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

INDISCIPLINE: History proves that violence breeds violence

Thursday, June 21, 2012

THOSE who think caning is an acceptable form of punishment for children should read the story of James Bulger.

James Bulger was a toddler from Liverpool, England, who on Feb 12, 1993 was abducted from a shopping mall, while his mother was distracted and brutally killed.

What was shocking was that those who committed the murder were children themselves, and only 10 years old.

The court was lenient and sentenced the two to only eight years in detention each. Another factor that might have influenced its decision was the abusive background the child offenders came from.

One of them had a particularly dysfunctional family. The father beat the mother and the mother beat the children. She had six of them and hit them regularly, with her hands, a cane or any object that came her way.

While the children could have helped each other, they instead replicated their parents’ behaviour. The older children beat the younger ones, until the youngest, who was 10, had no one else to vent his frustration on. So he decided to get a friend’s help and find a target that he was sure to overpower — 2-year-old Bulger.

This story shows that the only reason why we can beat another person is because he or she is physically weaker than us. It does not matter whether a child in school has misbehaved, because neither the discipline teacher nor the principal will dare cane him if he or she were of bigger size.

Teachers and other school personnel often misbehave, too. Teachers can be late for class, they may not be prepared for the lesson, they may be unable to complete the syllabus, they may openly flaunt school rules, disrespect students and commit a myriad of other offences. Yet if the principal were to cane the teachers, they would certainly strike back.

And while the child cannot hit back, he is likely to pick on someone else for his revenge, someone weaker than him. And history will repeat itself when the child grows up and beats his own children.

Thus, violence breeds violence, from the strongest to the weakest, and from the leader to the last of his followers.

Powerful countries are seen to act in a similar way against less powerful nations.

Thus, it is perhaps not inappropriate to say that all wars begin at homes, classrooms or in schools where caning takes place.

Marisa Demori, Kuala Lumpur

Read more: INDISCIPLINE: History proves that violence breeds violence – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/indiscipline-history-proves-that-violence-breeds-violence-1.96623#ixzz1yO0I3xO2

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

Stopped from entering new school

Thursday, June 21, 2012

SABAK BERNAM: A group of parents and teachers from Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) Ladang Sabak Bernam lodged eight police reports at the district police headquarters, here, claiming that they were barred from entering the new school building yesterday.

The group, including a canteen operator, claimed 30 people blocked the entrance to the new school and threatened them to return to the dilapidated old school building located a kilometre away.

One of the parents, S. Raja, 53, said the old building was not suitable due to its bad condition and limited facilities.

“It is dusty as it is near the plantation and infested with snakes. We want our children to be safe and they should go to the new school,” said Raja.

Former student M. Satiswaran, 17, said a cobra once slithered into a teacher’s bag while she was teaching in a classroom.

Meanwhile, Sabak Bernam district police chief Superintendent Mushar Mohamad Noor confirmed the reports.

“We received eight reports and the case is being investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal threats.”

Selangor Education Department director Abdullah Mad Yunus said the directive to move out was issued last week but was protested by those who claimed the new school roof was too close to the high voltage power lines and that the bridge to it was also too narrow.

“We have assurances from Tenaga Nasional Berhad that the high voltage power lines are safe while their claims on the bridge are wrong,” he said.

Read more: Stopped from entering new school – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/stopped-from-entering-new-school-1.96701#ixzz1yNyZQoOY

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

NUTP sec-gen: English proficiency assessments not carried out to find fault

Thursday June 21, 2012



PETALING JAYA: English language teachers should not fear getting their level of proficiency assessed, said National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng.

“Teachers must not think that the tests are administered to find fault with them,” she commented on the Cambridge Placement Test (CPT) and Pedagogy Standards for English Language Teaching test online.

Starting from May, all English language teachers in schools are required to sit for the test.

Lok said that all state teaching unions had agreed that the tests should be carried out as the module on the continuous development for teachers will be based on the outcome of these assessments.

“If we want to improve the standard of English among students, there is no other way but to make sure that teachers are proficient in English,” said Lok.

Education Ministry deputy director-general (Teacher Development Professionalism) Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said teachers would be placed at different bands or Com-mon European Framework of Refer-ence for Languages (CEFR) levels according to their scores from CPT.

“Teachers should aim to achieve a minimum of band C1 (effective proficiency) in their CPT results. Those who are placed along bands B1 and B2 (scores of less than 75) will be sent for retraining courses,” saidDr Khair Mohamad.

Malaysian English Language Tea-ching Association president Dr Gana-kumaran Subramaniam suggested that teachers be provided with specific feedback on their CPT scores.

“Teachers may not be able to know which area they are weak in from their overall CPT score. It would be better if teachers receive a breakdown of their scores so that they can improve,” said Dr Ganakumaran.

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

Chinese language a must for trainees

Thursday June 21, 2012


IPOH: Students aspiring to become Chinese school teachers at all 27 teachers training institutes (IPG) nationwide must take up Chinese language as an elective subject, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

This is to ensure higher quality Chinese teachers besides addressing teacher shortages, he added.

“The ruling will apply to the next batch of 490 students, of which 60 of them will be enrolled at an IPG campus in Ipoh,” he said after visiting the campus in Hulu Kinta yesterday.

In KLUANG, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chungsaid the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) had disbursed loans totalling RM44bil to almost two million students as of April.

He said the list of successful applicants for places at local universities was expected to be released next month.

2012, Arkib Berita, ICT/Teknologi, Inovasi, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program, Rencana

Pelajar SMK Sultan Tajul Ariffin juara pertandingan video ‘ICT Duniaku 2012’

20 Jun 2012, Rabu


Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid (berdiri berkemeja biru) bergambar bersama pemenang pada Majlis Penyampaian Hadiah Pertandingan ‘ICT Duniaku 2012’ di Perak Techno Trade Centre (PTTC), Ipoh, semalam.

IPOH 19 Jun – Lima pelajar Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sultan Tajul Ariffin, Manong yang menggelarkan diri mereka sebagai kumpulan Semesta Studio diumumkan sebagai juara pertandingan video ‘ICT Duniaku 2012’ yang julung kali dianjurkan oleh KPerak Implementation and Coordination Corporation (KPerak).

Pelajar tingkatan tiga dan empat sekolah luar bandar itu berjaya menewaskan 234 penyertaan lain melibatkan 40 buah sekolah menengah di negeri ini, sekali gus membawa pulang hadiah berupa wang tunai bernilai RM10,000.

Selain diberikan sijil penghargaan, pihak sekolah tersebut turut dianugerahkan wang tunai sebanyak RM5,000.

Ketua kumpulan berkenaan, Ahmad Syafiq Zulkafli, 16, berkata, idea menghasilkan video tiga minit bertemakan Sekolah Saya itu tercetus selepas memerhatikan kehidupan rakan mereka yang juga merupakan pelajar Orang Asli.

“Video tersebut mengisahkan seorang pelajar, Ngah Saninas yang telah mengabaikan rakan-rakannya kerana terlalu hanyut dengan laman media sosial selepas menerima komputer riba 1Malaysia.

“Namun, selepas komputer riba itu pecah dalam satu kemalangan, dia menyesali kesilapannya dan mula menyedari erti persahabatan sebenar,” katanya ketika ditemui pemberita di sini hari ini.

Majlis penyampaian hadiah disempurnakan oleh Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pelajaran, Pengajian Tinggi, Teknologi Maklumat Komunikasi, Sumber Manusia, Sains dan Teknologi negeri, Datuk Mohamad Zahir Abdul Khalid.

Turut hadir, Pemangku Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif KPerak, Saidon Puteh.

Sementara itu, Mohamad Zahir berkata, pertandingan tersebut antara lain bertujuan merapatkan jurang digital antara pelajar luar bandar dan bandar di negeri ini.

Selain mampu mencungkil bakat dalam kalangan pelajar, beliau berkata, ia juga bakal dijadikan pertandingan pada setiap tahun.

2012, Arkib Berita, IPT, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program, Rencana

Tiada batasan pendidikan

20 Jun 2012, Rabu


Shafie Apdal dan Idris Jusoh (tengah) bersama para penerima anugerah pada sambutan Hari Pendidik Mara 2012 di Menara Mara, Kuala Lumpur, semalam.

KUALA LUMPUR 19 Jun – Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) menerusi aspek pendidikannya akan terus membuka peluang kerjasama dengan institusi pengajian tinggi ternama di luar negara bagi memastikan kecemerlangan para pelajarnya.

Menteri Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah, Datuk Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal berkata, untuk itu semua institusi-institusi pendidikan di bawah Mara tidak boleh meletakkan batasan dalam kalangan pelajarnya untuk meneruskan pengajian di luar negara.

Contohnya, ujar beliau, Mara telah memberi peluang kepada sembilan pelajar melanjutkan pengajian tinggi di Universiti Cambridge berikutan hasil kerjasama yang berjaya diwujudkan sejak tahun lalu.

“Selain itu, usaha beberapa Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) dan Kolej Mara mengendalikan program pembelajaran International Baccalaureate (IB) membolehkan pelajar melanjutkan pelajaran ke luar negara,” katanya pada majlis sambutan Hari Pendidik Mara 2012 di sini hari ini.

Hadir sama, Pengerusi Mara, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh dan Ketua Pengarah Mara, Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad.

Pada majlis itu, bekas Ketua Pengarah Mara, Datuk Mohd. Mydin Mohd. Sheriff dipilih sebagai tokoh pendidik Mara 2012 sebagai menghargai jasanya dalam membantu pendidikan Mara terus cemerlang sehingga hari ini.

Mohd. Shafie berkata, Mara kini semakin berpuas hati dengan pencapaian pendidikannya terutama apabila sasaran kerajaan melihat pendidikan di kalangan bumiputera meningkat bakal terlaksana sejajar dengan agenda kerajaan menjelang 2020.

2012, Arkib Berita, ICT/Teknologi, Inovasi, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program, Rencana

Pemudah akan diperluas ke seluruh negara

20 Jun 2012, Rabu


PUTRAJAYA 19 Jun – Pertandingan Pasukan Petugas Khas Pemudahcara Perniagaan (Pemudah), Cabaran: Kembali ke Sekolah akan diperluas ke seluruh negara untuk menggalakkan pelajar melahirkan idea kreatif.

Ketua Setiausaha Negara, Tan Sri Mohd. Sidek Hassan, berkata, program tersebut membolehkan generasi muda membiasakan diri dengan budaya inovasi dan kreatif agar golongan itu sentiasa peka serta berani bersuara.

Katanya, sumbangan idea kreatif dan penuh inovasi pelajar-pelajar itu secara tidak langsung dapat memantapkan lagi sistem pelajaran negara.

“Program ini telah menerima sambutan yang baik dengan 198 penyertaan diterima dari pihak sekretariat.

“Daripada jumlah itu, Pemudah telah mengenal pasti 24 atau 12 peratus idea bernas yang boleh dilaksanakan di sekolah-sekolah. Idea-idea ini dipilih berdasarkan kreativiti, inovasi dan keberkesanan serta impak kepada sistem pembelajaran,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap merasmikan majlis penyampaian hadiah Pemudah Cabaran: Kembali ke Sekolah di Pusat Konvensyen Antarabangsa Putrajaya (PICC) di sini hari ini.

Hadir sama, Pengerusi Bersama Pemudah, Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon dan Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran, Tan Sri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud.

Pemudah Cabaran: Kembali ke Sekolah terbuka kepada murid sekolah rendah dari tahun empat hingga enam.

Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Damansara (SKBD) dan Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Bintang Selatan (SKSBS), Kuala Lumpur terpilih menyertai program perintis tersebut.

Sementara itu, Abdul Ghafar berkata, pihaknya mengalu-alukan pelaksanaan program tersebut kerana ia dapat menyumbang kepada pembentukan idea kreatif dan inovasi kepada pelajar.

“Terserah kepada pihak sekolah untuk melaksanakan program ini kerana kerana ia dapat membantu meningkatkan keberkesanan sistem pelajaran.

“Buat masa ini, kita memang memerlukan sumbangan-sumbangan idea kreatif,” katanya.

Salah seorang pemenang yang ditemui, Nor Nabilah Rosli, 11, berkata, dia menyertai pertandingan itu hasil galakan gurunya untuk menghasilkan sumbangan idea kreatif kepada sekolah.

Katanya, dia tidak menyangka idea penggunaan kad Touch n Go untuk memudahkan pembelian makanan dan minuman di kantin terpilih ke peringkat akhir.