2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Awal

Institusi prasekolah cemerlang perlu dedikasi guru, pengasuh, ibu bapa

Posted on November 5, 2012, Monday

CEMERLANG: Fatimah menyampaikan hadiah kepada salah seorang murid Sekolah Rendah Islam Al-Amin.

KUCHING: Institusi pendidikan prasekolah yang cemerlang memerlukan dedikasi sepenuhnya daripada guru dan pengasuh serta ibu bapa untuk memastikan perkembangan positif kanak-kanak dari segi minda dan sahsiah diri.

Menteri Kebajikan, Wanita dan Pembangunan Keluarga Datuk Fatimah Abdullah berkata pendidikan prasekolah seperti taska dan tadika memainkan peranan penting pada peringkat asas pendidikan seseorang kanak-kanak.

Beliau berkata setakat tahun 2012 Sarawak mempunyai 117 taska dengan bilangan kanak-kanak seramai 2,186 dan 346 pengasuh manakala bilangan tadika di negeri ini adalah 3,331 buah dengan bilangan kanak-kanak mencecah 77,002 dan guru seramai 5,243 orang.

Untuk menggalakkan lagi pendaftaran kanak-kanak ke insititusi prasekolah, kerajaan telah mengambil beberapa inisiatif melalui Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia termasuk menambahkan bilangan taska dan tadika di negeri Sarawak dengan kerjasama agensi kerajaan seperti Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat (KEMAS), Jabatan Perpaduan Negara dan Integrasi Nasional (JPNIN), SeDIDIK dan pihak swasta tambah beliau.

Menurutnya, statistik daripada Jabatan Pelajaran Negeri Sarawak menunjukkan peningkatan sebanyak 97 peratus murid-murid Tahun Satu yang pernah mengikuti kelas prasekolah bagi tempoh 2010 hingga 2012.

“Bagi membantu meningkatkan kualiti pendidikan awal kanak-kanak khususnya di peringkat prasekolah dan tadika, Majlis Pembangunan Pendidikan Awal Kanak-kanak Sarawak (MPAKS) telah menggubal dan mewujudkan Manual Standard Kualiti Pendidikan Tadika di Negeri Sarawak yang telah dilancarkan pada bulan Mac lepas.

“Ia adalah sebagai garis panduan bagi tadika awam dan swasta merangkumi lima dimensi utama iaitu aspek fizikal, program pembelajaran, kebajikan dan kesejahteraan murid, personel dan pengurusan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian sewaktu berucap pada  Majlis Penyampaian Sijil dan Hadiah Tadika Nurul Iman dan Sekolah Rendah Islam Al-Amin di Auditorium Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara semalam.

Beliau juga menekankan kelayakan guru-guru khususnya di tadika hendaklah memiliki sekurang-kurangnya Diploma Pendidikan Awal Kanak-kanak bagi memastikan keberkesanan program prasekolah.

Bagi guru-guru yang tidak memiliki sijil tersebut digalakkan mendaftar bagi menghadiri Konvensyen Pendidikan Prasekolah Siri 7 Tahun 2012 yang akan diadakan di RH Hotel Sibu pada 12 hingga 14 November ini, jelasnya.

Konvensyen yang diadakan sejak 2006 itu bertujuan memberi pengetahuan, meningkatkan kemahiran dan menjadi ruang perkongsian pengalaman bagi guru-guru prasekolah mengenai kaedah penyampaian pembelajaran yang berkualiti dan berkesan, ujar beliau.

Majlis semalam juga menyaksikan penyampaian hadiah kepada pelajar cemerlang akademik oleh Fatimah serta persembahan menarik daripada murid-murid Tadika Nurul Iman dan Sekolah Rendah Islam Al-Amin.

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2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Keselamatan Pelajar/Kesihatan, Masalah Guru, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Awal, Rencana, Surat

Preschool paradigm

02 November 2012 | last updated at 11:20PM

Standard assessment will improve every facet of early education

DECEMBER is fast approaching; by which time, 20,000 trained early education teachers would have entered the job market. Holding diplomas in early education, they will bring a new approach to the nurturing of young minds. This should be a boon to an educational level thought, thus far, to be more play than learn and to ensure good physical care. In the past, school activities such as reading and writing at this stage was viewed more as a bonus than a need. Today, that perception is obsolete and intellectually children should be stimulated as early as is practicable. Towards this end, this educational sector will be restructured accordingly to secure the quality looked for.

Teachers are, of course, the main target if preschool education is to be improved. Those already in the system and those aspiring to join what is an admirable calling will be given a leg up by the government. They can now apply for financial assistance from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) to pursue relevant courses. Increasing the intellectual input alone will not, however, quite achieve the desired objective. What the government proposes to do, as announced by the deputy prime minister, is to better every facet of early education through a standard assessment by the Education Ministry. The aim is to provide a system of accreditation — not a means of persecution — so that preschoolers receive the kind of quality education that “encourages mental and holistic development”.

One aspect that was discussed through a lab exercise was the needs of disabled children so that the findings could be included in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 preliminary report. In this respect, caregivers and teachers are important in identifying the cases to enable early intervention. Consequently, improving the training curriculum of teachers becomes an imperative. While disabled children require special attention, all children in their care need early scrutiny, for these are the most formative years of a human being. It will shape their perceptions towards school and education, and in the long run, determine the future quality of Malaysia’s human capital. It is, therefore, essential that teachers are competent to assess whether their charges have had a typical or an atypical development from aspects such as cognitive, social and emotional, language, play and perceptual. Building and expanding the skills of teachers is a necessary follow-up to the paradigm shift in early education that is being officially put in motion. And, one academic discipline that will serve to enhance a preschool teacher’s skill would be child psychology, given the desire for early intervention. After all, handicaps come obvious and hidden.

2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Guru

237 teachers seek psychiatric help

04 November 2012 | last updated at 12:27AM

By MOHD ADIB POVERA | adibpovera@nst.com.my 0 comments

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS: Work pressure, financial problems, depression and loneliness the cause

.Participants at the round-table discussion on the Malaysia Education Development Blueprint at Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, yesterday. Pic by Syaharim Abidin

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SINTOK: A TOTAL of 237 primary and secondary teachers in the state have, over the last 10 months, sought psychiatric treatment because of  stress from work and personal problems.

State Education Department deputy director Roslee Ismail said the number was lower than last year when 300 teachers sought similar treatment over the same period.

He said although the number was small when compared with the 36,000 teachers in the state, the department viewed the matter seriously.

He said the teachers were stressed out not only because of work pressure but also because of financial problems, depression and loneliness.

“The department’s Psychology and Counselling sector is monitoring the progress of these teachers,” he said after a round-table discussion on the Malaysia Education Development Blueprint 2012-2025 at Universiti Utara Malaysia here yesterday.

Roslee said the department would also help and mentor these teachers in their daily work.

On another matter, he said the department aimed to place Kedah among the top five states with the best examination results.

Kedah was ranked 13th in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah examination last year. The state was also ranked 11th in the 2011 Penilaian Menengah Rendah and 2011 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination results.

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

More calls to maintain PPSMI at dialogue session

Sunday November 4, 2012

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By TAN EE LOO
educate@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: There were more calls to maintain the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) at the final dialogue session to engage stakeholders on the preliminary report of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

Parent Action Group for Education (Page) Malaysia honorary secretary Tunku Munawirah Putra said the proposal to maintain the two subjects in English had not been given proper attention in the preliminary report.

“There was just one paragraph about PPSMI. This is completely unacceptable. We gave our opinions but they were not really taken into account.”

Concerned Parents of Selangor coordinator Shamsudin Hamid said the policy of Upholding Bahasa Malaysia, Strengthening the English language (MBMMBI) should run alongside PPSMI.

“Why was MBMMBI introduced to replace PPSMI? One concerns language proficiency while the other is about knowledge acquisition,” he said at the dialogue which was chaired by Education Ministry deputy director-general (education operations sector) Sufa’at Tumin.

National Indian Rights Action Team chairman and Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia exco member Datuk Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim Al-Haj said the ministry should not rush into finalising the report by next month, as stated in the blueprint.

“They should look into all the views given and fine-tune the report,” he said.

The session was held to gather feedback to further improve the preliminary report, which would be finalised and tabled to the Cabinet in December.

Previous sessions to engage stakeholders were held in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Baru, Kota Baru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

The blueprint was launched in September by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The preliminary report had outlined 11 strategies, to be carried out in three stages, to transform the national education system for the next 13 years.

The strategies include improving access to quality education, raising proficiency levels in Bahasa Malaysia and English, developing values-driven Malaysians, and transforming the teaching profession.

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

Unfair assessment in reputable schools

Monday November 5, 2012

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FOR this year’s examination in secondary schools we were disgusted to learn that reputable Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi (SPBT) schools chose to adopt the JPS exam questions instead of setting their own questions.

To make matters worse, we found that the majority of students in these schools had not only the exact question papers for each subject but also the answers.

This defeats the purpose of holding examinations.

Are we conducting examinations just to say that the KPI of conducting so many exams a year has been achieved or actually assessing the outcome of the lessons taught for the year has been successfully attained.

We have been told that this episode occurs every year without fail and knowing this, these schools still continue to adopt the JPS exam questions.

Are the teachers and their supervisors, not to mention school administration not capable of setting their own examination questions?

We now understand why the standard of education in these school has deteriorated so drastically.

Children who have genuinely prepared for the examinations may find themselves losing out to the cheats.

It is imperative that the relevant authorities immediately take the necessary corrective action, including re-setting the examinations.

DISGUSTED PARENT
Petaling Jaya

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Masalah Guru, Pembangunan Sekolah

22,000 teachers ask for move, 3,000 applications approved so far

Monday November 5, 2012

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By CHRISTINA TAN
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YONG PENG: More than 22,000 primary and secondary school teachers have requested for a transfer with some 3,000 applications approved in the past few months.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said most wanted inter-state transfers while the rest asked to be transferred from one district or department to another.

All applications for December 2012 were made through online form, e-G Tukar, he said.

“It is impossible to approve all 22,000 applications as too many teachers want to move. For Kelantan alone, more than 2,000 teachers asked to be transferred to the state compared with only 100 teachers who want out.

“Many teachers want to leave Johor as well, but it will be a problem to allow the transfer of all the teachers out of the state,” said the Ayer Hitam MP after visiting St Stephan Church here yesterday.

Dr Wee said there were a number of factors that the ministry must consider before approving the applications.

Among them were applicants’ seniority, options of the teachers and the subjects that they taught, he added.

“We have to also look at applications based on medical reasons of their spouses, children and their own. Those are the cases that would be given priority.”

He said it was not easy to handle a huge number of transfers within a short period.

“We can only apologise. It is not that we don’t want to approve the transfer, it’s just impossible to allow all the transfers now,” he added.

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

NUTP kemuka 15 resolusi tingkat pembelajaran

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Kuala Lumpur: Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan (NUTP) mengemukakan 15 resolusi kepada kerajaan untuk meningkatkan kualiti pembelajaran, termasuk penambahbaikan segera kelemahan sistem Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS).

Permintaan lain ialah menggubal segera jadual gaji baru pegawai perkhidmatan pendidikan dan dilaksanakan pada Januari depan dan mengehadkan 1,000 pelajar di setiap sekolah.

Kesatuan juga meminta kepemimpinan pengurusan serta pentadbiran peringkat kementerian, jabatan pelajaran negeri, pejabat pelajaran daerah dan sekolah mesti mempunyai latar belakang pendidikan dan perguruan.

Resolusi diserahkan kepada Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin oleh Presiden NUTP, Hashim Adnan, bersama barisan kepemimpinan tertingginya pada majlis dihadiri 5,000 ahli kesatuan semalam yang turut berikrar melaksanakan tugas dengan penuh tanggungjawab.

Menurut resolusi itu, kelemahan PBS perlu diperbaiki kerana ia antara isu utama guru dan dianggap membebankan, manakala cadangan mengehadkan jumlah pelajar bagi membolehkan kawalan kualiti pelajar serta guru secara berkesan oleh pentadbir sekolah.

Laksana segera peraturan

Kementerian juga diminta melaksanakan segera peraturan yang sudah dipinda bagi memantapkan disiplin pelajar sekolah dengan jelas dan tepat.
Muhyiddin dalam ucapannya menyifatkan resolusi khas itu sebagai penting dan memberi jaminan kementerian akan berbincang dengan NUTP dalam tempoh dua minggu sebelum laporan diserahkan kepadanya.

Katanya, cadangan yang munasabah akan dikemukakan kepada Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) dan Kementerian Kewangan untuk pertimbangan sewajarnya.

“Sejak dulu kita komited melihat profesion keguruan sentiasa hebat. Kita perlu memastikan sistem pendidikan dapat menjana modal insan lebih cemerlang dan sebahagian besarnya terletak atas tanggungjawab guru. Justeru, kita sentiasa memberi perhatian kepada kebajikan guru,” katanya.

Mengenai isu PBS, beliau berkata, ia diperkenalkan berikutan pemansuhan Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) sebagai anjakan mengubah sistem pendidikan negara yang terlalu menjurus kepada pencapaian dalam peperiksaan awam.

Langkah penambahbaikan

“Ia mungkin memerlukan beberapa langkah penambahbaikan. Saya sedar kerana mendapat maklum balas kesulitan guru. Bagaimanapun, saya yakin apabila sudah diatasi, ia tidak menjadi masalah. Mungkin pada peringkat awal, ia dianggap beban kerana kerja baru,” katanya.

Pada sidang media kemudian, Muhyiddin berkata, kementerian mengamalkan sikap terbuka kepada pandangan atau tuntutan.

Mengenai sama ada perkara yang dibangkitkan NUTP akan ditambah dalam Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia 2013-2025, beliau berkata ia akan dilaksana berdasarkan keperluan.

Resolusi lain

  • Mewujudkan segera jawatan pembantu guru Gred N17 di semua sekolah bagi mengatasi masalah urusan pentadbiran inventori dan pengurusan data serta maklumat pelajar.
  • Struktur majlis permuafakatan kesatuan/persatuan guru dikaji supaya lebih demokratik dan berkesan berdasarkan bilangan keahlian dan peraturan rasmi.
  • Peruntukan kewangan mencukupi bagi pembayaran gaji guru ganti diturunkan ke JPN/PPD pada awal tahun bertujuan mempermudah pengambilan guru ganti, termasuk guru sandaran tidak terlatih (GSTT) di sekolah jenis kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) dan SJK Tamil (SJKT)
  • Setiap program membabitkan guru mesti mengambil kira peruntukan kewangan standard dan mencukupi bagi melancarkan pelaksanaan secara berkesan dan berkualiti menjurus kemenjadian murid.
  • Mewujudkan perjawatan dan peluang naik pangkat lebih cerah di Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) seluruh negara.