2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah, Peperiksaan, Sistem

Kementerian perluas Sistem Modular di peringkat sekolah menengah atas

Posted on July 9, 2012, Monday

KOTA BAHARU: Kementerian Pelajaran akan memperluas Sistem Modular iaitu peperiksaan mengikut semester di peringkat sekolah menengah atas ke seluruh negara mulai tahun ini, kata Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud.

Bagaimanapun, beliau berkata kementerian belum bercadang mengadakan sistem itu secara berpusat seperti yang terdapat di pusat matrikulasi.

“Walaupun sistem ini bukanlah merupakan sistem baharu kerana sudah diperkenalkan beberapa tahun lalu di peringkat Tingkatan Enam di negara ini, tetapi ia akan diperluaskan lagi ke seluruh negara mulai tahun ini,” katanya kepada kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Majlis Anugerah Kualiti dan Inovasi Sekolah-Sekolah Kelantan 2011 semalam.

Turut hadir Pengarah Jabatan Pelajaran Kelantan Hussin Awang.

Pada majlis itu, Abd Ghafar turut menyampaikan hadiah kepada pengetua dan guru besar mewakili sekolah yang berjaya dalam kategori masing-masing, termasuk anugerah bagi Gred Purata Sekolah (GPS), Gred Purata Mata Pelajaran (GPMP) dan Anugerah Lonjakan.

Abd Ghafar berkata, sistem modular yang diperkenal itu memerlukan pelajar tingkatan enam menjalani pengajian tiga semester untuk mengumpul mata sebelum diterima melanjutkan pelajaran ke institusi pengajian tinggi mengikut sistem merit.

Beliau berkata, sistem itu mempunyai kelebihan dan setiap pelajar diberi pengisian dalam bidang pendidikan yang lebih luas berbanding sistem biasa.

“Ini membolehkan mereka menerima pendidikan dengan lebih cepat setelah diterima melanjutkan pelajaran di pusat pengajian tinggi,” katanya.

Mengulas penyerapan sekolah agama rakyat di bawah Sekolah Agama Bantuan Kerajaan (SABK), beliau berkata langkah itu lebih memberi kebaikan kepada Kementerian Pelajaran ke arah penambahbaikan mata pelajaran di negara ini selaras strategi transformasi Pendidikan Negara. — Bernama

Tanpa menyebut jumlah sebenar bilangan sekolah di Kelantan yang bakal diterima sebagai sekolah di bawah SABK kementerian itu, Abd Ghafar berkata beliau bangga dengan pencapaian pelajar sekolah menengah agama di bawah kerajaan negeri itu, kerana ia turut meningkatkan mutu pendidikan negara. — Bernama

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/09/kementerian-perluas-sistem-modular-di-peringkat-sekolah-menengah-atas/#ixzz205Vxe6PK

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2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah

SMK Methodist bags two medals in Junior Science Odyssey

Posted on July 7, 2012, Saturday

by Philip Wong, reporters@theborneopost.com.

OUTSTANDING: Christabell Wong (left) receives her gold medal from a representative of the organiser.

SIBU: SMK Methodist scored an impressive achievement when it bagged two medals, one gold and a bronze, at the Asean+3 Junior Science Odyssey 2012 in Brunei.

The competition was themed ‘Science and the Dynamics of Tropical Rainforest’ and was divided into three areas – laboratory skills, field work and team presentation.

Malaysia sent two teams, one from SMK Methodist Sibu and another from SBP Labuan.

The SMK Methodist team was led by teacher Wong Heu King and students Christabell Wong Teen Teen, Max Ting and Alexandra Wee while SBP Labuan was led by teacher Roslan Tangah and students Aina Balqis Abdullah, Nadwatun Anis and Aneslyia Angan.

Christabell Wong bagged gold in the fieldwork project and presentation while the team took the bronze medal in the laboratory skills assessment.

Student from 124 countries took part in the competition. They included Brunei, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Korea and Sweden.

Meanwhile, SMK Methodist also obtained good results in the 1st Sarawak Regional SPM Bible Knowledge Oral Quiz held in Miri recently.

Josiah Tie Lok Teck and Christine Tzeng Hua Ying emerged first runners-up while Aileen Ling Shih emerged top scorer in the quiz.

Aileen also received the Rosie Cheah Award for being one of the top 10 scorers for two consecutive years in the postal Bible knowledge quiz organised by Scripture Union.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/07/smk-methodist-bags-two-medals-in-junior-science-odyssey/#ixzz205UAqYBl

2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Awal

‘Use age-appropriate teaching methods’

Posted on July 7, 2012, Saturday

by Antonia Chiam, reporters@theborneopost.com.

KUCHING: Age-appropriate teaching methods are vital in early childhood education to ensure proper comprehension, said Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

She said this will enable children to learn many things without them realising it is part of their lessons.

“At this level, fun learning is very important. Each child has his or her own unique characteristics and development stage, so it is very important that teaching methods are appropriate to the age and the needs of the individual child,” she said at the Tunku Putra Kindergarten Mini Olympics yesterday.

She commended the school for coming up with a fun way for young children to familiarise themselves with the Olympic Games.

“This is an appropriate method to expose children to what the Olympics is all about as well as the important values that come together with the games. It is important to inculcate these values so that the spirit of the Olympics will stay with the children even long after they leave to join the real world.

“Also, by kindling an interest in the Olympics, Tunku Putra may even generate future Olympians who could do the school and the state proud someday,” she said.

Fatimah called the close working relationship between teachers of Tunku Putra’s kindergarten, primary and secondary schools exemplary.

“There are various levels being housed in the same campus, which means that there is a close relationship between the teachers. This is very important in regards to the knowledge of students.

“Teachers will be able to know the strengths and weaknesses of the students as they move up from one level to the next.

“By working closely, the teachers will be able to devise appropriate teaching methods in order to improve the learning process of the students. Such student-centred collaboration should be emulated by other schools.”

Meanwhile, school board chairman Datuk Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree announced on behalf of CMS Education that there will soon be a new stadium for the whole school.

“It will be completed by early next year,” he said.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/07/use-age-appropriate-teaching-methods/#ixzz205Tk54sD

2012, Arkib Berita, IPT

Unimas best in country, among top 170 universities in Asia

Posted on July 8, 2012, Sunday

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) takes pride in being ranked among the top 170 universities in Asia.

Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid said the recent record was the best among all universities in the country.

Unimas made it to top 200 last year.

“People cannot take us for granted and people cannot simply ignore us anymore. We deserve to feel proud and to celebrate,” he said at the Unimas excellence awards ceremony at Detar Putra, Unimas here yesterday.

Khairuddin asserted that continued commitment and quality work of every academic and staff would better position the university.

“United we stand, divided we fall. We have to respect variety and unite in diversity, making this our strength at Unimas to brace for challenges to come.”

He said the excellence awards reflected not only good academic performance and staff, but the university’s capacity to produce quality human resource.

A total of 170 individuals received excellent service awards from Khairuddin during the ceremony.

He hoped they would be a role model for other colleagues to be more dedicated and productive in discharging their duties.

Forty-two staff who had served the university for 15 years received long service awards.

“All these awards are a recognition of excellent achievement besides being a symbol of innovation and quality. It is hoped that such appreciation will further motivate recipients and other staff to excel in their work.”

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/08/unimas-best-in-country-among-top-170-universities-in-asia/#ixzz205SO1rAh

2012, Arkib Berita, IPT, Pembangunan Sekolah

Thinking skills should be introduced in schools, universities – Wan Junaidi

Posted on July 9, 2012, Monday

KUCHING: There is no better place to train the younger generation with thinking skills other than in schools and universities, said Deputy Dewan Rakyat speaker Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

“Furthermore teaching thinking skills has far reaching effects, not only to human capital but also society as a whole. It has the capacity to drive change in an educated and knowledge-based society.

“In fact, in the 2006 and 2007 sessions of the Parliament before the dissolution for the general election in 2008, I suggested to the government to include the subject ‘Logic’ for SPM, STPM and university education,” the Santubong MP said when contacted by The Borneo Post yesterday.

Wan Junaidi was asked to comment about a statement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak saying the young generation should evaluate the achievements of the government from all aspects and not only on political perception and rhetoric.

In this regard, the prime minister said the young generation must be trained to have better thinking skills to enable them to differentiate between the perception deliberately created by certain groups, particularly through the Internet and social media which were not based on truth.

Wan Junaidi said the rational of his suggestion was due to his observation of a dwindling of logical, analytical and critical thinking graduates.

“Casual discussions with the police commission in-charge of recruiting trainee officers who had interviewed nearly 4000 candidates confirmed this observation.”

Wan Junaidi said he even went to the extent of discussing the matter with a vice chancellor of a premier university in the country who then told him ‘we only teach three to four years so how much can be expected’.

In order to overcome this weakness faced by graduates, Wan Junaidi suggested that there should be an interactive system in schools and universities.

Besides that, he also suggested an assessment on students’ capabilities should be done based on assignments and research and not through exams.

“Our problem in this era is not for lack of information but too much information. But not all of this information is correct and right socially, morally and politically. It is only through thinking skills that one could analyse to get the correct information.”

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said not only the youth, but the general public at large must be made informed or trained to be able to differentiate between ‘good reporting’ and ‘bad reporting’ by social medias, Internet and especially by the opposition.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/09/thinking-skills-should-be-introduced-in-schools-universities-wan-junaidi/#ixzz205RMXn83

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

CANING: Disciplining a child starts with good routine

Sunday, July 08, 2012

I REFER to the letter “To discipline is to love” by Khadijah Rohani of Kuala Lumpur recently.

It is important to point out that the best realisation of discipline is via the establishment of a routine. You get up at 7am, go to school, come back home at 1pm, have lunch at 1.30pm, rest from 2pm to 3pm, do your homework at 3.15pm, and so on. That is discipline.

Establishing a routine is highly beneficial to both children and adults. I noticed a marked improvement in the performance of students who were brought from an uncontrolled environment to a disciplined one. This improvement occurred very rapidly, often within just a few days.

Having a proper routine to follow gives children a sense of security, control and accomplishment. Tasks are set and achieved within a determined period of time. It reaffirms the importance of preparation and increases the success rate.

Usually, we are successful because we keep at things. Some people might learn to swim by being thrown into the pool, but most will learn better with an instructor and practice.

Nowadays, routine is much discarded in favour of all the distractions. If a parent promises her child to be home by 6pm and then rings up to say that she will be late because of a meeting, this can be a great disappointment for the child.

I find it strange when parents say they spend “quality time” with their children. To me, there is only time. You are either there or you are not.

School and teachers can have considerable influence in disciplining a child, but the parents are the most important, because the child loves his parents more. If the child does not receive an equal amount of discipline at home as he does at school, it will be very difficult for the teachers to override the parents’ behaviour.

If a parent loves his child, the child will love him, too. Except that discipline makes everything so much easier.

 

 

Marisa Demori, Kuala Lumpur

Read more: CANING: Disciplining a child starts with good routine – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/caning-disciplining-a-child-starts-with-good-routine-1.104193#ixzz205QUnBYH

2012, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Forum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Subjek, Surat

IMPROVING ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: Read, write and speak it

Sunday, July 08, 2012

I READ with morbid fascination the issue on the deterioration of the standard of English in schools and universities (New Sunday Times, June 24).

I wonder as to whether our graduates and students can write several sentences without grammatical errors, forget the beautiful adjectives and the attractiveness of the tenor of the writing and the embellishment.

I do not hold a doctorate and neither am I a professor of English nor have I been teaching long. My only credential is my deep passion and love for the language. Let it be known that any language cannot just be learned, it has to be acquired.

Ideally, both approaches are to be taken simultaneously. In class, English teachers teach the technical features of the language. In this context, grammar is of utmost significance.

Teachers are advised to teach in a simple and easy-to-understand approach. For example, “she loves” but “they love”. And in expression, “a bouquet of flowers” and “a herd of cows”.

Secondly, the only effective technique to acquire fluency in a language is to speak it. It has to be spoken all the time. I suggest that all schools and higher educational institutions “enact” their own individual regulations stipulating that only English should be spoken within their premises and compounds. In this regard, all professors, lecturers and teachers should likewise converse in English with their students.

If our students speak English every day, in a few years, they would be able to acquire a command of the language. This applies to parents as well. Parents should speak in English with their children, if they can.

Writing is an art. Not many can write well. Generally, journalists and lawyers are excellent writers. Some of their articles are so captivating, alluring and inspiring. But lately, I notice that lawyers are no longer writing in the polished manner their predecessors did. To acquire a flair for writing, students must write as regularly as possible.

Thirdly, English programmes should start from primary school. The next elixir is reading as widely as possible.

Reading introduces the reader to a spectrum of writing styles and the appropriate selection of words and the nuance of expression. Make reading a favourite pastime.

Often we find that a formidable lawyer is not only sensitive to words, but also responsive to them. In this context, schools and parents have a crucial role to instil in students the penchant and hunger for reading.

To English teachers, love the language. Individually, in your own special way, summon your deep-seated creativity and innovation to teach the language in the most simple and interesting way.

Resurrect interesting and heart-warming stories to enthrall the entire classroom. Through these stories, teach students grammar and the technicalities of the language. Turn your English class into an animated adventure to create affection and fondness for the language. In time, your students will be impatient for the next English class.

 

Musa Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Read more: IMPROVING ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: Read, write and speak it – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/improving-english-proficiency-read-write-and-speak-it-1.104191#ixzz205PvAj9U