2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah

Sekolah berpusat di Sibuti dipertimbangkan

Posted on July 3, 2012, Tuesday

MIRI: Kementerian Pelajaran akan mempertimbangkan cadangan mewujudkan sekolah berpusat yang menghimpun semua pelajar di sekolah-sekolah kecil di kawasan Parlimen Sibuti.

Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi berkata, menerusi konsep sekolah berpusat, pelajar dan guru khasnya di kawasan pendalaman akan mendapat pembangunan pendidikan yang berkesan.

“Konsep sekolah berpusat merupakan idea yang baik kerana membolehkan pelajar menikmati kemudahan-kemudahan baharu.

“Ia usaha menggabung dan menyatukan sekolah, bergantung kepada keperluan setiap kawasan. Untuk kawasan Sibuti, kita akan pertimbangkan cadangan ini,“ jelasnya semalam.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika menjawab cadangan yang dikemukakan dalam dialog bersama warga pendidik untuk kawasan Parlimen Sibuti di SMK Suai, Niah lebih sejam perjalanan dari pusat bandar raya Miri.

Dalam dialog itu, Puad diberitahu bahawa sesetengah kawasan di Sibuti mempunyai banyak sekolah kecil dengan jumlah pelajar yang rendah.

Kawasan Parlimen Sibuti yang terletak di pinggir bandar Miri merangkumi kawasan Lambir, Niah dan Bekenu yang menempatkan banyak rumah panjang dan kampung-kampung kecil.

Terdapat sekolah yang mempunyai hanya 28 pelajar sahaja yang tidak seimbang dengan jumlah tenaga pengajar yang ramai.

Jumlah berkenaan amat kecil jika dibandingkan dengan jumlah 38 pelajar untuk sebuah kelas di sekolah rendah lain.

Langkah menggabungkan semua sekolah kecil itu bukan sahaja dapat mengurangkan kos penyelenggaraan sekolah tetapi juga memanfaatkan sumber tenaga guru.

Puad berkata, cadangan sekolah berpusat turut diwujudkan untuk sekolah-sekolah di kawasan pedalaman Sabah sebagai langkah mengurangkan jurang pendidikan antara sekolah luar bandar dan bandar.

Penyediaan kemudahan pendidikan yang lebih baik di sekolah baharu diyakini akan memberi kesan positif terhadap pencapaian akademik pelajar luar bandar.

Selain itu, Puad menghargai sokongan kerajaan negeri untuk membina sebuah stadium mini di Sibuti yang sebelum ini turut dikemukakan kepada Ketua Menteri Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Cadangan projek berkenaan akan dinilai dalam penggal pertengahan rancangan pembangunan negeri.

Pembinaan stadium sukan itu diharap membantu meningkatkan penganjuran kejohanan sukan sekolah  sekali gus menggalakkan penyertaan pelajar dalam sukan.

Turut hadir Ahli Parlimen Sibuti Ahmad Lai Bujang, ADUN Bekenu, Rosey Yunus dan Pegawai Pelajaran Gabungan Miri Rosnani Yunus.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/03/sekolah-berpusat-di-sibuti-dipertimbangkan/#ixzz1zWABWSoP

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2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah

Asrama desa atasi masalah keciciran pelajar di Sarawak

Posted on July 3, 2012, Tuesday

MIRI: Lebih banyak asrama desa akan dibina di sekolah-sekolah di pedalaman negeri ini bagi mengatasi masalah keciciran pelajaran di kala-ngan murid-murid sekolah, di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Ke-10.

Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran Dr Puad Zarkashi memberitahu, keputusan membina le-bih banyak asrama desa ter-sebut merupakan langkah kementerian bagi mengatasi masalah keciciran yang banyak berlaku di negeri ini ter-utama di sekolah-sekolah di luar bandar.

Katanya, masalah keciciran paling banyak berlaku di ke-dua-dua negeri Sabah dan Sarawak terutama di sekolah-sekolah luar bandar sama ada sekolah menengah atau rendah.

“Keciciran dalam erti kata lain tidak datang ke sekolah dan berdasarkan kajian, kami mendapati mereka bukannya tidak berminat untuk datang ke sekolah tetapi tiada ke-mudahan asrama.

“Keadaan sekolah yang jauh dari kediaman mereka dan kesukaran perjalanan telah menjadi sebab untuk mereka tidak turun ke sekolah,” kata-nya tanpa mendedahkan jumlah keciciran yang berlaku di negeri ini kerana rekod ter-sebut di bawah Jabatan Pe-lajaran Negeri.

Ketika ini Sarawak mempunyai sebanyak 606 asrama desa di sekolah-sekolah luar bandarnya.

Bagaimanapun katanya,  asrama ini akan dibina berdasarkan keperluan.

Mengenai lawatannya ke sini sempena meninjau projek-projek di bawah Pakej Rancangan Khas (PRK), Puad memberitahu  bahawa daripada peruntukan RM900 juta di bawah Belanjawan 2012, Sarawak menerima jumlah terbesar iaitu RM125.8 juta bagi melaksanakan 553 buah projek di sekolah-sekolah di seluruh negeri ini.

Di bawah PRK, projek-projek yang dilaksanakan membabitkan pembaikan, mengubah suai bangunan       dan projek menaik taraf, de-ngan keutamaan tetap di-       beri kepada kategori sekolah yang mengalami kerosakan teruk.

“Sehubungan itu kementerian amat memerlukan kerja-sama daripada pengetua dan guru besar untuk memberi maklumat dan laporan fizikal keseluruhan keadaan bangunan sekolah.

Puad memberitahu, walaupun projek-projek PRK perlu disiapkan sehingga akhir tahun ini namun masalah membabitkan struktur bangunan yang memerlukan ban-tuan konsultan, menyebab-kan ia terpaksa dipanjangkan dan Kementerian Kewangan membenarkan projek-projek tersebut dilaksanakan dalam tempoh dua tahun.

“Memandangkan ia membabitkan keselamatan pelajar, kita tidak boleh mengambil mudah isu pembinaan melibatkan struktur, justeru memerlukan bantuan konsultan sebelum ia boleh dilulus dan dibina,” katanya.

Sementara itu lawatan turut diiringi oleh Setiausaha Politik Ahli Parlimen Miri Datuk Seri Peter Chin iaitu Datuk Sebastian Ting, Pegawai Pelajaran Gabungan Miri Rosnani Yunus serta wakil-wakil daripada Kementerian Pelajaran peringkat pusat dan negeri.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/03/asrama-desa-atasi-masalah-keciciran-pelajar-di-sarawak/#ixzz1zW9iNYDd

2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah

Education ministry disapppointed over delayed school building project

 Posted on July 3, 2012, Tuesday

MIRI: The Education Ministry is disappointed with the Public Works Department (PWD) for the delay of two months to complete the new block of building and surau for Sekolah Menengah Sains (SMS) Miri.

Its deputy minister Dr Mohamad Puad Zarkashi said several excuses had been given for the delay such as wiring problem and shortage of workers. The RM10.9 million project should have been completed two months ago.

“What is even more disheartening is that the completion of the project might be further delayed as there is already an application to extend the construction period due to problems faced by the implementing agency,” he said after a visit to SMS Miri Monday.

“I’ve visited this school four times with the last time in January. I hope this project will not be categorised as an ailing project,” said Mohamad Puad, who hopes the project will be ready by this September.

The project commenced last November after the cancellation of a proposal to transfer the teachers and students of SMS Miri to SMK Tinjar following objection from parents, teachers, students and local politicians. -Bernama

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/03/education-ministry-disapppointed-over-delayed-school-building-project-new/#ixzz1zW90fNXJ

2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah

It’s time to rebuild dilapidated school — Deputy minister

Posted on July 3, 2012, Tuesday

MIRI: It is high time dilapidated SK Syed Othman is rebuilt.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi approved a short term allocation of RM100,000 to solve its problems during his visit to the primary school in the city centre yesterday.

Some buildings were leaking with damaged and rotten wooden floorboards.

As it is not fit to be a school in the city centre, the school’s alumni, parent-teacher association (PTA) and Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Sri Peter Chin through his political secretary Datuk Sebastian Ting have asked for a new block.

“The school is in dilapidated condition. I have asked my officials to take pictures and make a comprehensive report because the school had not been included in the 10th Malaysia Plan. I also asked the development unit to prepare a comprehensive report so the construction of the new blocks could be given priority,” Puad said.

He commented that the school’s rebuilding, or building a new block was a long term plan, so urged the development section to provide a comprehensive plan for consideration during the next meeting of the physical audit committee. They would find whether it could be included in the third Rolling Plan of the 10th Malaysia Plan.

“It is right for the school to be rebuilt to replace the existing wooden block. I sympathise with the teachers as the classroom is congested and uncomfortable. One of the aspects we focus on to alleviate the burden of teachers is for them to work in a more comfortable environment,” he said.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/03/its-time-to-rebuild-dilapidated-school-deputy-minister/#ixzz1zW827FY9

2012, Aliran, Arkib Berita, ICT/Teknologi, Pembangunan Sekolah

Students show more interest in learning through ICT — Puad

Posted on July 3, 2012, Tuesday

by Anthony Joseph, reporters@theborneopost.com.

IMPRESSED: Puad (standing second left) meets students in one of the classrooms at SJK(C) Chung Hua Krokop.

MIRI: The use of information communication technology (ICT) has made children more interested and responsive to learning.

In fact, the application of ICT as a teaching aid is one of the packages in the national education policy in line with efforts to transform the education system, said Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.

“We noticed that they are more creative and brave in their communication when using ICT in their learning programmes,” he said after visiting two classes at SJK(C) Chung Hua Krokop here.

Impressed with the positive development, Puad said: “The school is among schools in the country that implemented ICT and I noticed the project is very good and suitable,” revealing that the school was one of the two in the state and 36 in Peninsular Malaysia covered by the ICT project.

“We are currently carrying out the national education dialogues and the last one will be carried out in Johor Bahru on July 15,” he added. Saying to date they had conducted 17 such dialogues, he pointed out among the objectives was to increase ICT usage among students.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/03/students-show-more-interest-in-learning-through-ict-puad/#ixzz1zW6nLM5Z

2012, Arkib Berita, IPT

Graft-fighting teachers

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

By SATIMAN JAMIN AND AISYAH SULAIMAN | news@nst.com.my 0 comments

TEACHING GOOD VALUES: MACC to instil positive values in all trainee teachers so they will help eradicate corruption

PUTRAJAYA: THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will set up   anti-graft secretariats in all teacher training colleges nationwide this year.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Sutinah Sutan said the move was to instil positive values among the trainee teachers who would then pass on the good values to their future students.

“Teachers are our key communicators and play a vital role in imparting knowledge and awareness to the students.” she told the New Straits Times yesterday.

MACC had already set up these secretariats at all public universities in Malaysia, with involvement of 200 members per university, and planned to expand to private universities.

“The aim is to get as many people as possible to be involved in the activities set up by the secretariats, such as talks, competitions, and camps. The students will help organise events at secondary schools to spread the message among the younger children and also the local communities.”

On the recent shocking result of a survey which showed that a majority of university students were open to offering or taking bribes, she said it was hard to deal with people’s perception on corruption.

The corruption perception survey, carried out by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) revealed that majority of 1,800 university students interviewed saw no harm in offering or accepting bribes.

“We hope the secretariat will help deal with the negative influences of corruption.”

In Kuala Terengganu, MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed urged the authorities and the public to stop using middlemen for projects.

“Using the services of the middlemen is illegal under the MACC Act 2009. We view this seriously as the practice may lead to corruption and we will hold discussions with the government to draw up a guideline on this,” he said after launching a National Key Result Area seminar here yesterday.

Abu Kassim said the decision was also in line with the United Nations Convention on Corruption Eradication and other international initiatives.

On the e-Bidding System to secure contracts and projects, he said it had proven to be effective in weeding out corruption and cost-saving.

He said the awarding of MACC contracts through e-Bidding last year had helped save RM1 million.

Read more: Graft-fighting teachers – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/graft-fighting-teachers-1.101617#ixzz1zW1ikCdn

2012, Arkib Berita, IPT, Program

Matriculation offer for Indian students

Tuesday July 3, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/3/nation/11594202&sec=nation

PETALING JAYA: The Education Mi­­nistry is giving a one-off offer to Indian students who want to enter the third intake of the matriculation programme for the 2012/2013 session.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said as there were still 557 vacancies unfilled by Indian students, it would open these to those who were qualified to be placed in its 13 matriculation colleges.

“The ministry had offered 1,000 spots to Indian students in matriculation colleges during the first intake on April 25 and 539 more for the second intake on June 7.

“From the 1,539 spots offered to Indian students, 943 students have registered,” he said, adding that offer letters would be issued at the latest on July 11. Students, he said, would need to register on July 18.

Later, in Putrajaya, Muhyiddin attended the 1Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade 2012 which attracted spectators despite the persistent shower of rain.

Fifteen decorated floral boats cruising gracefully along the administrative city’s waterfront were greeted enthusiastically by the crowds during the show, which was also attended by Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

The parade is organised by the Tourism Ministry to complement the Floria Putrajaya 2012, a floral and garden festival showcasing some 400,000 flora types.

The Floria is open from 9am to 10pm (Mon to Thurs) and accepts visitors until midnight during the weekend. The night parade kicks off daily at 8.30pm.

The nine-day event, located along the Presinct Two waterfront in Putrajaya, ends on Sunday. Admis­sion is free.