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

37,000 teachers to benefit from English up-skilling course

28 November 2012 | last updated at 11:45PM

PUTRAJAYA: The Professional Up-skilling of English Language Teachers (Pro-ELT) programme has been rolled out to train and improve the language proficiency of teachers nationwide.

Under the programme, approximately 37,000 English Language option teachers will be trained in phases.

It is a programme aimed at helping to strengthen the teachers’ grasp in the language so that students can also attain proficiency.

Education Ministry Teaching Professionalism Development deputy director Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said the programme had been introduced earlier this month and by January, there would be 2,270 teachers participating in the programme.

“For the initial stage, the ministry is planning to train 5,000 English Language option teachers. The programme has since been introduced in Kelantan, Malacca and Pahang and the ministry has received positive response from the participants.

“It will be introduced in Kedah and Terengganu in January,” he said during a briefing on the programme yesterday.

He added that phase two of the programme would involve 2,730 teachers and would begin in February next year, in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Perlis, Johor, Negri Sembilan, Sabah and Sarawak.

Khair said teachers who were currently undergoing the programme would come under the the B1 and B2 (independent user) bands, which meant that the teachers were able to participate independently in higher level of language interaction.

However, he said teachers who were under the A1 and A2 (basic user) bands, would not go through the programme as they were normally the non-optional English Language teachers in schools.

Instead, he said they would be redeployed to teach the subjects they had opted to teach initially.

“Prior to their selection to participate in the programme, the teachers will go through a language proficiency test and it is conducted through the administration of the Cambridge Placement Test (CPT) for all the English language teachers nationwide.

“Once the results have been obtained, it will be calibrated with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to determine the band they are in,” he added.

The CEFR is a common reference or metric for describing and determining a teacher’s proficiency in language learning, teaching and assessment.

“Aside from the CPT, the Aptis test by British Council is also used as a second filter to ensure that only teachers who need the programme attend it.”

He said the duration of the programme was for a year and the course commitment was for 44 weeks.

“The interaction and course components will put teachers through 240 hours of face-to-face interaction, and 240 hours of digital course.

“During the school term, they are required to complete at least a four-hour face-to-face session per week which will be held outside school teaching hours.

“During school holidays, they are subjected to a seven-day training per year at the nearest training centre.”

He said the teachers are trained by qualified and experienced trainers recruited from the British Council and the course materials used were reviewed by a panel comprising of senior English lecturers from both Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia.

“The course materials are tailored to enhance their language competency.

“An internal panel comprising of UKM professors and the ministry’s officers was formed to evaluate and monitor the participants and quality of the programme.”

External international consultants are also appointed by the British Council to develop a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to ensure that the project objectives are achieved aside from maintaining the standards of the programme.

.Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof says the duration of the Professional Up-skilling of English Language Teachers (Pro-ELT) programme is for a year and the course commitment is for 44 weeks.

Read more: 37,000 teachers to benefit from English up-skilling course – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/37-000-teachers-to-benefit-from-english-up-skilling-course-1.177745#ixzz2DZaU9Gql

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2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah

Syor tubuh Sekolah Harapan seluruh negara

Naib Ketua Pergerakan Puteri UMNO bahagian Tangga, Batu Saliza Dolmat mencadangkan supaya Sekolah Harapan yang menempatkan pelajar hamil diwujudkan di seluruh negara bagi mengekang gejala sosial.

Beliau berkata, penubuhan sekolah itu tidak harus dipandang serong, sebaliknya mesti disokong kerana ia memberi peluang kepada remaja hamil untuk meneruskan pembelajaran serta memperbaiki diri.

“Sekolah Harapan ini bukan saja dapat memberikan perlindungan kepada remaja yang terlanjur, malah dapat mengubati segala masalah yang dihadapi oleh mereka,” katanya ketika membahaskan usul sosial pada Perhimpunan Agung Pergerakan Puteri UMNO 2012, di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC) di sini.

Sekolah Harapan yang diwujudkan di Jasin, Melaka pada November 2011 bertujuan untuk memberikan perlindungan kepada remaja hamil sehingga habis tempoh berpantang sebelum dapat kembali ke pangkuan keluarga masing-masing.

Dekati golongan muda

Sementara itu, Ketua Puteri UMNO Bahagian Kangar, Huzaini Abdul Hamid ketika membahaskan usul yang sama berkata, dasar langit terbuka dan dunia tanpa sempadan sekarang memberikan kesan negatif kepada generasi muda sehingga ada yang menganggap mereka sebagai golongan pencetus masalah serta kekecohan dalam kalangan masyarakat.

Sehubungan itu, beliau berkata, anggota Puteri UMNO haruslah menggunakan setiap ruang dan peluang yang disediakan kerajaan untuk mendekati generasi muda, sekali gus membantu mengikis tanggapan negatif masyarakat terhadap golongan itu.

2012, Arkib Berita, IPT

26 banduan muda ikuti pendidikan jarak jauh

28 November 2012,Rabu

PERSEMBAHAN pelajar-pelajar dari Sekolah Integriti Marang yang muncul johan Pertandingan Kawad Kaki di Penjara Marang, Terengganu, semalam.

MARANG 27 Nov. – Seramai 26 banduan muda kini mengikuti pendidikan jarak jauh (PJJ) secara dalam talian di institusi pengajian tinggi awam dan swasta di seluruh negara bagi membolehkan mereka memulakan penghidupan lebih baik selepas dibebaskan.

Pengarah Pengurusan Banduan Ibu Pejabat Penjara, Komisioner Penjara Jamaluddin Saad (gambar) berkata, kesemuanya yang mengikuti pelbagai kursus peringkat diploma dan sarjana muda itu mengikuti pembelajaran dengan bimbingan pensyarah.

“Sejak program itu diperkenalkan beberapa tahun lalu, seramai 26 banduan telah mengikuti pelbagai bidang pengajian di Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Terbuka Malaysia dan Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA).

“Kita turut mendapat kerjasama yang baik daripada beberapa buah universiti lain serta Kementerian Pelajaran untuk menyediakan kemudahan buat penghuni penjara ini,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika ditemui selepas merasmikan Penutupan Pertandingan Kawad Kaki, Tangan Emas dan Anugerah Kecemerlangan Akademi Sekolah Integriti (SI) dan Sekolah Henry Gurney (SHG) Jabatan Penjara 2012 di Penjara Marang, Pulau Kerengga, dekat sini hari ini.

Dalam pada itu, Jamaluddin turut memaklumkan sebanyak tiga buah SI baharu telah disediakan di tiga buah penjara iaitu di Bentong (Pahang), Muar (Johor) dan Penjara Wanita Kota Kinabalu (Sabah).

Jelasnya, melalui SI yang disediakan itu mampu membantu meningkatkan kemahiran dan pengetahuan kepada banduan muda berkenaan sepanjang mereka berada di dalam penjara.

“Jika sebelum ini, tiada SI disediakan untuk wanita, namun kita telah menubuhkan SI Bentong bagi menempatkan banduan mulai April lalu dan setakat ini hanya 16 banduan telah mula mengikuti program seperti spa, refleksologi dan hiasan rambut,” ujar beliau.

Sementara itu, dalam pertandingan yang diadakan, SI Marang membolot gelaran juara Pertandingan Kawad Kaki dan Pertandingan Tangan Emas setelah menewaskan SI Kajang, SI Kluang, SI Sungai Petani, SI Muar dan SHG Telok Mas.

Turut diberi penghargaan, tiga calon yang memperoleh pencapaian cemerlang dalam Peperiksaan Menengah Rendah (PMR) dan Sijil Penilaian Malaysia (SPM) serta dua lagi masing-masing menerima Anugerah Pelajar Terbaik Kokurikulum dan Anugerah Khas Ketua Pengarah Penjara Malaysia.

Anugerah Pengurusan Sekolah Terbaik pula diterima oleh SI Kajang manakala Anugerah Lonjakan Saujana PMR dan SPM 2012 diberi kepada SI Marang.

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

Undesired results

25 November 2012 | last updated at 11:30PM

THE recent announcement of the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination results is, as ever, a good illustration of how stressful schooling and testing have become. Broken-hearted children sobbing inconsolably over slightly-less-than-stellar results has, unfortunately, become as much the norm as sights of jubilation by those who achieved perfect scores. But it has ever been thus, albeit the stakes are higher now. While, a generation or two ago, a high grade score was crucial in earning a scholarship to attend university, today, a perfect score buys a student the merest chance of getting a place at a good university.

With competition being that much tougher, little wonder then that the weight and worth of examinations have become greater. How one performs at age 12 will determine which secondary school one goes to, its quality of teachers and its culture of excellence (or the lack of it). This then determines whether or not one does well at secondary school, which is a determinant of whether one is able to go to university. So, for 12-year-olds who understand well the concept of delayed gratification, the UPSR can be both a wonderful and terrifying thing; which is why less-than-perfect results can feel very much like the end of the world.

This does not mean that examinations are a bad thing. It is important for children to learn the value of hard work, whether in the academic field or outside of it. It is important for children to learn to set goals and focus on achieving these goals. It would be quite wrong for parents to not bring up their children to work for anything, because, eventually, they will have to go out into the world, earn a living and make their own way in life.

But it is equally important for children to learn to deal with failure and disappointment, and occasionally to eat humble pie. It is healthy for children to discover that they are not the only ones in the world and that, often, their best efforts won’t necessarily get them the reward they desire. Tests of any kind are a good way to discover one’s true potential and pushing oneself to the limit will reveal the extent of one’s abilities. Knowing this is important for learning to accept and work within one’s limitations. A parent’s job, therefore, is not to ensure that children get good results but rather, it is to help the children to know more about themselves, to discover their potential, to work to their best abilities, to be strong when the weather is good, to be even stronger when dark clouds mar the sky, and to be prepared for any test life throws their way.

Read more: Undesired results – Editorial – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/editorial/undesired-results-1.176293#ixzz2DO4CqDWI

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, ICT/Teknologi, Inovasi, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program, Rencana, Surat

Robots to the fore

Sunday November 25, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/11/25/education/12319550&sec=education

By LUWITA HANA RANDHAWA
educate@thestar.com.my

 

Moment of glory: (from left) Phileas, Zi Xuan and Natasha showing off the medals they won.Moment of glory: (from left) Phileas, Zi Xuan and Natasha showing off the medals they won.

WHILE most kids were kicking off their shoes and savouring the first weekend of the school holidays, a select group of budding young scientists were hard at work at the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) 2012 finals.

Held at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, the international robotics competition that began in 2004 saw 405 teams from 30 different countries taking part in its biggest competition yet.

Teams designed autonomous interactive robots, robots that can help people with their daily chores, and life-like robots that can sense, learn and adapt with minimal human intervention, all within the space of a weekend.

It was the first time that Kuala Lumpur hosted the event and the Malaysian contingent certainly did the country proud, scooping 12 of the 21 awards in the main categories.

There were two categories (Regular and Open) where awards were allocated based on age groups (Elementary, Junior High and Senior High).

Team SCB9 from SJK (C) Batu 9, Cheras, won the gold medal in the Elementary School Regular category. The category required contestants to programme robots to complete a series of tasks.

“I like this competition because it allows me to be creative,” said team leader Yeo Yong Jie, 12, adding that their robot was named after their school.

Happy that they finally struck gold with the win, teammate Liew Kai Young, 12, is “looking forward to celebrating as we’ve been participating in this competition for three years.”

Group member Tah Chi Bin, 12, added that he would like to be a scientist when he grows up.

The pupils’ coach Tan Cher Chor shared that though the boys argued, they are also smart.

“They know that arguing will not bring them to victory. So, they will stop arguing and start discussing solutions instead,” said Tan.

Ong Lai Choo, the boys’ science teacher who has seen them through the state and national competition levels, added that the trio showed the most potential in the school’s Robotics Club.

In the Open category, where contestants were required to create their own robotics solutions based on this year’s theme “Robots Connecting People”, it was Team Friendship Builders from SJK (C) Jalan Davidson, Kuala Lumpur, that scored first prize among the Elementary School teams.

Team leader Natasha Wong, 12, explained that teams were given 45 minutes and that their design was a friendship bridge built for two players.

“We have been training hard since March,” she said, adding that they worked after school, during weekends and even on public holidays.

Teammate Phileas Mah, 12, said being good friends before becoming teammates had helped their win.

“It’s ok if you don’t win, as long as you learn something from this competition. Team members should always help each other and ask questions,” said the youngest member of the group, Ooi Zi Xuan, 10.

Their coach cum teacher Adrian Ong is happy with their win stating that they were independent pupils and did not need much supervision for the competition.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong attended the closing ceremony and extended his praise to the tenacity, dedication and ingenuity that were shown by all the participating teams.

“The Olympiad has been the perfect platform for highlighting the importance of mastering scientific knowledge and technological competency,” he said. The next WRO will convene in Jakarta next year.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin met with the winning teams at Parliament on Monday.

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

Keeping fit and healthy, the way to go

Sunday November 25, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/11/25/education/12352398&sec=education

YOUR inspiring report “In the frontline of patient care” ( StarEducate, Nov 4), deserves praise and has encouraged me to comment on the issue of health and wellness.

In order to be strong, healthy and fit, it is vital that we take good care of ourselves physically and mentally. Our overall condition depends a lot on our mental and physical state of being. A strong body and mind serves as the foundation of a fruitful and happy life.

Having enough sleep and rest, eating proper meals, observing a balanced diet and ensuring that we include exercises in our daily regimen are indeed necesssary. This is not all. Some outdoor activity, refraining from smoking, drinking excessive alcohol, and dealing and coping with the daily stresses of life are factors that guide us towards a healthy, productive life.

However, our present lifestyle which is hectic, demanding and yet sedentary, serve as a stumbling block for many, especially city-dwellers in leading a healthy and balanced way of life.

The situation is made worse as there are many people who are reluctant to go for medical check-ups. And it is no wonder why both the elderly and young are facing many sicknesses like high-blood pressure, heart problems, stroke, diabetes, kidney-failure and even cancer.

Lately depression and anxiety are getting common in our society and even young school-going children are not spared and this has resulted in the rising cases of teen suicides. This is alarming and could be detrimental to the nation’s interest in the long run!

It is a well-known fact that Malaysians are not exercising enough and this is a setback. Exercise is the best medicine as it is highly effective in the prevention of many diseases and it does improve health.

Regular exercise can recharge our strength and flexibility. It keeps the body fit and is certainly one of the best ways to combat stress. Young people who lack the time to exercise should be extremely careful with what they eat and drink.

Many locals tend to overeat and overdrink as it is a well known fact that Malaysia is a food haven, but one has to bear in mind the oft-used phrase “we are what we eat”.

Therefore, practising healthy habits is essential to everyone from students to young adults and even senior citizens. It can certainly reduce the risk of many diseases.

I hope the government especially the Education Ministry would have greater initiatives to promote sports and outdoor activities to not only make our students healthier and stronger, but at the same time, unearth sports stars like Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Datuk Nicol David, Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Azizulhasni Awang.

As responsible citizens, we must do everything to remain well and fit and ensure that we have a nation of truly healthy and happy people.

DAVID TIH

Malacca

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

UPSR cheer and tears

Sunday November 25, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/11/25/education/12354725&sec=education

 

Double joy: (from left) Twins Nurul Syahirah Md Shah and Nurul Syafiqah from SK Kem Terendak, and Nur Fatin Syazwani Abdullah and Nur Fatin Shahirah Abdullah from SK Bukit Beringin, smile after obtaining 5A’s i n the exam.Double joy: (from left) Twins Nurul Syahirah Md Shah and Nurul Syafiqah from SK Kem Terendak, and Nur Fatin Syazwani Abdullah and Nur Fatin Shahirah Abdullah from SK Bukit Beringin, smile after obtaining 5A’s i n the exam.

THE 503,928 candidates heaved a sigh of relief on Monday when the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination results were released. Excitement and anxiety filled the air at scenes in primary schools all over the country.

There were smiles and tears as pupils obtained result slips from their school heads or crowded around notice boards trying to see how they had fared in the examination held in September.

The sky’s the limit: Penang Chinese Girls Primary School UPSR top scorers posing for a picture.The sky’s the limit: Penang Chinese Girls Primary School UPSR top scorers posing for a picture.

It was a bittersweet time too as the Year Six pupils met up for the last time at primary school as they move on to Form One in different schools next year.

Malaysian Examinations Syndi­cate (MES) director Dr Na’imah Ishak who announced the UPSR results last Monday, said 17,251 candidates or 3.42% of the total number of candidates scored below the minimum achievement (those with grades D, E, or a combination of both) as compared to 2.88% last year.

This one’s for you, Mum: Alvric Goh Ze Kai kissing his mother Fong Ping Ping to thank her after r eceiving his outsta nding results.This one’s for you, Mum: Alvric Goh Ze Kai kissing his mother Fong Ping Ping to thank her after r eceiving his outsta nding results.

The gap between urban and rural candidates, who scored below the minimum achievement, had also widened. A total of 6,999 urban candidates and 10,221 rural candidates failed to obtain a minimum Grade C this year as compared to 6,615 urban candidates and 7,225 rural candidates in 2011.

However, Dr Na’imah said more students received good or average scores. She said 25 out of 1,752 special needs candidates who sat for the examination scored all A’s compared to 17 candidates last year.