Keep high achievers in ‘normal’ schools

Sunday February 19, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/2/19/education/10746251&sec=education

THE creation of High Performance Schools (HPS) appears to be the flag-bearer for transforming our educational system. What the authorities seem to be doing is to look out for best performers in examinations and place them in schools (HPS), which I regard as expensive government schools.

Managing such schools can be “costly” as there are additional facilities provided in such schools. While most of them may be day schools, there are also some which are residential schools which means the students are separated from their families. Will this not have an impact on family ties and relationships?

Are these detrimental or for the better of society? Have there been studies done?

The granting of special status to certain schools does give the impression that the Education Ministry regards the other schools as below par.

What kind of effect will the ministry’s actions have on students, teachers and parents?

It appears that the ministry is working on the premise that if high performing students are left in “normal” schools, they will not fulfil their potential.

Is this true? What the authorities should do is to identify a sufficiently large number of high performing children who are NOT enrolled in a HPS and keep a record of their progress over a five-year period.

A comparison of the performance of these students with that of their peers from the HPS should then be made. The authorities should also look into cases of the high performing students who dropped out of the schools.

Did the schools and their respective environments have a negative impact on them? The students may have been high performers but perhaps non-conforming types who might have found their respective schools restrictive and oppressive.

Since the ministry had been working on the premise with regards to the fully-residential schools for so many years, studies could be conducted to verify if there has been any outstanding and innovative inidviduals or great inventors from these school so far?

My suggestion is that the ministry should keep an open mind. It should identify and keep high achieving schoolchildren in “normal” schools and let them achieve their full potential. Teachers would then be energised and motivated,

LEE KH

Via e-mail

14 lagi sekolah diiktiraf Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi

04 Februari 2012, Sabtu

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2012&dt=0204&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Dalam_Negeri&pg=dn_01.htm

 

Muhyiddin Yassin menyampaikan watikah pengiktirafan Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi (SBT) kepada Sekolah Kebangsaan Infant Jesus Convent, Johor Bahru yang diwakili oleh Guru Besarnya, Datin Azizah Ahamad Tan (dua dari kanan) dan wakil muridnya, Arissa Dania Abdul Jamal, 10, pada majlis pengiktirafan SBT Kohort 3 di Putrajaya, semalam.

 

PUTRAJAYA 3 Feb. – Kementerian Pelajaran mengiktiraf 14 lagi Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi (SBT) membabitkan 10 buah sekolah rendah dan empat sekolah menengah di bawah kohort ketiga tahun ini.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri merangkap Menteri Pelajaran, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin ketika mengumumkan perkara itu berkata, pertambahan tersebut menjadikan jumlah keseluruhan SBT di seluruh negara sebanyak 66 buah.

Sambil mengakui sistem pendidikan telah banyak menyumbang kepada kemajuan dan kemakmuran negara, namun katanya, penambahbaikan berterusan masih diperlukan jika mahu mutu pendidikan di Malaysia setanding negara-negara maju.

“Menerusi usaha-usaha terkini kerajaan dan Kementerian Pelajaran, saya menjangkakan selepas fasa penilaian semua dan hala tuju sistem pendidikan negara dimuktamadkan, tanggungjawab kecemerlangan yang akan dipikul oleh warga SBT akan lebih mencabar.

“(Ini kerana) matlamat akhir SBT bukan sahaja untuk mengiktiraf kecemerlangan sekolah tetapi lebih penting ialah memastikan kecemerlangan tersebut dapat memberi impak positif kepada pencapaian pelajar,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada majlis penyampaian watikah pengiktirafan SBT Kohort 3 dan sumbangan dana kepada 14 buah sekolah terbabit di sini, hari ini.

Hadir sama, Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran, Datuk Dr. Ir. Wee Ka Siong dan Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran dan Datuk Seri Abd. Ghafar Mahmud.

Sehubungan itu, Muhyiddin menyarankan warga SBT supaya mempunyai teraju kepimpinan yang dinamis serta berkesan.

Ini kerana, katanya, penampilan yang baik, sihat mental serta fizikal dan memiliki sifat-sifat amanah ikhlas, berintegriti serta tidak mementingkan diri sendiri adalah ciri-ciri pemimpin yang diharapkan oleh sistem pendidikan negara.

“Pemimpin yang berkesan mempunyai keyakinan diri yang tinggi, mahir berkomunikasi, mempunyai keterampilan mentadbir, berkebolehan menganalisis masalah, boleh membuat keputusan dan bijak mengendalikan pengurusan organisasi,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, hasrat kementerian adalah merealisasikan tiga matlamat dengan pengiktirafan BPT iaitu mengangkat kualiti sekolah-sekolah terbaik, meningkatkan kualiti pencapaian institusi melalui peningkatan tahap autonomi dan akauntabiliti serta membenarkan sekolah melaksanakan inovasi dalam pengurusan masing-masing.

Kedua, katanya, bagi menghasilkan pelajar holistik yang cemerlang, SBT sebagai tempat untuk melatih murid cemerlang bertaraf antarabangsa dan menjadi personaliti unggul dalam semua bidang.

“Seterusnya merapatkan jurang antara sekolah di dalam sistem iaitu SBT memainkan peranan sebagai sumber inspirasi dan rujukan kepada sekolah-sekolah lain untuk memacu kecemerlangan di tahap yang lebih tinggi melalui bimbingan dan jaringan antara sekolah tersebut,” katanya.

10 buah Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) terbabit ialah SK (Perempuan) Sultan Ibrahim Johor Bharu; SK Infant Jesus Convent, Johor Bharu, Johor; SK Ibrahim, Sungai Petani, Kedah; SK Sultan Sulaiman 1 Kuala Terengganu, SK Tengku Mahmud, Besut, Terengganu; SK Assunta Convent, Kuantan, Pahang; SK Minden Heights, Pulau Pinang; Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Kwang Hwa, Pulau Pinang; SJKC Keat Hwa (H), Alor Setar Kedah; dan SJKC Foon Yew 2, Johor Bharu, Johor.

Empat buah Sekolah Menengah Sains (SMS) ialah SMS Sultan Mohamad Jiwa, Sungai Petani, Kedah; SMS Tuanku Jaatar, Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan; SMS Kota Tinggi, Kota Tinggi, Johor dan SMS Johor, Kluang Johor.

Pahang kuasai anugerah kecemerlangan Kokurikulum Peringkat Kebangsaan 2011

04 November 2011, Jumaat

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2011&dt=1104&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Pendidikan&pg=pe_01.htm

SEBAHAGIAN penerima anugerah bergambar kenangan selepas Majlis Anugerah Kecemerlangan kokurikulum Peringkat Kebangsaan di Kuching, Sarawak, semalam.

 

KUCHING 3 Nov. – Sekolah-sekolah di Pahang mendominasi Anugerah Kecemerlangan Kokurikulum Peringkat Kebangsaan 2011 anjuran Kementerian Pelajaran yang berlangsung di Dewan Undangan Negeri Lama (DUN) Sarawak, di sini hari ini.

Pelajarnya membolot empat anugerah individu dan berkumpulan serta memenangi tiga tempat teratas sebahagian besar kategori yang dipertandingkan selain tokoh gurunya, Abd. Muin Othman diiktiraf sebagai penerima Anugerah Juri bersama bekas Pengarah Pelajaran Sarawak, Datuk Dr. Julaihi Bujang.

Noraziman Mohd. Sakri dari Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Seri Biram, Pekan, dinobatkan sebagai Murid Cemerlang kategori Sekolah Rendah Lelaki, manakala Muhd. Azrul Anuar Mohd. Hoe dan Norain Nazifah Shaedon dari SK Pendidikan Khas Kuantan, masing-masing mengungguli Murid Cemerlang (Pendidikan Khas Sekolah Rendah).

Tunas Kadet Remaja SK Perantau Damai, Rompin pula dinobatkan sebagai Pasukan Badan Beruniform Cemerlang kategori Sekolah Rendah.

Sementara itu, SK Ulu Lubai, Limbang yang pernah mencipta sejarah sebagai sekolah pedalaman pertama diiktiraf sebagai Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi (SBT) Februari lalu sekali lagi membuktikan keunggulannya apabila merangkul tempat kedua bagi kategori Sekolah Rendah Luar Bandar Cemerlang.

Tempat pertama kategori itu dimenangi SK Tengku Ampuan Intan, Terengganu manakala SK Permatang Tok Mat, Pulau Pinang di tempat ketiga.

Schools play vital role in ensuring social wellness

Posted on October 16, 2011, Sunday

http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/10/16/schools-play-vital-role-in-ensuring-social-wellness/

by Cecilia B Sman.

WELL-DONE: Fatimah presenting the Excellent Student Award (Pra-U 2011 & Anugerah Pengetua 2011) to Chew Choon Man in the presence of the principal, Marcus and Chew’s mother.

MIRI: Schools need to be aware that they do not exist in a vacuum, but play important roles in ensuring social wellness in the society.

Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said in this respect, schools must ensure a balanced development for their students.

“What happens in schools have great impact on the society. Excellence must go beyond grades and figures,” said Fatimah when officiating at the presentation of Students’ Excellent Awards 2011 for Lopeng Government Secondary School (SMK) in Miri yesterday.

Among those present were the principal of the school Marcus Raja, teachers, the school’s chairman of the Parents-Teachers Association, Catherine Ting, members of the Association and community leaders.

Fatimah was happy that
SMK Lopeng had positioned itself in the Band 4 (2009 – 2010) category of schools, based on the National Key Results Area (NKRA).

“Your academic achievements are very commendable – in terms of PMR results, you are placed in position 30 out of the 170 schools, in SPM – 33 out of the 173 secondary schools in the state and in STPM, the results increased from GPS 2.54 to
2.60.”

She believed with concerted efforts of all – principals, teachers, students and parents, SMK Lopeng could soon achieve the status of top performing school.

Among the efforts they could take were working on a systematic programme to help dyslexic students, as well as taking stock of suggestions even from student leaders on how to improve teaching and learning methods.

On the dyslexia programme for the school, Fatimah who is also the Dyslexia Association of Sarawak’s advisor assured that she will assist the school, adding that early detection and intervention was important so that dyslexic students could cope with their studies.

This included getting Professor Dr Ong Puay Hoon – Dyslexia Association of Sarawak president to visit the school
soon.

Ministry needs evidence of manipulation by education officers

Sunday October 16, 2011

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/10/16/nation/9708996&sec=nation

By SARBAN SINGH
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

SEREMBAN: The Education Ministry needs proof before it can act against allegations of its officers manipulating data to favour schools for aid and recognition.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said it was imperative that those who had such evidence forward it to his ministry so that appropriate action could be taken.

“If there is proof, then please forward it to me so that I can act on it,” he told teachers during a dialogue at the Raja Melewar Teacher’s Institute here yesterday.

He was responding to a report that a headmaster had claimed that education officials manipulated data to ensure only certain schools, particularly the residential ones, benefited from the various programmes and aid.

Muhyiddin said such allegations could have been made as there was stiff competition from schools to gain recognition such as the high performance school status (sekolah berprestasi tinggi).

He also said the Government would seek input from all quarters before reviewing the National Education Policy.

“We have set up a committee comprising experts from here and abroad to look into this. We will solicit views from the relevant stakeholders so that we will have a policy that is acceptable,” he said, adding that the committee would need a year to complete the review.

In Port Dickson, Muhyiddin said parents would be able to collect RM100 for each of their school-going children announced during the Budget 2012 from their respective schools as early as December if a request by the ministry is endorsed by the Government.

Muhyiddin said he had raised the matter with the Prime Minister during Friday’s Cabinet meeting and the premier was receptive to the idea.

“Although funds allocated under the budget are only allowed to be disbursed from January, he has asked this case to be given special consideration as parents will be buying their children’s uniforms and other school items before the new term begins,” he told reporters after a meet-the-people session in Kg Paya.

On a separate matter, Muhyiddin said the Government may look for new source countries for maids if the supply from Indonesia and Cambodia was not restored soon.

He expressed hope that the matter would be resolved when Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak meets Indonesian leader Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Lombok next week.

20 trainee teachers make benchmark visit to Sainsri

Posted on September 30, 2011, Friday

http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/09/30/20-trainee-teachers-make-benchmark-visit-to-sainsri/
BENCHMARK VISIT: (From sixth left, front) Serina, Ira, and other participants at SM Sains Miri.

MIRI: Twenty trainee teachers from the Teacher Education Institute, Sarawak Campus (IPGKS) made a benchmark visit to SM Sains Miri (Sainsri) in Bakam here recently.

Accompanied by lecturer-advisor Ira Bhattacharyya from IPGKS, they were welcomed by Sainsri principal Hajah Serina Sauni, who is also an ‘Excellent Principal’ (“Pengetua Cemerlang”), together with her team of ‘Excellent Teachers’ (“Guru Cemerlang”) and four young ambassadors of selected students.

“Our main purpose is to meet the team consisting of ‘Excellent Principal and Excellent Teachers’ of Sainsri to learn how they instil the culture of excellence in their school,” said trainee teacher and organising chairman Mohamad Khairuddin Mohamad Zatar.

The trainees from the PISMP intake for Primary School Mathematics, now in their sixth semester, took the opportunity to learn from the experience of ‘Excellent Teacher’ in Mathematics, Norsyafikhoh Abdul Ghani in preparing for a career path leading to an ‘Excellent Teacher’.

“We admire the enthusiasm shown by Hajah Serina, Cikgu Norsyafikhoh and all the teachers in putting their skills, passion, and knowledge into action, while the young ambassadors impressed us with their confidence and leadership abilities,”remarked Khairuddin.

The Teachers’ Character Building (BIG) programme, now in its sixth phase, provided the trainees the chance to develop their knowledge and leadership potential by participating in camps, seminars, talks, forums and benchmark visits to ‘Excellent Schools’ (“Sekolah Cemerlang”).

It is also a means to inculcate a spirit of cooperation and solidarity among trainees with the community outside the campus.

Meanwhile, Ira said that the visit to a ‘High Performance School’ would help trainees identify and analyse the qualities necessary to develop excellence in the teaching profession, as well as to prepare them for challenging tasks in future, particularly to fulfil the nation’s vision for excellence in all fields of education.

In the closing ceremony, Ira accompanied by Khairuddin presented a book “SPM Maths Made Easy” to Serina as a token of their appreciation.

The book is a compilation of SPM questions based on the latest format designed to help students solve challenging mathematics questions, and also marks the first time the group published their work.

The visit was completed with visits to the Academic Building, a walk through the state-level award-winning anti-dadah corridor and around the school compound with beautifully landscaped garden.

Serina advised trainees to start now and start it right, never underestimating the teaching profession.

“Smile whenever facing your students in class – they will be more cheerful, relaxed and attentive, you’ll be surprised at how effective your lesson will be,” said Serina who emphasised on the importance of catering to the students’ needs and working as a team.

Serina also highlighted human resource development as the key to success.

Holding on to these principles helped Sainsri to be listed as one of the 23 ‘High Performing Schools, Second Phase’ in 2011.

Sainsri which started in 1990 with only five teachers including the principal has consistently produced excellent students and most of the alumni hold prominent positions in society today.

31 named as high performance schools

Monday, July 18, 2011

KUALA NERANG:Thirty-one of 152 schools recognised as Cluster Schools Of Excellence or “Sekolah Kluster Kecemerlangan” (SKK) have been given high performance school status, Director-general of Education Datuk Abdul Ghafar Mahmud said yesterday.

He said the success was an indication that SKK spurred excellence at national and international levels.

“SKK has also created numerous achievements at national and international levels.
“Their students who took part in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) in Australia were conferred Highly Commended and High Distinction awards,” he said during the closing of the SKK North Zone Carnival here.

His speech was read by Residential School Management and School of Excellence Division director Rosland Hussein.

Ghafar said, for the niche areas in co-curriculum, SKK had created a name at international levels and indirectly boosted Malaysia’s image on the world stage.
“In the first six months of this year, SKK succeeded in more than 50 international programmes.”

Ghafar said one of the successes was Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Lutong in Miri, Sarawak which garnered a gold and a silver medal at the Apec Young Scientist Conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

During the three-day carnival, which began on Friday at SMK Datuk Syed Ahmad here, seven schools from Kedah, four from Perlis and six from Penang were picked as SKK for the Northern Zone. — Bernama