Lack of transparency in transfer system

Wednesday November 7, 2012

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I AM a graduate teacher (Grade DG 44) and am currently teaching in a secondary school on Penang Island.

I have been teaching in the state for 16 years.

In September, I requested for a transfer to my hometown in Selangor (Petaling Utama district) to be with my family and also to look after my parents who are advancing in age, but it was denied.

In the Education Ministry we are supposed to use the online system e.g. Tukar. I am frustrated as there is a lack of transparency in the system.

The officers handling these requests go into hiding or avoid meeting teachers to explain why the transfer requests were rejected.

Appeals also go unheeded.

I should think that asking for a transfer after 16 years teaching in the same state should be an easy process.

I would like someone from the ministry to take note of my frustration because I am one of many hundreds in the same situation.

There should be transparency in the civil service.

The grievances of the rakyat should be addressed. For your information, this is the fifth year I am asking for a transfer.

FRUSTRATED TEACHER

Penang

UNIMAS menang 16 anugerah reka cipta

7 November 2012, Rabu

KUCHING 6 Nov. – Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) sekali lagi mengharumkan nama Malaysia di peringkat antarabangsa apabila meraih 11 pingat emas dan lima anugerah khas pada Pameran Reka Cipta Britain (BIS) 2012.

Dalam kenyataan di sini hari ini, UNIMAS berkata, kejayaan ini memberi perangsang dan motivasi kepada para penyelidiknya untuk terus maju dalam bidang penyelidikan.

“UNIMAS berharap hasil reka cipta ini akan membuka ruang kepada kemungkinan ia dikomersialkan untuk menjana pendapatan bagi universiti ini dan meletakkan UNIMAS pada kedudukan lebih tinggi dalam kalangan institusi pengajian tinggi di Malaysia,” kata kenyataan itu.

BIS 2011 yang berlangsung di London dari 24 hingga 27 Oktober lalu, dianjurkan British Inventors Society (BIS) dan mempamerkan hasil ciptaan pereka cipta, pencipta pembaharuan, ahli akademik, institusi penyelidikan dan usahawan terkemuka dari seluruh dunia.

Delegasi UNIMAS ke BIS 2012, yang diketuai naib canselor Prof. Datuk Dr. Khairuddin Ab. Hamid, mempamerkan 11 ciptaan dan meraih lima anugerah khas, dengan satu daripadanya yang bertajuk Wearable Sleeping Bag, ciptaan kumpulan diketuai Norhayati Suleiman, memenangi satu Diamond Award, satu Double Gold dan Romania Diploma Certificate Award.

Dua lagi Double Gold Award dimenangi projek yang diketuai Dr. Edmund Ng Giap Weng dan Prof. Madya Dr. Nazlina Shaari melalui penyelidikan bertajuk Mobile ARUT Android Browser Version 1.0 dan Eco-Modarnt:Utilizing Sago Effluent for Natural Dye Process.

UNIMAS juga memenangi pingat emas melalui projek yang dihasilkan Prof. Dr. Khairul Aidil Azlin Abdul Rahman bertajuk Bio Bamboo Car Accessories and i-Bamboo Veneer; projek Prof. Madya Dr. Nazlina Shaari (Eco-Modarnt:Utiling Sago Effluent for Natural Dye Process) dan projek Prof. Madya Dr. Zainab Ngaini (Fire Resist Sound Absorbing Sago Panel and Silcat:Biocatalyst for Biodiesel).

Pingat emas lain dimenangi melalui projek Dr. Edmund Ng Giap Weng (Mobile Augmented Reality Solat System and Mobile ARUT Android Browser Version 1.0); projek Prof. Madya Dr. Lo May Chiun (TourScape: An Integrated Systematic Approach to Manage Tourism Destinations); projek Dr. Azham Zulkharnain (Just add Water-Chemical Assay Kit); projek Norhayati Suleiman (Wearable Sleeping Bag) dan projek Mohd. Razali Othman (ENAICMS-Counselling Management System). – BERNAMA

Pelajar belum biasa sistem modular

6 November 2012, Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR 5 Nov. – Pelajar tingkatan enam yang menduduki peperiksaan Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) menerusi sistem modular dilihat memerlukan lebih masa untuk membiasakan diri dengan sistem baharu itu.

Tinjauan Utusan Malaysia di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) St. John mendapati, rata-rata pelajar mengakui sistem itu menyebabkan mereka perlu menukar cara belajar dan berusaha lebih gigih menghabiskan sukatan pelajaran mengikut penggal persekolahan.

Menurut Guru Pengajian Am SMK St. John, Mohd. Latun Nordin, penyebab pelajar sukar membiasakan diri dengan sistem baharu itu antaranya kerana masih terikut- ikut dengan sistem terminal sebelum ini.

“Mereka yang masih biasa dengan sistem terminal lebih cenderung belajar pada saat-saat akhir, jadi mereka tidak akan sempat menguasai sukatan pelajaran sebelum peperiksaan pada hujung setiap penggal.

“Jika mereka tidak ubah cara belajar mengikut keperluan sistem modular, saya percaya mereka akan menghadapi kesukaran untuk cemerlang dalam STPM,” katanya ketika ditemui di sini hari ini.

Di bawah sistem modular yang dilaksanakan bagi sesi 2012/2013 itu, pelajar tingkatan enam akan menjalani pengajian tiga penggal untuk mengumpul mata sebelum diterima melanjutkan pelajaran ke institusi pengajian tinggi mengikut sistem merit.

Sebanyak 67,202 calon terlibat dalam peperiksaan STPM di 771 pusat peperiksaan di seluruh negara bermula hari ini sehingga Khamis ini dengan menggunakan sistem baharu itu.

Bagi calon STPM, Mohammad Yusri Azis, 19, walaupun masih belum dapat membiasakan diri dengan sistem berkenaan namun usaha kerajaan itu masih dianggap baik.

“Sistem ini bagus, memudahkan pelajar untuk belajar secara sistematik dan tidak membebankan pelajar dengan hanya perlu fokus terhadap sukatan pelajaran yang dibahagikan kepada tiga penggal,” katanya.

Pelajar Tingkatan Enam Kemanusiaan Dua Program Pendidikan Khas Integrasi ini turut mencadangkan agar masa tambahan diberikan kepada pelajar pendidikan khas memandangkan mereka memerlukan kemudahan lain bagi menjawab soalan peperiksaan.

Rakannya, Lim Teck Zhao, 18, yang bersetuju dengan pendapat Mohammad Yusri berkata, lanjutan tempoh menjawab soalan bagi pelajar pendidikan khas dapat memudahkan mereka menjawab soalan peperiksaan berdasarkan sukatan pelajaran yang agak padat terutamanya pada penggal pertama persekolahan.

“Kami menjawab dalam format berbeza, saya rasa tidak salah sekiranya pihak kementerian dapat membuat pertimbangan bagi membantu pelajar seperti kami,” katanya.

Pastikan Susu 1Malaysia sampai ke pedalaman

6 November 2012, Selasa

Mohd. Afizi Mohd. Ross (berdiri tengah) bersama Penyelia Hal Ehwal Murid Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah Klang, Mohd. Tukipon Zahlan (kiri) dan Guru Besar SJK (C) Keng Chee Pulau Ketam, Soh Swee Koon (kanan) bersama murid-murid sekolah tersebut menunjukkan susu Dutch Lady dalam lawatan pengagihan ke sekolah Program Susu 1Malaysia di SJK (C) Keng Chee Pulau Ketam, Klang, Selangor, semalam.

PELABUHAN KLANG 5 Nov. – Jarak dan kepayahan untuk berinteraksi dengan dunia luar bukan alasan untuk menghalang masyarakat daripada menerima setiap bantuan daripada kerajaan.

Perkara tersebut termasuk usaha kerajaan untuk memastikan pelaksanaan penghantaran bekalan Program Susu 1Malaysia (PS1M) ke sekolah-sekolah di kawasan luar bandar dan juga ke kawasan pulau dilakukan dengan sebaik mungkin.

Ini terbukti apabila pengamal media dibawa ke Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Keng Chee di Pulau Ketam di sini untuk melihat sendiri bagaimana bantuan tersebut diagihkan kepada murid-murid di pulau tersebut.

Meskipun perjalanan kira-kira 45 minit dari jeti Pulau Ketam ke sekolah berkenaan tidak dianggap mengambil masa yang lama, usaha para petugas untuk menghantar bekalan susu tersebut tetap berhadapan risiko kerana pelbagai kemungkinan boleh berlaku ketika meredah lautan.

Pengurus Hal Ehwal Korporat Dutch Lady Malaysia, Mohd. Afizi Mohd. Ross berkata, pihaknya berusaha sedaya upaya untuk menghantar stok PS1M ke setiap sekolah termasuk sekolah di luar bandar seperti SJKC Keng Chee.

Beliau berkata, jarak dan masa bukan penghalang kepada Dutch Lady Malaysia yang kini merupakan salah satu daripada empat pembekal utama PS1M di seluruh negara.

“Tiada masalah bagi kami untuk memastikan bekalan sentiasa mencukupi, melalui PS1M murid-murid dibekalkan dua kotak susu dalam tempoh seminggu sepanjang musim persekolahan.

“Di bawah program ini, kami telah mengedarkan kira-kira 12.5 juta kotak susu kepada 1,400 buah sekolah membabitkan 297,000 orang murid di kawasan Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Pulau Pinang dan Melaka,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas mengagihkan bekalan PS1M ke SJKC Keng Chee di sini hari ini.

Selain menghantar bekalan PS1M, Dutch Lady Malaysia turut menjalankan tanggungjawab sosial korporat (CSR) dengan mengadakan ceramah pendidikan nutrisi pemakanan kepada 106 murid di sekolah berkenaan.

Menurut Mohd. Afizi, antara tujuan utama pelaksanaan PS1M adalah untuk melahirkan generasi baru yang lebih kuat, tegap dan cergas.

Katanya, bekalan susu ke setiap sekolah terutamanya melibatkan produk keluaran Dutch Lady Malaysia yang diperkenalkan sejak dua tahun lalu dijamin selamat oleh kerajaan dan terbukti tidak mendatangkan kemudaratan kepada kesihatan murid-murid.

Preschool paradigm

02 November 2012 | last updated at 11:20PM

Standard assessment will improve every facet of early education

DECEMBER is fast approaching; by which time, 20,000 trained early education teachers would have entered the job market. Holding diplomas in early education, they will bring a new approach to the nurturing of young minds. This should be a boon to an educational level thought, thus far, to be more play than learn and to ensure good physical care. In the past, school activities such as reading and writing at this stage was viewed more as a bonus than a need. Today, that perception is obsolete and intellectually children should be stimulated as early as is practicable. Towards this end, this educational sector will be restructured accordingly to secure the quality looked for.

Teachers are, of course, the main target if preschool education is to be improved. Those already in the system and those aspiring to join what is an admirable calling will be given a leg up by the government. They can now apply for financial assistance from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) to pursue relevant courses. Increasing the intellectual input alone will not, however, quite achieve the desired objective. What the government proposes to do, as announced by the deputy prime minister, is to better every facet of early education through a standard assessment by the Education Ministry. The aim is to provide a system of accreditation — not a means of persecution — so that preschoolers receive the kind of quality education that “encourages mental and holistic development”.

One aspect that was discussed through a lab exercise was the needs of disabled children so that the findings could be included in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 preliminary report. In this respect, caregivers and teachers are important in identifying the cases to enable early intervention. Consequently, improving the training curriculum of teachers becomes an imperative. While disabled children require special attention, all children in their care need early scrutiny, for these are the most formative years of a human being. It will shape their perceptions towards school and education, and in the long run, determine the future quality of Malaysia’s human capital. It is, therefore, essential that teachers are competent to assess whether their charges have had a typical or an atypical development from aspects such as cognitive, social and emotional, language, play and perceptual. Building and expanding the skills of teachers is a necessary follow-up to the paradigm shift in early education that is being officially put in motion. And, one academic discipline that will serve to enhance a preschool teacher’s skill would be child psychology, given the desire for early intervention. After all, handicaps come obvious and hidden.

More calls to maintain PPSMI at dialogue session

Sunday November 4, 2012

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By TAN EE LOO
educate@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: There were more calls to maintain the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) at the final dialogue session to engage stakeholders on the preliminary report of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

Parent Action Group for Education (Page) Malaysia honorary secretary Tunku Munawirah Putra said the proposal to maintain the two subjects in English had not been given proper attention in the preliminary report.

“There was just one paragraph about PPSMI. This is completely unacceptable. We gave our opinions but they were not really taken into account.”

Concerned Parents of Selangor coordinator Shamsudin Hamid said the policy of Upholding Bahasa Malaysia, Strengthening the English language (MBMMBI) should run alongside PPSMI.

“Why was MBMMBI introduced to replace PPSMI? One concerns language proficiency while the other is about knowledge acquisition,” he said at the dialogue which was chaired by Education Ministry deputy director-general (education operations sector) Sufa’at Tumin.

National Indian Rights Action Team chairman and Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia exco member Datuk Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim Al-Haj said the ministry should not rush into finalising the report by next month, as stated in the blueprint.

“They should look into all the views given and fine-tune the report,” he said.

The session was held to gather feedback to further improve the preliminary report, which would be finalised and tabled to the Cabinet in December.

Previous sessions to engage stakeholders were held in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Baru, Kota Baru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

The blueprint was launched in September by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The preliminary report had outlined 11 strategies, to be carried out in three stages, to transform the national education system for the next 13 years.

The strategies include improving access to quality education, raising proficiency levels in Bahasa Malaysia and English, developing values-driven Malaysians, and transforming the teaching profession.

Unfair assessment in reputable schools

Monday November 5, 2012

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FOR this year’s examination in secondary schools we were disgusted to learn that reputable Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi (SPBT) schools chose to adopt the JPS exam questions instead of setting their own questions.

To make matters worse, we found that the majority of students in these schools had not only the exact question papers for each subject but also the answers.

This defeats the purpose of holding examinations.

Are we conducting examinations just to say that the KPI of conducting so many exams a year has been achieved or actually assessing the outcome of the lessons taught for the year has been successfully attained.

We have been told that this episode occurs every year without fail and knowing this, these schools still continue to adopt the JPS exam questions.

Are the teachers and their supervisors, not to mention school administration not capable of setting their own examination questions?

We now understand why the standard of education in these school has deteriorated so drastically.

Children who have genuinely prepared for the examinations may find themselves losing out to the cheats.

It is imperative that the relevant authorities immediately take the necessary corrective action, including re-setting the examinations.

DISGUSTED PARENT
Petaling Jaya