2012, Arkib Berita, Keselamatan Pelajar/Kesihatan, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah

90 peratus OKU kanak-kanak tidak mendapat pendidikan

Posted on June 15, 2012, Friday

 

KUCHING: Lebih kurang 90 peratus golongan orang kurang upaya (OKU) adalah terdiri daripada kanak-kanak di seluruh dunia yang tidak mendapat pendidikan dan berlaku masalah buta huruf.

Pesuruhjaya Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (SUHAKAM) Sarawak Detta Samen berkata statistik itu menunjukkan situasi yang membimbangkan dan adalah penting untuk memahami implikasi yang dihadapi jika ia berterusan.

“Tanpa akses kepada pendidikan dan latihan yang sesuai dengan keperluan mereka, orang kurang upaya tidak akan dapat meningkatkan kemahiran mereka untuk bekerja.

“Ada tanggapan yang menyatakan bahawa OKU tidak akan dapat menyumbang secara berkesan kepada masyarakat dan ini akan menghalang akses mereka kepada pekerjaan dan peluang lain,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada majlis perasmian Perbincangan Meja Bulat Mengenai Isu Berkaitan OKU Bersama Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) Sarawak: Persekitaran Mesra OKU yang disempurnakan Menteri Muda Kebajikan Robert Lawson Chuat di sini, semalam.

Menurut Detta, tanpa pekerjaan yang sesuai, golongan OKU tidak akan mempunyai kapasiti kewangan terutama dalam masyarakat yang berorientasikan ekonomi semasa.

Malahan ramai tidak mampu  untuk menghantar anak-anak mereka ke sekolah, dan seterusnya mencipta semula kitaran yang tidak diingini, ujar beliau.

“Perkhidmatan sokongan yang tidak mencukupi boleh membantutkan usaha ini, seperti peralatan atau peranti pembelajaran bagi pelajar OKU serta guru terlatih dan berkelayakan.

“Di samping itu, sistem pendidikan telah didapati tidak sesuai dan tidak dapat memenuhi keperluan pelajar kurang upaya dalam pembelajaran dan mereka sering menghadapi kesukaran dalam proses pembelajaran, berbanding pelajar lain kerana dikatakan OKU,” tegasnya.

Detta turut mendedahkan, ramai ibu bapa kanak-kanak OKU mendakwa bahawa mereka tidak dibenarkan untuk mendaftarkan anak-anak mereka ke sekolah.

Katanya ia disebabkan sekolah hanya menerima pelajar kurang upaya yang bebas dan boleh mengurus diri mereka sendiri.

Selain itu tambah beliau, walaupun terdapat undang-undang menyatakan bahawa mana-mana bangunan hendaklah disediakan dengan akses bagi membolehkan OKU masuk ke dalam bangunan serta kemudahan lain, namun ia amat kurang dibina.

“Adalah amat penting bagi kita untuk membincangkan mengenai isu yang memberi kesan kepada hak-hak OKU dan untuk mengenal pasti cabaran yang dihadapi oleh mereka sebagai golongan yang lemah dan kurang bernasib baik,” kata Detta.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/15/90-peratus-oku-kanak-kanak-tidak-mendapat-pendidikan/#ixzz1xpH4IVQJ

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2012, Aliran, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah

Sekolah Seni Kuching does country proud

Posted on June 15, 2012, Friday

by Zoee Hillson, reporters@theborneopost.com.

STATE PRIDE: Sluhi (fourth right, background) and Assistant Minister of Culture and Heritage Liwan Lagang (standing, second left) with the Sekolah Seni Kuching team members and officials upon their arrival at the Kuching International Airport last Wednesday night.

KUCHING: Borneo native dance and music have once again mesmerised the international community resulting in Sekolah Seni Kuching being declared the champion at the “International Folk Song and Dance Festival” in Batumi, Georgia.

The team of 15 Form 4 students thrashed teams from Poland, Turkey, Russia and Georgia for their first gold diploma awarded to the competition’s overall champion.

According to the team’s music coach Paka Siam, their grace and skills in the ‘mangunatip’ (bamboo dance), creative dance, sape and traditional Bidayuh music blew the international panel of judges away.

He explained that the team was divided into two groups of 12 students to perform a creative dance and the ‘mangunatip’ while three others played a traditional Orang Ulu number entitled ‘leleng’ and a Bidayuh song called ‘bang kidibang bulem’.

“The competition was quite tough because most of team members are fairly established dance and music groups. However, the students skills in the unique bamboo dance and our local native music really shocked and amazed them because they have not seen anything like it,” he said at Kuching International Airport (KIA) on Wednesday night.

He added that the team went through months of training including two weeks of intensive training before the competition.

“The ‘mangunatip’ dance involves lots of footwork and technical skills. The team trained about three to four hours daily to perfect their moves with me and their dance coach Yusof Bujang and Halina Lim,” he added.

Meanwhile, Sekolah Seni Kuching principal Dr Sluhi Lamat who was also at KIA said that this is the school’s second competitive international outing following their first trip to Saint Petersburg, Russia where they won a silver diploma (second place) for their Iban Ngajat performance.

“The main purpose of the school is to expose the beauty of our culture and tradition to the world. I believe through our success in Georgia, we are moving towards our goal in keeping our culture alive,” he said.

The beaming school principal added that the school’s cultural group had been contributing much in arts and cultural enrichment through their active performances in national and state-level events.

The ‘International Folklore Festival’ competition was held from June 7 to 11.

Sekolah Seni Kuching’s participation in the festival was supported by the federal Ministry of Tourism and the State Education Department.

It was organised by the folk festivals organisation ‘Kvali Nateli XXI’ with the support of the municipality of Batumi, Georgia.

According to the festival’s official website, the purpose of the organisation is to develop and preserve art and culture around the globe.

This year’s second place winner is Russia, followed by Poland, Turkey and Georgia.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/15/sekolah-seni-kuching-does-country-proud/#ixzz1xpGJgjhB

2012, Arkib Berita, IPT, Masalah Guru

Limited training facilities cause of graduate teachers shortage — STU

Posted on June 15, 2012, Friday

RIGHT DIRECTION: Ghani believes with right approach, all schools will have enough graduate teachers.

SIBU: Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) singled out limited training facilities as impeding the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) efforts to produce enough graduate teachers yearly.

Its president William Ghani Bina added that the surging number of children yearly and having more schools as the other causative factor.

Compounding the woe, some teachers had reached their retirement age, he lamented.

“The target, supposedly by 2010, secondary school teachers needed to be 100 per cent graduates while at least 50 per cent are graduates in primary schools.

Ghani, however, said all was not lost as starting last year, teachers training institutions and universities were producing only graduates for education.

“With that approach, we are moving in the right direction to produce enough graduate teachers. Currently, secondary schools have about 80 per cent graduate teachers while more than 50 per cent for primary schools.

“In time to come, both secondary and primary schools would have 100 per cent graduate teachers,” he told The Borneo Post.

Last Saturday, 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.

Mazlan added this was in tandem with the country’s vision of heading towards a high income economy and achieving a 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 said then.

Responding, Ghani said although there were still non-graduates teachers in secondary schools, they had specialised knowledge and were highly experienced.

Asked what he meant, he said these teachers specialised in teaching certain subjects such as Mathematics, Science, BM among others.

“They had received specialised training and are very experienced in teaching. Hence, their expert knowledge and experience would certainly come in handy,” Ghani said.

The way he saw it, this would facilitate the creation of new knowledge to better benefit students.

“You see, the younger graduate teachers would get tips from the more experienced ones. On the other hand, the experienced teachers would be able to learn something new from their younger counterparts.

“Together they form a good team to better impart knowledge to students,” Ghani enthused.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/15/limited-training-facilities-cause-of-graduate-teachers-shortage-stu/#ixzz1xpFynsCq

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

Two different schools of thought

Friday June 15, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/15/focus/11482499&sec=focus

WHY NOT?
By D. RAJ
raj@thestar.com.my

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, wrote Dickens in his Tale of Two Cities. Somehow, the phrase seems apt in this tale of two schools.

IT looks like a million bucks. Well, 4.7 million bucks to be precise.

The sprawling grey-and-cream concrete and glass building is pretty impressive. And imposing stairs lead to the upper floor where a breathtaking conference centre yawns – large enough to host maybe a 1,000- strong party.

It could be a major hotel. It’s not. It’s a school. A Tamil primary school.

Welcome to the Midland Tamil School in Shah Alam.

It’s almost one of a kind. The high-roofed classrooms are cool, and the office and conference centre are state-of-the-art. It’s nothing like any of the schools nearby.

And the spanking new college-like buildings dwarf the two rows of ugly, single-storey buildings that once housed the school.

The school administration staff are still working in those buildings – but they can’t wait for the day they move into the new buildings.

“We have worked in very difficult conditions – hot, stuffy and cramped. So, it will be great when we move,” said one employee.

The teachers are even happier. They have already moved.

“We rushed over to the new block the first chance we could,” said a teacher. “This is the fourth or fifth site that the school has moved to. And all were bad. Now, at last, we have a school that we can be proud of. The children have a lot of space,” she beamed.

They will have more when the two old buildings are replaced with a field.

Things just could not be better.

Or could they?

Like in so many things Malaysian, the politicians are in play and, as usual, they are not happy.

Some claim that the land on which the school stands, given by the state government, is only a fraction of the cost of the land originally allocated to the school.

That piece of real estate, they say, lies across the road, and is worth much more. The state, they claim, sold the land for a huge profit and gave the school the new land and a grant of RM3mil – the school had to raise the other RM1.7mil – to erect their building.

And they want to know where all that excess money from the land sale went.

It’s an all-too-familiar story.

Another Tamil school also has been in the news over a purported land grab.

The Effingham Tamil school lies not too far away, nestled in a gated housing area in Bandar Utama.

Here, it is claimed, the developers of the housing area had given the school six acres of land but for some reason, the school got only three acres. The other three went to the MIC.

The school’s three acres now house a three-storey building, a pre-school, a canteen and a field.

It’s all pretty cramped, says headmistress Datin S. Jayam, a charming lady with a pleasant, ever-present smile.

But she has more pressing matters than trying to get hold of those other three acres.

She can leave that to the politically-inclined. Already, there have been protests outside the school, candle-light vigils in Brickfields to raise awareness about the school’s land woes and even a five-day hunger strike.

The MIC, on its part, is promising a hostel for poor Indian students, also with a conference centre, on the disputed land.

“We have been promised access to the facilities,” said Jayam.

The awareness has helped. Already, the MIC president has given the school RM50,000 to build a new computer lab. Work is now ongoing. And another organisation has agreed to provide 40 computers for the children to use.

Things are indeed looking up, even without the absent three acres.

Jayam is getting help, too, in having a new building. It will sit where the canteen now stands, rising several storeys high.

“The canteen will occupy the ground floor and the children can have their classes in the upper floors,” she says. “We really do need space for classrooms. Our classrooms are pretty small.”

“It’s just as well, too,” she adds. Smaller classes mean more attention for the children.

While protesters wave their flags, her needs are more mundane.

“We need to pay the bills,” she says.

The school gets help with the electricity and water bills “but my phone bills are high, too,” she laments.

It seems the school keeps in touch with all the parents and calling them regularly on their handphones can run up a hefty bill.

Help is forthcoming. But, as always, it is the politicians at play.

Being in a school where the state government is at odds with the federal government is a bit like caught between a rock and a hard place.

“When one side helps, the other gets offended,” says the headmistresses.

And we all know of cases where one side bars the other from entering a school, even for aid or sports activities.

But Jayam needs and should take all the help she can get. The pupils are her priorities.

And maybe those guys should just leave their political badges at the gates of the school and join hands to help in any way.

It just isn’t right, playing politics with our children’s education.

The writer visited a third Tamil school, the translocated Seaport school in Kampung Lindungan, PJ. It’s a sorry sight. Maybe the politicians should go have a look there.