2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Keibubapaan, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Surat

DISCIPLINE: Some still need to be caned

Friday, June 01, 2012

THE letter “Deny children what they love most” (NST, May 31) has called for the need to execute punishment in different ways and in a more humane way. The writer has discouraged caning.

The writer fails to realise that the students of today are different from the students of yesteryear by their boldness, aggressiveness and violent nature. Students today are more boisterous and rebellious because they are more aware of their rights and know the limitations of the teacher.

It is easy for those not involved in teaching to pass judgement on the caning issue. Teachers in schools know of what they are going through mentally and emotionally due to student indiscipline. Students have no fear of teachers. It is not easy to teach without proper class management.

Teachers do not have the time to try out the “denial approach” in the classroom. Caning is the only proven way to get their attention. No one is advocating that the teacher goes on a rampage caning of every student who misbehaves. Caning is only to be used for students who have no fear of rules and who transgress the rights of other students.

Widespread student indiscipline such as gangsterism, bullying and truancy are the symptoms of an educational system that needs to be revamped. Having students who are non-academically inclined in normal schools is a sheer waste of human potential and a nerve-wracking experience for academically inclined students and teachers.

The short-term treatment to indiscipline in schools is to “Bring back the cane” (NST, May 26) to the school. Teachers should be given the authority to wield power to bring order in school. Fear and pain can bring students to their senses.

Psychology, denial strategies and counselling sessions do not work with these students, only pukul-logy can discipline them. It can be harsh but that is the only way to discipline students who have gone astray. Since parents have failed to play their role as guardians, then schools should be given the onus to punish them accordingly.

Student indiscipline in schools needs to be dealt with seriously and urgently. Teachers have to be entrusted with authority to wield some power. The British, who are supposedly the moral custodians of human rights of children, advocate the maxim “spare the rod and spoil the child”. Some children need to be caned.


Samuel Yesuiah, Seremban, Negri Sembilan

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Keibubapaan, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Surat

DISCIPLINE: Cane and reward your kids equally

Monday, June 04, 2012

By S.Y. Salam, Puchong, Selangor 0 comments

I REFER to the report, “Bring back the cane” (NST, May 26), and the letter, “Deny what they love most” (NST, May 31).

It is true children these days are much cleverer and wittier, yet I wish they were witty in a good way, not the opposite.

If parents refuse to have their children caned at school, they should be more strict and willing to cane them on behalf of teachers.

That way, teachers are spared from having to choose the caning measure. I am a parent who does not want her children to create problems for others. I think it is my responsibility to teach my children to behave, not the teachers.

But if push comes to shove, I would be glad if teachers helped me discipline my children.

Parents are too lenient these days. Either that or they have too little time to focus on their children’s misdeeds. Here, I am not even talking about gangsterism among children, just mere lack of focus in their studies.

I have tried the more humane way on my children, giving them moral support, providing them the means to ease them to study. But they have ways to block you and your humane ways from “polluting” their set minds.

They are good at nodding, pretending to understand what you mean, and when their results are far from something they can be proud of, they apologise to you.

You are left with the option of letting it become water under the bridge. Hence, I don’t believe children with more severe attitude problems would really be all ears to counselling.

Peer pressure is far more influential than your kind words in their teenage years.

At the same time, I believe parents should discipline hard, and reward just as hard. If you cane your children, you should show them your love just as much.

Through that, your children would be able to separate the good, the tolerable, the bad and the really bad. I believe a lot of things need to be told specifically to your growing-up child.

They may find you annoying, but they would be well-informed. But which child doesn’t find his or her parents annoying these days? Better to tell them before someone tells them otherwise.

It is also a good strategy that benefits both you and your children; they won’t be able to use your lack of affection in their defence. But above all, you should be sincere in showing your love.

Before they reach the age when they hardly want to socialise with you, do make sure that they know how much you love them. Despite the caning, and no matter what happens, family is where their hearts are.

Read more: DISCIPLINE: Cane and reward your kids equally – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/discipline-cane-and-reward-your-kids-equally-1.90663#ixzz1wsyN4yRl

2012, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Forum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS: Ensure divide doesn’t get wider

Monday, June 04, 2012

By K.T. Maran, Seremban, Negri Sembilan 0 comments

ACCORDING to statistics by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), about 27,800 students are enrolled in 71 international schools, with Malaysian students making up 43 per cent.

The Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) seeks to establish 87 international schools in the country by 2020, with an overall enrolment of 75,000 students. This is a positive sign as well as a message for Malaysians that quality is paramount if we are to survive in this competitive global world.

We cannot run from the fact that English is the lingua franca of the world and Malaysians should not be in denial that we can survive without English, simply because the Japanese and South Koreans are able to do so.

This is a fallacy which some politicians seem to propagate to mislead Malaysians.

With the floodgates opened for Malaysians to study in international schools, children of the well-off will sign up.

Here begins the ugly, envious competition as the majority will not be able to afford to study in these schools. Pupils from poor backgrounds will be disillusioned and it will translate into another battle between the haves and have nots.

Before this happens, and there is more social and economic inequality, the government should streamline its education policies in favour of the majority.

Policies must not create further divisions and gaps between the people.

Though the policy on international schools is welcomed, the government is also responsible for bringing up national schools to be on a par with international schools.

I hope the government will not allow a situation where the majority, and those who cannot afford to go to international schools, have to contend with a lower standard of education.

Read more: INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS: Ensure divide doesn’t get wider – Columnist – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnist/international-schools-ensure-divide-doesn-t-get-wider-1.90666#ixzz1wsxx1F5u

2012, Arkib Berita, Keselamatan Pelajar/Kesihatan, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program, Program Susu Sekolah

Mishandling of cartons to blame for school milk poisoning

Monday, June 04, 2012

KOTA KINABALU: Investigations on the milk contamination incidents at two primary schools here showed that there has been mishandling of the dairy product during the distribution process.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the ministry’s officers had now sealed the remaining stock at the affected schools — Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Lok Yuk, Menggatal, and Sekolah Kebangsaan St Francis Convent — following the order of suspension.

The distribution of milk to primary schools here under the “Mat Pintar” programme was temporarily suspended by the ministry on May 20 after 44 pupils of SJKC Lok Yuk and seven from SK St. Francis Convent suffered stomach ache and vomiting after consuming the drink.

“Investigations revealed that the UHT milk had been mishandled during the distribution process.

“This is evidenced from the damaged cartons,” Rosnah said in a statement.

“Based on laboratory results, micro-organisms were detected in four out of 43 samples.”

She said the ministry had instructed the supplier to recall all the affected UHT milk.

She also urged all milk distributors to exercise greater caution when distributing them to schools in future.

Rosnah added that in order to ensure the safety of the UHT milk under the “Mat Pintar” Programme, the Health Ministry would exercise stringent control measures along the milk supply chain under the programme.

Read more: Mishandling of cartons to blame for school milk poisoning – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/mishandling-of-cartons-to-blame-for-school-milk-poisoning-1.90649#ixzz1wsvtKmUB

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program, Rencana, Surat

Managing wealth

Sunday June 3, 2012


AN exciting way to acquire practical exposure on managing personal finance is by playing a financial education board game.

DISTED College administration director and School of Business head Dr Liew Yueah Cin said that the CashFlow game was designed to give players lessons on strategies for making money and creating wealth.

“It challenges participants to take risks in various investment opportunities just like in real life. They’ll also learn the importance and impact of balancing personal income and spending to optimise wealth,” said Dr Liew.

Purely business : Students learning to manage personal finance by playing the board game.

Dr Liew recently conducted the CashFlow game competition for SMK Perai students in Seberang Perai.

The game workshop was chosen by the school as an enrichment activity for its students.

“The game was an interesting and insightful avenue for learning how to manage money well,” said student Kaviraj Muniandy.

He added that it showed them the practicality of using money wisely to build wealth for a secure future.

School mate Seah Yi Tong remarked that playing the game was like simulating real-life situations where investment opportunities abound for people to take calculated advantage of.

Another player, Chen Ching Ting too expressed her keen interest in the game.

“It was fun, interesting, challenging and educational. It has given me a greater awareness that it’s difficult to earn money.

“Therefore, I must make judicious use of my money to accumulate wealth.

“I’ve also learnt more about passive income which is derived from sources such as businesses, bank interests, stock investments and real estate,” she said.

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Of colours and culture

Sunday June 3, 2012


CELEBRATING different cultures is nothing new to the teachers and students of SMK Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Gapor in Kuching, Sarawak.

The school has made cultural celebrations its signature theme ever since the first Student Integration Plan for Unity (RIMUP) programme was launched in the school several years ago.

School principal Hasanah Junaidi said that the programme would bring students of various ethnic groups together besides helping change their mind-set concerning other cultures.

“Integration is everyone’s responsibility. Parents should teach their children values such as tolerance and respect for other cultures when they are young,” said Hasanah.

Hips don’t lie: Zainoren (front right) performing the welcoming dance with his students.

This year, the Bidayuh culture was chosen as the programme theme.

The school had, in the past, emphasised the Malay, Chinese, Iban and Melanau cultures.

The programme kicked off with a lively traditional Bidayuh dance, theRejang Ba-uh, performed by Special Education teacher Zainoren Jack and his students.

Guest of honour, Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie praised the school for carrying out the cultural integration programme and said “Everyone should learn and appreciate the richness of other cultures so that we can live peacefully together in this country.”

He officiated at the event by symbolically hitting the kidibat or gong seven times.

Similar to previous years, the organising committee included an exhibition booth, cultural dances, cooking demonstrations, the playing of musical instruments and the parade of different Bidayuh tribes’ attires.

The school was a sea of colourful ethnic costumes as many students and teachers wore the signature black, red and white Bidayuh outfits even though they were not Bidayuhs.

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Surat

Steps toward single session school

Sunday June 3, 2012


THE Education Ministry would like to refer to the letter under the heading
Why the delay in approval of single session school?,
 by Joseph Michael Lee (StarEducate, May 6).

The ministry would like to express our appreciation for your concern on the above-mentioned matter. We are currently carrying out a detailed review of the Board of Governors’ request to have a single session school through the merging of SK St Michael 1 & 2, Ipoh.

However, terms and conditions need to be adhered to before the merging of any ministry schools can take place.

Application to merge two schools requires verification by the District Education Office and State Education Department, and 100% signed approval from parents. The schools’ administrations must also produce written consent.

There will soon be a Special Committee Meeting to discuss these matters before approval is sought from the ministry’s top management.