2011, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah

KPM menang pingat emas

03 Ogos 2011, Rabu


PUTRAJAYA 2 Ogos – Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia (KPM) meraih pingat emas dalam kategori “Penyumber Luaran Perkongsian Terbaik” pada satu persidangan antarabangsa dan anugerah Asia Pasifik 2011 di Gold Coast, Australia pada 22 Julai lalu.

Kemenangan itu melayakkan KPM untuk bertanding pada pusingan akhir dunia pada 1 hingga 4 November di Palms Resort, Las Vegas.

KPM bakal bersaing dengan Sektor Penyumber Luaran terbaik dari benua Amerika Utara dan Selatan, Eropah, Timur Tengah serta rantau Afrika.

Menurut kenyataan KPM hari ini, kemenangan itu adalah hasil perkongsian Penyumber Luaran Bijak antara KPM dengan VADS Business Process Sdn. Bhd., anak syarikat Telekom Malaysia.

Kenyataan itu juga menyebut, ini membuktikan bahawa prestasi dan mutu perkhidmatan dapat dipertingkat dengan cemerlang menerusi perkongsian bijak yang dibangunkan mengikut perancangan serta pelaksanaan mantap. – BERNAMA

Katanya, perkongsian itu juga mampu menangani segala kelewatan dan kesukaran mendapatkan maklumat berkaitan KPM dengan berkesan, termasuk rungutan serta keluhan orang ramai. – BERNAMA

2011, Arkib Berita, Forum, Keselamatan Pelajar/Kesihatan, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana

Keeping Penan children in school

Posted on July 31, 2011, Sunday


by Doreena Naeg.

A Rumah Arau (hostel) was set up to encourage Penan children to attend pre-school, prevent drop-outs and with the hope of producing the desired sustainability in their attendance rate.

OBLIVIOUS: Penan children enjoying a cool bath in Long Urun oblivious to the on-going debate about their future.

FOR every rung they climb up the education ladder, they fall two rungs back. That is the sad scenario prevailing among many Penan students.

To buck the trend, positive steps – no matter how small – taken to bring education to the tribal community are, indeed, giant steps towards promoting literacy among their young.

As an educationist puts it, the situation should be viewed with optimism – like the glass being half full, not half empty. A positive outlook is imperative.

Young Penans have proven worthy of early education.

Those living in Belaga District in one of the state’s remotest areas, are eager to study and remain in school.

The district has a total of 15 pre-schools, recording, between them, an impressive 94.15 percentage of children entering primary one.

The figure is impressive compared to Sebuah (78.31) and Baram (74.34) – and it is all the more so, considering the often hostile terrain of Belaga which is about three hours’ drive on logging track from the nearest town, Bintulu.

Another six hours’ ride through treacherous landscape is needed to reach Long Urun, a remote Penan resettlement village in the District.

The SK Long Urun pre-school in Belaga has enrolled a maximum number of students (25) for this year.

The figure indicates Penan children have access  to education – at least, the initial part.

There are many reasons for the impressive attendance rate and one of the most obvious is the setting up of the Rumah Arau (hostel) of SK Long Urun near the pre-school.

Explained Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department, Datin Fatimah Abdullah:

“The Rumah Arau allows the parents, especially mothers, to stay close to the children while the latter attend school. This is mutually beneficial as both can draw comfort from one another’s presence. The bond between child and mother will remain strong.”

The setting up of the Rumah Arau exemplifies the respect and understanding of the government for the Penan’s complex culture.

“Penan people are close-knit – they need to be physically close to their families. The Rumah Arau allows this,” Fatimah said.

The hostel is set up solely for the purpose of encouraging Penan children to attend pre-school and prevent drop-outs. It is hoped this will produce the desired sustainability in their attendance rate.

Mothers can stay in the Rumah Arau while their children attend school and during weekends, both can return home if they so wish. Parents – in this case mothers – can stay in the hostel for free but it’s out of bounds to fathers.

The flipside

The number of Penan children attending pre-school and primary school may be encouraging but their attendance does show a lack of sustainability.

There seems to be a high drop-out rate towards the later part of their primary school years. What is worrisome is that the trend appears persistent.

Another cause for concern is “exam phobia” among Penan students, resulting in a lot of them opting out of their final primary school year public exam.

In 2007, a total of 17 Penan students were registered for UPSR but only three actually sat for it. The following year, 19 were registered but only three took the test. In 2009, six out of 20 registered sat for the test and last year, 28 enrolled with only seven takers.

“That is indeed worrying. The whole object is to get them to sit for the exam so they can go further. Clearly, there is still plenty to be done,” Fatimah noted.

Among the reasons given for Penan students skipping school are illness, their parents failing to send them to school, poverty, transport breakdown, family members taken ill or having passed away, the children following their father to work and failure to receive their allowance.

It appears Penan parents are mostly to blame. They fail to see the importance of education and are suspicious of others taking care of their children.

And these, together with their dependence on subsidy, offer them not much help in guiding their children through their schooling years.

Moreover, the parents also fail to understand the concept of KWAPM (Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pelajar Miskin) and e-kasih programmes.

The parents’ lukewarm attitude towards their children’s education is variously attributed to not being receptive to change, the dependency syndrome, refusal to adopt farming as a form of livelihood and clinging to their ancestral ways of depending on the jungle for food.

Of course, it will take time – perhaps a little longer than expected – for the Penans to adapt to the changing educational and socio-economic environment in the state but with patience, care, understanding and opportunity, this tribal community, despite their deeply ingrained culture and shy nature, will slowly but surely find their way into mainstream Malaysian society on their own terms.

Fatimah, refusing to see it as a lost cause, stressed: “I strongly believe we can achieve what we set out to do with respect to their culture and lifestyle if we persevere in our endeavour.”

2011, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah

K9 at SK Long Bedian completed

Posted on August 1, 2011, Monday


by Norni Mahadi reporters@theborneopost.com.

BASIC STRUCTURE DONE: The school building, including hostel, teachers’ quarter and dining hall, has been completed.

MIRI: Construction of Comprehensive 9 (K9) at SK Long Bedian has been completed and is expected to be handed over to the Education Department by the end of the year.

SK Long Bedian headmaster Jenggo Jau Jok said the RM44 million project, the first of its kind in the state, was basically still a bare skeleton at the moment but proper furniture and other fittings would be coming in soon.

He said the K9 concept made the school different from standard schools in that it not only have classes for Primary 1 to Primary 6 but could also conduct Form 1 to Form 3 classes.

“The main idea is to close the education gap between those in the urban and remote areas,” he told The Borneo Post during a visit by Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau recently.

Jenggo added that the new school would be able to accommodate 400 students.

“We are looking forward to the completion of the new school as it would help ensure that students from the rural areas will not be left out of formal education.”

When briefing Dennis on the project, Jenggo said the main source of electricity supply to the school would be via a solar system. SK Long Bedian is believed to be the first school in the country with the biggest solar panel system.

He added that the new school would have an administrative office, nine classrooms, teachers’ quarter, hostel blocks that could accommodate 350 students, a kindergarten, canteen and a football field.

Meanwhile, Dennis praised the project contractor for a job well done.

2011, Arkib Berita, Forum, Masalah Guru, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Khas, Sistem

Teachers learn education model to motivate students

Tuesday August 2, 2011



TEACHERS must harbour hope and confidence that not-so-bright students will also be successful in their own field one day.

This is the spirit of an education model — Liu Jing Hai Success Education Model — which was adopted in China’s education system for over 20 years.

Countless students with learning difficulties had benefited from it, said Shanghai Zhabei No.8 Middle School vice-principal Xie Zhi Ye during a talk at Pei Yuan High school, Kampar recently.

Xie also shared with 26 teachers from the school on ways to handle problematic students and to gauge their potential.

He noted that failure was part and parcel of education, and that teachers and students should not be disheartened by it.

In fact, he pointed out that failure was an opportunity for them to get together and find ways to overcome problems and make things better.

Xie said the qualities of a successful teacher would include his or her ability to motivate or inspire students, boost their self-esteem, and have good interpersonal communication with students.

Last but not least, never give up thinking that students lagging academically could also be successful in his or her field one day,” he said.

United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) executive assistant Liaw Yian Leng, who was present at the talk, said Xie and three others from his school were on a 16-day trip in Perak recently to promote the model.

She said Pei Yuan was the first stop, followed by other schools in Pantai Remis and Ipoh.

Liaw said the three schools in Ipoh which had started practising the Liu Jing Hai Success Education Model were Poi Lam High School, Perak Yuk Choy High School (Pte) and Shen Jai High School.

2011, Arkib Berita, Forum, IPT, Masalah Pelajar, Surat

Don’t lose good talent

Tuesday August 2, 2011

 MALAYSIA is experiencing a very serious brain drain problem, with many students staying overseas after they have graduated, and many local graduates and families migrating overseas, even as near as to Singapore.Even though the Government is putting in a lot of initiatives in attracting Malaysians abroad to return to work, nothing much has changed as many still choose to live abroad.

One of the steps taken by the Public Services Department (PSD) is introducing TalentCorp. This allows PSD-sponsored students to come back to Malaysia to work in any private companies listed in TalentCorp, not just in the government sector. This allows the PSD students to contribute to the economy of Malaysia.

My brother is a PSD scholar who has just graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Economics from the London School of Economics. He is interested in working for a consulting firm, which TalentCorp could not offer.

He was very delighted to be offered his dream job in London (after failing many interviews from other companies) and asked PSD if he would be allowed to defer going back to Malaysia right after his graduation so that he could stay in London for a few years to learn new skills and transfer the knowledge back to Malaysia when he comes back.

Surprisingly, the PSD in London and Putrajaya said that they do not allow students to defer their bond any longer. All students would have to return to serve their bond or pay the money that PSD has spent on their education in one lump sum.

Since my brother was more interested in working in the London consulting firm, he chose to pay the scholarship back.

If PSD does not allow students to defer their bond anymore, students who wish to stay on overseas will need to pay their scholarship in full. And there will be nothing to attract them back to Malaysia, since salaries are higher overseas.

In addition, students who choose to pay their bond will be half a million ringgit “poorer” than their peers who choose to go back to Malaysia to work. Hence, they will need to work overseas for five years to break even or recover what they have “lost”, and then another five years to catch up with their peers in Malaysia, who would by then have owned a big house and two big cars.

I ask that the PSD reconsider allowing students to defer their bonds but, at the same time, require these students to sign a new contract stating that they must return to Malaysia within a stated period, say, five years after graduating; failing which they would incur a penalty of double or triple the scholarship amount.

With that, Malaysia can still retain these good talents, especially after they have acquired new skills, talents and knowledge that can be transferred back to Malaysia.

Why bother undertaking the hard work of training fresh graduates when we can leave that task to the companies abroad? By the time the graduates have to come back, they would have experience and can handle projects competently.

The Government needs to do something to retain the good talents. There is no point sponsoring good students to study overseas and letting them be exposed to the culture there and asking them to come back to work straight after.


Nedlands, Western Australia.

2011, Arkib Berita, Forum, Kantin Sekolah, Keselamatan Pelajar/Kesihatan, Masalah Pelajar, Surat

Better to ban unhealthy food

Tuesday August 2, 2011

 I REFER to the new move by the health and education ministries to introduce the calorie guide to schoolchildren instead of banning 15 food items deemed unhealthy (“Trimming the fat” – The Star, July 28).It is learnt that the guide will outline the amount of calories in each meal. Then it is up to students to choose the best food based on the guide.

In my opinion, it is better to ban undesirable foods than to have the children, who may not even know what is the meaning of calorie, to decide the best food for themselves.

Looking at the implementation of introducing calorie guides to fast food restaurants, does anyone even bother to look at the guides? Or will those guides stop them from buying food there?

Are there studies to show that such guides help to increase the people’s awareness, to control their diet and eventually reducing the rate of obesity among Malaysians?

I’m kind of curious why after the issue of the banning of nasi lemak and etc made the headlines on April, the Education Minister said that the Government would not implement a ban for various reasons, including the welfare of canteen entrepreneurs.

If the Government is really serious about curbing obesity, it should not be afraid to take drastic action for the sake of the rakyat.


Muar, Johor.

2011, Arkib Berita, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah

41 pelatih STB bebas awal

Selasa , 02 Ogos 2011


Oleh Yahya Awang

TAIPING: Seramai 41 orang daripada kira-kira 150 pelatih Sekolah Tunas Bakti (STB) di sini yang memperoleh gred tertinggi dan cemerlang mendapat Pembebasan Awal Berlesen (PAB) dari sekolah itu, kelmarin.

Pembebasan mereka disempurnakan oleh Pegawai Kewangan Negeri, Datuk Jamaluddin Al-Amini Ahmad dengan menyampaikan watikah pembebasan.

Pada majlis itu, ibu bapa dan ahli keluarga pelatih diundang untuk mengambil anak masing-masing.

Pengerusi Lembaga Pelawat STB, Datuk Mohamad Daud Mohd Yusoff, berkata 19 daripada 41 pelatih yang memperoleh PAB berjaya menamatkan latihan kurang daripada 20 bulan berbanding kebiasaannya di antara 30 hingga 36 bulan.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Selama, berkata semua pelatih yang mendapat PAB menerima kaunseling dan motivasi daripada guru dan Ahli Lembaga Pelawat selain mendapat latihan kemahiran dalam bengkel pembuatan roti, pendawaian elektrik, kimpalan besi, kerja kayu serta pendidikan dan agama.

“Kita yakin semua mereka akan kembali bersama keluarga dengan baik, memberikan khidmat bakti kepada masyarakat, berdikari dalam hidup serta tidak lagi terjebak dengan gejala tidak sihat.

“Malah, apa yang membanggakan salah seorang pelatih yang memperoleh PAB mempunyai kelulusan cemerlang dalam Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) dan dijangka akan memasuki sebuah universiti tempatan, bulan depan,” katanya berucap pada majlis berkenaan.
Sementara itu, Jamaluddin Al-Amini menasihatkan pelatih supaya menghormati ibu bapa, mengelakkan diri daripada terjebak dengan golongan yang membawa kemusnahan hidup pelatih sebelum ini atau berkawan kembali dengan golongan yang mempunyai kecelaruan pemikiran.

Katanya, pelatih harus bersyukur kerana mendapat kebebasan sehari menjelang Ramadan, justeru hendaklah insaf dan menunaikan solat lima waktu termasuk solat taubat serta sentiasa berdoa kesejahteraan diri dan keluarga, menjalankan tanggungjawab dan memilih berkawan dengan golongan baik dan bercita-cita tinggi serta gigih berusaha melakukan kerja amal.

“Saya tidak mahu mendengar ada pelatih yang bebas memecah rekod dengan masuk kembali dan terpaksa menerima kaunseling, motivasi dan latihan di STB ini semula.

“Nasihat ibu bapa, keluarga hendaklah dipatuhi dan bergaul dengan golongan masyarakat yang baik dan taat kepada ajaran agama,” katanya