2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Guru, Pembangunan Sekolah

‘Soon all teachers must be graduates’

Posted on June 12, 2012, Tuesday

by Peter Boon, reporters@theborneopost.com.

Datuk Mazlan Mohamad

SIBU: Director of day school management division (Ministry of Education) Datuk Mazlan Mohamad said in time to come all teachers would need to have at least a first degree.

This, he added, was in tandem with the country’s vision of heading towards a high income economy and achieving developed nation status.

“We have a standard teacher enrolment qualification. In fact, by 2010, supposedly secondary school teachers need to be 100 per cent graduates while at least 50 per cent are graduates in primary schools,” Mazlan told The Borneo Post when asked if those teachers in pre-schools would need to be graduates.

Met after the 4th National Early Childhood Intervention Conference here last Saturday, he explained that there were various reasons why even preschool teachers needed to be graduates.

“But this does not apply to teaching assistants (SPM graduates) as only teachers need to be graduates,” Mazlan clarified.

Earlier, a participant had posed a question seeking for clarification on preschool teachers needing to have a bachelor degree to teach five- and six-year-olds.

Mazlan’s presentation had earlier aroused participant’s curiosity in wanting to know the rationale behind the initiative.

He, however, said there was nothing to be concerned now as the government was utilising whatever resources they had.

He did not foresee any problem as teachers were being trained.

“For the time being, we use whatever resources we have but in time to come we need teachers possessing at least a first degree,” he said. Mazlan also mentioned that in all teachers’ training institutions, training for special needs education were given.

The convention concluded with the president of NECIC Datuk Dr Amar Singh presenting a Memorandum on Inclusive Education to Mazlan representing Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The conference, themed ‘Family-centered Practices – Early Childhood Intervention and Beyond’ started last Thursday and ended on Saturday.

The official media are Utusan Borneo, The Borneo Post and See Hua Daily News.

More than 600 delegates from NGOs and government agencies throughout the country as well as over 50 international participants attended the conference.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/12/soon-all-teachers-must-be-graduates/#ixzz1xXSYGTH1

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Peperiksaan, Sistem, Surat

Ministry needs to explain how ‘band exams’ work

Tuesday June 12, 2012


THE Government has introduced a new system for secondary students. I noticed some of the schools are not having any mid-term or monthly exams for their students, but they are evaluated through “band exams”.

I would like to know more on this system as when I spoke to some of these students, they said that they do have tests in the class but it was informal. They were not given any papers.

I guess students are taking things lightly as they do not have to sit for any major exams like mid-terms and final term.

How can the “band exams” help the students? How are the parents to assess the student’s performance?

I request the Education Ministry to elaborate on this matter so that parents would be aware, as some of them are really clueless on this system.

Secondly, will there be PMR for students now in Form 1 when they are in Form 3?


Kuala Lumpur.

2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Guru, Pembangunan Sekolah

Scrap the traditional outfit ban, urge teachers

Tuesday June 12, 2012



SEREMBAN: Teachers are appealing to the Education Ministry to rescind a 1985 directive which prohibits them from wearing the traditional costumes of other races to work.

They feel the directive, which also covered female lecturers at teacher training colleges and polytechnics, as well as ministry staff at district and state levels, was not only illogical, but created an unnecessary obstacle in the promotion of racial unity.

The Star received several complaints from teachers who had been reprimanded by school heads for violating this provision included in a circular issued in May 1985.

A teacher in a mission school in Kuala Lumpur said staff were regularly reminded about the directive by the headmaster.

“As teachers, we should instead be encouraged to wear the traditional costumes of other races to promote unity,” she said.

Another teacher from a school in Port Dickson said many new teachers did not know of the directive, and that it was unfair when one of her colleagues was reprimanded for wearing the traditional attire of another race.

National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Loke Yim Pheng said the union had raised the matter with the Education Ministry several times and hoped the directive would be reviewed. Loke said a new set of guidelines should be introduced so school heads would not interpret the directives as they wished.

National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council president Assoc Prof Datuk Mohd Ali Hasan said: “I don’t see why a Malay teacher for example, cannot be allowed to wear a Punjabi suit or a Hindu teacher, the cheong sam.

“In the spirit of 1Malaysia, we should be encouraged to experience the cultures of other races without any unnecessary restriction.”

Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman said the directive was irrelevant and needed to be revoked.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Fuad Zarkashi said there was merit in the request made by teachers. He would raise the matter with Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

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

Fatimah: State needs vocational school for the deaf

Monday June 11, 2012



Let’s dance: Members of Sarawak Society for the Deaf dancing during the association’s 30th anniversary dinner. — ZORA CHAN/ The Star

KUCHING: Sarawak needs a vocational school for the deaf to better train them for the various industries that are coming up in the state.

Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said the country now had two such vocational schools in Selangor and Penang.

She said since there were more people with impaired hearing registered with the Welfare Department in the state — from 142 in 2008 to 452 this year — it was time for a vocational school to be built.

“If there is a vocational school for the deaf in Sarawak, our people need not have to go to the peninsula for training.”

The vocational school would also serve the needs of people with various disabilities or special needs, she said when officiating at Sarawak Society for the Deaf’s (SSD) 30th anniversary dinner here on Saturday.

Fatimah said people with disabilities or special needs should not be left out in the country’s workforce but instead given the opportunity to learn and prove their self worth.

She said it was heartening to note that SSD members were employed as account executive, teacher, administrative assistant, tailor and mechanic, while some as home-based artists.

“Some also excel in sports. This goes to show that the deaf are equally capable to work like others,” she said, adding that education plus motivation were the key to these successful stories.

All together: Fatimah (third from right) flanked by Sarawak Society for the Deaf’s committee members and invited guests during the association’s anniversary dinner.

Fatimah commended the society for a job well done in holding motivational talks, free tuition classes, tailoring and hair dressing courses for its members and assisting them in job placement to enable them to earn a decent income.

“Members have been successfully placed at various places of employment where they are suitably matched. One of the very successful employment stories is the KFC Saujana, which is managed by the deaf,” she said.

To date, Fatimah said, 27,919 disabled people in the state had registered with the department and they mainly comprised those with learning disabilities.

“The government has various aids for the disabled such as lens, prosthetic, glasses, wheel chair and hearing aid which amounted to RM123,797 between January and June this year,” she said.

The government also distributed monthly disabled employee allowance to 1,863 amounting to RM2.2mil from January to April this year and monthly aid for unemployed disabled to 2,703 amounting to RM1.6mil.

“We also spent about RM2.2mil for 1,847 disabled who are bed ridden and admitted to the hospitals,” she added.

2012, Arkib Berita, IPT, Masalah Guru

5,500 guru interim diserap

Selasa , 12 Jun 2012


Oleh Mohamed Farid Noh

Surat tawaran penempatan graduan ke seluruh negara sedang diagih

BATU PAHAT: Seramai 5,500 graduan Ijazah Sarjana Muda Pendidikan termasuk 4,500 lepasan institusi pengajian tinggi awam (IPTA) yang berjaya pada temuduga antara Januari hingga Mac lalu akan ditempatkan di sekolah seluruh negara, mulai bulan ini.

Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran, Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, berkata surat tawaran penempatan kepada semua graduan berkenaan yang sebelum ini dilantik sebagai guru interim (guru sementara) itu sedang diagihkan.

“Daripada kira-kira 5,500 calon yang ditemuduga Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Pelajaran (SPP), hanya 62 calon gagal namun mereka kini dalam proses rayuan selepas wakil mereka bertemu saya kelmarin.

“Saya harap, semua guru yang berjaya dan sudah menerima surat tawaran penempatan itu menerima jawatan mereka dengan semangat tinggi untuk mendidik anak bangsa.

“Jika boleh tidak perlulah membuat rayuan untuk mendapatkan sekolah berhampiran rumah… jika dapat mengajar di Sarawak atau Sabah, terimalah dengan berlapang dada, demi mendidik anak bangsa,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas majlis penyampaian peruntukan RM1 juta kepada Sekolah Menengah Tinggi Cina Chong Hwa Rengit, dekat sini, semalam.

Mac lalu, Berita Harian melaporkan Kementerian Pelajaran giat mengumpul rekod terkini kekosongan guru di sekolah seluruh negara daripada Jabatan Pelajaran Negeri bagi mengisi calon graduan berkenaan yang selesai sesi temu duga oleh SPP, berakhir 16 Mac lalu.
Disember tahun lalu, 5,000 graduan Ijazah Sarjana Muda Pendidikan termasuk dari Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) menuntut Kementerian Pelajaran memberi jaminan penempatan sekolah kepada mereka sama seperti Guru Sandaran Tidak Terlatih (GSTT).

Mereka mendakwa kementerian menganaktirikan mereka dan lebih mengutamakan GSTT untuk diserap sebagai guru tetap.

Sementara itu, Puad ketika ditanya sama ada pihaknya ada menerima permohonan pertukaran sekolah daripada guru yang sudah menerima surat tawaran penempatan itu berkata, buat masa ini tiada lagi permohonan sedemikian.

“Mungkin semua guru ini mempunyai semangat berkobar-kobar dan tidak kisah bertugas di mana saja mereka ditempatkan dan itulah yang kita harapkan daripada mereka,” katanya.

2012, Aliran, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program

Transformasi teknik, vokasional

11 Jun 2012, Isnin


Sebanyak 50 buah motosikal berkuasa tinggi dilepaskan sempena pelancaran Jelajah Kolej Vokasional 1Malaysia untuk mempromosikan kolej berkenaan kepada orang ramai di seluruh negara di SMV Batu Pahat, Johor, baru-baru ini .

Sekolah teknik dan vokasional di seluruh negara digantikan dengan kolej vokasional bukan sahaja dari segi nama malah turut melibatkan perubahan kurikulum, penilaian serta persijilan.

Pengarah Bahagian Pendidikan Teknik dan Vokasional (BPTV) Kementerian Pelajaran, Ahmad Tajudin Jab berkata, transformasi ini melibatkan kurikulum teknik dan vokasional, tempoh pengajian, pengiktirafan persijilan, tenaga pengajar, infrastruktur dan yang paling utama penjenamaan semula sekolah-sekolah menengah vokasional kepada Kolej Vokasional.

“Kementerian Pelajaran telah melakukan satu perubahan besar dalam bidang pendidikan teknik dan vokasional melalui Transformasi Vokasional dan Teknik (VOCTEC).

“Perubahan yang besar ini pastinya telah menarik minat seluruh masyarakat di negara kita khasnya kepada ibu bapa dan anak-anak mereka yang berada di bangku sekolah,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan baru-baru ini.

Tambahnya, golongan ibu bapa dan pelajar ingin mengetahui dengan lebih jelas tentang perubahan dalam bidang pendidikan vokasional, hala tuju dan manfaat masa depan daripada transformasi ini.

Sehubungan itu, BPTV menganjurkan Jelajah Kolej Vokasional 1Malaysia untuk mempromosi, menerangkan, membuat pameran, memberi taklimat dan apa jua yang berbentuk outreach kepada masyarakat serta golongan sasar bagi memberikan mereka input yang terkini, jelas dan tepat.

“Ia juga merupakan sebahagian daripada tanggungjawab warga Pendidikan Teknik dan Vokasional untuk menjadi deliver atau penyampai agar dasar kementerian dalam bidang ini mencapai kejayaan,” terangnya.

Jelajah selama lima hari yang diterajui Sekolah Menengah Vokasional (SMV) Batu Pahat ini melibatkan penyertaan seramai 150 peserta termasuk para pegawai BPTV, pengetua, guru penolong kanan, ketua bidang, guru, pelajar dan alumni sekolah.

Ia melibatkan 50 buah motosikal berkuasa tinggi serta beberapa buah kereta, van, pacuan empat roda dan bas.

Konvoi melalui sembilan negeri bermula di Johor dan kemudiannya ke Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka dan berakhir semula di Johor.

Menurut Ahmad Tajudin, para peserta melakukan pendekatan kepada masyarakat dalam dua bentuk promosi iaitu melalui pergerakan kenderaan dan promosi statik di lokasi terpilih.

“Pendekatan yang dilakukan ini diharap dapat mencapai objektif utama program iaitu untuk menjadikan kolej vokasional sebagai pilihan utama para pelajar,” katanya.

2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program, Rencana

Program Empower ECER tingkat pencapaian akademik

11 Jun 2012, Isnin


Ng Yen Yen (belakang, dua dari kiri) bersama sebahagian daripada peserta Program Latihan Kemahiran Akademik Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER) selepas merasmikan program itu di Raub, Pahang baru-baru ini.

SETELAH mengubah kehidupan hampir 10,000 penduduk pantai timur, Program Empower Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER) telah diperluaskan ke Raub, Pahang baru-baru ini untuk meningkatkan pencapaian akademik dan memperkasakan penduduk tempatan dengan kemahiran berguna bagi membantu mereka menjana pendapatan yang lebih tinggi.

Menteri Pelancongan, Datuk Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen ketika merasmikan program itu berkata, inisiatif berkenaan bukan sahaja akan membantu mengimbangi jurang antara kawasan bandar dan luar bandar tetapi ia juga seiring dengan Program Transformasi Kerajaan (GTP) yang bermatlamat untuk mewujudkan masyarakat yang berpendapatan tinggi di kalangan semua rakyat di negara ini.

“Program empower ECER bersama dengan program pembangunan modal insan lain yang dilaksanakan oleh Kementerian Pelancongan di Raub terbukti menunjukkan rekod yang memberangsangkan dalam memupuk belia tempatan yang merupakan masa depan negara,” kata Ahli Parlimen Raub itu.

Program empower mula diperkenalkan oleh Majlis Pembangunan Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECERDC) pada 2010 dengan objektif untuk meningkatkan sumber modal insan di ECER melalui Latihan Kemahiran Akademik untuk pelajar sederhana dan lemah, serta Latihan Kemahiran & Keusahawanan untuk orang dewasa.

Ia kini dilaksanakan di lima daerah di Pahang iaitu, Bentong, Temerloh, Lipis, Cameron Highlands dan Raub; Kemaman di Terengganu; serta Jeli dan Bachok di Kelantan.

Di Raub, seramai 400 pelajar sederhana dan lemah telah menyertai kursus Latihan Kemahiran Akademik sejak Januari 2012 bagi membantu mereka membuat persediaan untuk Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) dan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) akan datang.

Manakala 500 orang dewasa pula telah mendaftar untuk program Latihan Kemahiran dan Keusahawanan yang akan meningkatkan kebolehpasaran mereka di kalangan bakal majikan atau membolehkan mereka memulakan perniagaan sendiri.

Sehingga kini, ECERDC telah berjaya memenuhi petunjuk prestasi utama (KPI) 100 peratus lulus dalam keputusan UPSR, PMR dan SPM pada tahun 2010 dan 2011.

Secara keseluruhan, ia merekodkan peningkatan sebanyak 30 peratus dalam pencapaian akademik bagi pelajar yang mendaftar di bawah Program Latihan Kemahiran Akademik.

Selain itu, ECERDC mensasarkan 80 peratus kejayaan dalam penempatan pekerjaan untuk para peserta dengan pendapatan tambahan antara RM800 dan RM1,500 sebulan.