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Awareness programme to help students eat healthy

Thursday December 20, 2012



For a better lifestyle: Dr Wee signing a plaque after launching the ‘Cara Hidup Sihat’ programme. Looking on are Vogt and Universiti Putra Malaysia department of nutrition & dietetics senior lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Norhaizan Mohd Esa.For a better lifestyle: Dr Wee signing a plaque after launching the ‘Cara Hidup Sihat’ programme. Looking on are Vogt and Universiti Putra Malaysia department of nutrition & dietetics senior lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Norhaizan Mohd Esa.

KUALA LUMPUR: A public-private initiative to educate teenagers on healthy eating habits and encourage an active lifestyle among students to reduce obesity has kicked off.

The three-year “Cara Hidup Sihat” programme, which started last September, was carried out jointly by the Education Ministry, Nestle Malaysia Bhd and Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said it aimed to create awareness among students on how to make informed choices on their daily intake of food.

“The programme will also measure the weight and height of the students twice a year and teach them to calculate their own BMI (body mass index) as a reference to stay healthy,” he said after launching the programme here yesterday.

The ministry, he said, would monitor the programme closely to see if there was any improvement in the students’ eating habits and their body weight.

The programme involved some 5,000 lower secondary school students from 100 day boarding schools nationwide as well as their teachers, wardens and food operators.

Currently, 203 teachers and wardens have received training on modules that will be used to teach students to understand body weight, the importance of healthy eating and ways to keep active.

Another 332 food operators had been trained on how to prepare food low in salt and fat.

Dr Wee said he hoped the programme could be expanded to other boarding schools, adding that other private companies and non-governmental organisations were welcomed to take up similar projects.

The National Health Morbidity Survey 2011 had shown that one in five Malaysian teenagers was either overweight or obese.

Nestle managing director Peter R. Vogt said good food did not mean more food, adding that this was about balanced and healthy meals.

“We believe it is crucial to educate teenagers on the importance of eating the right food and living a healthy lifestyle as this would affect their growth and development as adults,” he said.

Dr Wee also said the ministry had acknowledged Malaysia’s unsatisfactory performance in two international assessments the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) in the recently launched National Education Blueprint.

“We will have to find a way on how to improve this. It is high time our students view this seriously,” he said.

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

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Keeping fit and healthy, the way to go

Sunday November 25, 2012


YOUR inspiring report “In the frontline of patient care” ( StarEducate, Nov 4), deserves praise and has encouraged me to comment on the issue of health and wellness.

In order to be strong, healthy and fit, it is vital that we take good care of ourselves physically and mentally. Our overall condition depends a lot on our mental and physical state of being. A strong body and mind serves as the foundation of a fruitful and happy life.

Having enough sleep and rest, eating proper meals, observing a balanced diet and ensuring that we include exercises in our daily regimen are indeed necesssary. This is not all. Some outdoor activity, refraining from smoking, drinking excessive alcohol, and dealing and coping with the daily stresses of life are factors that guide us towards a healthy, productive life.

However, our present lifestyle which is hectic, demanding and yet sedentary, serve as a stumbling block for many, especially city-dwellers in leading a healthy and balanced way of life.

The situation is made worse as there are many people who are reluctant to go for medical check-ups. And it is no wonder why both the elderly and young are facing many sicknesses like high-blood pressure, heart problems, stroke, diabetes, kidney-failure and even cancer.

Lately depression and anxiety are getting common in our society and even young school-going children are not spared and this has resulted in the rising cases of teen suicides. This is alarming and could be detrimental to the nation’s interest in the long run!

It is a well-known fact that Malaysians are not exercising enough and this is a setback. Exercise is the best medicine as it is highly effective in the prevention of many diseases and it does improve health.

Regular exercise can recharge our strength and flexibility. It keeps the body fit and is certainly one of the best ways to combat stress. Young people who lack the time to exercise should be extremely careful with what they eat and drink.

Many locals tend to overeat and overdrink as it is a well known fact that Malaysia is a food haven, but one has to bear in mind the oft-used phrase “we are what we eat”.

Therefore, practising healthy habits is essential to everyone from students to young adults and even senior citizens. It can certainly reduce the risk of many diseases.

I hope the government especially the Education Ministry would have greater initiatives to promote sports and outdoor activities to not only make our students healthier and stronger, but at the same time, unearth sports stars like Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Datuk Nicol David, Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Azizulhasni Awang.

As responsible citizens, we must do everything to remain well and fit and ensure that we have a nation of truly healthy and happy people.



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

Special needs,equal rights

20 November 2012 | last updated at 11:19PM

CHILDREN can grow up to be anything. Some will grow up to be what the general world considers to be “successful” people, while the majority will lead more modest lives — successfully holding down jobs, maintaining a budget, being independent, and contributing to society. Regardless of what their destination ends up being, what any child would hope for is a fair opportunity to make what they will and can of their lives. And for the most part, this requires a fair access to education up to the highest possible level; with limitations being set only by the child, and not the system.

That the initial draft of the Malaysia Education Blueprint had special needs education as only a sub-section of Chapter 4, instead of a chapter in its own right, is an oversight that should not have happened; but it is good to know that the matter will be rectified in the final draft. An estimate two years ago had the number of special needs children in the country at 540,000 — more than five per cent of our child population. But of this number, only 43,142 were in schools that catered to children with special needs. The rest were speculated to have not yet had their disabilities identified, or were kept from school because of shame, poverty or lack of opportunities.

That nearly half a million children may not be in school, or may not be getting the help they truly need to learn, because of their difference in ability, is shameful, and must be rectified not only on paper, but down on the ground. As a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Malaysia has committed itself to habilitate persons with disabilities (PWD) to achieve a “full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with persons without disabilities”. Towards this end, preschool education will be made available for PWD children through the 2013 Budget. Indeed, early intervention programmes are crucial for equipping PWDs with socio-emotional skills that they will need to keep on learning to survive in the world.

In addition, efforts must be made to ensure that schools and public infrastructure are disabled-friendly, and policies for enrolling special needs children must change. For, although the Education Ministry provides education for special needs children up to secondary level, only those who are able to manage themselves without aid are taken in. This sidelines those who are less able even further by denying them the opportunity to improve themselves and gain vital living skills. Special needs people should be integrated into society, not set apart.

Read more: Special needs,equal rights – Editorial – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/editorial/special-needs-equal-rights-1.173672#ixzz2CjlQ4LW8

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Heng: Teachers’ training may include sex education

Tuesday November 13, 2012 MYT 5:52:39 PM



KUALA LUMPUR: Teachers’ training may include sex education to address the social issues facing the students.

Deputy Women, Community and Family Development Minister Datuk Heng Sai Kee said the ministry mooted the idea to the Education Ministry recently to see if sex education could become part of syllabus at the teachers training colleges.

She noted that sex education was now taught as part of health science for Year One to Year Four students with future modules to include social related issues.

“This will allow teachers, in particular those giving counseling, to also teach students on the dangers and consequences of pre-marital sex, including the laws on statutory rape,” ,” she told reporters.

At present, she said that an eight-week pilot programme to teach students of the dangers of pre-marital sex had been introduced as part of the school curriculum for students finishing their UPSR examinations in Sept and PMR students in October.

Some 6,820 pregnancies and births involving girls below 16 were recorded between 2000 and Oct 9, 2012.

Heng said 67 teachers have been selected from rural, urban and special schools to undergo training courses before the start of the programme.

On a separate issue, Heng said the ministry backed the Government’s move to amend statutory rape laws to take away the courts discretion in binding over first time youth offenders.

Some 5,976 statutory rape cases were recorded between 2007 and August this year. Of the cases, 5,115 were charged resulting in 1,631 convictions.

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Especially for the senses

Sunday November 11, 2012



Sharing session: Goh (left) and Tengku Syed Badarudin (next to her) with a student at the launch.Sharing session: Goh (left) and Tengku Syed Badarudin (next to her) with a student at the launch.

SOME children dislike attending school but for special needs children, going to school is often an uphill battle.

The experience is not only frustrating for the pupils themselves but also the teachers as they need proper tools to mentor and support them based on their individual needs.

For the 25 special needs pupils of SK Taman Bukit Subang, Shah Alam, the problem has been solved.

The third F&N Sensory Integration Room has been set up at their school to cater for their needs and that of another 25 pupils from SK Jalan U3 which is just across the road.

F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd corporate affairs manager Cariessa Goh believes that every child deserves the right to obtain quality education.

“It is the basic foundation that helps to nurture and grow our young minds so they in turn can impact our society positively and contribute to the nation’s development.

“Based on four major evaluation benchmarks, the 90 pupils from our first two centres have shown an average improvement of close to 65% after six months of being exposed to the room,” said Goh, adding that the encouraging results were the impetus to continuing their efforts.

The room is filled with equipment such as a platform swing, protective mats, a resistance tunnel, a trampoline and a rope wall ladder.

Each tool plays its distinctive purpose in stimulating sensory integration such as increasing spatial awareness, concentration, relaxation and alertness while stimulating sensorial experiences such as sight and sound to help the brain organise and interpret information.

The room was recently launched by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd chairman Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail and Selangor Education Department Special Education sector head Abd Latif A. Aziz.

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

Plan for schools in the interior

Sunday November 11, 2012



The Education Ministry is drawing up an Interior Education Transformation Plan to upgrade the standard of education and reduce the gap between urban and interior schools.

Deputy Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi (pic) said a special committee in the ministry had conducted extensive research on the subject which is expected to be announced soon.

“The main focus of the transformation plan is to ensure balanced education between the interior and urban areas, he said after opening the SMK Telaga school building in Pitas, Sabah recently.

The plan will ensure that every interior school must be led by competent principals and headmasters who in turn must ensure that their respective schools have adequate facilities and Internet access.

Dr Mohd Puad said the plan also included building new accommodation for teaching staff and resolving the electricity and water supply problems.

About 1,000 schools in Sabah and Sarawak are categorised as interior schools and lack basic facilities.

The government, he added, had spent RM701 million to supply electricity to all schools in Sabah which has used hybrid solar energy since 2008.

At another event in Kajang, Selangor, Dr Mohd Puad said that ministry aimed to expand the Special Education Integration programme at regular schools to achieve a special needs student target of 30% by 2015.

He said that 1,971 regular schools had implemented the inclusive education programme which involved 53,024 students who were visually-impaired, hearing impaired and slow learners.

“We lag far behind in numbers (currently 7.5%) as compared to developed countries,” he said after presenting the National 1Malaysia Special Education Sports, Co-curriculum and Arts Awards 2011 to 139 students with special needs from around the country. — Bernama