, Politeknik Jeli merangka pelbagai strategi dalam usaha mengukuhkan ‘niche area’ dalam bidang agrotek dan bioindustri.
“Untuk langkah awal, kita bina rangkaian di kalangan agensi pertanian, usahawan dalam bidang pertanian dan pembekal serta pengilang barangan pertanian kerana kaedah Rooftop Gardening tidak terhenti setakat aktiviti tanam dan tuai.

“Malah, kita sedang menjalankan beberapa penyelidikan berhubung penurunan suhu bangunan, kesan terhadap kualiti udara, aplikasi elektronik dan robotik dalam pertanian,” katanya.

Seorang bekas pelajar jurusan Kejuruteraan Elektrik Elektronik, Wan Mohd Hamzi Syakir Wan Harun, 23, berkata pada awalnya beliau tidak berminat menceburi bidang pertanian, tetapi selepas diberi pendedahan, ternyata ia berfaedah untuk semua pelajar

Siapa kawal kanak-kanak ini?

02 Ogos 2011, Selasa

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2011&dt=0802&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Forum&pg=fo_01.htm
ABDUL AZRI ABDUL LATIF
Kuala Lumpur
Beginilah keadaan seorang kanak-kanak yang terpaksa bekerja sehingga larut malam bagi menjual barangan dan meminta derma di sebuah stesen minyak di Shah Alam, Selangor, baru-baru ini.

 

AKHIR-akhir ini, hampir di seluruh negara saya dapat menemui remaja perempuan berusia lingkungan 13-16 tahun menjual madu dan meminta derma di stesen-stesen minyak.

Sehinggalah semalam, saya berjumpa salah seorang daripada mereka ini di stesen minyak Shell di kawasan Rehat Temerloh LPT menghala ke Kuala Lumpur.

Cuba bayangkan, pada jam 10.30 malam, remaja ini masih berusaha menjual madu kepada orang ramai dan meminta derma.

Di wajahnya kelihatan terlalu penat dan sedikit takut, mungkin takut untuk meminta derma atau mungkin takut pada pihak yang menyuruh mereka meminta derma dan menjual madu.

Di manakah letaknya kesedaran dan tanggungjawab sosial pihak berkenaan, menyuruh seorang remaja perempuan menjual madu pada jam 10.30 malam di malam 1 Ramadan? Persoalan yang patut kita renungkan:

* Adakah ini satu sindiket yang menggunakan remaja bawah umur untuk kepentingan sendiri?

* Andai benar pun ini adalah derma untuk rumah anak-anak yatim, kenapa anak-anak yatim itu yang dijadikan beban? Seolah-olah mereka dipersalahkan dengan keadaan mereka?

* Siapakah yang memantau keselamatan remaja-remaja perempuan itu?

* Kenapa remaja-remaja perempuan ini tidak diberikan hak untuk belajar bersama kawan-kawan yang lain?

Saya menyeru pihak berkenaan supaya tampil membela nasib anak-anak ini. Bersama-samalah kita membela nasib anak-anak Malaysia.

Kursus motivasi dera pelajar?

02 Ogos 2011, Selasa

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2011&dt=0802&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Dalam_Negeri&pg=dn_01.htm
Oleh HANIZA HASSAN
utusanjohor@utusan.com.my

Sebahagian pelajar menunjukkan kepala yang dibotakkan ketika mengikuti program di Penjara Kluang, Johor, semalam. – utusan/Nasirruddin Yazid

 

JOHOR BAHRU 1 Ogos – Seramai 33 pelajar lelaki Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bandar Baru Uda (SMKBBU) di sini, mendakwa didera secara fizikal semasa menyertai kursus motivasi di Penjara Kluang, minggu lalu.

Dalam program selama tiga hari itu, mereka bukan sahaja dibotakkan kepala tetapi mendakwa dipukul di perut, digari, dicengkam di tengkuk dan diarahkan untuk memakai baju persalinan banduan.

Seorang pelajar, Mohd. Fakhrullah Masali, 16, mendakwa, pihak sekolah memberitahu program tersebut merupakan kem motivasi bagi pelajar yang mempunyai masalah disiplin dan akan diadakan di hotel.

Namun, Jumaat lalu mereka dibawa ke Penjara Kluang dan diminta menyerahkan semua barangan peribadi kepada pihak urus setia kursus.

“Saya agak terkejut sebab pada mulanya kami diberitahu akan menjalani kursus motivasi di hotel selain diberi beberapa kemudahan lain.

“Namun apabila tiba di sana, kami dilayan tak ubah seperti banduan, malah dikejutkan seawal 4.30 pagi untuk latihan kawad dan sebagainya,” katanya pada sidang akhbar di sini hari ini.

Pelajar, Firdaus Mohammad, 16, memberitahu, mereka turut didera melakukan pelbagai aktiviti termasuk tekan tubi, berguling atas jalan dan ketuk ketampi sebanyak 150 kali.

Dakwanya, peserta juga dimarah dan dipukul sehingga ada yang menangis akibat tidak tahan.

Sementara itu, Ketua Pemuda UMNO Bahagian Johor Bahru, Khalid Mohamed yang menerima aduan tersebut berkata, satu memorandum ditandatangani oleh ibu bapa peserta terbabit akan diserahkan kepada Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang juga Menteri Pelajaran.

Menurutnya, tindakan yang dilakukan oleh pihak urusetia kursus tidak sesuai dan sewajarnya tidak berlaku.

“Saya harap pihak kementerian menyiasat dan mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap guru-guru terlibat termasuk pihak Jabatan Penjara Kluang.

“Kami rasa marah dan terkejut apabila para pelajar berkenaan dihantar ke penjara umpama seorang penjenayah malah turut digari. Tindakan seumpama itu seperti tidak bertamadun dan zalim,” katanya.

Yang Dipertua Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru (PIBG) sekolah berkenaan, Datuk Samsol Bari Jamali ketika dihubungi hari ini mengakui pihaknya sedia maklum dengan program berkenaan iaitu pelajar menjalani simulasi kehidupan di penjara.

Menurutnya, sekolah berkenaan bukan yang pertama menjalani aktiviti itu, malah sebelum ini dua buah sekolah lain pernah mengikuti aktiviti sama.

“Konsultan dilantik oleh pihak sekolah juga adalah yang biasa dilantik oleh Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah (PPD) Johor Bahru dan mungkin modul sahaja berbeza. Bagaimanapun, pihak sekolah akan bersemuka dengan para pelajar apabila sekolah dibuka Rabu ini,” katanya.

Teachers: Do background checks before recruiting them

Monday, August 01, 2011

DR NUR ANISAH ABDULLAH, Gombak, Selangor
letters@nst.com.my

I READ that the High Court had on July 20 upheld a Sessions Court’s decision to convict a teacher for performing oral sex on two 11-year-old pupils.

Similar stories are frequently heard and they are giving me goose bumps.

What has happened to the noble profession of teaching? What types of people are being recruited as teachers these days?
Does the Education Ministry have some sort of guidelines on attributes expected of a person applying to become a teacher?

Do we have some kind of system to conduct background checks on candidates to ensure they are free from any criminal records and that they are mentally well balanced?

Parents need assurances that teachers will carry out their job with diligence. Parents need to be able to trust the teachers with whom we leave our children.
Parents hope their children will be nurtured and taught good moral values and an acceptable code of conduct by teachers. We expect teachers to groom them into responsible individuals.

Perhaps we can learn something from our British counterparts where all applicants for a teaching position must pass their Criminal Record Checks before they can go through the recruitment and selection process.

Kids get a jump start

Sunday July 31, 2011

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2011/7/31/education/9114418&sec=education

By ALYCIA LIM
educate@thestar.com.my

Primary school pupils participate in a green project to assemble mini cars.

IT WAS a hot afternoon but the group of primary schoolchildren seemed unaffected by the heat as they went about testing their solar-powered cars to ensure they were in perfect working order.

For the mini cars to function efficiently, they had to run on power generated by a solar panel that converted solar energy to kinetic energy through a mini motor system. They were then connected to the wheels of the car using a rubber band.

Muhd Harith Haziq Zahari, 9, from SK Sungai Merab Luar.

“The trick is to make sure that the rubber band is loosely fitted for the car to work,” said nine-year-old Muhd Harith Haziq Zahari of SK Sungai Merab Luar.

He was one of 200 pupils from nine primary schools in the Klang Valley who participated in the Agilent After School programme held at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) campus in Bangi.

With a “green” theme this year titled ‘Saving Earth, Green is In’, each pupil was given a science kit to assemble their own mini car, with the help of volunteer university students from UKM, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Tenaga Nasional.

Divided into groups of five, the pupils were then required to race their assembled cars on a mini race track set up for them at the UKM premises.

Muhd Harith’s ingenious idea paid off, when he was announced the champion.

Holding his prize, the beaming Year Three pupil said he would share his prize with his siblings.

Participant Evonne Goh Voon Li, 12, from SJK (C) Sungai Chua, Kajang, said she had fun learning how to build a solar-powered car.

“It was exciting to be able to build our own car as we have never done anything like that in school, plus we get to race our cars afterwards!”

Likewise, SJK (T) West Country pupil S. Keewan, 11, said that apart from learning about how solar power can be converted into energy, he made new friends with a similar interest. He explained that the solar panel had to directly face the sun so that the car could move faster.

The pupils racing their solar-powered cars at the mini race track.

Science teacher Rohana Yahaya from SK Merab Luar, Kajang said that such events encouraged students to learn about renewable and non-renewable energy, which was very much related to the school syllabus.

“Since they get to create their own cars, they are sub-consciously applying what they’ve been learning at school.”

Agilent Technologies vice-president and general manager Daniel Mak said a hands-on activity encouraged young children to learn and acquire skills.

“Although specific instructions were given to participants on how to construct their cars, many of them would take their cars home and modify them to see how they can make them run faster or work better.”

He said that allowing pupils to take home their projects had sparked a spirit of innovation amongst them.

“It is not the competition alone but the experience that we want them to take home,” he added.

Education policy development and education sector deputy director general Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof who launched the event, said it was important to educate pupils about natural resources from a young age.

“I believe that pupils are very inspired to learn through such programmes because they get to work on the theories they’ve been taught at school.”

He added that the ministry would continue to support programmes that would help develop a child’s learning process.

“The Agilent After School programme was first launched in 2001, and has since reached over 500,000 pupils in more than 14 countries. In Malaysia, more than 5,000 students have benefited from the programme.

Mak said, “Programmes like this allow us to nurture, excite and motivate the young ones, and it is important to start at an early age because we want to encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

‘Schooling’ in hospital

Sunday July 31, 2011

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2011/7/31/education/9180422&sec=education

By TAN EE LOO
educate@thestar.com.my

THEY may be children afflicted with various medical conditions but their earnestness in wanting to learn and absorb is evident from the way they rush to class at 8am when lessons start only start at 10am.

It is the same during the afternoon session as they turn up in class long before the doors open at 2pm.

Teacher D.H. Mil Jaisa Biok is amazed at their enthusiasm despite their respective illnesses saying: “It is simply surprising that they have the energy and an unwavering spirit in class … this makes us (teachers) even more determined to teach them,” she added.

Dedicated teacher: Muhammad Sufyan going through a lesson plan with Muhammad Syazwan.

The children at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) have been able to attend classes while being warded for medical treatment, thanks to the School in Hospital (Sekolah dalam Hospital) programme.

Initiated by the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, the programme will be introduced to major hospitals in other states soon.

Its pilot project at HKL was launched by Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister, on Wednesday.

There are currently eight teachers at HKL. Four teachers are now serving at Hospital Serdang and Hospital Ampang respectively.

Supervisor and teacher Rozyana Adzura Mohd Saad said she wanted to teach at HKL because she had been warded there while she was in primary school.

“I know what it feels like when you are warded and have to miss school. That is why I applied to teach here,” she said.

Teacher Muhammad Sufyan Bujang, who has been a special education teacher for 20 years, said he wanted to make a positive difference in their (children’s) lives.

“It is a noble idea to arrange for teachers to teach at hospitals to ensure that their young charges continue learning. I want to be a part of that initiative,” he said.

Apart from teaching, Mil Jaisa said her role was also to motivate the children and keep them engaged and interested in studies. She said the teachers serving at the hospital had to reassure the young patients that their illnesses should not be a hindrance to learning.

“There are some children who go in and out of hospital many times and are unable to concentrate on their studies.

“Our job is to help them catch up on their studies so that when they get back to school, they can integrate easily with their peers and teachers,” added Mil Jaisa.

Form Three student Muhamm-ad Syazwan Ashraf Mohd Sukri said he was relieved that he could have lessons during his treatment at HKL.

“I’m sitting for the Penilaian Menengah Rendah this year so I don’t want to miss out on my studies,” said Muhammad Syazwan, who has a growth on his thigh.

Muhyiddin said teachers who were sent to teach at hospitals were patient, caring and able to multi task.

He said the ministry would look into the special incentives for these teachers after the end of the review of the pilot project.

Ranking: Three Malaysian universities enter Top 500

Saturday July 30, 2011 MYT 8:28:55 PM

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/7/30/nation/20110730194506&sec=nation

By PRIYA KULASAGARAN

PETALING JAYA: Three Malaysian universities have made it to the top 500 out of 12,000 universities ranked in the Webometrics Ranking Web of World Universities released Saturday.

They are Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (419), Universiti Sains Malaysia (428) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (462).

This is the first time that Malaysian varsities have entered into the top 500 since the ranking’s inception in 2004.

Meanwhile, American universities dominate the Webometrics ranking, with the top five universities being the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Stanford University, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley respectively.

The ranking is an initiative by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group part of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientficas (CSIC) in Spain.

According to the Webometrics website, the aim of the rankings is to encourage universities to have a better web presence and researchers to publish more scientific content on the internet.

Among the main indicators used to analyse university web presence are the size or number of web pages recovered from search engines; visibility; number of rich files available; and the number of citations found in Google Scholar.

The rankings are published every six months, and survey around 20,000 higher education institutions worldwide.