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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