2012, Arkib Berita, Keselamatan Pelajar/Kesihatan, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Khas

Wujudkan sekolah khas bersepadu

29 Ogos 2012, Rabu

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Sabah_&_Sarawak/20120829/wb_01/Wujudkan-sekolah-khas-bersepadu

Oleh FARHANA JONI
utusansarawak@utusan.com.my
KUCHING 28 Ogos – Kerajaan perlu mewujudkan sekolah pendidikan khas bersepadu di setiap bahagian utama negeri ini bagi membolehkan pelajar istimewa mendapat pendidikan lebih sempurna.

Presiden Kesatuan Guru Sarawak (STU), William Ghani Bina berkata, infrastruktur dan tenaga pengajar di sekolah pendidikan khas Batu Lintang dan Stampin yang masih tidak mencukupi juga perlu diatasi.

Katanya, sekolah pendidikan khas di Kota Samarahan pula terletak agak jauh dan menyukarkan ibu bapa untuk menghantar anak-anak mereka ke sekolah.

“Sarawak memerlukan lebih daripada satu sekolah pendidikan khas bagi menampung bilangan pelajar istimewa kerana mereka juga berhak mendapat pendidikan yang sama seperti pelajar biasa lain.

“STU juga mendapati ramai ibu bapa yang tidak menghantar anak-anak mereka ke sekolah pendidikan khas kerana masih tidak mengetahui mengenai kemudahan tersebut,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian di majlis penutup Persidangan Delegasi STU ke -21 di sini semalam.

Sebanyak 10 resolusi telah dicapai melalui persidangan tersebut dan ia akan dikemukakan kepada kerajaan dalam tempoh terdekat.

Antara resolusi-resolusi tersebut ialah memulakan pendidikan vokasional seawal tingkatan satu, menghalang pelajar daripada menggunakan telefon bimbit di sekolah dan melatih lebih ramai tenaga pengajar pendidikan khas.

Dalam perkembangan lain, William Ghani berkata, ahli-ahli STU perlu menjalin hubungan yang rapat dengan masyarakat bagi mewujudkan budaya positif di sekolah.

Katanya, Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru (PIBG) juga perlu memainkan peranan dalam usaha membantu guru-guru tanpa perlu campur tangan dalam urusan pentadbiran sekolah.

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2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Guru, Pembangunan Sekolah

STU: Latih anak tempatan atasi kekurangan guru agama Islam

Posted on August 26, 2012, Sunday

KUCHING: Kesatuan Guru Sarawak (STU) menggesa supaya lebih ramai anak tempatan dilatih untuk menampung masalah kekurangan guru agama Islam di negeri ini.
Presidennya William Ghani Bina berkata, pengambilan guru-guru dari Semenanjung Malaysia bukan penyelesaian terbaik untuk mengatasi masalah kekurangan tenaga pengajar terbabit.
Ini kerana, menurutnya, guru-guru dari Semenanjung Malaysia sukar untuk membiasakan diri dengan keadaan kebanyakan sekolah di negeri ini, terutama di kawasan pedalaman yang serba kekurangan.
“Kita tidak boleh bergantung kepada guru dari Semenanjung Malaysia terutama melibatkan sekolah-sekolah pedalaman kerana kebanyakan daripada mereka sukar untuk membiasakan diri dengan keadaan daif kita di sini.
“Justeru, adalah lebih baik jika kementerian melatih golongan lepasan sekolah tempatan untuk berkhidmat semula sebagai tenaga pengajar di kawasan masing-masing.
“Melalui cara ini, ia bukan sahaja dapat mengatasi masalah kekurangan guru (malah) secara tidak langsung membantu meningkatkan taraf kehidupan masyarakat terlibat,” katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada majlis makan malam sempena Persidangan Ke-21 STU di sebuah hotel terkemuka di sini, malam kelmarin.
Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, William turut menyatakan rasa gembira terhadap maklum balas positif pihak kementerian untuk menempatkan 60 peratus tenaga pengajar tempatan di negeri ini.
“Kami kakitangan guru amat sayangkan kerajaan sedia ada, tetapi kerajaan mesti memberi maklum balas kepada permasalahan yang dibangkitkan oleh para guru berkaitan dengan hal pendidikan,” katanya.
Menyentuh mengenai perkembangan STU, William yang telah memegang jawatan Presiden mulai tahun 1992 menggesa semua ahli supaya meneruskan usaha membangunkan STU ke arah yang lebih baik.

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

Decision on allowing school children to carry handphones to shool by year-end

Posted on August 17, 2012, Friday

KUCHING: The Education Ministry will decide whether to allow students to bring hand phones to school by year-end, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said the ministry needed to evaluate all stakeholders’ views before deciding whether to allow students to bring cellphones and iPads to school.
“We have heard a lot of different views, including from students in Sarawak’s rural areas, who have yet to receive wireless communication coverage,” he told reporters after handing-over cheques for Sarawak government-aided schools, which was witnessed by Energy, Green-Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin, here, Thursday.
During the ceremony, RM11.2 million was given out to 165 Chinese national-type schools and Chinese stream missionary schools, that have been receiving federal financial aid of RM60 million since 2008.
Wee said the ministry would also issue guidelines to control the use of communication gadgets at schools.
He also said that the ministry would provide some allocations for Sarawak rural schools for upgrading work on buildings, roof structure, furniture as well as to increase enrolment.- Bernama

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

Chief Minister calls for commitment in Sarawak technical education transformation

Posted on August 23, 2012, Thursday

SIBU: The technical education transformation in Sarawak must be carried out firmly and with commitment, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said here.
This was to allow for focus on training the people to achieve greater technical competency and in carrying out technical research, he said at an Aidilfitri gathering last night organised by the Muslim community here led by Nangka state assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapaee.
Taib said the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), the state’s regional development area, was about greater industrialisation and it was imperative for Sarawak to be able to produce enough people equipped with technical expertise and skills at all levels.
“We have succeeded in attracting billions of ringgit in foreign heavy industry investment. There are signs more (investors) are moving in from neighbouring countries like Thailand, and so we must be able to stand up to the occasion,” he said.
He said elected representatives and those in the corporate sector could play a major role in getting rural youths in particular to take up technical studies and training. –Bernama

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2012, Arkib Berita, ICT/Teknologi, Pembangunan Sekolah

Union against students bringing hand phones to school

Posted on August 23, 2012, Thursday

KUCHING: In principle, Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) is against students bringing hand phones or other IT gadgets to school.
This was disclosed by its president Ahmad Malie who said that allowing them to do so might bring implications as students could abuse them without knowing the repercussions.
Malie also told reporters at his Hari Raya Open house yesterday that they would have a meeting in September to discuss the matter, saying the Ministry of Education needed to explain and obtain feedback from various parties, including parents-teachers associations.
“We are worried of the implications if students abuse the hand phones,” he said, citing the many unpleasant things that could occur if the modern tools were to be used other than their intended purposes
The issue arose last month when Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong announced that students in Malaysia would be allowed to bring mobile phones and IT gadgets to school from next year.
According to him, the move was in line with the implementation of virtual teaching and learning programmes, which will offer free WiFi in schools.
He added that allowing mobile phones in schools was taking place worldwide, saying some schools in the United States and United Kingdom had begun to allow mobile phones in schools but with stringent guidelines on their use.
In most of these cases, he said students were only allowed to use their phones during lunch.
Wee’s announcement has created mixed reaction from the public and to date the ministry is still waiting for more feedback on the pros and cons of the matter.

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2012, Arkib Berita, ICT/Teknologi, Pembangunan Sekolah

4G coverage for all schools soon?

Posted on August 18, 2012, Saturday

KUCHING: The Ministry of Education has proposed extending 4G coverage to schools following a decision to allow children to use information and communication technology (ICT) gadgets in school.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said a virtual environment would be required if the government decided to adopt the proposal of students using ICT gadgets in school.
Speaking to reporters here yesterday, he said 10,000 schools in the country had been included in the plan to implement 4G services.
“The ministry is still in the midst of getting feedback from all strata of population before a decision to allow ICT gadgets in school,” he said after a cheque presentation at Chung Hua Primary School 10th Mile near here.
Wee said various parties including parents, teachers and students themselves had responded to the suggestion.
“It is not yet decided as we are gathering feedback from the ground. Some people agree but some do not agree, and teachers have offered their opinions.
“Even school children have expressed diverse views. Some say it will make them happy and some say they are unhappy with the idea.
“Thus, we need to hear out as many opinions as possible before coming to a decision.”
Wee went on to explain that some media focused on smart phones in their reports while the ministry’s idea was to include all ICT gadgets.
“It is not just iPhones or other smart phones we are talking about. We are looking at ICT gadgets ranging from smart phones to tablets and laptops or netbooks.”
Last month, Wee announced that students would be allowed to bring ICT gadgets to school after rules and regulations under the Education Act 1996 were amended.
He said the move was in line with implementing the virtual teaching and learning programme, dubbed 1Bestari that offered free WiFI services.

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2012, Arkib Berita, IPT, Pembangunan Sekolah

State needs more international universities and vocational schools

Posted on August 25, 2012, Saturday

William Ghani Bina
KUCHING: Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) president William Ghani Bina said he hoped the government would set up more international universities and vocational schools in the state to meet the growing needs among locals for quality tertiary and skill-based education.
Such a move, he said, would also enable the people to grab the many opportunities mushrooming in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
Ghani also hoped that universities here would work closely with the industries so that students could do courses that were needed in the state.
“I do not wish to see more foreigners like Indonesians, Chinese and Japanese working in SCORE instead of locals. Priority should be given to locals,” he told reporters at the sideline of the ‘Strategic Educational Leadership for the Building of a Creative Society Symposium’ at Inti College Sarawak here yesterday.
The symposium was jointly held by the college and STU in conjunction with the union’s delegates’ conference.
On the need for more vocational schools, Ghani said: “I hope there will be one more vocational school in Kuching, Sibu, Sri Aman, Miri, Limbang or Lawas. To gain the competitive edge, the younger generation needs to acquire the necessary industry-relevant technical and soft skills.”
Ghani pointed out that education belonged to all Malaysians and not a certain group of people or political party.
He said politics and education should not be ‘mixed’ together and that policies concerning education should be left to educationists and not politicians.
“They (politicians) may give suggestions, but the final decisions should be made by educationists.”

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