2012, Arkib Berita, Inovasi, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program

SMK Kubong wins Petrosains Science Show competition

Posted on July 10, 2012, Tuesday

by Georgette Tan, reporters@theborneopost.com.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: The top three teams for the Sarawak Zone pose with their teachers and Rafidah (left). — Photos by Mohammad Rais Sanusi.

KUCHING: Playing the line between magic and science proved to be a winning formula for the team from SMK Kubong from Limbang when they were named champions for the Petrosains Science Show Competition for Sarawak zone yesterday.

Form Five student Brandon Chieng dressed up as a magician, who then went one on one with fellow student Raymond Wong, the plumber who came to fix a blocked toilet. Together, the duo one-upped each other with ‘magic tricks’ while explaining the characteristics of atmospheric pressure to their audience.

After the competition was over, their advisor and accompanying teacher Yii Tiew Lee told reporters that they were not even expecting to be among the final 10 for the state zone.

“When I received the letter informing us that we have been selected, I started laughing. It was so unexpected and we are lucky,” he revealed.

The competition had the potential to add a whole new experience for the students, which was why they entered, Yii said.

“Since we have a chance at the national level competition, we will do our best,” he said, adding that they would work to improve their show based on the judges’ comments.

Meanwhile, Chieng the magician said they were very happy to win and that the victory over nine other teams from five other schools was unexpected. His plumber friend Wong said that they would likely present the same show, but with improvements.

The competition was held at Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce Auditorium in Batu Lintang Teachers’ Training Institute.

Second place was won by Team One from SMK Jalan Arang, while third place was taken by SMK Lake.

Other schools that entered the Sarawak zone finals were SMK Agama Igan, SMK Lutong and SMK Sibu Jaya. SMK Jalan Arang had three qualifying teams, while SMK Agama Igan and SMK Lutong had two teams each.

Present to hand over the prizes was Petrosains Marketing Department director Rafidah Ghazali.

Sarawak is the third leg of the Petrosains National Science Show Competition, organised by Petrosains Sdn Bhd which manages Petrosains, The Discovery Centre at Suria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur. The event is supported by the Ministry of Education.

The competition was first introduced in 2009 as an initiative to promote stimulating and effective learning methods for secondary school students. It requires students to present science concepts and content in an innovative and entertaining way.

Organisers received 736 entries from Form One to Six students nationwide, out of which 60 teams were selected to appear in the final rounds. These teams are competing in six zones, with one winner from each. Two special teams will also be selected from the pool of runner-ups nationwide to compete in the national finals in KL this September.

In a press statement, Petrosains CEO Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim said the competition was an avenue to encourage students to think out of the box.

“It serves as a platform for students to interpret and express their knowledge of science in an appealing and thought provoking manner. It is also an opportunity for teachers to utilise various techniques in interacting with their students, adding more fun to the learning experience.”

Last year the competition drew 614 teams, with Negeri Sembilan sending the highest number of teams at 97.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/10/smk-kubong-wins-petrosains-science-show-competition/#ixzz20B00a2tb

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

Teens nabbed for beating up Form 5 student

Posted on July 10, 2012, Tuesday

KUCHING: Four teenagers were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of being involved in beating up a Form 5 student near the canteen of a secondary school at about 3pm on May 3.

The victim was leaving after playing basketball at the school when the group assaulted him with wooden sticks, continuing even though he had fallen to the ground.

The victim’s right eye was bruised and swollen and he had stitches on his head.

The parents lodged a police report.

To date, six suspects have been arrested. Several have been expelled from the school.

In another case, a 14-year-old student injured his right leg when two schoolmates flung him onto the floor at a school in Matang around 1pm yesterday.

It was said the victim from Malihah, Matang was unhappy about his school mates taunting him about his hairstyle. An argument ensued. The duo lifted him up and flung him on the floor.

He reported his ordeal to his teacher, and his father later brought him to hospital.

Police are investigating.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/10/teens-nabbed-for-beating-up-form-5-student/#ixzz20AzQDEd5

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

FORM SIX: It’s the right way to varsity

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

By Samuel Yesuiah, Seremban, Negri Sembilan 0 comments

THE report, “Revamp for Form Six” (NST, July 6) on the Education Ministry’s rebranding of Form Six to make it an attractive pre-university proposition will be a welcome relief for Form Six students.

Under the new structure, students will be taken out of schools and pooled in an independent learning system. They will have a different set of teachers and a revamped learning timetable to better suit its status as a pre-university course.

To shed the school image, Form Six students would no longer be wearing uniforms. A modular three semester system similar to pre-university and matriculation courses would be adopted.

Hopefully with this move, more Form Five students would opt to pursue Form Six after the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination. Today, many students after finishing SPM opt to further their tertiary studies in local and foreign universities.

There have been cases of many SPM high achievers who attend foundation programmes in universities and face problems and fail their studies. This is because these school-leavers do not have the maturity or the study skills of higher learning.

In secondary school, these students are practically pampered with extra classes and tuition.

However, in campus, students will find that they have to manage their own time and engage in independent study most of the time. The students are responsible for their own learning and it takes self discipline to do well in their studies.

And many students lack this knowledge and skill in adapting to university life.

Students after SPM do not have the required maturity and ability to study independently and, therefore, it would be advisable that all high achievers take the traditional route to university that is to take the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia examinations.

Form Six education would expose the students to the required transitional strategies to adapt to university life.

Read more: FORM SIX: It’s the right way to varsity – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/form-six-it-s-the-right-way-to-varsity-1.105181#ixzz20AxfdfhS

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Kurikulum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Sistem, Surat

EDUCATION: 9 ways to better students

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

By Liong Kam Chong, Seremban, Negri Sembilan 0 comments

THE Education Revamp Committee is reviewing and deliberating on nine areas of the education system. Dialogue sessions are taking place across the country. The public should put forth their views, suggestions and comments.

I had written on the nine areas. It is advantageous and good to do a summary so that my proposals are rendered in an organised and integrated manner. I hope others will write in. We ought to play our part in improving the education system.

TEACHERS: The practice where full-time teachers need to do part-time administrative work, and appointed administrators (principals and senior assistants) have to be part-time teachers, is the root cause of teachers’ complaints of being overburdened with paper work. Why not allow schools to be administered by full-time administrators who were teachers before? This way, they will relieve teachers of their non-teaching duties. Let teachers teach. (“Have full-time administrators” — NST, April 24).

SCHOOL HEADS: Headmasters can do much to transform or deform schools. We can select school heads based on their qualifications, traits and characteristics, experience and dedication. We can execute a stringent and meticulous selection process for teachers to be promoted as school heads. Pick only the best. (“Pick the best as school heads” — NST, May 4).

SCHOOL QUALITY: Quality should not be stereotyped and standardised. Above and beyond the basic curricular and co-curricular achievements and the upholding of discipline, quality schools must show that they have character. They are different and unique.

In other words, quality schools should have their own ethos, characteristics and unique areas of distinction. In assessing quality schools, these qualities should be given due consideration. Quality should be liberated. (“The mark of a ‘quality’ school” — NST, May 11).

CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT: Do away with Arts and Science classes streaming.

All students in Form Four should go into a general stream where the science syllabus is broader than the Science subject in the Arts stream. At the same time, the general stream Science syllabus will be spared the preparatory materials for higher learning found in the present Pure Science syllabus. This way, everybody gets to learn enough Science and there is sufficient teaching-learning time left for other subjects. “Everybody can do Science” should be our signature sound bite. (“A general stream is better” — NST, May 24).

MULTI-LINGUAL PROFICIENCY: For all Malaysians, a competent command, understanding and usage of Bahasa Malaysia (BM) is important to foster national unity.

At the same time, mastery of English helps us to think globally and sets us on a level-playing field with the rest of the world. Knowledge of our mother tongue preserves our ethnicity and culture, besides complementing our linguistic prowess. If our vision is to see future generations of Malaysians being proficient in BM, confident in English and who also know their mother tongue, then our education system must provide, train and equip them accordingly. Let all Malaysians be multilingual. (“Go for 3 languages to equip students for goals ahead” — NST, Feb 22).

POST-SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES: Post-schoolers are our nation’s assets. All avenues must be explored to help them make that all-important decision after school.

The Education Ministry may consider preparing a directory or handbook on recognised post-Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) study courses for those who intend to continue their studies immediately. It should also prepare a handbook on endorsed voluntary ventures or openings for post-schoolers who opt to take a break from their studies after SPM.

In addition, for post-schoolers to gain experiences and greater insight into their future study or career options, make available to them educational tours to public and private enterprises that are engaged in economic activities. Students should also be exposed to innovative approaches where necessary to help post-schoolers. Let’s us help them to optimise their time and energy. (“Choices for school leavers” — NST, June 19).

ROLE OF PARENTS AND COMMUNITY: The mindset of parents and the community must change so that they are aligned with the new thinking and approaches initiated by the ministry. If our thoughts are not in congruence with our acts, we will labour in vain. When parents and the community move in one accord with the ministry, our schools can deliver the promises of the transformation programmes. “Transforming the minds, enabling changes” is the way to go. (“Parents must change mindset”– NST, June 6).

EFFECTIVENESS OF RESOURCE USAGE: Every school has its own resource centre. To improve the effectiveness of school resource centres (SRC), a question to ask is: in designing the curriculum, has SRC been factored in as a tool to extract and cultivate the potential of students? A good SRC is well-equipped, has hardware and software, and is frequented by students and teachers all-year round. (“The role of resource centres in schools” — NST, May 18).

DELIVERY AND ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM: The ministry’s noble goals and purposes are, at times, not delivered at the school level because of overzealous officials and administrators who may implement the ministry’s policies according to their interpretation or at their own whims and fancies.

Granted that schools need leeway to run in accordance with local specifics and peculiarities, better checks and balances should be put in place to boost the ministry’s delivery system. (“Delivery system can be better” — NST, July 6).

Read more: EDUCATION: 9 ways to better students – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/education-9-ways-to-better-students-1.105179#ixzz20AxCr2CC


2012, Aliran, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah, Sistem

Vocational studies a ‘good move’

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The vocational education programme pilot project in 15 schools is a positive development, said many people.

Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said it was the “best gift” from the education system to the workforce.

“Public awareness of vocational training is low because many Malaysians do not realise students can take up degree courses in vocational studies and pursue a professional career in the skills sector.”

Shamsuddin said in Malaysia, the skilled workforce accounted for only 28 per cent, but in developed nations, it was at least 50 per cent.

Malaysian Trades Union Congress president Mohd Khalid Atan agreed this was a step in the right direction.

“Having vocational training in secondary schools provides a foundation to generate skilled workers.”

National Parent-Teacher Association president Associate Professor Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan also lauded the pilot programme.

“If parents shun this type of education, it would be a sheer waste of talent.”

Read more: Vocational studies a ‘good move’ – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/vocational-studies-a-good-move-1.105035#ixzz20AwKRZEn

2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Awal, Program

Permata course for all nurseries

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

By KALBANA PERIMBANAYAGAM | news@nst.com.my 0 comments

NEW MODULE: Childcare workers and pre-school teachers to undergo a series of Train-the-Trainer courses

.Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor watching Kerinchi Permata Negara Centre pre-schoolers put icing on cupcakes in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. On her right is Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.Pic by Effendy Rashid

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KUALA LUMPUR: PRIVATE nurseries and pre-school employees will be required to attend the Permata (Early Childhood Care and Education) course from next year onwards.

The course will replace the current Basic Course for Nurseries and pre-schools.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, said to this end Permata and the Welfare Department were in the process of drawing up the transition plan to enable the Permata course and Permata curriculum to be adopted by all private nurseries throughout the country.

She said in line with the move, childcare workers and pre-school teachers would undergo a series of Train-the-Trainer courses with Permata. The move is to enable facilitators conduct the Permata Course for the teaching staff at their centres.

“Besides this, Permata will also organise refresher courses on Permata to the existing teaching staff (at the nurseries) so that they can familiarise themselves with the curriculum,” she said at the opening of the Kerinchi Permata Negara Centre at PPR Kerinchi here yesterday.

The PPR Kerinchi centre is the 55th Permata Negara Centre to be set up. The Kerinchi centre started operating on May 27, and to date has 35 children below the age of four.

Present were Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

Rosmah, who is also Permata Negara patron said so far the Permata curriculum was only being used at nurseries which came under the purview of the government after it was implemented as the guideline for early childhood education since 2009.

Permata Negara was established in 2007, with the aim to provide a platform for children, where their creativity and talents can be honed from an early age. It has five programmes — Permata Negara, Permata Pintar, Permata Seni, Permata Insan and Perkasa Remaja.

Read more: Permata course for all nurseries – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/permata-course-for-all-nurseries-1.105045#ixzz20AvNTdrg

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

Bullies’ assault leaves teen with ruptured eardrum

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

ALOR STAR: A Form One student of a prominent boarding school here ruptured the eardrum of his right ear after he was allegedly assaulted by five senior students in the dormitory last Thursday.

.Mohamad Hazim Mohamad Zaid showing a picture of his ruptured right eardrum after he was assaulted on Thursday. Pic by Rahmat Othman

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The 13-year-old victim claimed he was asleep with 50 others when the bullies, all in Form Five, barged into their dormitory in the 2.15am incident.

“They had also brought along 30 Form Two and Form Three boarders into our dormitory.

“One of them directed us to do 250 squats before they started asking us to own up to any wrongdoings that we could have done over the past week,” Mohamad Hazim Mohamad Zaid said at his grandparents’ house in Kampung Kubang Teduh in Gunung Keriang near here yesterday.

The teenager, the second of three siblings, said he was slapped twice in the face by different seniors after he admitted to having failed to make his bed before leaving for preparatory class on Wednesday.

“Some 30 others, who owned up to their mistakes, were also slapped and flicked on the face and forehead respectively.

“The seniors threatened to beat us up if we reported the assault to anyone, including our parents and wardens.”

Two days later, Hazim’s parents took him to a clinic after he complained of dizziness and prickly pain in the right ear.

He later revealed he and 79 other students were assaulted by their seniors after the doctor said his injuries were due to physical abuse or a bad fall.

“The doctor told me and my parents that I would have to undergo surgery if my eardrum does not heal within a month.”

Hazim’s mother, Nor Hapizah Puteh, 39, fearing for her son’s safety, lodged a report at the Kota Setar district police headquarters the same day.

She said her son had always come home with bumps and bruises all over his body but he would only say that he got them from rugby practice.

“Now we know the truth and I want the school to take action against the bullies.”

Kota Setar district police chief Assistant Commissioner Adzaman Mohd confirmed receiving a report on the incident.

However, the school principal could not be contacted.

State Education Department director Mansor Lat said he was not aware of the alleged assault.

“This is a very serious allegation and I will look into it.”

Read more: Bullies’ assault leaves teen with ruptured eardrum – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/bullies-assault-leaves-teen-with-ruptured-eardrum-1.105051#ixzz20AtePmYe