2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Keselamatan Pelajar/Kesihatan, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Reproduktif, Program, Rencana, Surat

Cries for sex education grow louder

Email Print 20 September 2012 | last updated at 12:07AM

By Chok Suat Ling | sling@nst.com.my 0 comments

PEOPLE throw all manner of things from the balconies of apartments — used tissues, cigarette butts, and perhaps the occasional flowerpot.
There have also been news reports of sofas and other furniture, as well as hapless pet kittens and puppies, being thrown from a considerable height.
In Mobile, the United States, recently, a pet dog named Lola was thrown from the third-storey balcony of an apartment. The pup miraculously survived.
Not so fortunate was a newborn baby girl flung out from one of the upper floors of the Desa Mentari flats in Petaling Jaya last Sunday. The baby died of severe head injuries and her unmarried mother, who allegedly gave birth on her own, has been remanded to facilitate police investigations.
This latest case of baby dumping — or more accurately, hurling — may be gut-churning and heartbreaking, but it’s nothing we have not seen before. Bloody bundled babes have been found not just on pavements, but everywhere else, on the steps of mosques and churches, in garbage bins, the dump, in bushes, orchards and public toilets. Some are found alive, others dead, with or without their umbilical cords, heads or limbs, and are riddled with mosquito and ant bites. And then, there are those discovered crushed, mutilated or burnt beyond recognition.
Disturbingly, most of the perpetrators are still children themselves. The cases persist despite Herculean efforts by many quarters to educate, create awareness, and offer drop-off points for unwanted babies.
The first baby hatch in the country was set up by non-governmental organisation OrphanCARE two years ago at No. 6, SS1/24A, Kampung Tunku, Petaling Jaya.
The concept is simple — drop off baby, depart and don’t do it again. The main gate is unlocked and no busybodies will be around to ask any questions. A number of babies have been gently dropped off anonymously at the hatch, and adopted.
OrphanCARE has plans to open two more similar centres, one in Kota Baru and the other in Johor Baru, this year, and there are hopes to set up another in Penang next year.
A hatch may be far from an ideal idea, but it is better for a child to end up alive within its safe confines than dead in a dumpster. It is certainly more viable in the short term, and not as messy, as what was proposed by a senator in Dewan Negara not too long ago — castrate the men who make girls pregnant out of wedlock.
A school for pregnant teens has also been set up in Jasin, Malacca, to address social ills affecting Malay teenagers, such as co-habitation and baby dumping.
All these well-meaning efforts aside, however, the most effective solution in the long term is for adults — parents and teachers — to be able to talk to their charges about the birds and the bees without hyperventilating and a surge in blood pressure.
It would be easier to do so with British author Peter Mayle’s graphically illustrated book Where Did I Come From? as a guide, but that was labelled “obscene” and banned earlier this year.
Indeed, in Asian culture, sex is still very much a taboo subject. Parents, with children on the brink of adolescence, find it excruciating to talk to their children about it, what more the teachers.
But this can no longer be. The world is evolving and the young are growing up in a much more complicated age. Teach them well or they will get scraps of information from their peers, YouTube and Facebook. This may prove damaging, and in the long run, very dangerous.
There has been much wrangling, but the authorities remain wary about introducing sex education as a separate subject in school. At present, elements of it are assimilated in various subjects. But even if not as a subject on its own, sexual knowledge and education can still be effectively conveyed to students.
But what this requires from adults is that they overcome their misplaced reticence and self-consciousness. Parents and teachers must find ways of imparting information to children in a way they are most comfortable with. Our kids deserve nothing less.
And it must be stressed to them, too, that wearing V-neck and tight T-shirts, as well as having muscular bodies, does not make them sexual deviants. Brad Pitt and Arnold Schwarzenegger wear V-necks and have ripped biceps, and so does that epitome of machismo, Chuck Norris.

Read more: Cries for sex education grow louder – Columnist – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnist/cries-for-sex-education-grow-louder-1.145948#ixzz274NzYxTQ

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

Stringent guidelines for schools

Email Print 21 September 2012 | last updated at 12:34AM

By ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH | elizabeth@nst.com.my 0 comments


STANDARD PROCEDURE: Extra-curricular activities to be much safer for students, teachers

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong visiting one of the victims injured in an explosion while preparing a barbecue pit at Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia yesterday. Bernama pic
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KUALA LUMPUR: STRINGENT guidelines will be introduced in schools when carrying out extra-curricular activities in the light of two recent incidents which caused serious injuries to students.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said several standard operating procedures would be put in place to ensure the safety and security of students are guaranteed during these activities.
“This is especially when the activities involve the use of fire and flammable items,” he said yesterday after visiting three students who were injured in an explosion while preparing a barbecue pit at the SMK Seri Mulia in Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, here.
The three — Mohd Azreen Rahim, 16, Mohd Fazli Shah Zulkifli, 17 and Muhammad Ameer Syawal Azanan, 16 — suffered serious injuries after a teacher allegedly poured thinner into the barbecue pit to make the fire stronger on Friday morning.
The three are still warded at Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Several others, including the teacher, who taught Living Skills at the school, were scalded and received outpatient treatment.
This is the second such incident reported this year.
On April 4, Haydn St James, 14, suffered severe burns on his body after a teacher allegedly poured turpentine on a campfire during co-curricular activities.
Wee said while the incidents were unforeseen and regrettable, it should serve as an example.
“We should think about how to avoid such incidents,” he said, adding that investigation into the latest case was still ongoing.
He said the three victims were recovering well and all their medical costs would be borne by the ministry.
“We will also work with the school to help Fazli, who is to sit his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination soon, in providing tutoring and other forms of support,” Wee said of the Fifth former who suffered from seven per cent burns to his body.
Ameer’s mother, Suzailee Yusoff, 47, said her son had undergone an operation yesterday to replace the burnt skin on his hands.
The teenager suffered 11 per cent burns to his torso, hands and face.
Azreen, who suffered the worst injuries, 25 per cent burns on his upper body and face, is also said to be recovering well, according to his father, Rahim Tahir.
In a meeting between parents, the school and the State Education Department on Wednesday, the school authorities apologised to the parents over the incident.
The police are conducting investigations, probing to ascertain if there was negligence involved.

Read more: Stringent guidelines for schools – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/stringent-guidelines-for-schools-1.146415#ixzz274NAWz4p

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Perpaduan, Program, Rencana

‘School Life’ is people’s choice

Email Print 21 September 2012 | last updated at 12:37AM

By Desmond Davidson | desmond@nst.com.my 0 comments


‘SMILES OF UNITY’: Form 6 students win Sarawak short film competition

Students of SMK Green Road, Kuching, showing their first prize certificate after winning the ‘Smiles of Unity’ short film competition organised by Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak, while Dayang Maani Zuriah Abang Othman bagged the top prize for the ‘Heritage of Unity’ design contest. Pix by Azahan Rosli
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KUCHING: A FILM directed and acted by a group of students portraying their life in school and aptly titled School Life was the people’s choice to win the first prize in the “Smiles of Unity” short film competition organised by the Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak.
The film, directed by Kelvin Tan Kian, and featuring him and his Form Six SMK Green Road class and schoolmates — Kartina Asrina Kamaruddin, Bong Chin Pok, Chua Tao Phiaw, Eshwari Priya Ravindra and Dideana Thompson — picked up the most votes at the public screenings in Sibu and Miri in July, and here earlier this month to win the RM11,000 first prize money.
Tan, who received his prize money from Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at Wisma Bapa Malaysia on Tuesday, said he would like to emulate his favourite director, the late Yasmin Ahmad, in producing heart-warming videos.
“After Form Six, I will try something new and different. Yasmin Ahmad has inspired many through her heart- warming videos and I would like to be like her.”
Tan entered the competition as he thought it was a great opportunity for him and his friends “to remind everyone that we are very lucky to be living in Sarawak because of the multiracial society that gets to celebrate so many festivals each year”.
School Life is about the life of students in SMK Green Road here celebrating various festivals through a witty sing-a-long music video type of film.
The films Rojak and Si Kucing won second and third prizes respectively.
Meanwhile, a graphic design student at Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak campus, here, Dayang Maani Zuriah Abang Othman, 20, and her design of three-coloured balloons in one hand beat 73 entries to win the “Heritage of Unity” design competition and RM10,000 prize money.
She said balloons were usually associated with celebrations and implied that unity was a precious heritage of Sarawak that people should always celebrate, while the colours signified the diversity of Sarawak’s cultural heritage.
“I have learned so much from this competition. It helped me become more appreciative of Sarawak. The unity among Sarawakians is something not many places have.”
Tang Sing Moi bagged second place, James Sim, third, and Benny Dieh, fourth.
The competitions were opened to Sarawak youths between the ages of 18 and 35.

Read more: ‘School Life’ is people’s choice – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/school-life-is-people-s-choice-1.146432#ixzz274MVIHr7

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

Good balance of English and Bahasa

Friday September 21, 2012


I AM a product of the era when Maths and Science were taught in English and Sejarah (History) and Geografi (Geography) were in Bahasa Malaysia and that gave me a good balance of both languages.

Until today it has given me a good command of both languages, both oral and written. And it doesn’t make me less patriotic.

I note the level of English has dropped horrendously and this is noticeably true in most graduates today.

Most can’t string a proper sentence in English, let alone speak with confidence during interviews.

By reverting everything back to Bahasa Malaysia is like regressing instead of progressing to a developed nation. Is that where we are heading? I hope not.

Teaching Maths and Science in English and Sejarah and Geografi in Bahasa Malaysia gives a good balance and command of both languages.


Petaling Jaya

2012, Arkib Berita, Buku Teks, Forum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Subjek, Surat

Ensure writers of study text are correct

Friday September 21, 2012


I AM an associate member of the Chartered Management Accountants (UK). My daughter is taking Prinsip Akaun in the coming SPM exam and I am concerned about the classification or definition of ‘Akaun Kontra’.

I hope it can be clarified soon for the benefit of students concerned.

I refer to the SPM study text Form 4 and 5 for Prinsip Akaun by Sasbadi. The authors are Zan Asri bin Tasir, Sharini binti Haji Ramli and Salina binti Kassim.

In particular, I refer to page 47 with regards to the definition of ‘Akaun Kontra’.

The writers have classified discount allowed (diskaun diberi) as ‘tidak dapat dibuat pengelasan tertentu’ and therefore presents discount allowed as a deduction from sales revenue.

As an accountant, I understand that discount allowed is classified as an expense. Hence, it is not presented as a deduction from sales revenue.

Similarly, discount received (discount diterima) is classified by the writers as ‘Akaun kontra’ and presents it as a deduction from purchases.

To my understanding, discount received is classified as other operating income/revenue. The treatment or presentation of discount allowed and received has an impact on gross profit (untung kasar) computation. Hence, it affects the gross profit ratios.

The qualification of the writers and background is not mentioned in the text. Aren’t their background important?

The new National Education Blueprint has been introduced and many suggest that having right teachers are vital but we must also ensure the writers of study text, the examiners and the markers and those in custody of the question papers are the right ones too.

Having the right people for the right position will ensure the objective of the new blueprint is achieved. Otherwise, we shall be stuck with “here we go again” syndrome.


Kuala Lumpur

2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Guru, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Subjek

7,723 sekolah rendah terima guru khas

Jumaat , 21 September 2012

21/09/2012 – 06:32:59 AM Suzalina Halid | suzalina@bharian.com.my Cetak Emel Kawan

Gurun: Kementerian Pelajaran memberi jaminan semua 7,723 sekolah rendah seluruh negara bakal menerima guru khas yang akan mengajar subjek Jawi, al-Quran, Arab dan Fardu Ain (J-Qaf) tahun depan.

Timbalan Menterinya, Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, berkata ia susulan pengambilan 3,834 guru bagi subjek itu untuk mengatasi masalah kekurangan tenaga pengajar pengajian berkenaan di lebih 2,000 sekolah rendah kini.

Beliau berkata, semua 3,834 guru itu akan ditempatkan di 2,054 sekolah rendah yang dikenal pasti berdepan masalah tiada tenaga pengajar sebaik bermula sesi persekolahan musim depan termasuk di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) mengikut keperluan jika bilangan pelajar Islamnya ramai.
Sesi pengambilan

“Kekosongan itu akan diiklankan dua kali bermula 23 September ini dengan sesi pengambilan dijangka Oktober. Semua bakal guru akan dimasukkan ke Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (IPGM) selama dua minggu sebelum terus mengajar melalui konsep Latihan Perguruan Berasaskan Sekolah (LPBS) selama setahun setengah,” katanya.

Puad berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Seminar Keibubapaan Bagi Menangani Isu Lesbian, Gay, Biseksual, Transgender (LGBT) peringkat Kedah anjuran Majlis Permuafakatan Ibu-bapa dan Guru (MPIBG) Sekolah-sekolah Putrajaya dan Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad (YGMB).

Hadir sama, Setiausaha Politik Perdana Menteri merangkap Pengerusi MPIBG Putrajaya, Datuk Shahlan Ismail.
Sementara itu, beliau berkata, ancaman dan kecaman bukan kaedah terbaik menangani isu LGBT, sebaliknya tindakan mendidik lebih rasional yang memerlukan masyarakat memperbetulkan tanggapan terhadap golongan terbabit terutama dalam usaha membentuk semula peribadi mereka supaya tidak jauh tersasar.

“Tujuan seminar ini lebih kepada membendung gejala LGBT supaya anak kecil tidak terpengaruh. Seminar dikendalikan kaunselor profesional bagi mendidik ibu bapa supaya lebih terbuka dan sedar gejala LGBT digerakkan secara tersembunyi,” katanya.

Katanya, kementerian komited untuk memastikan gejala LGBT tidak berleluasa di sekolah, sekali gus merosakkan moral pelajar, namun tidak bercadang mengeluarkan garis panduan bagi mengenal pasti simptom awal pembabitan pelajar dalam gejala itu.