2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah

College wins excellent secondary school award

Posted on December 6, 2012, Thursday

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith, reporters@theborneopost.com.

STUDENT AWARD CATEGORY: Taib presents the award to Quziana. Also seen is Adenan (second left).

KUCHING: Kolej Datu Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah of Kuching and SMK Chung Hua Miri were adjudged ‘Sekolah Menengah Cemerlang’ and ‘Sekolah Menengah Gemilang’ respectively in the 20th edition of Sarawak Chief Minister’s Special Award 2012, which also saw the introduction of two new categories namely ‘Guru Kelainan Upaya’ and ‘Pelajar Kelainan Upaya (STPM)’.

SMK Pusa, Betong was declared ‘Sekolah Menengah Harapan’ while Yong Chwan Fwu of SMK Batu Lintang Kuching received the new ‘Guru Kelainan Upaya’ award (for teachers with disability) for his 13 years of service at SMK Batu Lintang’s Special Education Integration Programme.

The new ‘Pelajar Kelainan Upaya’ award went to Eric Su Chii Mou of SMK Bandar Sibu.

Su is no stranger when it comes to achieving excellent results as he was a straight A student for UPSR and PMR. In his SPM examination, he scored 5As+, 3As, 2A- and 1B. In his recent STPM examination, Su achieved 3As and 1A-.

The ‘Sekolah Rendah Cemerlang’ category winner was SK St Teresa, Kuching, while ‘Sekolah Rendah Harapan’ was SJK Chung Hua Pusa, Betong. The Principal’s Award went to Charles Tiong Yong Liek of SM Vocational Sibu while the Headmaster’s Award was won by Su’ut Tahir of SK Agama, Bintulu.

The Excellent Achievement Award was given to SMK Bintulu Robotic Team for their achievements in both state and national-level robotic competitions. The team represented the country in the Kuala Lumpur World Robot Olympiad 2012 in November where they won a bronze medal. The team was the overall champion in the 2012 FIRST LEGO League Open European Championship.

SMK Serian educator Sivanesvaran Selvaretnam, who introduced the use of ICT and online technology to create various applications, won the Secondary Schools Teachers Open Category.

Other winners included Zamniha Abdul Ghani of SM Vokasional Sibu in the Secondary School Teachers category, Hajibah Sepawi (SK Rakyat Jalan Haji Bolhassan Kuching) in Primary School Teachers category and Ting Siew Nguong of SJK Methodist Sibu for Primary School Teachers Co-curriculum category.

Student winners in other categories were Joshua Joel Lim Yung Chern of SMK Batu Lintang (STPM Science Stream), Quziana Zulaikha Mahnor of SMK Bandar Bintangor, Meradong (STPM Humanity Stream), Gabriel Chai Wei Kiong of SMK Batu Lintang (SPM Science Stream), Angeline Stephen of SMK Tiong Hin, Sibu (SPM Humanity Stream), Lerroy Lemen of SMK Marudi, Baram (Penan Student) and Easter Janta Demong of SMK St Anthony, Sarikei (Disabled Student SPM).

The Parents-Teachers Association Award went to SK Ulu Lubai, Limbang.

The award recipients were selected solely based on merits by a special Sarawak Foundation and state Education Department joint committee.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud officiated at the event held at Hilton Hotel here on Tuesday, which was co-organised by Yayasan Sarawak with the Education Department. It was also attended by Special Functions Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem who is also Sarawak Foundation chairman, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Ghani, State Federal Secretary Datuk Mohd Yahaya Basimin and state Education director Abdillah Adam. CONGRATULATIONS: Taib presents an award to Sivanesvaran as Adenan (left) and Morshidi (front third left)look on.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/12/06/college-wins-excellent-secondary-school-award/#ixzz2EcGrl2ZF

2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah

SK Punan Ba case saddening and shocking — STU

Posted on December 6, 2012, Thursday

SIBU: Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) has described the lack of decent accommodation for pupils at SK Punan Ba, Belaga as “saddening and shocking”.

STU president William Ghani Bina said yesterday that this was a glaring example of how the state has been sidelined.

Ghani said he was dumbfounded by newspaper reports that the pupils have been living in the cramped headmaster’s quarters and suffering in silence throughout the school year.

He said there should be no reason for the state to run short of schools or to have schools with such poor facilities.

“Sarawak has the largest volume of gas and oil in the world and yet gets only 5 per cent in oil royalties. In fact, the 95 per cent should be used to develop the whole country.

“To me, if it is possible for the federal government to spend certain percentage of that amount in Sabah and Sarawak, I would like to request that the state government retain at least 20 per cent of the oil and gas revenue.

“In that way, we will be able to better plan for the development of the state. Take note that Sarawak has the largest area of land which can be turned into plantation, in particular, oil palm plantation,” he said adding that Sarawak is the main contributor to the country’s economy.

Ghani lamented that while other states in the country continued to progress rapidly, Sabah and Sarawak are still lagging behind.

“Both states are the key contributors to the country’s economy. Hence, it is only right that we are better developed or at least being developed immediately,” he said.

He called on lawmakers from the state to speak out in parliament.

“They must request for development for Sarawak.”

The school’s hostel collapsed last year, injuring 18 pupils including five seriously. Nothing has apparently been done to repair the facilities

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/12/06/sk-punan-ba-case-saddening-and-shocking-stu/#ixzz2EcGL7T7d

2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah

‘Other schools in the same boat’

Posted on December 6, 2012, Thursday

by Peter Sibon and Lian Cheng, reporters@theborneopost.com.

SK Punan Ba not the only one being neglected — many other schools also facing similar harsh condition


Liwan Lagang

KUCHING: While many are crying with disbelief at the pathetic condition of SK Punan Ba in Belaga, Assistant Minister of Culture and Heritage Liwan Lagang sent another wave of shocking news that SK Punan Ba is not the only school in the district which is being neglected.

According to Liwan, who is Belaga assemblyman, many other schools also faced such harsh condition and needed urgent repairs, including the dormitory in Long Busang which was burnt down recently.

He said he had compiled extensive reports of all the schools in the district and had handed them to the Deputy Prime Minister who is also the Minister of Education.

“After the veranda of SK Punan Ba collapsed on January 31, we have informed the Ministry of Education. And not long after that, Deputy Minister of Education Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi visited the school and promised to look into its plight,” Liwan told The Borneo Post here yesterday.

He added that he had also given carbon copies of his reports to state director of Education, Dr Puad and Senior Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing.

Meanwhile, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) nominated candidate for Hulu Rajang Wilson Ugak Kumbong has also visited the school, one hour by speedboat from Belaga, on Nov 6.

He brought up the matter to the Chief Secretary to the government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamza in Putrajaya on Nov 8.

Ugak had met Ali together with Masing over the matter.

“He (Dr Ali) had agreed in principle to allocate RM2 million for the school. I will continue to communicate with the Education Department to expedite the process of building the dormitory.

“I hope that the Education Department will be able to do something before school starts next year,” he said.

Ugak added that he had also sent a copy of the letter from the chief secretary to the Belaga Education District officer during the Kapit divisional development committee (DDC) meeting last month, chaired by Masing.

“This is not the time to point fingers but instead we should find the best solution to remedy the situation,” said Ugak, who is also the private secretary of Masing.

Belaga district education officer George Bidui said seven days after the verandah of the girls’ dormitory collapsed, a team of officers from the education department visited the school to look for a suitable location to build a new dormitory which would include a dining hall and a food storage place.

“After the parent-teachers’ association (PTA) meeting, it was decided that the new dormitory would be built on the present site.

“The headmaster has been informed by the architect from the Education Ministry that the building plan has been completed,” Bidui said.

However, he pointed out that he had not informed of when the plan would be implemented.

“Both the dormitories for boys and girls have undergone extensive wear and tear.It is now beyond repair and we are not sure if they can sustain the weight of the pupils,” he added.

Regarding the photograph sent to this paper by a concerned parent, Bidui explained that the pupils were actually having a nap in the computer room before the afternoon activities started.

“After the collapse of the verandah of the girls’ dormitory, only Primary Six pupils, numbering about 30, were allowed to stay as boarders.

“The rest have been sent back to their parents from Punan Ba and six other villages in the vicinity.”

He claimed that the boys and the girls were housed separately and they slept on mattresses and pillows in “a proper organised manner.”

Bidui also said the headmaster had denied the report yesterday which mentioned the pupils have been sleeping in a crowded and uncomfortable condition under a leaking roof.

Meanwhile, The Borneo Post online had been flooded with emails and messages expressing shock and concern.

Many of the messages touched the heart of the netizens.

One reader wrote: “Let us move forward with positive action and do something about this. Will Borneo Post shoulder this move as a civic duty towards humanity?

“This would be more neutral and acceptable without politicians on both sides of the divide trying to score points. After all, it has been one year since the incident unfolded under their very noses … I know I would support any move by Borneo Post.”

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/12/06/other-schools-in-the-same-boat/#ixzz2EcG376p8

2012, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Forum, Kurikulum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Subjek, Surat

ENGLISH: Increase its content in national syllabus

10 December 2012 | last updated at 07:56AM

By Hussaini Abdul Karim, Shah Alam, Selangor

MOST Malaysians are caring and concerned about issues.

We fight together as one people if we are not happy about things that are of national interest, especially those that adversely affect our future.

Take the case of education. Every day, I see letters written by readers published in mainstream and online newspapers asking for a change in the education policy. Most of them want the English language content to be increased in the national school syllabus.

We want students to be bilingual — to be good in both Bahasa Malaysia and English. We fear that being monolingual will not fully equip our students to be fully competitive globally.

I have found that out of 30 letters, in all languages I read, asking for an increase in English language content in the national school syllabus, only one letter supports the use of Bahasa Malaysia. Some of the letters even go to the extent of suggesting the re-introduction of English-medium schools.

I am pro-Bahasa Malaysia and pro-English in contrast to some people who are only pro-Bahasa Malaysia.

Being pro-Bahasa Malaysia and pro-English, I am not suggesting that Bahasa Malaysia be relegated and become subservient to English; I only want the English language content to be increased in national schools, perhaps to be on a par with Bahasa Malaysia, so that our students can be bilingual.

Bahasa Malaysia should, however, retain its position and prestige as the country’s national language.

I do not think the country will be able cater to all Malaysians searching for jobs or business opportunities in the future.

Some will have to look for opportunities outside the country. This is where proficiency in English will help.

The English language content in the current syllabus is far too little to be considered sufficient.

Read more: ENGLISH: Increase its content in national syllabus – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/english-increase-its-content-in-national-syllabus-1.183914?cache=03D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%252F%253FpFpentwage63Dp%253A%252Fhe3D03Dn63Frea-rti3D19.3D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%252F%253FpFpentwage63Dp%253A%252Fhe3D03Dn63Frea-rti3D19.111w5ii%252Fed-1.1176%252F%252F2.2525%252F2.2525%252F1.33120%252F7.183815%3Fpage%3D0%3Fpage%3D0%3Fpage%3D0%2F7.196465%3Fpage%3D0#ixzz2EcDnxipx

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

48,520 murid punyai masalah pembelajaran

06 Disember 2012, Khamis

KUALA LUMPUR 6 Dis. – Seramai 48,520 orang murid di negara ini mempunyai masalah pembelajaran termasuk penghidap Sindrom Down, Autism dan Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), persidangan Dewan Negara diberitahu hari ini.

Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran Datuk Wee Ka Siong berkata daripada jumlah itu, seramai 29,169 orang adalah murid sekolah rendah dan selebihnya murid sekolah menengah.

“Sehubungan itu, Kementerian Pelajaran membuka sebanyak 2,050 Program Pendidikan Khas Integrasi bagi murid bermasalah pembelajaran di seluruh negara,” katanya menjawab soalan Senator Dayang Madinah Tun Abang Openg di sini.

Sementara itu, Timbalan Menteri Sumber Manusia Datuk Maznah Mazlan berkata sehingga Oktober lepas, seramai 3,657 banduan dan tahanan didaftarkan sebagai perantis dalam program Sistem Latihan Dual Nasional (SLDN) bagi pensijilan Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Tahap Satu.

Sebanyak 48 bidang latihan boleh diikuti seperti pembuat pakaian, jurukimpal dan pramusaji selama tempoh enam bulan iaitu dua bulan untuk latihan teori dan selebihnya latihan praktikal, katanya.

“Setakat ini, seramai 94 banduan telah menamatkan latihan dan berjaya ditempatkan dalam alam pekerjaan. Selain itu, ia turut dapat meningkat kemahiran diri dan taraf hidup mereka,” katanya menjawab soalan Senator Muhamad Yusof Husin. – BERNAMA

Artikel Penuh: http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Dalam_Negeri/20121206/dn_29/48520-murid-punyai-masalah-pembelajaran#ixzz2Ec5FoJjF
© Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd

2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Guru, Pembangunan Sekolah

6,249 guru di Kelantan naik pangkat, gred

04 Disember 2012, Selasa

KOTA BAHARU 4 Dis. – Seramai 6,249 guru cemerlang lepasan ijazah dan diploma dari seluruh Kelantan menerima kenaikan pangkat sempena pengumuman kerajaan ke arah penambahbaikan mutu perkhidmatan pendidikan di kalangan warga pendidik di seluruh negara dalam Belanjawan 2013 baru-baru ini.

Pengarah Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri (JPN) Kelantan Hussain Awang berkata guru di bawah Pejabat Pelajaran Daerah (PPD) Kota Baharu, merupakan jumlah paling ramai menerima kenaikan pangkat itu iaitu 885 orang.

Peringkat kedua membabitkan seramai 387 guru yang menerima kenaikan pangkat itu diraikan dalam satu majlis yang diadakan di Dewan Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tanjong Chat, Wakaf Mek Zainab, di sini hari ini.

Sebelum ini seramai 498 guru menerima memo kenaikan pangkat itu pada majlis dan tempat yang sama.

“Mereka yang menerima memo itu terdiri daripada guru cemerlang daripada beberapa kategori gred DG32 kepada DG48 dari seluruh sekolah menengah di negeri ini,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis penyerahan memo kenaikan pangkat pegawai perkhidmatan pendidikan siswazah (PPS) itu.

Hussain berkata langkah Kementerian Pelajaran menaikkan pangkat dan tangga gaji ini menunjukkan keprihatinan kerajaan dalam menangani masalah guru sebagaimana pembentangan Belanjawan 2013 yang diumumkan Perdana Menteri baru-baru ini.

“Ini adalah suatu penganugerahan kepada warga pendidik berdasarkan prestasi cemerlang mereka dalam perkhidmatan masing-masing,” katanya. – BERNAMA

Artikel Penuh: http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Dalam_Negeri/20121204/dn_17/6249-guru-di-Kelantan-naik-pangkat-gred#ixzz2Ec42v7Ko
© Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd