2012, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Masalah Guru, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Subjek

Anthony tempuhi pelbagai cabaran untuk bergelar guru cemerlang

Posted on June 8, 2012, Friday

ANTHONY

KUCHING: Ditempatkan di sebuah sekolah yang perlu menggunakan bot kira-kira enam jam dari pekan ke sekolah sebagai tugasan pertama, menjadi cabaran yang mungkin tidak dapat dilupakan Anthony Layan Kayah selama bergelar sebagai pendidik.

Tugas pertamanya di salah sebuah sekolah di Simunjan pada ketika itu, iaitu sekitar tahun 1978 mungkin amat jauh bezanya dengan keadaan masa kini bukan sahaja dari segi infrastruktur bahkan pengalaman yang dialami.

Beliau yang sepatutnya bersara pada penghujung tahun ini bagaimanapun membuat keputusan untuk melanjutkan perkhidmatan selama dua tahun lagi.

“Saya menjadi guru pada tahun 1978 dan dilantik sebagai guru besar pada tahun 1982 selepas empat tahun berkhidmat menjadi guru biasa.

“Saya ditugaskan ke sebuah sekolah di Simunjan dan kami menggunakan bot kira-kira selama enam jam dari pekan Simunjan untuk sampai ke sekolah dan selepas itu baharulah saya ditugaskan di Serian,” katanya ketika ditemui pemberita, semalam.

Beliau merupakan penerima Anugerah Guru Bahasa Inggeris Hyacinth Gaudart bagi Perkhidmatan Cemerlang dalam Profesion sempena dengan Persidangan Antarabangsa Persatuan Pengajaran Bahasa Inggeris Malaysia (MELTA) Ke-21 yang disampaikan Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof di sini.

Anthony menceritakan pada tahun 1982, beliau telah dilantik sebagai guru besar di SK Semalatong di Simunjan dan di sana beliau bersama kakitangan lain memulakan pelbagai program, yang merupakan tugasan pertama beliau sebagai guru besar.

“Saya juga diberi penghormatan untuk bertugas di sebuah sekolah yang baharu dibina bagi menggantikan bangunan lama. Ketika itu kami terpaksa melakukan banyak perkara. Sebagai orang baharu, ia adalah satu cabaran bagi saya.

“Disebabkan oleh kerjasama daripada penduduk kampung dan ibu bapa, kami dapat mencapai kejayaan dan ini me-nunjukkan bahawa kita boleh berjaya tidak kira di mana dan sejauh mana tempat di mana kita berkhidmat,” ujar guru besar berusia 56 tahun itu.

Beliau yang berkhidmat selama 6 tahun di sekolah ber-kenaan iaitu dari tahun 1981 hingga 1987 juga memulakan banyak program memandang-kan Kurikulum Baru Sekolah Rendah (KBSR) telah diper-kenalkan buat pertama kalinya, juga satu lagi cabaran penting yang perlu dilalui beliau.

Anthony kemudian dipindahkan ke SK Rituh di Serian dan berkhidmat selama 14 tahun dan sekolah berkenaan berjaya dipilih sebagai Seko-lah Harapan Negara bagi peringkat luar bandar.

Namun, bagi anak Bidayuh kelahiran Serian itu cabarannya tidak terhenti disitu sahaja apabila dilantik sebagai guru besar di sebuah sekolah elit di bandar raya ini iaitu SK St Teresa di Jalan Tun Openg di sini pada tahun 2002, ia menjadi satu lagi cabaran kepadanya untuk mengekalkan keputusan cemerlang sekolah elit itu.

“Ini adalah tahun kesepuluh saya di St Teresa dan kita gembira untuk menyatakan bahawa kita telah melakukan yang terbaik dan sekali lagi ia disertai dengan kerjasama ibu bapa, para guru dan murid-murid yang berdisplin.

“Dari segi standard bahasa Inggeris guru di St Teresa, jika berdasarkan keputusan para pelajar kami amat bangga dengannya dan kebanyakan murid mendapat A. Sejak lima tahun lalu keputusan dalam Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), kami sentiasa mendapat kelulusan 98 atau 100 peratus,” ujar bapa kepada dua orang anak itu.

Anthony yang mengajar dalam Bahasa Inggeris (BI) sejak tahun 1978 memberitahu standard penggunaan BI dalam kalangan murid bandar dan luar bandar amat berbeza.

Jika di sekolah bandar seperti St Teresa, kebanyakan murid fasih bercakap dalam BI, cuma mungkin ia tidak sebagus BI asli bagaimanapun di luar bandar pula guru perlu menjadi model dan perlu bercakap atau berkomunikasi dengan murid dalam BI.

“Pada mulanya, ia amat sukar sekali. Jika kita menggunakan kaedah penterjemahan, ia mungkin tidak begitu bagus. Mahu tidak mahu, kita mesti juga menggunakan kaedah penterjemahan.

“Cabaran kedua, kita perlu meyakinkan ibu bapa tentang kepentingan BI. Salah satu cara mungkin menerusi televisyen. Jika anda tidak tahu BI, sudah tentulah anda tidak faham cerita di televisyen. Kita boleh menggalakkan mereka untuk menonton program Inggeris menerusi televisyen atau membaca buku dan akhbar dalam BI,” kata Anthony.

Beliau memberitahu bagaimanapun sebenarnya kerajaan telah melakukan banyak perkara untuk mempromosikan BI dan tidak mengira apapun dasarnya, guru perlu menyesuaikan diri dan berubah sejajar dengan trend semasa.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/08/anthony-tempuhi-pelbagai-cabaran-untuk-bergelar-guru-cemerlang/#ixzz1xAECALmY

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2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Keselamatan Pelajar/Kesihatan, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Khas

Professor with disability credits her teachers

Posted on June 8, 2012, Friday

by Jane Moh, reporters@theborneopost.com.

SIBU: A Taiwanese professor dedicated her life to becoming a teacher helping special needs children after her own teachers did the same for her forty years ago.

Professor Chuang Chiung Hui who is now a consultant at Shin-Wan-Ai Centre, Taichung, Taiwan, a centre dedicated to helping special needs children, remembered how her teachers treated her as equals even though she suffers from poliomyelitis.

She credits her teachers for her involvement with special needs children now.

In her work with this group of children, Chuang believes in early intervention and inclusion programme for special needs children.

Chuang is the living proof that inclusion programme works, given the understanding and love from teachers.

“I have never been to a special school. In addition, I think growing up, I always had teachers to take care of me. They always made sure what I did was right.

“There was no special school in my time, nor did they know anything about special needs.

“Because they were willing to teach me and treat me just like other children, though with special attention, I am able to stand here as I am today,” she pointed out.

She also said there was no special training for teachers in those times.

“Teachers are very important. I believe helping children is not a very difficult thing to do if teachers are willing to spend more time to understand their needs,” she said.

She also said whether the children could be successful all depended on teachers.

Chung said she was grateful in spite of her disability because of the opportunity to share her experience with her students.

She believed her disability happened for a reason; it allowed her to see differently and be determined to help others.

“I do not think I would fight for what I am fighting right now if I were not born like this. I think God does not create you as a useless person, but with a purpose,” she pointed out.

Chuang said the most difficult part in this job was not dealing with children, but parents.

She cited an example of a teacher who finally gave up her job as a teacher because of the pressure from a parent who was not willing to cooperate.

She related that there was a child who had communication problem and did not talk for about six months. The teacher approached the mother of the child and told her that she believed that the child was a special needs child.

The mother of the child got very angry and threatened to call for a press conference if the school could not provide a genuine apology.

“The matter was resolved in the end, but the teacher was heartbroken and finally gave up and resigned,” she lamented, adding that a doctor was later consulted and confirmed that the child was indeed a special needs child.

She also added that the centre had always motivated the teachers to be patient and conduct special training for teachers to enable them to communicate with the parents.

On the National Early Childhood Intervention Conference at Kingwood Hotel here, she said it was a good event that marked a new beginning to do something for special needs people.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/08/professor-with-disability-credits-her-teachers/#ixzz1xADqDZ3h

2012, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Pembangunan Sekolah, Subjek

‘Find ways to help students use correct form of English’

Posted on June 8, 2012, Friday

by Lim How Pim, reporters@theborneopost.com.

RECOGNITION: Khair (second right) presents an award to a representative of SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman. Melta president Assoc Prof Dr Ganakumaran Subramaniam is seen at right. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: English teachers must come up with approaches to help put a stop to students’ habit of using netizen’s lingo that stifle the proper use of the language.

This advice came from deputy director-general of Education Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof, who observed that educators were now confronted with the various forms of English used by students even though they had been taught standard English.

“Even Malaysians at large are constantly exposed to English as used in the media, and most of our English entertainment over television and the cinema are from the United States.

“Let us not forget that our students are very familiar with the slang and jargon used when chatting online or posting in Facebook and Twitter,” he said when opening the 21st Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (Melta) international conference here yesterday.

Khair pointed out that the current generation no longer sit passively and pay attention to what their teachers say and write on the board.

The minds of students in this new era, he said, had been “programmed” by advanced technologies to be visually active.

“It is a generation, perhaps, that is more tactile than before. Notice how many of our young adults nowadays are constantly tapping either on a phone or a pad.

“They do not just speak and listen over the phone. They also view visuals while listening and speaking. Blame it on our smart phones, YouTube or whatever you want, but we have to acknowledge the reality that all those are in their learning style.”

Khair felt that educators should look at ways to absorb changes in the technological world into the classroom.

They, as well as curriculum designers and decision-makers, should take the lead in bringing into the classroom current innovations and technologies that could help motivate our students to learn English, he said.

“Even political parties use technologies to get online support while more and more people are going for online banking such as e-commerce and e-business.”

Hence, teachers had to do away with the old way of teaching, he stressed.

“It is on such a platform that thinkers and practitioners of English language education can come together to discuss, brainstorm, debate and share various concerns, issues, problems, solutions and recommendations.”

Some 350 English language educators are participating in the two-day conference.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/08/find-ways-to-help-students-use-correct-form-of-english/#ixzz1xADCpjIC

2012, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Keselamatan Pelajar/Kesihatan, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Khas

Lessons in mother tongue for special needs children

Posted on June 8, 2012, Friday

by Conny Banji, reporters@theborneopost.com.

FOR THE ALBUM: Janet Lau (third left) presents a memento to Fatimah as Temenggong Vincent Lau (right) and others look on.

SIBU: Preschool classes for children with special needs may be conducted in their mother tongue from next year.

Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said her ministry had submitted the proposal to the Education Ministry earlier this year.

“A few Chinese parents of children with special needs have told me that their children had problems learning in Bahasa Malaysia. We discussed the matter with the State Education Department, hence the proposal.”

Fatimah told reporters this after she officiated at the opening of the 4th National Early Childhood Intervention Conference at a hotel here yesterday.

She said it was a good move because with their own difficulties, the children with special needs were finding it tough to learn another language.

She said SJK (C) Thai Kwang in Sibu had already taught the special need preschoolers in Mandarin while the government had planned to do the same for SK Kenyalang in Kuching.

There are five preschools for special needs children in the state.

Earlier in her speech, Fatimah, who is also Special Olympics Sarawak Chapter chairperson, said that there were 2,900 primary to secondary students attending 142 special education classes in the state at the moment. On a similar matter, she said the number of disabled people registered with the state’s Welfare Department now were 27,919.

About 750 participants from Peninsular Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Australia, USA, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia comprising parents, education and health professionals and kindergarten teachers are attending the three-day conference.

It is jointly organised by the Health Department, United Nation Children’s Fund, the Education Department and Welfare Department.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/08/lessons-in-mother-tongue-for-special-needs-children/#ixzz1xACg1c7p

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Awal, Rencana, Sistem, Surat

Education not a race to be won

Friday June 8, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/8/focus/11438144&sec=focus

THE proposal by the Education Ministry to lower the formal school-entry age (“Five plus formal schooling plan” – The Star, June 5), deserves to be given serious thought and should be looked at in considerable detail from every angle.

While the intention is for children to start formal schooling at five plus, rather than six plus, we need to consider starting school as an important and integral part of being educated, a journey that needs special preparation, care and a wonderful time where each child can make the most of the opportunities.

It is the quality of that journey that is as, or perhaps even more, important than pushing the age or duration boundaries one way or another.

An education, from its very beginning, is about the “whole” child, and part of the whole child is that of being a young child who requires time to develop, play, create, wonder and enjoy in a relatively stress free environment in the early years of life.

Unfortunately, today’s system of education, right from the first year in school, is a stressful experience with demands on the child from all quarters to outperform everyone else.

Besides schooling, tuition and in many cases extra classes to hone academic abilities and develop other skills outside of school add to the child’s trauma.

In school, there is a crowded and top down curriculum and pedagogical approach, in many ways a complex learning experience for the child, and which can be emotionally, physically and mentally demanding even for the most ready child.

It is equally essential to consider the child’s real maturity level, not only gained at preschool, but as an important element of coping skills, adapting to new situations and the basic abilities to function, think, speak, emote and control oneself that are largely influenced by the environment, culture and family.

These take time and cannot be rushed or superimposed. Care and nurturing in a trusting environment are crucial and an extra year, before entering a formal learning environment, can make a significant difference.

Across the world, primary education for children vary. In nearly two-thirds of all countries, children are expected to enter primary school when they are six years old.

In a further third of countries, the entrance age is as low as five or high as seven years. Two countries have significantly different primary school entrance ages, Ireland with four years and Mongolia with eight years.

Before embarking on reforms, in particular those that can have a lasting effect on the growing child, a broad-ranged feedback must be obtained, if not already, from a cross-section of parents, teachers, educators, community-leaders, experts, administrators, and policy makers.

Decisions should be based on providing children with the time to mature, enjoy their childhood, experience the “wonders” around them and have the benefits of fun and play before they start school. These make children happy and develop a sense of self worth, respect and values in life.

Life and education is not a race to be won, but a journey of discovery, mastery, exploration and fulfilment. Let’s ensure it starts with a strong foundation and an unhurried and more patient world that allows our children the space to wait, to think and to prepare with time.

RUEBEN DUDLEY,

Petaling Jaya.

2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Awal, Sistem

Study on earlier schooling decision

Friday June 8, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/8/nation/11438065&sec=nation

By PRIYA KULASAGARAN
educate@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is studying ways of implementing a decision to start formal schooling at age five years plus instead of the present six years plus.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the policy was included in the Education Ministry’s Interim Strategic Plan 2011-2020.

“Although we have agreed to the policy, we still need to consider the ways of implementing it and our capacity in terms of infrastructure, classrooms and teachers.

“Many of our children have already started schooling’ early as they are enrolled in pre-school. It is good for them to start (primary) school earlier as it will save time.

“I believe that parents will welcome this (policy) because they know that their children are able to cope with starting school at a younger age,” he said after launching the Puncak project here yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said a report on the suggestions during the National Education Dialogue series would be completed by next month.

“The dialogues are still being held in all the states and all views will be considered.

“If there are good ideas in line with what is suitable for our education system, we will include them in our (education) blueprint,” he said.

The proposal to lower the formal schooling age was made during the tabling of the 10th Malaysia Plan by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in 2010.

The ministry’s Interim Strategic Plan 2011-2020, available on its website, states that the policy will be implemented in 2015.

The move to lower the school age will include amending the Education Act 1996, of which Section 29 (of the Education Act 1996) states that children aged six must attend primary school.

The Puncak project is a skills training programme initiated by the Permuafakatan Badan Ilmiah Nasional for school dropouts or those who have failed their SPM to help them secure employment.

2012, Arkib Berita, ICT/Teknologi, Inovasi, IPT

Mi berlapis bantu atasi obesiti

Jumaat , 08 Jun 2012

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

Oleh Nur Izzati Mohamad
bhnews@bharian.com.my

USM berjaya hasil produk zat serbuk cili percepat proses bakar lemak

GEORGETOWN: Penyelidik Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) berjaya menghasilkan produk mi berlapis pertama di dunia yang diperkaya dengan serbuk cili atau zat kapsaicin bagi membantu mengurangkan masalah obesiti.

Kapsaicin adalah zat cili pedas yang terkandung dalam tumbuhan seperti cili yang dapat mempercepatkan proses pembakaran lemak dalam badan.

Timbalan Dekan Pusat Pengajian Teknologi Industri, Prof Azhar Mat Easa, berkata walaupun mengandungi 17 miligram kapsaicin dalam setiap 100 gram mi, ia tidak pedas sebaliknya perut hanya akan berasa panas apabila ia bertindak membakar lemak.

“Ia sudah diuji beberapa kali dan sesuai dimakan oleh kanak-kanak yang tidak boleh makan makanan pedas sekali gus membantu menangani kanak-kanak yang mempunyai berat badan berlebihan,” katanya pada sidang media di USM, di sini semalam.

Prof Azhar berkata, berat badan seseorang itu akan turun satu kilogram atau lebih dalam masa seminggu jika diambil secara konsisten dengan kuantiti 50 gram sehari.

“Produk menguruskan badan dengan memakan mi tidak pernah diperkenalkan di dunia, bahkan ia adalah produk pertama yang dicipta dengan menggunakan bahan yang sangat murah.
“Di Barat, pengambilan kapsaicin lazimnya dalam bentuk kapsul dan mempunyai kesan sampingan terhadap kesihatan pengguna kerana ia mengandungi bahan kimia di samping menelan belanja besar,” katanya.

Kajian selama dua tahun yang dibangunkan bersama dua lagi penyelidik Prof Madya Dr Liong Min Tze dan Li Ling Yung itu dihasilkan dengan menggunakan geran tajaan Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi dan dana kecil dari Institut Pengajian Siswazah USM.

Inovasi itu turut memenangi anugerah emas dalam International Invention and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2012 di Kuala Lumpur, bulan lalu.

Azhar berkata, USM juga dalam proses perbincangan dengan beberapa syarikat untuk mengkomersialkan produk itu dan dijangka berada di pasaran tidak lama lagi dengan harga RM7 bagi setiap 100 gram.

Sementara itu, Penyelidik Pusat Pengajian Kejuruteraan Kimia USM, Dr Suzylawati Ismail, berkata selain produk mi, USM juga berjaya menghasilkan produk baru diberi nama Chi-Sorb iaitu sejenis penjerap minyak yang digunakan dalam proses rawatan air sisa menggunakan kulit udang, yang turut menjadi alternatif dalam penggunaan bahan kimia yang mengancam alam sekitar.

Katanya, bahan penjerap daripada kulit udang itu bertindak dengan tiga fungsi utama iaitu menjerap minyak, mengental dan menggumpal keladak sisa bagi menjadikan proses rawatan air sisa menjadi lebih mudah dan berkesan.

“Produk ini disifatkan sangat efektif dalam menyingkirkan sisa minyak kerana bahannya yang semula jadi bebas dari logam berat, tidak bertoksik, tiada kesan sampingan, mudah untuk dibuang dan mesra alam,” katanya.

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Mi berlapis

  • Diperkaya serbuk cili dengan penambahbaikan pada pegangan kapsaicin.
  • Pertama kali dihasilkan di dunia.
  • Mi berlapis membolehkan kapsaicin masuk ke dalam badan tanpa iritasi, kesakitan dan pedas mulut.
  • Boleh menguruskan badan jika kerap dimakan.
  • Lebih praktikal dan murah.
  • Penggunaan serbuk cili dalam kapsul seperti di negara maju untuk pengurusan berat badan adalah lebih mahal dan tidak sesuai digunakan di Asia.
  • Kajian dijalankan selama dua tahun.
  • Sedang dipatenkan dan beberapa syarikat sedang menguji produk ini.
  • Inovasi ini memenangi anugerah emas International Invention and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2012.