2012, Arkib Berita, ICT/Teknologi, Inovasi, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program

Sarikei students to represent M’sia at World Robot Olympiad

Posted on November 7, 2012, Wednesday

DO US PROUD: Abdul Mu’in (third left) presents a Jalur Gemilang to the students.

SARIKEI: Three SMK Sungai Paoh students will represent Malaysia at the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) 2012 in Sunway Resort, Kuala Lumpur from Nov 9-12.

Jonathan Peter Giman, Fahmi Haziq Alwi and Spencer Balo invented a robot capable of checking blood pressure and body temperature, which won a silver medal at the national-level robotic competition in Johor Bahru last September.

They paid a courtesy call on Sarikei district education officer Abdul Mu’in Abdul Kassim on Monday together with principal Law How Ting as well as teachers in charge Leong Siew Choon and Wong Chin Chin.

“This is indeed a great achievement, which proves that with great determination students in a rural setting are
able to overcome all odds to produce a high class piece of work, which qualifies to be entered at an international-level competition,” said Abdul Mu’in.

The trio left for Kuala Lumpur yesterday to prepare for the competition themed ‘Robots Connecting People’.

A total of 405 teams from 30 countries including Australia, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Germany and Bahrain will take part in the four-day competition.

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2012, Arkib Berita, Kurikulum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Subjek

Teach heritage in schools, urges society

07 November 2012 | last updated at 11:24PM

IPOH: A special curriculum should be integrated when teaching History in schools to generate interest in the nation’s heritage.

The Perak Heritage Society believed the move would produce young Malaysians with better knowledge of the nation and inculcate more love for its heritage.

Society president Mohd Taib Mohamed said it was never too late to consider introducing the sub-topic on heritage among school children.

“Heritage lessons can be taught to students in Form Four and Form Five. It need not be examination-based. It is sufficient if the teaching of heritage were done within the local community context,” he said.

Pointing out that there was a growing sense of detachment among Malaysians, he said if this was prolonged, it would affect efforts to preserve and conserve the country’s heritage.

He said more Malaysians were adopting a “who cares” attitude concerning heritage buildings or artefacts under threat from development.

Taib, 59, a former government head librarian, said must be made to undertand that only through their own efforts could the nation’s heritage live on.

“Don’t pass preservation efforts to local councils and state governments.

“Malaysians need to realise that it is their direct involvement and participation that will decide the direction of our heritage.

“The nation’s heritage, whether tangible or intangible, needs to be preserved because it provides historical as well as cultural perspective to nation-building.”

Taib said the heritage sub-topic could be taught by getting students to visit heritage buildings in their own localities or state.

“For example, students living in Ipoh or nearby could be taught about the many heritage building sites.

“They can also visit villages or meet minority groups like the Orang Asli or Sikh to learn about their living heritage.

“If we start them at an age when they can appreciate the importance of heritage, then we would be assured of the continuity of heritage preservation and conservation.”

2012, Arkib Berita, Inovasi, Kesedaran Alam Sekitar, Pembangunan Sekolah

School wins water award

07 November 2012 | last updated at 11:30PM

By OLIVIA MIWIL | olivia@nst.com.my 0 comments

TOP PRIZE: Maintaining 21 tanks reduces monthly bill from RM3,000 to RM1,000

.Marie Yong Pik Hua (right) and Datuk Philip Lasimbang (centre) unveil a signboard signifying the school’s partnership with the Malaysian Nature Society yesterday.

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PENAMPANG: SEKOLAH Menengah St Michael has yet another feather in its cap now that they have won another water tank at the national-level Water Vision Award, here, yesterday.

Since 2009, the school has maintained 21 water tanks to harvest rainwater, helping to reduce its tri-monthly water bill from RM3,000 to RM1,000.

Its principal, Marie Yong Pik Hua, said the harvested water was used for toilets, cleaning and watering plants at the school.

“In the future, we are looking into recycling used rainwater for other purposes.

“But for now, our school’s main concern is to educate students about conserving water at school and applying the knowledge at home,” she said after receiving the prize.

Political secretary to Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Philip Lasimbang, after officiating at the conference, said the average Malaysian used 200 litres of water a day, while Singaporeans only utilised half of that.

“I am not asking consumers not to use the commodity at all, but we should minimise the usage.

“By doing so, we can also save costs in treating water.”

The school was among 17 schools in state actively involved in the Malaysian Nature Society’s Water Vision project this year. The project started in 2009 and is aimed at encouraging and inculcating water stewardship practices among young Malaysians.

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, ICT/Teknologi, Masalah Guru, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Sistem, Surat

Lack of transparency in transfer system

Wednesday November 7, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/11/7/focus/12281883&sec=focus
I AM a graduate teacher (Grade DG 44) and am currently teaching in a secondary school on Penang Island.

I have been teaching in the state for 16 years.

In September, I requested for a transfer to my hometown in Selangor (Petaling Utama district) to be with my family and also to look after my parents who are advancing in age, but it was denied.

In the Education Ministry we are supposed to use the online system e.g. Tukar. I am frustrated as there is a lack of transparency in the system.

The officers handling these requests go into hiding or avoid meeting teachers to explain why the transfer requests were rejected.

Appeals also go unheeded.

I should think that asking for a transfer after 16 years teaching in the same state should be an easy process.

I would like someone from the ministry to take note of my frustration because I am one of many hundreds in the same situation.

There should be transparency in the civil service.

The grievances of the rakyat should be addressed. For your information, this is the fifth year I am asking for a transfer.

FRUSTRATED TEACHER

Penang

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, ICT/Teknologi, Masalah Guru, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program, Sistem, Surat

Nightmare for teachers doing online assessments

Wednesday November 7, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/11/7/focus/12281797&sec=focus
I REFER to “New online environment creates new problems” (The Star, Nov 1) by Dulciana.

I am not a teacher but my mother is.

Recently, I went back to my parents’ house during Hari Raya Aidiladha and was shocked to see my mother still awake at 4am sitting in front of her laptop with sleepy eyes.

I asked her why she had not gone to bed.

She explained that it was the SPPBS (Sistem Pentaksiran Pengurusan Berasaskan Sekolah). It sounds good but the problems begin as soon as a teacher starts to log into the system.

First, they have to wait for the page to load. Sometimes, their laptop/desktop/tablet will hang due to the overloaded server.

Second, when they manage to log in and key in the data for a few students (and save it a few times just to make sure the data is not lost in the process), their laptop/desktop/tablet will hang again. They wait for the page to refresh.

Sometimes, they have to log in again and find that all the information they keyed in earlier is lost.

Third, the system’s interface is not user-friendly. Teachers cannot choose the student and the chapter individually.

Let’s say the teacher is at Chapter Seven. To go to Chapter Three, she cannot click on Chapter Three. She has to go to Chapter Six, Five. Four and then Three.

In the process, the page might hang and the teacher needs to refresh it again.

My mother is not the only one facing this problem; other teachers are in a similar situation. The server is overloaded during the day and teachers working in the afternoon sessions have no choice but to do this assessment late at night.

With all the problems that come together with this system, it is a nightmare for teachers.

LIZ

Cheras, Selangor

2012, Arkib Berita, ICT/Teknologi, Inovasi, IPT, Rencana

UNIMAS menang 16 anugerah reka cipta

7 November 2012, Rabu

KUCHING 6 Nov. – Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) sekali lagi mengharumkan nama Malaysia di peringkat antarabangsa apabila meraih 11 pingat emas dan lima anugerah khas pada Pameran Reka Cipta Britain (BIS) 2012.

Dalam kenyataan di sini hari ini, UNIMAS berkata, kejayaan ini memberi perangsang dan motivasi kepada para penyelidiknya untuk terus maju dalam bidang penyelidikan.

“UNIMAS berharap hasil reka cipta ini akan membuka ruang kepada kemungkinan ia dikomersialkan untuk menjana pendapatan bagi universiti ini dan meletakkan UNIMAS pada kedudukan lebih tinggi dalam kalangan institusi pengajian tinggi di Malaysia,” kata kenyataan itu.

BIS 2011 yang berlangsung di London dari 24 hingga 27 Oktober lalu, dianjurkan British Inventors Society (BIS) dan mempamerkan hasil ciptaan pereka cipta, pencipta pembaharuan, ahli akademik, institusi penyelidikan dan usahawan terkemuka dari seluruh dunia.

Delegasi UNIMAS ke BIS 2012, yang diketuai naib canselor Prof. Datuk Dr. Khairuddin Ab. Hamid, mempamerkan 11 ciptaan dan meraih lima anugerah khas, dengan satu daripadanya yang bertajuk Wearable Sleeping Bag, ciptaan kumpulan diketuai Norhayati Suleiman, memenangi satu Diamond Award, satu Double Gold dan Romania Diploma Certificate Award.

Dua lagi Double Gold Award dimenangi projek yang diketuai Dr. Edmund Ng Giap Weng dan Prof. Madya Dr. Nazlina Shaari melalui penyelidikan bertajuk Mobile ARUT Android Browser Version 1.0 dan Eco-Modarnt:Utilizing Sago Effluent for Natural Dye Process.

UNIMAS juga memenangi pingat emas melalui projek yang dihasilkan Prof. Dr. Khairul Aidil Azlin Abdul Rahman bertajuk Bio Bamboo Car Accessories and i-Bamboo Veneer; projek Prof. Madya Dr. Nazlina Shaari (Eco-Modarnt:Utiling Sago Effluent for Natural Dye Process) dan projek Prof. Madya Dr. Zainab Ngaini (Fire Resist Sound Absorbing Sago Panel and Silcat:Biocatalyst for Biodiesel).

Pingat emas lain dimenangi melalui projek Dr. Edmund Ng Giap Weng (Mobile Augmented Reality Solat System and Mobile ARUT Android Browser Version 1.0); projek Prof. Madya Dr. Lo May Chiun (TourScape: An Integrated Systematic Approach to Manage Tourism Destinations); projek Dr. Azham Zulkharnain (Just add Water-Chemical Assay Kit); projek Norhayati Suleiman (Wearable Sleeping Bag) dan projek Mohd. Razali Othman (ENAICMS-Counselling Management System). – BERNAMA

2012, Arkib Berita, Biasiswa/Pinjaman/Bantuan/Insentif, Pembangunan Sekolah

Insentif untuk pelajar aliran sains – Muhyiddin

7 November 2012, Rabu

KUALA LUMPUR 6 Nov. – Kementerian Pelajaran sedang menimbang untuk menawarkan insentif termasuk biasiswa kecil kepada para pelajar yang mengambil aliran sains di peringkat sekolah.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata, pendekatan itu dibuat berikutan jumlah pelajar yang mengambil aliran sains semakin merosot sejak kebelakangan ini.

Katanya, pelajar yang mengambil aliran sains juga dipertimbangkan untuk diberi buku percuma dan ibu bapa kepada pelajar berkenaan pula bakal menikmati pengecualian cukai.

Beliau yang juga Menteri Pelajaran berkata, jumlah pelajar aliran sains pada masa sekarang kurang 20 peratus sedangkan dasar kerajaan adalah untuk mencapai sekurang-kurangnya 60 peratus pelajar aliran sains dan 40 peratus aliran sastera.

“Semalam saya menerima laporan daripada jawatankuasa yang terdiri daripada pakar universiti dan akademik seluruh negara yang mendapati bilangan pelajar mengambil aliran itu menurun.

“Daripada kajian itu, didapati para pelajar berminat dalam mata pelajaran sains. Masalahnya mereka ini kurang mendapat dorongan daripada ibu bapa, selain kekurangan kemudahan yang sepatutnya di sekolah,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika ditemui selepas melawat seramai 483 orang calon Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Kosas di sini hari ini.

Sebagai permulaan menurut beliau, satu jawatankuasa kumpulan pemantau akan ditubuhkan bagi membantu Kementerian Pelajaran menangani kemerosotan pengambilan aliran sains oleh para pelajar tingkatan empat dan lima.

Jelas Muhyiddin, kerajaan akan memperkenalkan pelan tindakan tersebut bagi menambah bilangan pelajar yang mengambil aliran sains sebanyak 10 peratus lagi pada tahun 2014.

“Aliran sains sangat penting kerana negara sedang pesat membangun dan memerlukan pakar dalam bidang kejuruteraan, teknologi, doktor dan sebagainya.

“Kalau di peringkat sekolah jumlah pelajar aliran sains merosot, bilangan itu akan memberi impak semasa di peringkat universiti,” tambahnya.

Selain itu, katanya, kurikulum bagi aliran sains juga akan ditambah baik termasuk menyediakan kemudahan makmal yang mencukupi bagi menjalani latihan amali di sekolah.

“Kita akan menyediakan latihan kepada guru untuk meningkatkan proses pengajaran dan pembelajaran di samping mewujudkan pembantu makmal untuk menjaga bahan yang digunakan,” katanya.