2012, Aliran, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Kurikulum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Sistem, Subjek

Kelas peralihan dimansuh 2017 – Muhyiddin

28 September 2012, Jumaat
http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Dalam_Negeri/20120928/dn_03/Kelas-peralihan-dimansuh-2017—Muhyiddin

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MUHYIDDIN Yassin bergambar bersama peserta dari Sekolah Menengah Kian Kok, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah yang muncul sebagai juara kategori Forum dan Koir pada majlis penyampaian hadiah Festival Bahasa dan Sastera 2012 di Dewan Bahasa Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur, semalam. – Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR 27 Sept. – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata, kelas peralihan di sekolah menengah kebangsaan (SMK) di seluruh negara dijangka dapat dimansuhkan menjelang 2017.

Menurut Timbalan Perdana Menteri, proses itu akan memendekkan tempoh persekolahan murid-murid sekolah jenis kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) dan Tamil (SJKT) yang memilih SMK.

Beliau yang juga Menteri Pelajaran berkata, pemansuhan itu dapat dilakukan selepas kurikulum Bahasa Malaysia di SJKC dan SJKT diseragamkan dengan kurikulum sekolah kebangsaan (SK) bermula dengan murid tahun empat pada 2014.

“Selama ini, penguasaan bahasa kebangsaan yang seragam di semua sekolah agak sukar dicapai kerana standard kurikulum Bahasa Malaysia di SJKC dan SJKT adalah berbeza dengan di SK.

“Menerusi Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia 2013-2025, kerajaan bercadang melaksanakan kurikulum yang sama dan berharap penguasaan bahasa Malaysia murid-murid di SJKC dan SJKT akan meningkat dan setara dengan rakan-rakan mereka di SK,” katanya.

Beliau berucap pada majlis penyampaian hadiah Festival Bahasa dan Sastera 2012 di Balai Budaya Tun Syed Nasir, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka di sini hari ini.

Muhyiddin berkata, dalam melaksanakan kurikulum Bahasa Malaysia yang seragam, pihak kementerian akan memastikan murid-murid di SJKC dan SJKT yang mempunyai masalah dalam pembelajaran bahasa itu diberikan sokongan yang secukupnya melalui kelas-kelas pemulihan yang diadakan sehingga lima jam seminggu.

“Kementerian juga akan memastikan pelaksanaan kurikulum itu tidak membebankan murid-murid SJKC dan SJKT yang menggunakan bahasa Mandarin dan Tamil sebagai bahasa pengantar utama untuk mata pelajaran lain,” ujarnya.

Beliau menambah, latihan secukupnya juga akan diberikan kepada guru-guru Bahasa Malaysia di SJKC dan SJKT agar mereka dapat mengajar dengan baik dan berkesan.

Sementara itu, pada sidang akhbarnya, Muhyiddin menegaskan, kenyataan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz ketika menerima memorandum tuntutan Persekutuan Persatuan-persatuan Lembaga Pengurus Sekolah Cina Malaysia (Dong Zong) semalam merupakan pandangan peribadi menteri berkenaan.

“Saya sudah tanya beliau pagi ini, sepatutnya beliau tak buat kenyataan sebegitu. Apa yang dimaksudkan adalah pandangan peribadi beliau. Saya sudah jelaskan, kita (kerajaan) ada pendirian dan polisi kerajaan adalah jelas.

“Kalau nak serah memorandum, kita tak tolak. Segala tuntutan akan kita kaji. Kalau berkaitan soal pentadbiran dan guru, itu (perkara) lama. Kita dah tubuh jawatankuasa (untuk selesaikan masalah),” katanya.

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2012, Arkib Berita, IPT, Program

Trainee teachers showcase researches at seminar

Posted on September 28, 2012, Friday

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by Saiful Bahari, reporters@theborneopost.com.

FEEDBACKS: Razali (third right) and Chuah (right) together with the seminar chairperson Awang Ruzaini Awang Ali Omar (second right) visit a booth at the seminar after the opening ceremony yesterday.
KUCHING: Trainee teachers from the Batu Lintang Teachers Training College here showcased their researches at the Actions Research Seminar 2012 held at the college campus yesterday.
The 113 trainees, in their final semester from the Jan 2009 intake, consisted of those under the Science, Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Cina, Islamic and Al-Quran, Preschool and Rehabilitation courses.
At the opening ceremony, Lecturer of Excellence Razali Yu, who represented the college’s director Awang Hambali Awang Hamdan, said the trainees’ five-year stint at the college should be justified by the outcome of their research which should depict their understanding on their courses, at the same time.
“We should realise that the varieties of innovation and instruments for educational research nowadays is proof of the advancement of the education industry in providing better learning experience and academic results,” said Razali.
He elaborated that the seminar is a good platform to showcase the capabilities of the trainees as the good research papers can be forwarded to the relevant ministries to assist in educational transformation.
“The nation needs future teachers who can think critically and creatively and are capable of settling problems, provide solutions and are innovative in their work at the same time.
This is why trainees must be able to adapt to the situation and be innovative in their work,” he added.
Relating the changes made to the Malaysian education system from the Integrated Primary School Curriculum (KBSR) to the Primary School Standard Curriculum (KSSR), the changes, he said, was a catalyst to the change in the role of teachers from normal classroom teaching to being innovative in their work.
He later reminded trainees at the college that attitude was important to change an environment at their workplace and that action research should be a lifelong practice in the working world.
The two-day seminar also aimed to train trainees in organising their own seminar based on events, nurture the habit of sharing research data, and for the trainees to receive feedbacks on their research.
The event is also a prerequisite for the trainees to pass their semester examinations.
The College Research and Professionalism Innovation Teaching Department head Chuah Kim Hwa was also present at the event.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/09/28/trainee-teachers-showcase-researches-at-seminar/#ixzz27ldPiEpx

2012, Arkib Berita, Inovasi, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program

SMK St Joseph boys win second prize with Solar Box

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Posted on September 28, 2012, Friday

PRIDE OF THE STATE: SMK St Joseph students and teacher pose with their trophies and certificates after coming second in the Energy Cooking Competition at Bukit Gambang Resort City, Kuantan.
KUCHING: Under the guidance of Loh Sin Ling, three students from SMK St Joseph Kuching, Kong Tse Hieng, Jeremy Ny Yung Ern and John Dan Adrian represented the state in the Energy Cooking Competition recently.
With their state-of-the-art ‘Solar Box’, the creative trio won themselves second place in the national competition.
The competition took place at Bukit Gambang Resort City in Kuantan from Sept 18 to 21 and was one of the activities of the National Level Science and Technology Carnival.
All the competitors had to go through a Kuching-level preliminary round to enter the state-level round. Winner of the preliminary round then competed against 14 other teams from throughout the country in the national level competition.
SMK St Joseph won first place in the preliminary round and was also the champion at state level, thus, earning them a place in national level competition.
According to the team, the Solar Box can absorb, reflect and retain solar energy efficiently.
“It can easily cook simple meal like rice, egg and instant noodle within a short period of time.
It is portable and easy to use, best for picnic and camping. Using solar energy to cook is a common practice in many countries.
“Our country is blessed with sunlight whole year round, so why don’t we start using solar energy to cook, which is free and environmentally safe,” the team said.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/09/28/smk-st-joseph-boys-win-second-prize-with-solar-box/#ixzz27lcfF7iq

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

Prioritise special needs students in Education Blueprint — Council

Posted on September 28, 2012, Friday

KUCHING: The National Early Childhood Intervention Council (NECIC) is urging the Ministry of Education (MOE) to prioritise teacher training for students with special needs (SNS) to improve the quality of teaching under the final version of the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 (MEB).
The council also took the MOE to task for not taking a more inclusive and comprehensive stand on special needs.
“Not only has very little attention been given to this group, the attention is superficial in comparison to the meticulous analysis and documentation in other parts of the blueprint. Worse, the actions suggested for this group go against the principles of Best Practice and Inclusive Education,” noted the council in a press statement.
“The blueprint acknowledges that SSN makes up an estimated 10 per cent of every cohort. But, in fact, it is generally accepted that if a broad spectrum of learning difficulties is included, the proportion of students needing specialised teaching and attention may be as high as 15 to 20 per cent.
“For a 268-page document with 91,800 words, outlining the nation’s educational direction over the next two decades, only a mere 1,070 words (spanning three pages) is devoted to SSN. One wonders how a national blueprint could fail to provide due attention to such a significant proportion of Malaysian students,” said the council.
The council also highlighted the discrepancy between key weaknesses identified in the blueprint and the recommendations for the first wave of action for improvements in education for special needs which did not address those weaknesses.
“An Inclusive Education seeks to bring SSN, except for the severely disabled, into mainstream education through Individual Education Plans implemented by well-trained teachers and professionals, not segregate them by different levels of ‘competency’.
“It calls for teachers to be creative and classroom practice to be flexible so that SSN can learn together with their peers. Accepting students of diverse abilities in the same classroom has been proven to bring benefits to all students. It is the mark of a progressive, humane and high quality education system,” said the statement.
The council said it supports the blueprint’s statement on Best Practice in Education, which calls for immediate action in improvements in skills, training and quality of teachers; working closely with families; and building partnerships with relevant local organisations for mainstream education.
However, it urged the government to address education for SSN with “at least equal urgency” as that of their more-abled peers by immediately implementing those improvements for special needs students under Wave 1, instead of Wave 2 (2016 to 2020).
The statement suggested that along with Wave 1, the MOE should work with families of SSN and collaborate with NGOs already familiar with the education of SSN immediately and with minimal costs.
“We take this opportunity to reiterate our willingness to engage in discussions and to provide whatever support we can in the move to transform education for SSN in Malaysia to meet the highest international standards in the coming two decades.
“No child must be left behind, but just saying this does not make it happen. We say again that the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. The council would like to advocate for our best teachers (and the education system) to support our weakest children so that as a nation, we can all move forward without leaving any behind,” concluded the statement.
Last April, the NECIC submitted a Memorandum on Inclusive Education as National Policy for Children with Special Needs to the MOE, which was written by the council and supported by over 60 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) nationwide.
Amongst others, the memorandum contained a long list of suggestions and recommendations for long-term actions towards improving education of SSN.
The council has yet to receive any response from the ministry.
The council is a registered coalition of parents, therapists and professionals from NGOs and government agencies advocating for children with special needs.

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2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah, Peperiksaan, Subjek

Schools can set trial exam questions next year

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FROM next year, schools will set and mark the questions for trial examination, including the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said this was to reduce the burden on teachers, who had to travel to the state or district education offices to set the questions together.
“Since we’ve given autonomy to schools to set their own questions, there is no need for state coordinated trial exams,” he said at Parliament lobby yesterday.
Currently, trial examination papers are set according to each state education office and district education office’s preference.
States, which had standardised trial examinations, used the results to gauge the performance of schools.
However, Wee said the comparison would often put pressure on students.
On recent allegations of an SPM trial examination question leaked on Facebook, Wee said the question was not set by the ministry or the Examination Board.
A photo of the alleged question from a Moral Education paper was widely circulated on the social media.
“Anyone could have drafted the question, uploaded it on the Internet and claimed it was from the Education Ministry.
“The ministry has not received any complaints or evidence on this matter and we will investigate if anyone can provide us information and proof of the exam paper,” he said.

Read more: Schools can set trial exam questions next year – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/schools-can-set-trial-exam-questions-next-year-1.149516?cache=03D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3FpFpentwage63Dp%3A%2Fhe3D03Dn63Frea-rti3D19.3D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3FpFpentwage63Dp%3A%2Fhe3D03Dn63Frea%3Fpage%3D0%23commentsForm-190440%3Fkey%3DMalaysia%3Fpage%3D0#ixzz27laMCB6T

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Surat

Sedia jadual cuti sekolah sebelum penggal pertama

28 September 2012, Jumaat

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Forum/20120928/fo_04/Sedia-jadual-cuti-sekolah-sebelum–penggal-pertama

SOO NEE
Dungun, Terengganu
KAMI ingin memajukan persoalan yang difikirkan oleh semua pihak apatah lagi kepada mereka yang telah mempunyai anak di bangku sekolah apabila terlalu sukar untuk membuat persiapan bercuti bersama keluarga.

Hal yang sama sering berlaku untuk menempah tiket penerbangan bercuti.

Disebabkan susah untuk merujuk kepada cuti penggal persekolahan, saya percaya ada rakyat Malaysia yang terpaksa ‘membuang tiket’ begitu saja kerana sesuatu perancangan tidak selari dengan jadual yang ditunggu-tunggu.

Perkara ini patut diselesaikan oleh Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia dengan mengeluarkan jadual yang hanya untuk melengkapkan tiga jenis takwim penggal persekolahan.

Saya percaya perkara ini boleh diselesaikan untuk memberi kemudahan semua pihak termasuk kepada mereka yang ingin merancang untuk menguruskan perkahwinan anak dan sanak saudara atau apa-apa program untuk keluarga.

Apa yang diharapkan agar Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia boleh berbuat sesuatu untuk kebaikan bersama sekali gus ia boleh merancakkan industri perlancongan negara.

Kami memohon jadual cuti penggal persekolahan dapat dibekalkan sekurang-kurangnya bermulanya cuti penggal pertama persekolahan tahun itu.

Saya percaya pihak Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia boleh berbuat sesuatu bagi kemudahan bersama.