Pastikan Susu 1Malaysia sampai ke pedalaman

6 November 2012, Selasa

Mohd. Afizi Mohd. Ross (berdiri tengah) bersama Penyelia Hal Ehwal Murid Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah Klang, Mohd. Tukipon Zahlan (kiri) dan Guru Besar SJK (C) Keng Chee Pulau Ketam, Soh Swee Koon (kanan) bersama murid-murid sekolah tersebut menunjukkan susu Dutch Lady dalam lawatan pengagihan ke sekolah Program Susu 1Malaysia di SJK (C) Keng Chee Pulau Ketam, Klang, Selangor, semalam.

PELABUHAN KLANG 5 Nov. – Jarak dan kepayahan untuk berinteraksi dengan dunia luar bukan alasan untuk menghalang masyarakat daripada menerima setiap bantuan daripada kerajaan.

Perkara tersebut termasuk usaha kerajaan untuk memastikan pelaksanaan penghantaran bekalan Program Susu 1Malaysia (PS1M) ke sekolah-sekolah di kawasan luar bandar dan juga ke kawasan pulau dilakukan dengan sebaik mungkin.

Ini terbukti apabila pengamal media dibawa ke Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Keng Chee di Pulau Ketam di sini untuk melihat sendiri bagaimana bantuan tersebut diagihkan kepada murid-murid di pulau tersebut.

Meskipun perjalanan kira-kira 45 minit dari jeti Pulau Ketam ke sekolah berkenaan tidak dianggap mengambil masa yang lama, usaha para petugas untuk menghantar bekalan susu tersebut tetap berhadapan risiko kerana pelbagai kemungkinan boleh berlaku ketika meredah lautan.

Pengurus Hal Ehwal Korporat Dutch Lady Malaysia, Mohd. Afizi Mohd. Ross berkata, pihaknya berusaha sedaya upaya untuk menghantar stok PS1M ke setiap sekolah termasuk sekolah di luar bandar seperti SJKC Keng Chee.

Beliau berkata, jarak dan masa bukan penghalang kepada Dutch Lady Malaysia yang kini merupakan salah satu daripada empat pembekal utama PS1M di seluruh negara.

“Tiada masalah bagi kami untuk memastikan bekalan sentiasa mencukupi, melalui PS1M murid-murid dibekalkan dua kotak susu dalam tempoh seminggu sepanjang musim persekolahan.

“Di bawah program ini, kami telah mengedarkan kira-kira 12.5 juta kotak susu kepada 1,400 buah sekolah membabitkan 297,000 orang murid di kawasan Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Pulau Pinang dan Melaka,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas mengagihkan bekalan PS1M ke SJKC Keng Chee di sini hari ini.

Selain menghantar bekalan PS1M, Dutch Lady Malaysia turut menjalankan tanggungjawab sosial korporat (CSR) dengan mengadakan ceramah pendidikan nutrisi pemakanan kepada 106 murid di sekolah berkenaan.

Menurut Mohd. Afizi, antara tujuan utama pelaksanaan PS1M adalah untuk melahirkan generasi baru yang lebih kuat, tegap dan cergas.

Katanya, bekalan susu ke setiap sekolah terutamanya melibatkan produk keluaran Dutch Lady Malaysia yang diperkenalkan sejak dua tahun lalu dijamin selamat oleh kerajaan dan terbukti tidak mendatangkan kemudaratan kepada kesihatan murid-murid.

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.

STUDENT INDISCIPLINE: Act to curb violence in and outside schools

01 November 2012 | last updated at 07:32AM

By Samuel Yesuiah, Seremban, Negri Sembilan | 0 comments

CASES of aggression and violence among students within and outside schools should be checked and curbed by the authorities. Student brawls are common in secondary schools and most occur in the vicinity of the schools. However, some fight and brawl outside the school.

.A fight between three Form Four students at the Pulau Sebang a bus terminal resulted in the death K. Saravannan, 14

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The fight between three 14-year-old students which led to the death of a student in the Pulau Sebang bus terminal in Tampin shows the extreme of school violence.

As reported in “Outrage over couldn’t care less attitude” (NST, Oct 27), over 30 people, including Form Four and Form Five students, watched a fight between three students for over 30 minutes at the bus terminal complex. The crowd did not intervene nor did any of them call the police. As a result, a young boy’s life was taken due to the brute force inflicted by the other students in the deadly assault.

The report has resulted in public outrage over the “couldn’t care less” attitude of the crowd watching the fight. The public’s apathetic ways must change. More importantly, violence and aggression among students need to be reviewed and checked by school authorities.

Fights and brawls involving students should be handled and monitored by the police. There are many children in schools who have violent and aggressive tendencies. These are the misfits who do not have academic inclinations. They are a nuisance in school and disruptive in class.

In April, an argument between two 14-year-old students in school resulted in a fight which led to one of them being paralysed from the waist down. Fights and brawls in schools should be checked and student violence should be eradicated. Students should not be allowed to even touch their fellow students. Even a friendly tap or a slap on the back can result in a fight.

In football, a player who reacts violently to other players is immediately shown the red card and told to leave the field. A head butt or even pushing the player is deemed a serious offence on the field.

Perhaps we need to be stricter in enforcing an anti-violence code among students. Students can easily lose their temper and it can result in devastating consequences. Severe punishment should be meted out to those who slap, hit, punch or kick another student for whatever reason, even if they have been provoked.

Students should report to teachers whenever they are provoked or bullied. Many innocent boys fall victims to bullies who terrorise their lives. They make school a living hell for the good students. A culture of non-violence should be advocated in schools.

The Education Ministry has to set up strict guidelines for schools on ways to handle disciplinary problems such as fighting and bullying. Advice, counselling and warnings are the standard procedures to deal with student violence. Repeat and aggressive offenders should be expelled from the school.

The two boys involved in the fight should be expelled and sent to the Henry Gurney School for corrective behaviour conditioning.

Perpetrators of violence should be removed from normal schools and sent to special schools for rehabilitation. If this is not done, these bullies and violent students will grow up to be juvenile delinquents, vandals and road bullies and end up as thugs with criminal tendencies.

Parents of bullies should be held responsible and made accountable for the actions of their children. Parents should be summoned to the school and informed of their children’s behaviour. Proper enforcement is needed and corporal punishment should be meted to violent students.

Hopefully, teachers, disciplinarians and parents will play their roles as guardians and look after children from bullies and hoodlums in schools. Many children will not tell their teachers or parents if they are being bullied or harassed by fellow students. The onus is on the parents and teachers to check and supervise the children closely in schools.

Bullying, a wake up call

Wednesday October 31, 2012

THE senseless beating and death of 14-year-old K. Saravanan at the hands of bullies is a wake-up call for all Malay-sians.

Where is the so called “caring-Malaysian” among the crowd that stood and watched as Saravanan was beaten to death?

Why didn’t anybody try to save Saravanan?

Have we become a society in which each fends for his own and not for the neighbour?

This issue of bullying has been raised many times before and we have become so numb and apathetic that it is just a matter of days before this too fades from our memory.

Unless we act now, this incident will repeat, in another place, to another boy, maybe even a child you know.

Surely the police and justice system is strong enough to punish crime doers or have we lost faith that the system can bring justice to the weak and protect the one who steps forward to help?

We need to ask ourselves why we do not feel anything more than a passing empathy for this child.

Is it because we fear to step forward to help a victim due to the possibility of revenge by gangs? Where does fear end and justice begin?

There are countless cases of bullying in schools that have got out of hand and these same boys grow up to be crime doers.

I call on the police to work with the education system to eradicate bullying in schools as this is a grassroots level of crime in society today.

We need to consider more faith education and religious classes for all children in school.

No amount of compensation can alleviate the anguish of the loss of the only child of N. Malar. Our heart truly goes out to her.

Let us each make an effort to console her with the promise that her child did not die in vain.

Each of us must awaken our conscience to act against this evil in our society and to ensure that no child will need to die this way in our country.

We didn’t Save Saravanan but we can create a society that will “Stop the Bullying and Save Saravanan’s Memory.”

I have learnt that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

Cheras, Selangor

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Create post of discipline teachers

Tuesday October 30, 2012
I HAD palpitations when I read the article of the 14-year old schoolboy who died when he was attacked in Malacca.

What was even more painful was that more than 30 people watched and did nothing.

I strongly believe that the discipline level in school children is deteriorating due to the lack of enforcement by the school authorities.

School discipline teachers are “toothless” and therefore discipline problems are expected to get worse.

If only discipline teachers are given more authority and some kind of perks in terms of promotion and less teaching hours, I am sure more teachers will do their job more professionally.

I still remember during my teaching days, my friend Choo and I would go out of the school compound to settle student discipline problems (like fighting), just to be reprimanded by the school head (for leaving the school compound) when we came back later.

We used to have a good relationship with the police who were there to help us.

My point is, if discipline teachers don’t go the extra mile to solve discipline problems in school, nothing much can be done.

But being a teacher-educator now, I see that more than 70% of the undergraduates are females.

With very few males in the profession I expect school discipline problems will get even worse.

I strongly believe that a special post of discipline teacher should be created.

This will definitely create more responsible and powerful discipline teachers.


Seri Kembangan, Selangor

Stop bullying in school

Tuesday October 30, 2012
I AM shocked over the incident where a young student was killed due to the way he walked as reported in “Student killed in attack by gang of schoolboys” (The Star, Oct 25).

Any kind of school bullying is totally unacceptable as it will leave victims traumatised, sometimes well into their adulthood to the detriment of his/her emotional well-being. In this case, the victim died due to severe injuries.

Serious questions need to be asked. Is school bullying isolated incidents or are there many more unreported bullying cases, especially when the victims suffered injuries?

Normally, bullying starts with verbal abuse long before any physical violence takes place.

Bullying happens when the perpetrators are of superior physical strength with the ability to exercise significant control over the victim or victims and with a good chance of getting away with their actions.

This incident could have been prevented before it reached this stage where a life was lost. If only all the warning signs were heeded, like taking preemptive action against the bullies before it escalated to physical injuries, instead of brushing of such incidents as harmless.

There are elements of prejudice here since the reasons for this “murder” was due to the way the victim walked.

If students are taught that everyone must be respected no matter the difference in colour, race, gender, creed, social class, religion, physical appearance and sexual orientation, then such incidents of bullying people who are different from the norm would likely be reduced.

It is right that justice must be done with appropriate action taken against the bullies who caused the death in such a cruel manner as reported in “Mum calls for justice over death of bullied son”, (The Star, Oct 29).

While no stone must be left unturned by the police to bring the culprits involved in this dastardly act to justice, detailed studies must be conducted from any bullying tragedy to learn what has become of our school children.

The calls for justice where the perpetrators are convicted and punished is appropriate.

However, these juveniles need to be made to understand that what they did was wrong, including making them realise and repent.

It is time that the Education Ministry considers a campaign against bullying in schools once there is a detailed understanding on the appropriate ways of dealing with it in schools.

The root causes of bullying have to be determined before we find ways of dealing with such situations.

We have Teachers Day and Childrens Day as annual school events. Why not an Anti-bullying Day too?

Such campaigns would be more effective with messages that include aspects related to human rights, tolerance and mutual respect.

After all, the learning process in schools is more than just getting the maximum number of A’s.

A good Campaign Against Bullying has to be drawn up to nip the problem in the bud and make students respect others who are different.

Schools have to be a safe place with an appropriate learning environment where no one should be afraid since everyone is equal.


Kuala Lumpur

Meningkatkan kesedaran kepentingan minum susu

ARKIB : 29 Oktober 2012, Isnin

BAGI meningkatkan kesedaran di kalangan murid mengenai kepentingan pengambilan susu untuk tumbesaran kesihatan, syarikat pengeluar produk tenusu terkemuka, Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad (Dutch Lady Malaysia) komited menggerakkan program pendidikan susu khusus buat golongan tersebut dari semasa ke semasa.

Menurut Pengurus Hal Ehwal Dutch Lady Malaysia, Mohd. Afizi Mohd. Ross, usaha itu bertujuan menyebarkan khasiat kebaikan susu dan mengajar murid mengenai cara-cara pengambilan susu yang betul.

”Kami mengambil kesempatan mengunjungi 24 buah sekolah rendah di negeri Pulau Pinang, Selangor dan Melaka untuk berinteraksi dengan 19,000 kanak-kanak sekolah rendah, serta guru-guru mereka tentang khasiat kebaikan susu.

“Program ini merupakan sebahagian komponen pendidikan asas bagi ‘Program Susu Sekolah 1Malaysia’ (PS1M) yang telah dijalankan di seluruh negara”, katanya.

Melalui kempen itu, katanya, murid dan guru diberikan pelbagai informasi dan maklumat kesihatan yang diperlukan oleh badan, tulang serta perkembangan otak.

Di samping itu, program interaktif kepentingan pelbagai khasiat susu serta cara pengambilan susu yang betul turut dianjurkan.

“Kita amat menekankan tentang kepentingan mengambil sarapan pagi dan elakkan meminum susu dengan perut yang kosong.

“Pada masa yang sama, kita menerangkan tentang apa itu ‘intoleransi laktosa’ dan menekankan aspek kebersihan diri khususnya membasuh tangan sebelum minum susu.

“Kami juga menasihati murid agar segera menghabiskan susu yang telah dibuka dan menerangkan maklumat mengenal pasti pek susu yang elok untuk diminum,” jelasnya.

Pada tahun ini, PS1M melibatkan lebih 1.4 juta murid dari 7,600 buah sekolah rendah di seluruh negara dengan edaran sebanyak 90.16 juta pek susu sekolah 1Malaysia berperisa coklat.

Terdapat empat pembekal susu sekolah 1 Malaysia yang terlibat dalam program PS1M meliputi negeri-negeri Wilayah Persekutuan, Putrajaya, Selangor, Pulau Pinang dan Melaka.

Pasukan PS1M, pakar pemakanan dan pasukan sukarelawan ‘Blue Brigade’ daripada Dutch Lady Malaysia telah memulakan lawatan ke sembilan sekolah mambabitkan lebih 7,000 orang murid di Pulau Pinang dan Seberang Prai.

Sebelum tamat sesi persekolahan bagi tahun ini, pasukan dari Dutch Lady Malaysia akan turun ke 15 buah sekolah lagi di Selangor dan Melaka dengan penglibatan seramai 11,000 orang pelajar.

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