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

STPM: Raise matriculation standards, too

Thursday, July 19, 2012

By Lee Cheng Poh, Penang 0 comments

DEPUTY Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister, recently announced that Form Six will undergo massive rebranding to bring it on a par with, if not better than, other pre-university courses such as matriculation (“Revamp for Form Six” — NST, July 6).

He also said the perception that matriculation courses were far better than Form Six should be dropped.

In the report “Undergraduate focus: What suits you best?” (NST, April 25), it was correctly reported that “urban myth or not, STPM examinations have always been a tough path for students who wanted to further their studies into universities”.

Public perception is that matriculation is an easier entry route to public universities.

The ultimate aim of entering Form Six or matriculation is to pursue tertiary education.

For those at a financial disadvantage, the obvious choice is to secure a place in a public university.

Form Six, with the Higher School Certificate examination being the predecessor to the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination, has been around for decades, even before matriculation was introduced.

To bring STPM on a par with matriculation, both programmes must follow the same syllabus and examinations.

It is a fact that matriculation colleges with better facilities have limited places and are for those privileged to be selected.

Students who do not have a choice sit the STPM examination as they do not want to be at a disadvantage in securing a place in public universities.

According to “Undergraduate focus: What suits you best?”, the biggest difference between the two programmes would be that STPM certificates are recognised globally while matriculation is mainly recognised locally with limited recognition by foreign universities.

Having both matriculation and Form Six students follow the same syllabus and take the same examinations would thus give the former the same global recognition as the latter.

Read more: STPM: Raise matriculation standards, too – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/stpm-raise-matriculation-standards-too-1.109688#ixzz211vYGFo1

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2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, ICT/Teknologi, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Surat

Handphones will disrupt class

Thursday July 19, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/19/focus/11687942&sec=focus

I WONDER how the Education Ministry came up with the decision to allow students to bring handphones and other electronic gadgets to school, beginning January next year. The announcement took teachers by surprise.

Here, we the teachers, are trying our best to curb indiscipline among students and now they will be allowed to bring in handphones and other gadgets to school.

I wonder whether the ministry studied this issue thoroughly before making the decision.

I agree that it’s a virtual world out there, but do we have the capabilities of ensuring that this new idea can yield positive results? I doubt it.

Will students pay attention to teachers? I am pretty sure they will be busy tweeting, using Facebook or texting away.

For me, a teacher, this whole idea stinks.

At present, teachers are pressured looking into many aspects of teaching and learning.

On top of this we have to deal with indisciplined students.

With handphones there will be more problems.

Firstly, although there will be guidelines on its usage, what assurance can the ministry give that these devices will not be abused?

Quite a number of students wouldn’t give a care whether a teacher is teaching or not and will proceed to use the phone when the teacher is not facing them.

Even if the teacher sees them using the phone, do you think confiscating it will justify his action? I doubt it.

Students are most of the time right and the parents will be the first to find fault with the teachers.

We will definitely become scapegoats.

“Teacher-bashing” has become a favourite past-time among some parents.

Has the ministry considered the position of other students? There will be peer pressure.

The rich students will be bringing the latest and most expensive gadgets and this will indirectly affect the poor students.

Bragging will come in. Jealousy will crop up. This may even result in students ganging up and fights can break out.

We are providing opportunities for unhealthy competition.

Students from poor backgrounds will feel inferior if they do not own a good phone. In fact, some cannot even afford a second-hand phone.

This will lead to an unhealthy environment in school. When students bring in expensive phones, who is to guarantee that they will not be stolen?

Are the teachers going to be responsible for something we didn’t ask for? I am sure the parents will start blaming the school for lack of security.

Come on, how does anyone expect the teachers to also play the role of cops?

With the unhealthy competition, tension can be created among students, and even between teachers and students.

There will be less communication and we will be at the losing end where friendship is concerned.

Every student will be obsessed with his handphone and will have no time for friends.

Please don’t say that students will not be allowed to use their phones during lessons. It is easier said than done.

Do not even suggest that phones should be kept in a safe place in the school. How many phones can the school handle? When it comes to examinations, how are the invigilators going to cope?

I am very sure that handphones will not be allowed into the exam halls but what if every candidate brought a phone and left it with the chief invigilator? Who is going to be responsible if the phones are missing?

We must also not forget that the handphones and other gadgets can do more harm in the form of unwanted materials.

How do you expect teachers to monitor the students’ access to pornographic materials?

How are the teachers to know what the students are surfing during recess and at times other than in the classroom.

If and when the school authorities take action against students, who misuse their hand phones, what guarantee can the ministry give that teachers will not be hauled up by the parents.

How safe are we from legal action?

I strongly believe that the ministry should not even consider allowing students to bring handphones to school.

JAYARAJ K.G.S.

Sitiawan, Perak

2012, Arkib Berita, ICT/Teknologi, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah

MCPF: Keep register of students’ phones

Thursday July 19, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/19/nation/11685951&sec=nation

GEORGE TOWN: Teachers should keep a register of students’ handphone models and serial numbers as a precaution against theft, said Ma-laysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-president Datuk Kamarudin Md Ali.

“By allowing students to bring handphones and IT gadgets to school from next year, there is bound to be theft, and keeping a register can be a precautionary step,” he told reporters after the launch of the Children and Crime programme at Universiti Sains Malaysia here yesterday.

State chief police officer Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakob, who was also present, warned that the move could bring about problems because less privileged children might be tempted to have their own handphones.

“There are no lockers in schools so students will keep their things in their bags. This can lead to conflict and suspicion among students when a handphone goes missing.

Awareness campaign: DCP Ayub (left) and Kamarudin (right) interacting with the students who came for the launch of the Children and Crime programme.

“This is why there are many things we have to look into, such as drafting guidelines, before students should be allowed to bring handphones to school,” he said.

On another matter, Kamarudin, who was former Bukit Aman Management Department director, suggested that schools have guidelines, like those in Singapore, on Facebook usage for students aged 12 and below.

“You can use Facebook but it is important to know the dos and don’ts. It is better if there are guidelines,” he said.

Kamarudin said that students should be wary of potential kidnappers keeping track of their movements based on information published on Facebook.

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

Police: Sex education can create awareness among kids

Thursday July 19, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/19/nation/11686740&sec=nation

KUALA LUMPUR: Sex education should be taught in schools to create awareness among young children, city police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh said.

He said since 2009, 124 children below the age of 12 were raped and sexually abused.

He said if children were not taught sex education, they would become ignorant of the fact that sexual abuse is an offence.

“When this happens the perpetrator more often than not gets off scot-free,” he said, adding that most children did not know how to fend off such sexual attacks.

“Everyone has a role to play in educating and preventing such despicable acts,” he said in his speech when opening a seminar on public awareness towards the prevention of sexual crimes involving children at the police training college in Cheras here yesterday.

He said what was more worrying was that in most cases the perpetrators were known to the victim.

DCP Mohmad said the public, especially parents, did not realise the importance of preventing sexual abuse.

He also said the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundations planned to hold such seminars in other parts of the country.

Some 500 participants, including primary school teachers, kindergarten teachers as well as NGOs, took part in the one-day seminar jointly organised by the MCPF and the Kuala Lumpur police.

2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Guru, Pembangunan Sekolah

‘Luluskan segera kenaikan Gred DG41’

Batu Pahat: Kementerian Pelajaran meminta Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) segera meluluskan permohonan 9,051 guru lepasan Program Perkhidmatan Perguruan Siswazah (PPPS) ke Gred DG41.

Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran, Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, berkata kelewatan itu bukan mengecewakan pendidik terbabit, malah melemahkan semangat guru lain untuk mengikuti program berkenaan. “Oleh itu, kita meminta JPA mempercepatkan kelulusan perjawatan baru ini supaya mereka dapat disahkan ke Gred DG41,” katanya selepas majlis penyerahan komputer riba 1Malaysia Parlimen Batu Pahat di Dewan Majlis Perbandaran Batu Pahat (MPBP) di sini, semalam.
Mohd Puad mengulas keluhan lebih 9,000 guru lepasan PPPS, termasuk ada yang tertangguh sejak dua tahun lalu.

2012, Arkib Berita, ICT/Teknologi, Masalah Guru, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah

Majoriti guru tak setuju

Hasil negatif benar pelajar bawa gajet ke sekolah 

Kuala Lumpur: Lebih 90 peratus guru dan 80 peratus pemimpin sekolah tidak bersetuju cadangan Kementerian Pelajaran membenarkan pelajar membawa telefon bimbit ke sekolah. Keputusan hasil kaji selidik membabitkan kira-kira 2,000 responden di seluruh negara itu dimaklumkan Yang Dipertua Majlis Pengetua Sekolah Menengah (MPSM), Muhamad Khailani Abdul Jalil kepada BH, semalam.
Muhamad Khailani adalah Ahli Jawatankuasa Induk Menangani Gejala Disiplin Murid yang dipengerusikan Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran, Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Malah, kajian itu turut mendapati lebih 75 peratus ibu bapa dan 55 peratus pelajar sendiri turut menolak cadangan berkenaan.

Kajian dibuat Kementerian Pelajaran tahun lalu untuk mendapatkan pendapat pihak berkepentingan mengenainya.

Beliau berkata, rata-rata semua pihak kepentingan menegaskan keperluan pelajar untuk membawa telefon bimbit ke sekolah amat sedikit dan tidak mewakili suara majoriti.
“Kebimbangan utama semua pihak berkepentingan itu ialah ia lebih banyak membawa keburukan.

“Berdasarkan pengalaman sekolah, 60 peratus pelajar membawa telefon bimbit ke sekolah walaupun tidak dibenarkan ketika ini. Masalah berlaku apabila telefon bimbit hilang, pelajar menuduh rakan mencuri sehingga mencetuskan pergaduhan.

“Selain itu, pelajar membawa anasir berunsur lucah ke sekolah dan berisiko tinggi berlaku penyebaran yang boleh mempengaruhi rakan,” katanya.