2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah

Fatimah mulls Integrity School for girls’ home

Posted on June 18, 2012, Monday

by Georgette Tan, reporters@theborneopost.com.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH: Norkiah (second right) and Fatimah (second left) cut the ribbon to officially launch the hair styling workshop at TPSK. Also seen are Abdul Rahman (left), Rosey (third right) and Noriah (far right). — Photo by Mohd Rais Sanusi.

KUCHING: The young ladies of Taman Seri Puteri Kuching (TPSK) can continue their education uninterrupted and without stigma despite the situation they are in.

Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah yesterday proposed that an Integrity School be set up at TPSK to enable all residents of schooling age to pursue their education, particularly if they have a hard time fitting into normal schools.

“I had a chance to visit the Integrity School at Kuching Prison and they have qualified teachers from the Education Ministry teaching pre-PMR, PMR, pre-SPM and SPM classes.

“They also have complete facilities and a supportive learning environment,” she said when speaking during the launch of a hair styling workshop at TPSK.

The prison school saw some of its students achieving success in their studies. Fatimah noted that TPSK had a higher number of potential students than the prison.

“If we can establish one here, I believe the residents will be able to resume their studies in a systematic way and get guidance from a trained teacher. Those who were left behind in their studies will be motivated to pick up their education again, and they will have the opportunity to get involved in co-curricular activities.”

She further said the learning environment would be more supportive and less stressful.

“There is some stigma when the residents here go to a normal school, especially if they are pregnant.

“If there is an alternative, why not? At least they will have a chance to keep on studying.”

TPSK is a shelter and rehabilitation centre for girls under 18 who were rescued from social or moral dangers under the Child Act 2001 (Protection).

It provides the girls with care, treatment and accommodations, as well as life skills. TPSK currently has 35 residents.

The hair styling workshop was officiated by Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah, wife of Sarawak Head of State.

Also present at the launch were Pantai Damai assemblyman Abdul Rahman Junaidi, Early Childhood Education and Family Development Assistant Minister Rosey Yunus and State Welfare Department director Noriah Ahmad.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/18/fatimah-mulls-integrity-school-for-girls-home/#ixzz1y6n2Iq00

2012, Arkib Berita, Keibubapaan, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah

Govt must motivate parents to send children to school — Ghani

Posted on June 18, 2012, Monday

FESTIVE DO: Ghani beating the gong to start the STU Gawai Dayak open house.

KUCHING: The government should build success stories to inspire parents in remote areas to send their children to school.

Suggesting this yesterday, Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) president  William Ghani  Bina  said not all rural parents understand the importance of education and, therefore, the authorities must play a motivating role.

“Our national leaders keep saying that we must send our children to school, and people in town have no problem understanding this.

“More often than not, parents in rural areas such as the Penans do not get it. The government should pick some qualified children and train them to be successful.

“When these children become successful and return to their hometown, the rural community will be convinced because seeing is believing,” he said at the union’s Gawai Dayak open house at Wisma STU at Jalan Song here. Ghani asserted that education must be made part of the community.

He said SK Ba Kelalan emerged as one of the best schools thanks to the contribution of parents and the locals there.

“Parents of the entire kampung in Ba Kelalan gather, making children feel at home at the school.”

He also pointed out that if a school was located in an Iban-majority area, it ought to be headed by an Iban instead of other races.

“If it is an Iban area, appoint an Iban to be the headmaster; if it is a Chinese area, get a Chinese to be the principal.”

In Malaysia, Ghani said there were 430,000 teachers attending to 5.3 million students in over 7,000 primary schools and more than 2,000 secondary schools.

“Our job looks simple but it is not. STU is a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-regional organisation. We have members from Sabah and even Penang.”

STU is a body looking after the welfare and benefits of over 60 per cent of teachers in the state.

It has 23,000 members while there are 38,000 teachers serving in the state. Each member pays RM5 every month.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/18/govt-must-motivate-parents-to-send-children-to-school-ghani/#ixzz1y6mRFaID

2012, Arkib Berita, Keibubapaan, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah

Impart in children the importance of going to school, says STU chief

Posted on June 18, 2012, Monday

KUCHING: Parents are obligated to instil in their children the purpose of going to school, lest the young ones lack enthusiasm for learning.

Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) president William Ghani Bina noted that many parents were forcing ideas onto their children instead of assisting them unearth their potential and interests.

“Not every child wants to be a doctor, a lawyer or even a teacher. Just because you are a doctor or lawyer does not mean your child also wants to become one.

“Parents should let their children choose what they want to be. What matters is that children must have something in mind, which is what they want to be.

“In this case, parents should encourage their children to think of a purpose of going to school otherwise they just go to school like they are forced to,” he said at the union’s Gawai Dayak open house at Wisma STU at Jalan Song here yesterday.

Ghani added that children, who set their targets early, would most likely focus on certain subjects in school.

Citing an example, he said those wanting to become journalists would direct their attention on languages while those wanting to be doctors would want to excel in Science.

“So give reasons for your children to continue going to school. If they do not have one, discuss with them.”

He thus called on parents to be more attentive to their children’s progress and needs.

Even if they were tied down by work or business, they must not compromise family life, he said.

Meanwhile, Ghani said Sarawak would never welcome political leaders, particularly those from Peninsular Malaysia, who stirred up racial issues for personal agenda.

He felt that every Malaysian should rally behind the 1Malaysia notion mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“If they want to come to Sarawak, they should talk about unity because this is our culture.”

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/18/impart-in-children-the-importance-of-going-to-school-says-stu-chief/#ixzz1y6mBK8L5

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

CANING: Spare the rod at school, but wield it at home

Sunday, June 17, 2012

By Amirah, Petaling Jaya 0 comments

I REFER to the letter “Parents know their child better” by Twanjunaidi last Sunday.

The writer concludes his letter by stating that “caning or physical punishment is not one of the methods”. I totally agree with his statement.

But we need to think of ways to discipline our children. The writer did mention that parents shouldn’t pass the buck to the government, schools and teachers, but can they as parents discipline their own children when they are busy working morning to night?

Nowadays, it’s impossible for working parents to spend more time with their children.

They leave it to schools and teachers to educate and discipline their child but when their child misbehaves, some parents don’t believe the teacher and they also blame the school.

Parents must realise that school is a place to educate students, not to discipline them. Parents should spend time and monitor their own children.

Cane their own children at home to discipline them if they don’t want the school and teacher to take action.

As we all know “spare the rod, spoil the child”.

If parents do not punish their own children, that is not right.

Read more: CANING: Spare the rod at school, but wield it at home – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/caning-spare-the-rod-at-school-but-wield-it-at-home-1.95346#ixzz1y6kkguhB

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

INDISCIPLINE: Bring back caning

Monday, June 18, 2012

By A.S.R., Ipoh, Perak 0 comments

I REFER to the letter written by T. Uthayakumar “Indiscipline: Students will hate teachers who cane them (NST, June 13).

I do not agree that caning could lead to more harm than good. Students in the 70s were caned. We had less disciplinary problems because students were afraid to disobey rules and regulations.

Today, however, students are not afraid because teachers’ hands are tied and they cannot punish disobedient students.

Uthayakumar may have come from a school that may not have had hardcore students. Caning is not necessary in good schools. However, in schools where students are hard to deal with, it is necessary.

I am a teacher. I love my job and I do have good rapport with my students. Even so, there are students who refuse to do their homework or bring their books to school.

They have been sent for counselling. They have been given demerit points and have been advised. They are not bothered. They sleep in class and refuse to do anything.

They would not have come to this stage if they had been disciplined when they were younger.

They need harsh discipline. I hope the government will reintroduce caning in schools.

Read more: INDISCIPLINE: Bring back caning – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/indiscipline-bring-back-caning-1.95689#ixzz1y6kEHHns

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

INDISCIPLINE: Have procedures on corporal punishment

Monday, June 18, 2012

By Zamani Ahmad, Tampoi, Johor Baru 0 comments

I AM a headmaster and I have been one for more than 30 years. I am also a father of three married children and I have four lovely grandchildren.

I went through primary and secondary schooling during the sixties and seventies. I’m glad to say that I studied in a mission school where discipline was given the utmost priority.

Caning was one of the effective methods used to instil discipline in the students.

I was publicly caned in school for breaking school regulations, such as playing truant and smoking. It was a bitter lesson for me.

Though the caning hurt physically, it was the emotional and psychological hurt that affected me most.

The feeling of guilt and embarrassment went deep down into my soul. I was ashamed when I had to walk in front of my friends.

There was an about-turn in my behaviour. That incident even changed my way of thinking. I repented for my past mistakes and changed for the better.

I became more disciplined and obedient, as well as attentive and punctual. If not for that caning, I might not be what I am now.

Furthermore, my late father, when informed that I had been caned, scolded me for embarrassing him.

Parents nowadays are different in the way they bring up their children. Why do parents pamper their children?

They get emotionally affected when they see their child is upset, what more upon being caned by teachers.

Parents try to protect their children from all kinds of harm. Many spend their entire lives shielding their children from challenges and disappointments.

At the end of the day, children are overprotected and their attitude and behaviour cannot be corrected. If children do wrong and are not corrected then and there, they will make the same mistakes again.

And when these children grow up, they may become spoilt and confused, and cannot differentiate between right and wrong. There must be some punitive deterrent, such as caning, in moulding our children.

The alternative method of disciplining students, known as the restorative approach in Singapore, has not been fully successful.

The counselling and motivational sessions for a few problem students seem tedious and time-consuming. Teaching time is taken away to handle this.

The teacher’s role is to teach, not spend too much time trying to find solutions to the problems of a few students. Moreover, teachers are not trained to tackle problem students.

In the United Kingdom riots last year, many youngsters were involved. It showed the alarming decline in discipline among the young, including students, there.

Teachers are afraid to cane students nowadays even though they are permitted to do so under the School (Discipline) Regulation 1959, Education Ordinance 1957.

However, public caning was banned under an education circular in 2006.

The ordinance is outdated and should be amended to make it more comprehensive; input should be sought from all stakeholders.

But we do need a standard operating procedure on corporal punishment. The purpose of the SOP is to protect both parties — the teacher from being sued by the parents and the student from becoming the victim of excessive caning.

Read more: INDISCIPLINE: Have procedures on corporal punishment – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/indiscipline-have-procedures-on-corporal-punishment-1.95683#ixzz1y6jk0PoL

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

Teens dance to gold UNIQUE PERFORMANCE: Sarawak arts school students shine at Georgian arts festival

Saturday, June 16, 2012

By DESMOND DAVIDSON | news@nst.com.my 0 comments




A GROUP of 16-year-olds from a performing arts school here travelled north to a country they have never heard of before, and danced their way to become the “gold diploma” champion of an arts festival.

The 12 teenage dancers and four musicians from Sekolah Seni Malaysia in Petra Jaya “simply mesmerised the judges with the uniqueness of our ethnic dances”, said music teacher Paka Siam.

They won their title at the 2nd international folk dance and song festival in the seaside city of Baitumi, on the Black Sea coast of the former Soviet state of Georgia.

The festival, held from June 6 to 11, was organised by the International Council of Organisations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts, an international cultural non-governmental organisation in formal consultative relations with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

“The audience were bowled over by the haunting strain of the sape — a two to four-string musical instrument — and the melody of the jating utang — a musical instrument similar to the xylophone — that accompanied the dances,” Paka said.

Both musical instruments were from the Orang Ulu tribe.

“We were in a league of our own. The audience never saw our dances or heard our music before. When they did, they were simply amazed. It was all so different from the Russian, Polish and Turkish dances which they are familiar with.”

The students performed two mandatory dances at the competition — the traditional and creative dance categories.

In the traditional category, they performed a Murut dance called Megunatip.

In the creative category, they performed the Lambey Kamek — a fusion of Sabah and Sarawak Orang Ulu dances.

In the free performance, they danced to the moves choreographed by their teacher, Yusof Bujang, called Rampaian Malaysia (Malaysian medley). Lee Sanchis Linus, one of the dancers, described the competition as “very tough”.

“Every country gave a good performance but what made us stand out was our uniqueness.

“I just cannot describe my joy and happiness when we were announced as the overall champions of the competition,” said the 16-year-old from Sipitang, Sabah.

Paka was also proud of the fact that the young dancers and musicians were successful in introducing Malaysia to the people of Georgia.

“Many of them do not know Malaysia, just like we don’t know anything about Georgia. But the Malaysian dance performances were broadcast on television and seen by millions of Georgians.”

Last year, the school sent only eight dancers to the competition in St Petersburg, Russia, and they won the “silver diploma”.


Assistant Minister of Culture and Heritage Liwan Lagang was at the Kuching airport on Wednesday to welcome home the students and their teachers.

Read more: Teens dance to gold UNIQUE PERFORMANCE: Sarawak arts school students shine at Georgian arts festival – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/teens-dance-to-gold-unique-performance-sarawak-arts-school-students-shine-at-georgian-arts-festival-1.94993#ixzz1y6ii25k2