MALAYSIA EDUCATION BLUEPRINT: Give sports more incentives

Thursday, September 13, 2012

By R.N., Kuala Lumpur | letters@nstp.com.my 0 comments

OVER the last couple of months, our nation has been full of praise for our athletes and their achievements at the Olympics and Paralympics. This led to talk of achieving greater success at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

.Sports teachers in schools are given the short end of the stick by headmasters.

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However, the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, which was unveiled yesterday, appears to have sidelined sports, as though it is not important at all.

What was emphasised, again, was academic achievement.

Teachers, especially senior ones, are stepping away from participation in sports as it is becoming a burden to them.

Why? Because they have far too many issues to deal with, such as getting low performance assessments, being transferred to other schools without asking for it, being pushed to the afternoon session and receiving complaint letters from parents, all because they are frequently not in class.

In addition, when these teachers are invited by national and state sports bodies to attend meets and courses, they are refused permission by schools heads, although there is the provision of 30-day no-record leave for such purposes. The irony is the Education Ministry is asking teachers to upgrade their knowledge and skills, while school heads frown upon such things.

Teachers are also forced to use their own money to cover travelling expenses for themselves and the students when attending sports meets, as schools usually claim that they either have not received the annual grant or that it has been exhausted.

For Malaysia to move forward in sports, the ministry and the Public Service Department must consider creating the post of sports teacher in schools.

The argument that this post cannot be created because teachers must be in the classroom is irrelevant as school counsellors are exempted from teaching or even replacing an absent teacher.

If such an exemption can be awarded to counsellors, why can’t it be given to sports teachers?

Having sports teachers will ensure that other teachers do not have to abandon their classes, students can be trained and prepared better for inter-school meets, and year-round sports activities can be conducted, all of which are in line with the 1 Murid 1 Sukan policy, encouraging students to be active in at least one sport.

Schools are responsible for producing the next line of sporting heroes for our country, not national or state sports associations.

It is high time the sports division under the ministry came up with ways to transform sports in schools to achieve the nation’s ambition of producing more Olympic champions.

It is not enough for schools to produce perfect sports reports.

The situation on the ground leaves much to be desired.

Sukan sepanjang tahun bebankan sekolah, pelajar

07 Ogos 2012, Selasa

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Forum/20120807/fo_03/Sukan-sepanjang-tahun-bebankan-sekolah-pelajar
GURU WARIS
Ipoh Perak

KE mana hala tuju pendidikan negara? Persoalan ini ada kaitan dengan kecelaruan sistem pendidikan yang sehingga kini masih dalam kajian khususnya yang melibatkan Dialog Pendidikan Nasional bagi mengumpul pandangan orang ramai bagi memantapkan sistem pendidikan negara.

Terpanggil dengan keadaan semasa yang berlaku di sekolah sekarang, sebagai guru dan waris saya ingin mengemukakan isu yang kini membelenggu pengurusan sekolah. Ia banyak berkaitan dengan dasar 1 Sukan 1 Murid dan Sukan Sepanjang Tahun khususnya di sekolah menengah seluruh negara.

Menyedari kepentingan sukan dan permainan yang menjadi minat dan kesukaan pelajar, Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia (KPM) telah mengorak langkah melaksanakan dasar tersebut. Ia amat baik dalam usaha penggabungan nilai JERI yang cuba diterapkan secara bersepadu dalam aktiviti ini. Perlu diakui bukan semua murid yang berminat itu adalah murid berbakat dan berpotensi. Ada yang sekadar suka-suka dan langsung tidak serius kerana menyedari kelemahan dan ketidakmampuan mereka. Keadaan ini boleh diumpamakan dengan ungkapan, ‘kita boleh membawa kuda ke pinggir air, tetapi kita tidak boleh memaksa kuda untuk minum air’.

Namun bagi merealisasikan dasar ini, sepanjang 2012 saya mendapati banyak program dan jadual sekolah terjejas. Dasar ini memberikan impak yang amat-amat mengganggu keseluruhan jadual dan perancangan pihak sekolah dan menjejaskan banyak perkara lain. Jika dahulu perancangan sukan dan aktiviti kokurikulum akan berlangsung dari awal tahun dan akan berakhir sekitar bulan April tetapi kini jadual sukan atau merentas desa adalah dari awal tahun hingga bulan Jun atau Julai. Kesannya banyak perancangan lain tidak dapat disusun dengan teratur dan semakin menimbulkan kebosanan kerana jadual padat dan panjang bagi menghadapi acara berkenaan. Mengambil contoh beberapa kes di sekolah, terdapat pelajar yang sudah bosan menjalani latihan rumah sukan, latihan merentas desa yang berbulan-bulan. Ramai pelajar mula ponteng dan ada yang langsung tidak hadir semasa sukan tahunan. Mereka memberikan alasan tidak berminat menyertai sukan kerana masa yang panjang, panas, menjejaskan kulit dan sebagainya. Malah ada juga ibu bapa yang tidak menyokong kerana kos yang perlu dikeluarkan akibat tempoh panjang bagi sesi latihan rumah sukan.

Di kalangan pentadbir sekolah dan guru juga, ramai yang merungut dengan perubahan ini. Program ini menjejaskan fokus utama guru-guru tertentu. Sebagai contoh banyak sekolah melalui situasi sukar untuk memilih tarikh sukan tahunan dan acara merentas desa kerana kepadatan aktiviti sekitar bulan Mei, Jun dan Julai. Malah boleh dibuktikan bahawa terdapat sekolah yang mengajurkan aktiviti ini pada cuti peristiwa kerana kekangan masa. Faktor cuaca iaitu musim hujan juga turut menjejaskan aktiviti dan ini juga perlu diambil kira oleh KPM.

Apa yang dikesalkan ialah banyak acara peringkat daerah, negeri dan kebangsaan seperti pertandingan kawad kaki, perkhemahan, forum dan pertandingan lain berlangsung sekitar bulan Jun, Julai, dan selepas hari raya hingga September.

Guru penentu kecemerlangan negara

Posted on July 16, 2012, Monday

by Mastura Ismail.

TANDA INGATAN: Asfia (tiga kiri) menyerahkan cenderamata kepada wakil kontinjen Limbang, Matzinan (kanan) sambil disaksikan (dari kiri) Dr Rahman, Hasbi, Abdillah dan Dzul Badzli.

LIMBANG: Kecemerlangan masa depan negara terletak di tangan pendidik dalam menyediakan para pelajar dengan ilmu yang tinggi termasuk menguasai serta mendalami pelbagai bahasa asing lain di dunia.

Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar berkata peranan guru adalah untuk mengagih-agihkan ilmu kepada modaliti (pelajar).

Katanya dalam mengejar ilmu, mereka tidak boleh terhad untuk menerokai perkara dan bahasa yang mereka tahu sahaja.

Beliau berkata cerminan masa depan sesebuah negara adalah terletak pada wajah generasi muda yang bakal mewarisi kepimpinan negara.

“Golongan pendidik mempunyai kuasa yang besar untuk mempengaruhi golongan muda-mudi dengan menyediakan mereka dengan ilmu yang luas termasuk menguasai pelbagai kemahiran bahasa asing,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada Malam Bedudun Pesta Persatuan Sukan dan Kebudayaan Perkhidmatan Pendidikan (PSKPP) Peringkat Negeri di sini malam kelmarin.

Turut hadir Ahli Parlimen Limbang Hasbi Habibollah, ADUN Bukit Kota Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Pengarah Pelajaran Negeri Sarawak Abdillah Adam, Residen Limbang Maria Hasman, Pegawai Pelajaran Daerah Limbang Mohd Dzul Badzli Abdullah dan Pegawai Pelajaran Daerah Lawas Matzinan Wahid.

Asfia berkata lagi sistem pendidikan terbaik adalah kemampuan para pendidik untuk mengeluarkan potensi individu dan bukannya menekankan potensi mereka.

“Kuasa ilmu jika disebar mungkin semakin bertambah berbanding wang kalau dibelanja semakin berkurangan.

“Sesebuah negara walaupun memunyai kekayaan daripada hasil gas dan minyak, tetapi jika tiada ilmu mereka tidak dapat memanfaatkan kekayaan itu,” tambahnya.

Beliau berkata rakyat boleh menilai perbezaan begitu ketara antara kepentingan wang dan ilmu.

“Wang walaupun begitu penting tetapi ada kelemahannya, walaupun ia disimpan sebaiknya tetapi jika nilainya jatuh ia memberi kesan kepada kedudukan wang itu sendiri.

“Ia berbeza dengan ilmu yang mempunyai nilai dan kepentingannya,” katanya.

Mohd Asfia menambah lagi proses mendapatkan ilmu akan tercapai jika mereka menguasai pelbagai bahasa asing.

Beliau menjelaskan lagi bahasa Inggeris kini sudah mencapai rekod mencecah sejuta dari segi penambahan perbendaharaan kata yang kebanyakanya turut dipinjam daripada bahasa Latin, Greek dan semua bahasa lain di seluruh dunia.

“Setiap tahun sekitar 500-800 perkataan dalam bahasa Inggeris wujud dan sebanyak 500-1,000 buku baharu diterbitkan berbanding bahasa tempatan lain yang masih jauh ketinggalan,” katanya.

Katanya ada yang tidak mahu dan menolak untuk mempelajari bahasa asing kerana mereka sebenarnya tidak memahami kepentingan bahasa lain dalam meningkatkan ilmu mereka.

Oleh itu katanya golongan pendidik seharusnya mendalami bahasa antarabangsa untuk meningkatkan pengetahuan kerana mereka boleh mempengaruhi cara dan kaedah pembelajaran pelajar di sekolah.

Sementara itu pasukan daripada Kuching muncul johan keseluruhan pada Pesta PSKKP Ke-32 kelmarin dengan meninggalkan pencabar terdekatnya Limbang di kedudukan naib johan.

Manakala bahagian Sibu mendapat tempat ketiga pada kejohanan sama.

Seramai 2,448 peserta daripada 11 pasukan menyertai 22 acara yang dipertandingkan termasuk bola sepak, bola tampar, poco-poco, bola jaring, futsal, sepak takraw dan pelbagai acara sukan lain yang dipertandingkan pada 13 dan 14 Julai.

Pesta PSKPP yang bermula pada 1991 dijalankan bagi mewujudkan perpaduan dan semangat kesukanan yang tinggi di kalangan peserta.

Bahagian Bintulu dipilih sebagai destinasi seterusnya bagi penganjuran Pesta PSKPP Ke-33 nanti.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/16/guru-penentu-kecemerlangan-negara/#ixzz20kUev46j

Students work their way into record book

Wednesday July 11, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/11/nation/11641923&sec=nation

PETALING JAYA: Some 3.6 million students from around the country landed themselves in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) with the largest simultaneous aerobic exercise under the 1Student 1Sport 1Malaysia event.

The event, involving primary and secondary students from some 10,000 schools nationwide, was launched by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who also took the opportunity to join in the record-breaking feat.

Speaking before exercising for 45 minutes with 2,456 students of Sekolah Wawasan USJ5 in Subang Jaya yesterday, Muhyiddin said he was proud of the Education Ministry’s effort.

He said the event was a continuation from a similar run held in Perak last year, which saw some 4.1 million students from 9,980 schools taking part.

The policy, said Muhyiddin, was introduced as a means of inculcating a love for sports among students by making it compulsory for them to participate in at least one sport.

He later witnessed the presentation of a certificate by MBR founder Datuk Danny Ooi to the ministry’s director-general Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud.

In IPOH, about 400,000 students from schools in Perak participated in the event.

In SMK Tambun, the session involving 1,350 students started at 8am and lasted for 35 minutes.

Head prefect Siti Aisyah Zulkifli, 17, said it was a good way to encourage student participation in sporting activities.

“The students feel more motivated as the event was carried out on such a wide scale. Being able to enter the Malaysia Book of Records is the icing on the cake,” she said.

Later, in Cyberjaya, Muhyiddin urged local creative industry players to emulate their South Korean counterparts, adding that their films, television series and music had taken the world by storm.

“They are so good that they influence the young to learn Korean in order to understand and enjoy their products. They are the best example to emulate if we want to establish Malaysia as a world brand,” he said when launching the KRU Academy corporate social responsibility programme.

Sudah tiba masa sukan Tabika diubah, tinggalkan acara sudah lapuk

04 Julai 2012, Rabu

http://www.utusan.com.my/info.asp?y=2012&dt=0704&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Forum&pg=fo_03.htm

Penyokong Transformasi
PADA minggu lepas, saya telah menyaksikan sukan bagi kanak-kanak Tabika yang berlangsung di dalam dewan di Kompleks Sukan, Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil. Segalanya berjalan dengan lancar dan pada pengamatan saya, majlis ini telah dirancang dan dijayakan dengan begitu cermerlang sekali.

Setelah habis acara perasmian maka bermulalah sukan yang tunggu- tunggu oleh hadirin termasuklah saya. Apabila bermulanya acara maka bersoraklah hadirin terutama ibu bapa yang hadir memberikan sokongan.

Acara demi acara berlangsung dan saya mula merasakan bahawa ini adalah acara sukan yang sudah lapuk dan wajar ditelan zaman. Acara sukan kanak-kanak seperti berlari membawa bola ping pong di dalam sudu, berlari untuk menyiapkan acuan donut dan acara-acara yang seangkatan dengannya sudah terlalu ketinggalan zaman.

Saya masih ingat lagi ketika saya di zaman kanak-kanak 35 tahun dahulu, itulah sukan yang dimainkan dan acara seperti itu masih lagi bertahan sehingga sekarang.

Pada ketika ini permainan tradisional seperti galah panjang, konda- kondi, bola baling, polis sentry dan lain-lain telah hilang tetapi acara sukan kanak-kanak itu masih ada lagi.

Sukan pada ketika ini telah memasuki satu dimensi baru yang mana pengenalan kepada sukan itu dilakukan dan diajar seawal usia kanak-kanak lagi. Anak-anak kita juga celik sukan. Tanyalah kepada mereka siapa Rooney atau siapa Ronaldo atau siapa Usain Bolt, pasti mereka tahu. Kalau tidak semua pun pasti ada ramai yang tahu.

Justeru saya merasakan sudah sampai masanya kita membuat transformasi sukan bagi kanak-kanak ini. Kita mempunyai pakar-pakar sukan dan cerdik pandai di Majlis Sukan Negara yang boleh mencipta dan mengolah sukan kanak-kanak ini.

Saya pasti kita boleh mengolah jenis-jenis sukan di dalam dewan untuk kanak-kanak Tabika. Mungkin kita boleh mencuba acara seperti lari pecut 25 meter, lari berpagar 25 meter (dengan pagar serendah 15 inci), acara sepakan penalti dengan saiz golnya dikecilkan (simbolik kepada acara bola sepak) dan acara lain yang pada dasarnya adalah acara sukan.

Selama ini acara sukan Tabika lebih merupakan kepada telematch sahaja dan acara ini juga yang dimainkan sebagai acara permainan hiburan ketika hari keluarga syarikat.

Pencapaian sukan negara kita pada hari ini tidaklah begitu membanggakan. Semua negara berusaha untuk mencapai kedudukan yang baik. Kita juga tidak ketinggalan dalam usaha tersebut. Mendedahkan anak-anak kita pada usia yang awal tentang sukan yang sebenar adalah satu langkah positif dan juga ke hadapan dalam memajukan sukan untuk negara.

SMK Penrissen No. 1 still top in hockey

Monday May 21, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/5/21/sarawak/11328299&sec=sarawak

The two goals were scored from a penalty flick and a field goal.

SMK Penrissen A players displayed better stick work and good control of the game with their dangerous attacks and attempts at goal.

SMK Meradong also had several chances to score goals but they found SMK Penrissen A defence was too hard to crack.

The six-a-side competition which started on May 5 was participated by 16 teams involving 112 matches played, based on round-robin league format.

In the match to determine third and fourth place, SMK Muara Tuang defeated SMK Penrissen through sudden death penalty flicks.

The full-time score was tied at 1-1 and they were also tied 1-1 in the penalty flicks (after both teams scored their three penalty flicks) and the winner was later determined through sudden death penalty flick.

The other teams in the tournament are SM Sains A (Delta), SM Sains B (Gamma), SM Sains C (Alpha), SMK Muara Tuang B, SMK Muara Tuang C, Asajaya A, Asajaya B, SMK Penrissen C, SMK Paku, SMK Lake A and SMK Lake B.

Game enough to take PE to new heights

Sunday April 22, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/4/22/education/11090845&sec=education

By AMINUDDIN MOHSIN
educate@thestar.com.my

A programme recently initiated for selected schools aims to encourage children to take up a physical activity that is very much within their ability.

THE BRITISH government intends to deliver its promise of a sports legacy programme to inspire youth to participate in sports, after winning the bid to host the London 2012 Olympic Games this year.

“International Inspiration (II) is a programme aimed at giving the world’s youth a holistic and an inclusive sports education experience,” said II trainer and SMK Keningau, Sabah, physical education (PE) teacher Bilong Ngerong.

The programme is being carried out by the British Council in partnership with the Education Ministry, the Malaysian Olympic Council, the Malaysian Paralympic Council and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).

And that’s how we do it: Husna explaining how the II programme will involve all students in sports, in line with the “One Student, One Sport” policy

The programme’s main agenda is inclusivity and has a special focus on getting students with disabilities involved in sports said Ngerong.

“It ensures every student gets the most out of PE and sports despite their different health backgrounds or disabilities.

“The programme is revolutionary because it takes into consideration the difficulties of putting together activities that fit every student.

“Instead of putting the burden of planning out PE activities solely on the shoulders of teachers, it uses a set of illustrated action cards, to guide teachers through suggested activities,” he said.

Even though action cards are not new educational tools, the way in which the cards provide guidance and illustrate activities definitely depart from convention said Ngerong.

“The images on the cards not only show how to carry out activities for normal students, it also describes how to change elements of the activity to accommodate disabled or weaker students.

“This way teachers are able to tune PE classes to be ‘robust’ or ‘soft’ depending on the capabilities of students in a particular classroom,” he said.

He added that the cards and the methods they suggest are particularly helpful to non-optionist PE teachers who have little or no PE background.

Ngerong notes that the biggest challenge as a PE teacher is not producing the next national athlete but to get every student interested in sports.

“The goal of PE in school is to get students to enjoy sports and gain as much as possible from participating in them so they can lead a healthy life.

“But if students are reluctant to take part in sports due to lack of confidence or inability to keep up with tough activities, then we can’t meet this goal,” he said.

He added that developing a liking for physical activity among youth and children is an important step in developing national athletes.

“If you don’t get students passionate about sports first, how do you expect to find new athletes?” he said.

Under the programme, 10 schools in Malaysia — five from Perak and five from Sabah — will be partnered with schools in Manchester, the United Kingdom to formulate lessons and co-operate on case studies said British Council project manager Husna Hamimi Hashim.

“Twenty Malaysian teachers were selected to become trainers for the programme and went on to train over 1,000 pupils and 600 teachers in the country to become sports leaders.

Ngerong (left) looks on as Teing (right) explains that changing the rules and equipment to fit the students’ capabilities is a good way to involve them in PE.

“Three out of the 20 trainers went on to become international trainers. Among them is Ngerong who has been to Indonesia and Pakistan to train teachers there,” she said.

Husna added that the progamme’s initiative to get all students involved in sports was in line with the goverment’s “One Student, One Sport” policy.

Another international trainer who also went to Indonesia with Ngerong to train trainers is SJK(C) Shing Chung Perak PE teacher Teing Tai Chee.

Teing explained that the activities imprinted on the cards used in the programme were not different from what the local school syllabus contained, but it was a more efficient means of conducting PE classes.

“The cards point teachers in the right direction, therefore they spend less time talking to students trying to explain an activity to them.

“Both teacher and student simply refer to the cards and afterwards, based on the suggestions in the card, or their own innovation, they can work out a suitable activity,” he said.

He added that whatever activity or sport that the class decides to carry out is not limited to the card’s descriptions and suggestions.

“The cards are there as ‘tools’ to help in PE class, apart from that, it is in the hands of both student and teacher.

“But teachers must understand that the concept behind II is not to say ‘no’ to students when they suggest something … it is learning to accommodate their desires and allowing them to enjoy themselves.

“The idea is to match activities to the capabilities of students.

“For example, if a student is weaker and finds it hard to kick a ball, then use a lighter ball. If a student doesn’t have the stamina to run very far, then play in a smaller field or court,” said Teing.

Teing said changing the game’s equipment and rules to fit the students’ capabilities is an amazing way to get everyone involved in PE.

“Some might think you need a big budget for this, but that’s not true. If the balls are heavy, there is no need to buy lighter balls, in my school we made them out of crumpled paper and cellophane tape.

“The programme encourages both the student and teacher to be innovative and to come up with their own ideas of how to make a game fun for all,” he said.

He added that in any game, it still boils down to the basics — harnessing balance, coordination and agility.

“The activities mentioned in the cards even offers tips on how to accommodate critically disabled children developing the basics.

“These are well thought out activities. Even when carried out in a minimal way, they still build the key attributes of a sportsman,” he explained.

The Tops cards have been incorporated into the new primary school curriculum (KSSR) as supporting material, and is slated to be expanded to the secondary school curriculum next year said Husna.

“Between the incorporation of the cards and the Youth Sports Leadership (YSL) camps carried out by trainers, a new sports paradigm can be brought about, to the benefit of both teachers and students,” she added.

Husna cited that selected secondary school students that go through YSL camps must come up with a sports festival involving their younger cohorts from primary school, including those with disabilities after the camp.

“They invite surrounding schools to the festival and come up with games like futsal and volleyball for the visually impaired, where non-visually impaired pupils put on blindfolds to level the playing field and a bell is attached to the ball so they can triangulate on it,” she said.

Through events like the festival, they learn how sports can be played together by everyone including the disabled she added.

At the close of the round table interview, the question of the importance of sports in the education system was raised and how Malaysians tend to sideline sports in favour of obssessing over exam results.

“As long as the education system is based around examinations with parents fussing over the number of A’s their children obtain … we will not head anywhere. Progress will only come when all parties concerned see the bigger picture, the measure of success is a subjective exercise,” said Ngerong adding that it was a different matter to be discussed on a different platform.