2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Pelajar

Student quizzed

Posted on June 28, 2012, Thursday

Photo from data file – BP

KUCHING: Three boys in school uniforms being questioned over their presence in a cyber cafe in Kenyalang Park, Kuching, following a check by police yesterday.

The presence of the boys is a violation of a by-law prohibiting students in school uniforms from entering the premises. The trio, from a secondary school nearby, was among 11 boys between the ages of 13 and 16 years found playing computer games at the cyber cafe.

The raid came following complaints by teachers that their students were playing truant from school to patronise the outlet.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/28/student-quizzed/#ixzz1z37g7TPL

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2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah

Limbang rural school revives interest in traditional music

Posted on June 28, 2012, Thursday

FOR YOU: Kartini presents a souvenir to Dr Rahman as (from third left) Abdillah, Anuar and John look on.

LIMBANG: Top performing rural school, SK Tiga Kampong in Limbang, is spearheading a move by rural schools in Sarawak to revive interest in traditional music as part of conservation efforts in the state.

Bukit Kota state assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail said this noble act deserved the support of all quarters.

“It’s only right that the younger generation master traditional skills and traditions to prevent them dying out from the onslaught of modernisation,” he said.

SK Tiga Kamong included them as part of co-curricular activities to revive cultural heritage among students.

“There are not many among the young who can play traditional musical instruments in the present era,” he said, officiating at the launch of the programme yesterday.

Among those present were deputy district education officer Anuar Naim, headmaster Kartini Hasbollah, chairman of Limbang Headmasters Council, John Sungkai and PTA chairman Abdillah Mat Zin.

Dr Rahman said SK Tiga Kampong played an important role in conservation of culture and art in the Malaysian rural scene.

“I believe the ‘kayu sandaman’ musical instrument will gain popularity as it could be used for traditional songs as well as modern melodies.”

Dr Rahman commended the school for their 100 per cent pass rate in the UPSR last year, making it among the top 700 primary schools in the country.

This puts them in the top 10 per cent of the 7,000 schools nationwide, and the Bukit Kota state assemblyman is rooting for the school to join its peer, SK Lubai, in the high performance cluster school bracket.

He announced a RM15,000 government grant for the school’s traditional music and sports programme.

SK Tiga Kampong, SK Melayu Pusat, SK Limbang, Sk Merambut, SK Telahak, SK Gadong and SK Limpaku Pinang participated in the Kebitaraaan Kokurikulum programme held at SK Tiga Kampong.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/28/limbang-rural-school-revives-interest-in-traditional-music/#ixzz1z374eibF

2012, Arkib Berita, Biasiswa/Pinjaman/Bantuan/Insentif, Pembangunan Sekolah

124 schools rewarded

Thursday, June 28, 2012

By R. SITTAMPARAM | news@nst.com.my 0 comments

EXCEEDING TARGETS: 19 institutions leap over 500 places in national ranking

.Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin with some of the headmasters who are recipients of the ‘New Deal’ initiative aimed at rewarding school principals and head teachers based on the performance of their schools under the Government Transformation Programme’s Education National Key Result Areas in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. At left is Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong. Pic by Sairien Nafis

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BANGI: PRINCIPALS, teachers and support staff of 124 secondary schools nationwide received about RM10 million under the government’s new deal for exceeding their set educational goals.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the schools selected for the awards made up 5.51 per cent of the country’s 2,248 secondary schools.

He said the figure had exceeded the target of between four and five per cent set for last year by the Education Ministry.

The “New Deal” initiative is aimed at rewarding school principals and head teachers based on the performances of their schools under the Government Transformation Programme’s Education National Key Result Areas.

Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said he was happy to note that 19 of the selected schools had improved their positions by leaping 500 places or more in the national ranking.

“Two of these schools, Sekolah Menengah Agama Tarbiah Islamiah Pulau Pinang and Sekolah Menengah Agama Makarimul Akhlak Kedah, had risen 1,555 and 1,202 places.”

He said in the high enrolment schools category, Sekolah Menengah Seri Kembangan Selangor showed a huge improvement in its ranking by leaping 1,399 places.

Muhyiddin said it was also encouraging to note there were 35 government-assisted religious schools nominated under the New Deal award, with 18 selected compared with eight nominations and four selections in 2010.

He said the government’s efforts to bridge the rural-urban gap in education had been fruitful, judging from the total of 67 (54 per cent) rural schools selected for New Deal awards this year.

Of the total award money, RM930,000 will go to 124 principals, RM846,000 to the top five per cent or 470 top performing teachers, more than RM7 million for the remaining teachers and RM1.1 million for the selected schools’ support staff.

He said the government had on March 15 bestowed the New Deal awards worth RM15.6 million to 403 (5.27 per cent) of the country’s 7,648 primary schools.

“I hope those who succeed will share their experience with other schools,” Muhyiddin said.

Read more: 124 schools rewarded – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/124-schools-rewarded-1.99118#ixzz1z31xITir

2012, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Forum, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Awal, Rencana, Sistem, Subjek, Surat

Starting school at five not for all

Thursday June 28, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/28/focus/11519278&sec=focus

I AM a mother of three children. One is in Year Two while the other two are in kindergarten. I may not represent all parents but I believe I speak for some.

The Education Ministry’s proposal to lower the formal school-entry age to five years left me speechless. I do not know how to react to any of the Education Ministry’s plans any more. What I do know is that the children are the ones who will pay the price.

Children mature at different stages. While some parents complain that their children are bored in school, or boast about how advanced they are beyond their years, children remain children. They should be allowed to play, have fun, socialise and communicate. They should enjoy school and not feel pressured to obtain all A’s, and sacrifice their playtime.

Please do not rob them of this. Starting school at an earlier age is not the answer for everyone. Children’s education should be determined by the parents. For example, parents of gifted children with higher IQ should be given the choice to put their children in an advanced class. And vice-versa.

Producing a more intellectual human capital for the future is not determined by the age they start school but the process of obtaining the education itself. The current system can produce many straight A students but they will also be robots.

Ask any parent and the most common remark of frustration would be that the current system is not meant to teach an overpopulated classroom of 40 students. It is only meant to teach the top 10 students of the top two classes of each school year. As such, competition to get all A’s starts early. Is this the generation we want? Whatever happened to true teaching?

The Government should allow parents to be part of the decision-making process concerning education. We may have students who are tech-savvy but that is not enough to contribute to the nation’s future demands. We are going to have graduates who cannot converse properly in English, and mentally-disturbed employees whose childhood was robbed from them. The education system is heading towards, or already is at, its darkest hour.

INTAN FUHAIRA

Kuala Lumpur

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

Teachers should have good English

Thursday June 28, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/28/focus/11543665&sec=focus

I REFER to the news report “Don’t fear test, teachers told” (The Star, June 21). I fully support the Education Ministry’s long overdue move to assess the proficiency levels of English language teachers using the Cambridge Placement Test (CPT).

Rather than fearing or opposing such a move, schoolteachers should welcome the move to prove that the English language woes of students are not caused by their own lack of proficiency. The proficiency level of the teachers has long been in dispute, with some people likening the situation to a case of the blind leading the blind.

Those teachers who fail to achieve a minimum proficiency band of C1 should be asked to re-sit the test until they are able to achieve the required competence.

In fact, a higher band of proficiency should be imposed on those at teacher training institutes before they are allowed to qualify as TESL graduates. The same should apply to those who are taking the Bachelor of Education in TESL at various universities.

I am glad that in trying to improve the English proficiency levels of the students, the focus has shifted from seeking better pedagogy and improving the curriculum to addressing teacher inadequacy. Previously it was rather convenient to blame weak proficiency on the students’ lack of interest, and to attribute the cause of that to not having made a pass in English compulsory for the award of certificates.

Teachers who fail to make the minimum grade should be encouraged to take up reading for pleasure to make improvements. Students often do not have the reading habit, as they have not been encouraged by the teachers who, not having the reading habit themselves, fail to preach what they do not practise.

GOPALA

Dungun, Terengganu

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

A student’s cry for help

Thursday June 28, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/28/focus/11560293&sec=focus

ONE day, a teacher in our school told the Science Stream students to stay back after assembly. The teacher then addressed the Science Stream students: “You are the asset of the school and we believe all of you can get straight A’s in the SPM.”

I see that only Science Stream students are cherished. Programmes are organised only for straight A students, while the weak students are ignored.

In my school, and also my friend’s, we find that teachers don’t have the commitment to help the slow learners.

Every school wants to be the best and to achieve that, they want more straight A students. But becoming the best school is not the reason why schools are built. It should be a place for all students – whether in the Science Stream or Art Stream – to learn and explore new things.

It is not just the schools’ fault, but also the Malaysian mentality. They think Science Stream students are the best. Others may be weaker, but the teachers can still put in some effort to help them achieve success.

I see students failing in their exams and I have discussed this with the teachers. They tell me that the students themselves hate to study, and the students have given up on education. Even if that were true, should the teachers do the same like the students? Give up on the students?

Students emulate their teachers, so why would a weak student strive to do well when the teachers themselves have already given up and lost their belief in the poor students? Children will surely give up if their parents do not believe in them. When teachers see students failing, they are supposed to work harder on them and motivate them, because these students need the teachers more than anything.

School should be the centre of learning for everyone. The Arts students, the technical students, all of us want a better future. We want to go to university, we want to give back to our country. We need the teachers, but the teachers have no faith in us because of our past failures.

The smart students are pampered with the teachers’ faith and motivation while the weak students are ignored. My friend is in the last class, and he tells me that his teachers aren’t bothered with teaching in his class.

Everyone is entitled to education, and we accept that teachers can’t do everything because they are only human. As for teachers who don’t help the failing students, maybe they can start anew. If we are your children, will you, as teachers, let your children sink into failure forever? So I beg the teachers to devote more attention to those who need them.

Every year, when the SPM results are announced, the Science Stream students are always the top achievers while the rest end up holding “a piece of failure”. Yes, we failed because of ourselves, and they succeeded because of their hard work. But we can’t stand by ourselves, we need you teachers.

c

2012, Arkib Berita, Biasiswa/Pinjaman/Bantuan/Insentif, Pembangunan Sekolah

RM10mil New Deal incentives awarded

Thursday June 28, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/28/nation/11565450&sec=nation

BANGI: The Government has awarded close to RM10mil worth of New Deal incentives or Bai’ah to secondary school heads and teachers.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said 124 or 5.5% of secondary schools exceeded the performance targets set under the National Key Result Areas last year in order to qualify for the incentives, compared to 92 schools in 2010.

“We can be proud that the Government’s effort to narrow the performance gap between rural and urban schools has been successful, as 67 rural schools (54%) received the incentives out of the 124 schools chosen,” Muhyiddin said in his speech during the incentives presentation ceremony yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said 19 schools moved up 500 places and above in the School Composite Score. SMK Seri Kembangan recorded the highest jump of 1,399 places, from 1,930 in 2010 to 531 last year.

Muhyiddin said schools would be evaluated under the Malaysian Education Quality Standard 2010 starting from next year.

Under the New Deal, school heads receive certificates and RM7,500 while 5% of the top teachers in the selected schools get RM1,800, with the other teachers receiving RM900 and support staff getting RM500.