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

TAMIL SCHOOLS: Focus on maintenance of estate schools

Friday, July 27, 2012

By Samuel Yesuiah, Seremban, Negri Sembilan 0 comments

THE move to relocate Tamil vernacular schools with fewer than 25 pupils to more urban areas to boost enrolment and to upgrade quality needs to be seen in the correct perspective. There are 69 Tamil schools nationwide with fewer than 25 pupils.

Most of these vernacular schools are located in the estates and plantations. There are 14 schools in estates with fewer than 10 pupils each.

These schools once enjoyed good enrolment when the estates had many local workers working in the rubber plantations. Over the years many of these workers migrated to suburban and town areas in search of better jobs.

These estates are now mostly deserted and have foreign workers — Indonesians and Bangladeshis. The vernacular Tamil schools in the estates are therefore facing student shortage.

The motion to relocate these schools in the estates that are under-enrolled should be considered carefully.

Firstly, many of these schools are in the estates and the children are living in the estates. And these schools cater to their schooling needs. The children are able to walk to school.

Relocating the schools out of the estates will create transport problems for the children. Even with the schools located in the estates and within walking distance, many estate children do not attend school regularly.

Though some of the estate schools are old and in a dilapidated condition, they are situated on a large piece of land. The estate management has given quite a lot of land for the use of the school. Many have good football fields, a large compound and a few buildings.

Instead of relocating under-enrolled estate schools to towns, it would be better to maintain these schools.

The Education Ministry and the Malaysian Indian Congress need to negotiate with the estate management to develop the infrastructure of these schools. Though these schools are under-enrolled, children should not be marginalised in the quality of education.

Read more: TAMIL SCHOOLS: Focus on maintenance of estate schools – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/tamil-schools-focus-on-maintenance-of-estate-schools-1.113424#ixzz21mOZDEA8

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

HANDPHONES IN SCHOOL: Decision will lead to a host of other problems

Friday, July 27, 2012

By T.A. Nayar, Butterworth, Penang 0 comments

THE use of handphones by students in schools ought not to be allowed. Many problems, such as cheating during examinations will arise.

.The use of handphones by students in schools will lead to other problems.

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Pupils who use them will distract others.

Teachers will have a colossal task of ensuring that there us no misuse during school hours.

As things stand, disciplinary problems in schools are numerous and the use of handphones will only increase them.

Furthermore, the number of students is large and monitoring the use of handphones by teachers would be impossible.

As it is, they already have their hands full and their main function is to teach and educate.

I was a teacher for more than 30 years and am aware of the problems faced by teachers.

As such, do not allow the use of handphones in schools.

Read more: HANDPHONES IN SCHOOL: Decision will lead to a host of other problems – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/handphones-in-school-decision-will-lead-to-a-host-of-other-problems-1.113412#ixzz21mNqiCra

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

Parents and teachers responsible

Friday July 27, 2012


I’M a regular user of RapidPenang and have something to say about giving up seats to those who need it.

In the bus there are seats reserved for the handicapped/pregnant women/seniors. Most of the time these seats are taken by other passengers.

It is all right if there are no other passengers (that need these seats ) but many a time I have seen healthy normal passengers just continue sitting even with an elderly frail passenger standing in front of them.

There were many times when mothers with their kids and students (in their school uniforms) just sat there without a care in the world.

The other ugly sight is when a bus stops to pick up passengers, younger people and schoolchildren push and elbow to get into the bus first without any regard for the elderly/handicapped.

Once I told off a group of students for doing that and they just laughed. What is happening to our children nowadays?

I strongly believe parents and teachers have a role in this.

Please be good role models and teach the children/students common decency and manners, or else what goes around, comes around.


George Town

2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Guru, Pembangunan Sekolah

STU wants more places for Orang Ulu & Penan

Thursday July 26, 2012


KUCHING: More places should be allocated to the Orang Ulu and Penan at teacher training colleges in the state as this would benefit the schools and communities there.

Sarawak Teachers’ Union president William Ghani Bina suggested that the Education Ministry give the Orang Ulu and Penan priority to teach in their own area.

He said not many from other communities would be willing to teach too long in schools in remote areas, where majority of the students were Orang Ulu or Penan.

“Allocating more places to the Orang Ulu and Penan will not only help solve the problem of frequent transfers but also create job opportunities for the Form Five achievers among the communities,” he said.

Ghani expressed his gratitude to the Federal Government, which responded to STU’s request to have more locals at teacher training colleges in the state.

He said STU had suggested 60% of the placements in teacher training colleges in the state be allocated to locals.

“The recent intake to the teacher training colleges in Sarawak was so far so good,” he said.

He noted that before this, only 30% of the placements were allocated for local teachers.

Ghani said the increase in local intakes would not only lessen the cost of sending teachers over to Sarawak, but the teachers would also understand the needs of the locals better.

“The training of locals as teachers will certainly lower the training cost.

“The local teachers are also more likely to devote more time to their duties as they know more of the needs and culture in Sarawak,” he said.

He believed that with Sarawakians teaching Sarawakians, the communication gap would be greatly reduced as local teachers understood the situation and culture of the community better.