2012, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Rencana, Subjek

Launching of ‘The Iban Alphabet’ timely

Posted on June 20, 2012, Wednesday

WORK OF A GENIUS: The raw Iban or Dunging Alphabet.

KUCHING: The launch of the ‘The Iban Alphabet’, a reference book on the Dunging alphabet system authored by an Iban expert Assoc Prof Dr Bromeley Philip on Monday was timely as today (June 20) is the 27th anniversary of the death of the alphabet’s inventor, the late Dunging Gunggu.

Bromeley, who improvised the 59 characters of the Iban alphabet into computer fonts, is the grandson of Dunging who was born in 1904.

Dunging, considered a genius during his time, passed away after a long battle with a serious illness on the early morning of June 20, 1985 at Nanga Ulai, Rimbas, Debak in Betong.

A TOOL FOR COMMUNICATION: A letter handwritten in Iban or Dunging Alphabet.

He was survived by his adopted son Tuai Rumah Bagat Nunui.

Apart from Bromeley and Bagat, the other Dunging alphabet expert is a teacher at SMK Saribas, Ngabong Katoi, who is also Dunging’s grandson.

The book was launched by Senior Minister Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom at a ceremony to present certificates of completion to 15 students of Iban Alphabet Training Class at UiTM Sarawak campus in Kota Samarahan near here on Monday.

The event was witnessed by UiTM Sarawk deputy rector (Academic and Internationalisation) Assoc Prof Dr Rosita Suhaimi who represented Rector Prof Datuk Dr Jamil Hamali, Bromely and Forum Jaku Iban co-advisor Dato Sri Edmund Langgu Saga.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/20/launching-of-the-iban-alphabet-timely/#ixzz1yIfc1rEt

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

‘Include disabled children in mainstream education programme’

Posted on June 20, 2012, Wednesday

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith, reporters@theborneopost.com.

HIGH ACHIEVERS: Wong (centre back row) flanked by Abdillah (right) and Hayward with students who are recipients of the Shell scholarship.

KUCHING: Local Government and Community Development Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh has called for the incorporation of disabled children into the mainstream of the education programme.

Acknowledging the lack of participation from special needs students in the mainstream educational activities and system here, Wong who is also Second Finance Minister highlighted the needs for these children to be given all available opportunities and possibilities to fully develop their potential for the good of the nation.

“Everyone is accounted for and no one should be left out. At the end of the day, the help from everyone all coming together to complement one another is very much needed to make this happen,” he said when officiating at the Shell Student Excellence Awards presentation ceremony at Pullman Hotel here yesterday.

Also present were Shell vice-president (Human Resource for South East Asia) Leslie Hayward and state Education Dept director Abdillah Adam.

In regards to Shell Malaysia extending its scholarship awards to disabled students since 2010, Wong felt that this was something the public must thank for considering that the company had taken the lead in providing for special needs children.

“I would like to appeal to all other corporate organisations to emulate what Shell Malaysia has done which is not only for students who have achieved scholastic standard but also to lend a helping hand to those with special needs.

“Shell has contributed significantly to the nation’s transformation programme in increasing productivity and human capital development,” he said.

In addition, Wong said that school environment ought to provide better facilities to develop students in all aspects. This was deemed very important for the overall improvement of the education standard in the country.

He also suggested the establishment of more single session schools with full facilities to cater for a wide range of students’ needs and interests.

He said having single session schools, with facilities for more liberal programmes with a whole schooling week of extra curriculum activities, would see more students take part in a wide range of programmes.

He also suggested that such schools should not only push for high level of academic achievements but also keep alive traditional values and traditions. Such schools must be able to produce morally upright, diligent and compassionate students.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/20/include-disabled-children-in-mainstream-education-programme/#ixzz1yIeyV1hR

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Keselamatan Pelajar/Kesihatan, Pembangunan Sekolah, Persatuan, Rencana, Surat

Ministry has guidelines on school fund-raising

Wednesday June 20, 2012


WE refer to the articles “Not way to raise PTA funds” (The Star, June 13) and “Unsafe for children to roam around raising money” (The Star, June 14).

The Education Ministry has circulated among schools guidelines on collection of donations carried out by students, that fund-raising activities are planned and agreed to by the school and its parent-teacher association.

The conditions for fund-raising are:

> Funds collected are for the benefit of the students and the school; donations are voluntary; fund-raising activities do not affect lessons and learning; and to ensure the safety and welfare of students involved.

> To obtain permission from the authorities; to set up a fund-raising committee; to involve students; and responsibility lies with the school headmaster and the Director of Education.

> The school requires approval from the Director of Education.

The ministry has also circulated guidelines on school walkathons, which state that such efforts are not prohibited, and that the participants are the students.

Walkathons have to be carefully planned and the safety and welfare of students involved are ensured. Students need parental consent to take part.

The ministry agrees with PTA suggestions to undertake alternative fund-raising activities that are more creative for students and teachers, such as canteen day, entrepreneurship day, charity dinner and the like, as such activities can strengthen the relationship between teachers and students, foster team spirit, sense of accountability besides developing the students’ entrepreneurial skills.


Ministry of Education


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

Not just by caning alone

Wednesday June 20, 2012


IN response to Ewan A. Nedma’s article on “Caning no remedy for indiscipline” (Star, May 29), I believe the real issue is not the recalcitrant students but the teachers who carry out the caning.

Like the author, I was caned for all the stupid reasons in primary school. One was forgetting to ask my parents to sign my homework after it had been completed.

Spoil the rod and spare the child, but what about the person who handles the rod? I found that many teachers did not understand the rationale for caning, and caned students for superficial and unnecessary reasons.

Many teachers see caning as the only means to handle indiscipline effectively. They choose to cane students because to them, it does all the needed work quickly.

They think the nasty strokes of the rotan would convey an unmistakable warning to the students. However, this may not be so.

When a discipline teacher canes his student, he may think: see, I’m caning you, remember the pain, and remember never to skip class again.

However, the unspoken message may not reach the student. Unless the student sees the true purpose behind the caning, he or she is likely to harbour bitter resentments after the punishment.

Perhaps the school can temporarily control the behaviour of problematic students by caning them. But what they cannot control are their thoughts and negative feelings.

Whether students deserve the harsh discipline or not, they have felt physical pain that can have a bad psychological impact on them. The accumulation of bitter feelings may aggravate juvenile delinquency.

For physical punishment to bring out its best effect, schools should provide counselling for such students. This is so that problematic students have the necessary guidance to reflect on their mistakes.

Students should be given the opportunity not only to vent their anger, but also to be corrected and given the necessary advice by counsellors.

Teachers should not assume physical punishment would solve discipline issues to the very end. Caning, or any other form of physical punishment, is just the beginning of a long process of educating our future generation to stay on the right track.


Petaling Jaya

2012, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Forum, IPT, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program, Rencana, Subjek

IPGKIK tawar pakar mantapkan MBMMBI

Rabu , 20 Jun 2012


Oleh Mohd Azrone Sarabatin

ru diberi latihan tingkat kemahiran berbahasa

SEJAJAR pelaksanaan Dasar Memartabatkan Bahasa Malaysia Memperkukuh Bahasa Inggeris (MBMMBI), Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Ilmu Khas (IPGKIK), Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, menawarkan kepakaran melatih guru untuk bersedia menjayakan dasar itu.

Ketua Unit, Unit Latihan Dalam Perkhidmatan, IPGKIK, Kalsom Badros, berkata pihaknya berjaya melaksanakan kursus dengan masing-masing 11 kursus Memartabat Bahasa Malaysia (MBM) dan Memperkukuh Bahasa Inggeris (MBI) (26), setahun. Sepanjang tempoh berkenaan juga, beliau berkata latihan disertai 273 guru MBM dan 190 guru (MBI).

Pelaksanaan itu katanya, adalah sebahagian daripada program berterusan dalam usaha memberi peluang guru menghadiri kursus jangka pendek di Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG).

“Guru dilatih secara berperingkat bagi memantapkan pengetahuan pedagogi dan kemahiran berbahasa.

“Setiap kursus mengambil masa tiga hari dan masing-masing mendapat bimbingan pensyarah daripada Jabatan Pengajian Melayu dan Jabatan Pengkhususan Bahasa Inggeris,” katanya.
Kalsom berkata, bagi modul kursus MBI guru dilatih melalui antara tiga hingga empat fasa iaitu English Proficiency for English Language Teacher’ (EPLT) dan `Pedagogy Enhancement for English Language Teacher’ (PEELT).

Beliau berkata, IPGKIK bekerjasama dengan Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (IPGM), Bahagian Pendidikan Guru (BPG) dan Jabatan Pelajaran Wilayah Persekutuan merancang dan menyediakan kursus relevan dengan keperluan semasa.

Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, Ketua Jabatan Pengajian Melayu IPGKIK, Normah Mohamad, berkata bagi menjayakan dasar itu, pihaknya juga menawarkan 11 kursus setahun.

Pengisian kursus katanya, membabitkan guru peringkat rendah dan menengah termasuk Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina dan Tamil.

Beliau berkata, antara kursus dilaksanakan ialah Pemantapan Tatabahasa, Teknik Bercerita Dalam Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Bahasa Malaysia, Kursus Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Menggunakan E-Kamus serta Kreativiti dan Didik Hibur Dalam Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Bahasa Malaysia.

Selain itu katanya, Kursus Pembelajaran Berpusatkan Murid, Kursus Strategi Pengajaran Bahasa Malaysia Berkesan, serta Kursus Komputer Dalam Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Bahasa Malaysia turut diadakan.

“Setiap kursus dikendalikan tiga pensyarah sebagai fasilitator mengikut kepakaran masing-masing dengan setiap kursus dibekalkan modul latihan sebagai rujukan dan panduan,” katanya.

Guru Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur, Abdul Raof Marzuki, berkata dia bangga kerana berpeluang menyertai program yang boleh dimanfaatkan untuk menjayakan proses pengajaran secara berkesan.

Beliau berkata, kursus seperti ini boleh menyegarkan kembali idea melaksanakan pengajaran dan yang penting dia mendapat strategi, pendekatan, kaedah dan teknik terbaru untuk dimanfaatkan pelajar.

2012, Arkib Berita, Keselamatan Pelajar/Kesihatan, Masalah Pelajar, Persatuan

NUTP syor bendung segera remaja samseng

Rabu , 20 Jun 2012


KUALA LUMPUR: Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan (NUTP) mahu tindakan segera diambil bagi membendung kegiatan remaja samseng menyerang sekolah supaya kejadian buruk seumpama itu tidak berulang.

Sambil melahirkan rasa kesal terhadap insiden di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Cheras Perdana di sini tengah hari kelmarin, NUTP juga mahu aspek keselamatan di sekolah diberi perhatian serius.

Presidennya, Hashim Adnan, berkata usaha untuk mengekang kegiatan seperti itu daripada berulang tidak hanya terletak pada pihak berkuasa semata-mata, sebaliknya tanggungjawab sama harus dipikul ibu-bapa untuk mengawasi pergerakan anak mereka.

“Isu mengenai keselamatan di sekolah ini sememangnya sudah lama kita bincangkan mengenainya termasuk ada cadangan untuk menempatkan Ikatan Relawan Rakyat Malaysia (RELA) di sekolah bagi menjaga keselamatan pelajar.

“Kejadian seperti ini harus dikawal mulai dari sekarang, walaupun ia adalah kes terpencil, tetapi harus diberi perhatian serius oleh semua pihak, ” katanya ketika dihubungi semalam.