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

Sometimes we forget

Sunday May 13, 2012



Teachers often have a trying time dealing with vulnerable teens. Their charges can sometimes be downright rude seeking individuality, yet there are other times when they cry for attention.

WITH the constant shift in interactions between students and colleagues, it is probably an oversight to sometimes forget the age group of the person or persons we are dealing with at the precise moment.

One minute you are in the staffroom enjoying some celebrity scandal suitable for an “adults only” audience, and the next minute, you are dealing with a tiff between your students, or providing advice for a “crushed” teenage heart.

Teachers often do such an admirable job of accommodating communication between generations that at times, they appear to be hosting a children’s programme and chairing an international conference concurrently.

However, there are times when we slip up and quite forgivably so, given the continuous nature and frequency of switching between conversations.

There is usually no in-between period of readjusting our mental frame to suit the audience that presently seeks our attention.

And this is when we sometimes forget. We forget that the gawky teenager whining about his classmates or the teenage girl with a crush on every male teacher, is after all still a teenager.

A person in a transitory period of his life, having recently left childhood and is now on an uncertain (and sometimes frightening) journey towards adulthood.

A person in search of self-identity; constantly dealing between the need to cling on and the need to let go.

I have found it necessary to stop and remind myself of this truth.

That my students are not the adults in the staffroom whose mutual idiosyncrasies we can choose to ignore if we want to .

These are people who are at a vulnerable stage in their lives.

As teachers, our words may make a difference in the way they perceive themselves and direct their life’s path.

They seek individuality and yet crave conformity. They want private space, but cry for attention.

Whether we like it or not, teachers are caught in this rite of passage in their students’ lives.

The things we say or do may creep surreptitiously into our students and form a significant part of their outlook in life.

Disciplinary action is necessary against rudeness, flagrant disregard of school rules and deliberate disrespect.

However, there are also minor offences that do not warrant a formal written warning but are exceedingly annoying.

Students saunter into classes without acknowledging the teacher’s presence or give a less-than-polite reply to a routine question.

There are times when teachers are tempted to use harsh words in response to this obvious lack of respect for authority.

I remember using caustic remarks to ‘put a student in his place’ only to wonder later if those words were necessary or justified as they were just adolescents.

I constantly remind myself that the swagger, extreme pretentiousness, boasting or even snitching about other classmates is often a cry for attention, a need to project their identity and a real attempt at building a sense of self-worth.

Certain forms of behaviour among my students such as the need to appear attractive before the opposite sex both amuse and annoy me until I remember that even this is part of their growing up.

While it may have been momentarily gratifying to see the deflated look on a cocky student after a sharp rejoinder, I feel uncomfortable reflecting that the student was part adult-part child, and my role was to educate, not show who was smarter.

The balance between being firm without appearing weak is probably not easy to achieve but totally necessary in the classroom.

Perhaps remembering our own teenage years and what we went through with our teachers may help us in dealing with our present students.

We may have not come away completely unscathed but thankfully for most of us, there were not enough cynical adult lips that dangerously inhibited our transition from child to adult.

There were also teachers who remembered that we were not yet adults and supported rather than ridiculed us.

And because it is so easy to forget these things, we need to remind ourselves from time to time that if we have to pass judgments on our students, our decisions have to be based on a set of rules which are different from the ones we apply to people who are already adults.

It is not fair to make the usual adult demands of maturity on those who are not yet adults.

2012, Arkib Berita, ICT/Teknologi, Inovasi, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Sistem

‘i-Hadir’ kesan pelajar ponteng

Jumaat , 11 Mei 2012


KOTA BHARU: Jabatan Pelajaran Kelantan menjadi perintis mengguna perisian yang dikenali sebagai ‘i-Hadir’ bagi mengenal pasti kehadiran pelajar ke sekolah dan mengesan pelajar ponteng.

Inovasi baru yang diperkenalkan oleh Sektor Pengurusan Pembangunan Kemanusiaan Jabatan Pelajaran Kelantan itu boleh diakses bila-bila masa serta memudahkan pihak sekolah dan ibu bapa mengetahui kedatangan anak mereka ke sekolah.

Pengarah Pelajaran Kelantan, Hussain Awang, berkata, i-Hadir adalah aplikasi mudah, cepat dan tepat, dengan pihak sekolah akan memasukkan rekod kedatangan harian murid ke dalam komputer yang dilengkapi perisian berkenaan.

Pada masa sama, katanya, data itu boleh dipantau oleh pihak Pejabat Pelajaran Daerah (PPD) dan Jabatan Pelajaran Negeri (JPN) walaupun berada di tempat lain.

“Sekiranya ada pelajar yang kerap tidak hadir, pihak JPN akan merujuk semula kepada pihak sekolah berhubung tindakan yang diambil.

“Secara tak langsung, aplikasi ini akan menjadi penghubung antara pihak sekolah dan PPD seterusnya JPN,” katanya pada majlis pelancaran i-Hadir pada perhimpunan ‘Bulanan Jabatan Pelajaran Kelantan di Dewan Bestari, Sekolah Kebangsaan Padang Garong 1, di sini, semalam.

Turut hadir, Ketua Sektor Pengurusan Pembangunan Kemanusiaan, Jabatan Pelajaran Kelantan, Rosnah Wan Ibrahim.
Perisian yang mula diguna dua bulan lalu itu adalah program perintis, dilihat mampu mengesan kehadiran pelajar ke sekolah dan pada masa sama dapat mengurangkan masalah ponteng membabitkan pelajar sekolah bandar dan luar bandar.

2012, Arkib Berita, ICT/Teknologi, Masalah Guru, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program

Fatimah: No order to bar students from bringing netbooks to schools

Posted on May 9, 2012, Wednesday

KUCHING: The government does not prohibit students from bringing their 1Malaysia netbooks to schools in Sarawak, says Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

What had happened at a number of rural schools in the state was an isolated case that can be solved by the respective schools.

“Isolated cases like these can be discussed at the school itself. The government has never given instructions that forbid students from bringing their netbooks to school.

“Netbooks and computers are important for students, especially those in the rural areas to lessen the digital divide between students in urban and rural areas,” she said at a press conference here yesterday.

On May 6, Bernama reported that Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum was flabbergasted that some rural schools in Sarawak had prohibited students from bringing their 1Malaysia netbooks to school.

He said he was informed that the schools did not want the students to recharge their netbooks at school because this would increase their electricity bill.

“If such a ruling is the norm or going to be one, it is a great loss to the government as well. On my part, I will bring up the matter with the Education Ministry to find out and seek an amicable solution for the sake of the students,” Salang had said.

Fatimah said the government was committed to providing access to (computer) facilities to rural students to ensure that they were on par with those in urban areas.

“The state government provides schools without electricity (some with generators) which is an effort of the Education Ministry to provide 24-hour electricity,” she added.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/05/09/fatimah-no-order-to-bar-students-from-bringing-netbooks-to-schools/#ixzz1uKmgdYh6

2012, Arkib Berita, IPT, Masalah Pelajar

76,200 siswazah menganggur tidak mahir

09 Mei 2012, Rabu


KUALA LUMPUR 8 Mei – Statistik dari Jabatan Perangkaan menunjukkan jumlah siswazah yang menganggur di negara ini adalah seramai 76,200 orang disebabkan tidak memiliki kemahiran untuk mencari pekerjaan.

Timbalan Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Maznah Mazlan berkata, hasil kajian Jabatan Tenaga Kerja menerusi portal Jobstreet Malaysia ke atas 1,994 responden mendapati 77.14 peratus mengaku memerlukan bimbingan bagi mencari pekerjaan.

“Hasil kajian itu juga mendapati hanya 42.59 peratus bersetuju sepatutnya siswazah tidak menghadapi masalah untuk mencari kerja berbanding 57.41 peratus mengaku mempunyai masalah untuk berbuat demikian.

“Ini jelas menunjukkan ketiadaan kemahiran mencari pekerjaan telah menyebabkan ramai daripada siswazah gagal mendapat kerja,” katanya di Dewan Negara, hari ini.

Beliau menjawab soalan asal Senator Khoo Soo Seang mengenai tindakan yang telah diambil bagi mengatasi masalah pengangguran dalam kalangan siswazah yang semakin meningkat setiap tahun.

Maznah turut menjelaskan bahawa kadar pengangguran di negara ini sekarang ialah 3.1 peratus dan menunjukkan ia terkawal serta masih boleh diuruskan.

“Untuk makluman semua, kadar pengangguran di Jepun adalah 4.5 peratus, Amerika Syarikat (8.1 peratus) dan Kanada (7.2 peratus) menunjukkan masalah ini tidak begitu serius di Malaysia.

“Bagaimanapun, kementerian sentiasa prihatin dengan masalah pengangguran ini dengan menjalankan pelbagai program untuk memastikan semua rakyat mempunyai pekerjaan,” ujarnya.

Jelasnya, antara program yang dilaksanakan untuk tujuan tersebut ialah menyediakan kemudahan pendaftaran serta mencari pekerjaan secara percuma melalui portal JobsMalaysia.

“Perkhidmatan itu bukan saja untuk kemudahan penganggur tetapi juga boleh digunakan oleh pekerja yang mahu mencari kerja yang lebih baik,” katanya.

2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program

Schooling the poorest

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Homeless children need consideration for their special needs

THERE are many ways in which to battle poverty. Governments can institute minimum wages, provide free or subsidised public housing, and give seasonal handouts. These measures help. But the single greatest game-changer is a good education. In an upwardly mobile society, education can help the children of the poor to break the cycle of poverty seemingly set for them by the preceding generation. A good and solid education, when matched with the opportunity for tertiary studies, can bring a dimensional difference to the next generation’s life. But at the  basic, without a school leaver’s certificate, without the ability to at least read, write and do arithmetic, a person has greatly reduced chances of getting a job that could  make any significant economic difference to his life.

For homeless children, the challenge is particularly tough. Whereas children in reduced circumstances but who have a home might have the stigma of being poor to contend with, the indigent have to survive the risks, discomforts and uncertainties of an itinerant life. And when the next meal or next shelter can be as unpredictable as the next year can be to an “ordinary” child, the fixed routine of waking up, going to school, finishing homework, and getting a good night’s sleep — the every day job of most children — must surely be a luxury, if not pure fantasy.

But, being homeless does not mean the end of hope. Which is why a special school for street and homeless children in the Klang Valley is being proposed. This is not a new concept. In the United States, which has 1.5 million homeless children, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act 1987 made it federal law for all districts to increase enrolment and attendance in school, by removing the barriers to education caused by homelessness — like lack of a fixed address, vaccination or documents. The district has to provide free transport for these children, no matter the distance. The schools that observed the spirit of this law found ways to provide more than just transport by also providing meals, healthcare, school supplies, school lockers, and even laundry services, so that the children wouldn’t be embarrassed to go to school in dirty clothes. Schools that did not observe the law risk losing federal aid. Between 2008 and 2009, there were nearly one million homeless children in public schools. And though there are a handful of special schools just for the homeless, the majority get shelter and understanding from ordinary schools, learning cheek by jowl with all the varied young members of society.

Read more: Schooling the poorest – Editorial – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/editorial/schooling-the-poorest-1.81634#ixzz1uEkn0Ntd

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

Tuesday May 8, 2012

Students strap on life jackets instead of seat belts every morning to attend classes


TANJUNG KARANG: While most of their schoolmates go to school by either bus or car, some 90 pupils of SJK (C) Yit Khwan here catch the fishing boat every morning.

Their preferred choice of transportation is all the more astonishing because they only stay some 15 minutes away from Tanjung Karang town and not in some rural area in interior Sabah and Sarawak.

Besides putting on their school uniform every morning, these children of Kampung Bagan Sungai Kajang slip on an extra item of clothing a life jacket before leaving home.

“Every student has his or her own life jacket. Otherwise, they will be reprimanded by their teachers when they get to school,” said village chief Ang Seng Hock.

He said the jackets, available in children’s sizes, were given by the Government to ensure the pupils’ safety.

Villagers have been taking the boat to school for the past 60 years and instances of pupils falling into the river are not uncommon. Thankfully, though, no one has ever drowned.

“Sometimes, the children are rushing or are still sleepy and lose their footing when using the ladder to get onto the boat.

“With life jackets on, their lives are not at risk.

“At most they will lose their schoolbooks,” said Ang.

Lim Chuan Yu, 11, fell into the river when he was in Year One.

“Yes, I’m still scared of falling into the river. I slipped when I was climbing the ladder. I’ve also seen some of my friends fall in,” he said before boarding the boat to school yesterday.

Ang said pupils could also travel by road to school, which would take them 10 minutes longer than the boat ride.

There are four boats making a total of seven trips to ferry all the pupils.

“If they take the bus, we need to make at least two trips. With 30 minutes each way, it means the first batch has to leave very early so the bus has time to make the second trip,” he said.

The boat fees are reasonable at RM20 per child per month, he said.

Ang said the village would replace the wooden pier next month with a concrete one, adding that the current structure was falling apart.

“Now, it is about 1.2m wide. The new one will be 3m wide and have steps instead of a ladder for safety reasons,” he said.

2012, Arkib Berita, Keselamatan Pelajar/Kesihatan, Masalah Pelajar

Pupil raped in school Nine-year-old sexually abused by teen on three occasions

Tuesday May 8, 2012


The boy would stalk his victim, waiting to drag the girl to the school’s stairwell during break or after school.

It was reported that the boy threatened the girl with a sharp weapon each time, even pressing this against her throat to warn her against telling anyone about her ordeal.

However, the victim, a Primary Three pupil, could no longer take the abuse and informed her school authorities after she was raped for the third time.

A source said the school authorities immediately carried out an investigation and informed the girl’s mother.

Alor Gajah district police chief Supt Umar Ali Saifuddin Shaharuddin confirmed that a police report had been lodged, adding that a suspect had been identified and would be arrested soon.