2013, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Khas, Program

S’wak education department sets up 1,399 pre-school classes for 2013

Posted on January 3, 2013, Thursday

KUCHING:  A total of 1,399 pre-school classes have been created in Sarawak for the new school session this year, says state Education director Abdillah Adam.

He said, of the total, 1,391 classes were set up at 1,075 primary schools and two secondary schools while eight were at four Teachers Training Institutes and four Special Education National Schools.

“The classes contain 34,975 pupils, aged four to six, a hike of 16 classes this year, indicating Sarawak is serious in realising the Education Ministry’s aspiration on early education,” he said, here, yesterday.

On primary education, he said 1,263 primary schools would be operational during the school session this year.

“Of the total, 1,031 were national schools, 220 national type schools, eight Government Aided Religious Schools (SABK) and four Special Education National Schools. The enrollment of primary one to six is 252,343 including 2,153 special education pupils at Integration Special Education Programs and 182 pupils at SABK.

“Of the total, 185,529 pupils were from national schools and 66,814 from national type Chinese schools. Furthermore, an estimated 38,528 children would start their formal education in year one this year,” he said.

Abdullah said, for secondary school education, 185 schools were approved by the central agency to be operational this year.

“The enrolment at normal national secondary schools is 219,940 including 1,120 special education students. A total 3,958 students will start schooling in remove classes and 44,277 in form one,” he added. — Bernama

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/01/03/swak-education-department-sets-up-1399-pre-school-classes-for-2013/#ixzz2Gs8Sgsth

2013, Arkib Berita, Forum, IPT, Masalah Guru, Rencana, Surat

EDUCATION: Relax policies to ease shortage of teachers

03 January 2013 | last updated at 10:59PM

By Hussaini Abdul Karim, Shah Alam, Selangor | letters@nstp.com.my

IN my last teh tarik meeting with friends who are in the recruitment and headhunting business, I was told that there were many Malaysian graduates who were jobless.

Some of them are Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) and Public Service Department scholars with Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) qualifications.

I was told that the Education Ministry did not employ them because they did not meet the ministry’s qualification requirements for schools.

Recently, Nor Sa’adah @ Aziah Zakariah, a 61-year-old single mother from Banting, Selangor, graduated with a Bachelor of Education in TESL from Universiti Teknologi Mara. I was told that she applied for the position of a contract teacher with the ministry, but her application was turned down because there were no positions available for people with her qualifications.

In the past few years, many suggestions have been made by the public for the ministry to employ experienced retired teachers to teach in national schools.

The common answer given by the ministry is that retired teachers are not interested in re-employment.

Some of these experienced and qualified retired teachers have joined international schools and private colleges and universities after being told that their applications were rejected.

Others are providing tuition in the comfort of their homes while the rest are happily retired. Pupils are the biggest losers. Some of them have to go through English language classes taught by teachers who are neither qualified nor experienced.

So, now we know the real reason is that the ministry does not want to re-employ them, nor does it want to employ TESL graduates.

Knowing the problems the ministry is facing with regard to the shortage of experienced and qualified English language teachers, I do not understand why the ministry cannot be more flexible in its employment policies.

Employing retired, experienced and qualified teachers is one way to solve the problem and if the ministry relaxes its policies, the shortage can be partly addressed.

If graduates with TESL qualifications do not meet the ministry’s requirements, get these graduates to undergo a programme to make them qualified to teach in schools. It should only be a one-year programme at the most. Doing all these will improve the situation.

The ministry has previously shipped in foreign teachers, including native English language speakers from the United States and the United Kingdom.

All the measures cost a lot of money and none of them have shown any favourable results. They only make the public and parents frustrated. Now, Putrajaya is mulling over the idea of bringing in English language teachers from India. I wonder what they will think of next.



Read more: EDUCATION: Relax policies to ease shortage of teachers – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/education-relax-policies-to-ease-shortage-of-teachers-1.195074?cache=03D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3FpFpentwa%3Fpage%3D0%3Fpage%3D0#ixzz2Gs7JuAuX

2013, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Forum, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Subjek, Surat

EDUCATION: Act fast to arrest decline in English

03 January 2013 | last updated at 10:58PM

By Datuk Jaspal S. Korotana, Klang, Selangor | letters@nstp.com.my

OF late, we have been harping on the declining standard of English. We are looking at ways to improve the level of English, the last straw being “let’s import English teachers from India”.

I am reminded of my English teacher in Form 3 (in 1969), who once told me in frustration: “I looking very angry they all don’t know talking English”. Mind you, this was in 1969 and we are still harping on the issue. Of course, my English teacher then was just a normal teacher who was told to teach English, just like what is happening in some schools today.

We do not seem to be interested in taking the standard of English to a higher level. We need to make drastic changes or resign to the fact that our children are not going to be able to compete internationally, or worse still, be looked down or frowned upon when they speak to good English-speaking individuals.

We have many good English teachers, but we need to take care of them first. We must show them that they are appreciated.

All aspiring English teachers have to go through a selection process by an independent panel. The selected ones should be placed in a different category, with better salary scale.

With this, more quality English teachers can be produced. They will be proud to be English teachers as they will be looked upon with high regard by their students and others. This will give them more reasons to improve themselves.

In the same vein, we are encouraging the use of Bahasa Malaysia for correspondence in government departments. I had written letters in English and was told to rewrite them in Bahasa Malaysia.

To walk the talk, let’s be sincere about wanting to improve the standard of English. Our prime minister and his deputy can speak good English. So, let’s put it into practice, too. All letters to government departments can be in Bahasa Malaysia or English. The replies should be in the language used by the sender. In this way, people will take the effort to improve their language skills. The standard of both languages can be improved. Let’s not have more instances of “You wait; wait, I looking how helping you” or “Can you talking bagus English, as my teacher no teaching I talk like you”.

Enough is enough. Let’s not just say things for the sake of saying. Most of us are in the position to make changes now. Let’s move fast or our children will be the laughing stock in future.

Read more: EDUCATION: Act fast to arrest decline in English – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/education-act-fast-to-arrest-decline-in-english-1.195072?cache=03D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3FpFpentwa%3Fpage%3D0%3Fpage%3D0#ixzz2Gs6LsZMA

2013, Arkib Berita, Forum, Kurikulum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Sistem, Surat

EDUCATION: Review assessment system

Thursday, January 03, 2013

By Sarala Poobalan, Kuala Lumpur | letters@nstp.com.my

NATIONAL Union of the Teaching Profession president Hashim Adnan has admitted that with the introduction of the new school-based assessment (PBS) system, children are learning less.

We are not ready for the Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS) system. Our education system is lagging behind. This has been proven in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) scores. Students, teachers, parents and the nation are suffering. We need to wake up and face reality.

TIMSS scores reflect the standard for Maths and Science. If we have scores for other subjects in schools, where would we stand?

We need to look at where we have gone wrong in our syllabus. In the PBS syllabus, there are 10 topics that a teacher is required to cover for the year but only five topics are picked for assessments.

If I am a teacher teaching PBS, I will teach only five topics. Why? The paperwork involved in the current system is a nightmare for the teacher. Like every other system introduced, the children become the scapegoats and suffer.

Students are bored, especially when they have to do the same paper over and over until the whole class gets it right.

While a lot has been said about rote learning, I feel it has its plus points. It teaches a student to be disciplined and organised in his work. It also helps teachers and parents help their children in areas where they are weak.

When our country has achieved a level of competence in the education field, then only should we introduce this system.

The Education Blueprint was launched to revamp the system. However, the real area we need to revamp is teaching methods.

The syllabus for the teacher training college must be revamped before any introduction of a new system is launched for the children.

Teachers must go back to what they are supposed to do — teach. If they spend most of their time doing paperwork for administrative purposes, then will they have the time to prepare what to teach the children?

We should do away with multiple choice questions, specially for language papers. This will allow the children to express themselves better and pave the way to encourage children to read.

We have to teach our children to fish and not fish for them. If the education system is constantly lowered to cater to the weak, then the nation will go nowhere.

If the government can recognise Chinese and Tamil as a language used for the mode of education, then, English should be given the same treatment.

There is nothing in the Constitution or the Education Act that says we cannot have English schools.

All we parents are asking is for the choice. The reality in today’s world is English is the language of global communication.

.We have to teach our children to fish and not fish for them.

Read more: EDUCATION: Review assessment system – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/education-review-assessment-system-1.195077?cache=03D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3FpFpentwa%3Fpage%3D0%3Fpage%3D0#ixzz2Gs5lNMQX

2013, Arkib Berita, Biasiswa/Pinjaman/Bantuan/Insentif, Pembangunan Sekolah

Schools told not to deduct RM100 allowance

Thursday, January 03, 2013

NILAI: All schools nationwide have been cautioned not to take their own initiative to automatically deduct the RM100 school allowances which would be paid out on Jan 15.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Puad Zarkashi said last year’s case of schools deducting RM50 to pay for the Parents Teachers Association (PIBG) without the parents consent should not be repeated.

“The money should be given to the parents in full.

“The schools have no right to deduct any amount from the payout as we (the ministry) have issued a circulation on the matter,” he said at Tunku Kurshiah College here yesterday.

Puad said the government’s RM500 million payout was for all schoolchildren.

“For parents who are reluctant to accept the payment, they can return it to the schools, which will then have the responsibility of returning the money to the ministry,” said Puad, adding that keeping the money for the schools’ use would be inappropriate.

He said that schools in the district without bank accounts could expect a delay, as the money would be channelled through the respective state education departments, as was done last year.

“The department will go to the respective schools to hand out the money. For this year, we are still using the same approach, which explains the delay in delivering the payout for such schools,” he said.

The ministry would start distributing the money to parents of students from Year One to Form Five from Jan 15.

Read more: Schools told not to deduct RM100 allowance – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/schools-told-not-to-deduct-rm100-allowance-1.195258#ixzz2Gs5CNc3L

2013, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah, Sistem

Schools appear in top form

Thursday, January 03, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: The new school term looked promising for the 425,665 children nationwide who started their primary schooling yesterday.

The number of students this year, however, is slightly lower in comparison with the 449,475 students who entered Year One last year.

Overall, enrollment in schools throughout the country proceeded smoothly, with no reports of lacking or unsatisfactory amenities for students, with the exception of schools in flood hit states.

“Things have been under control and although there were few schools which had initially faced problems with the lack of school textbook supplies, the issue has been resolved swiftly in time for the commencement of the new academic session,” National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council (PIBGN) president, Associate Prof Datuk Mohamad Ali Hassan said.

In ensuring that parents and guardians of students have enough resources to fulfill the needs of their children, especially in the first two months of the schooling session, Mohamad Ali also urged schools to defer from collecting fees for its respective Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs) till the end of February.

“They may start collecting from March onwards to help ease the burden on parents.”

Mohamad Ali also suggested that schools which were forced to shut down owing to floods to organise supplementary classes.

“This is to make up for the lost hours, as well as to enable students affected by the floods to keep up with their peers in other states.”

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan also welcomes the suggestion to hold extra classes for students of affected schools.

However, he said that proper planning should be done to ensure that teachers are not burdened with workload.

Hashim said that since the schools reopened, no complaints or grouses from teachers have been recorded, indicating a good start to the academic year.

Parent Action Group for Education (Page) chairperson, Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, also expressed her satisfaction in the smooth flow of the new schooling system.

“I believe things will get better, especially with the unveiling of the new Education Blueprint 2013-2025 which promises to revamp the education system.”

Read more: Schools appear in top form – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/schools-appear-in-top-form-1.195266#ixzz2Gs4H9ho2