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Sunday May 6, 2012
Security always the priority
By AMINUDDIN MOHSIN
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The recent high profile kidnap case of an international school student reminds us of how important it is to educate our children on safety and the precautionary measures we need to take.

IT MAY be an age-old cliché to say that the world we live in is a dangerous place, but living with clichés is better than putting our children in harms way, that’s why we keep telling them it’s dangerous.

We keep hearing politicians, religious figures and parents complain about a gradual downward slide in humanity’s moral compass and the erosion of family and social structures blamed on globalisation or “too much television”.

But instead of complaining, what can be done? Or undone for that matter?

“When I was a child, not more than two decades ago, I felt completely safe walking out at night. But today things have changed, there are no more kenduri (feasts) at night, there are parties instead.

“So I don’t let my children out at night because I’m afraid that a rowdy crowd of irresponsible teenagers or adults may try to harm my kids,” says former banker and mother of five, Maimunah Mahmood.

That is only the tip of the iceberg, there are so many other unaddressed child safety issues out there that bother her.

“There are a thousand other concerns that worry me, not least of them is abduction. More so, with the recent kidnapping and subsequent release of 12-year-old international school student Nayati Shamelin Moodliar who made waves in the local and international media. Nayati has since been released.
Missing a dear friend: Classmates of Nurin Jazlin Jazimin gather around her empty desk in class at SK Desa Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. The eight-year old went missing after she had gone to a wet market in Section 1, Wangsa Maju on the night of Aug 20, 2007. —File photo

“These kids are innocent, just look at the pictures of missing children, what would drive a person to take them away from their families and loved ones?” she asks.

Maimunah explains that it takes a certain type of individual to kidnap a child. A person with a total lack of empathy.

“Don’t they have family members and friends with children? Don’t they see the love between child and parent?” she questions.

Another concerned mother, Syireen Rose Mohd Sha’ari seems more philosophical, “they probably never had a proper childhood which is why they can’t relate to the type of anxiety and helplessness that people feel in a situation like this”.

“I had that sinking feeling upon hearing the news of Nayati’s abduction. I can only imagine what his parents must have felt. But this is the reality we live in today.

“I make sure my children read about kidnapping cases in the newspapers, so they know the dangers that strangers can pose,” she says.

It’s not just mothers who are proactive when it comes to their children’s safety, fathers are just as anxious. Single parent Eric Arshad Boucher Abdullah said he worries for his children’s safety constantly.

“The fear that my kids will be kidnapped is always at the back of my mind. So, I make sure they observe the do’s and don’ts around strangers,” he says.

Mohamad Muzafry Mustapha also maintains a strict guard over his children because he believes any child could get kidnapped or hurt by unscrupulous individuals.

“An incident like this can happen to anyone regardless of which rung of the social ladder you come from.

“There are windows of opportunity during the day when children are unsupervised. Unsavoury individuals usually wait for situations like these to abduct children,” he says.

Most parents have their own set of rules or “10 commandments” for child safety and a summary of the key points can be made.

Don’t talk to strangers

The rule of thumb most parents go by when it comes to dealing with strangers is, “Don’t talk to them”.

According to Mohamad Muzafry, it is the only rule he sets for his children.

“That’s the basic rule. It may seem stringent, but they can wait a few years before they start communicating with everyone around them. By then it will be difficult to stop them anyway,” he says.

He also encourages his children to make friends with other children.

“None of the precautionary steps we take are foolproof and a determined kidnapper may still get to our children, but safety in numbers is a natural deterrent.

“So I tell them to make friends and hopefully when they play or walk together, it would discourage any would-be abductor.
Bonding time: Flood victims Nurul Fariza Aris, nine (left) , Zamzuliha Karim, 11 and Nurul Anisah Asahari, seven (right) drawing pictures on a board after being evacuated to a school near their home in Yong Peng, Johor. While they may seem carefree, the safety of children like them are always a concern to parents and guardians. -File photo

“It also means that they can look out for each other,” he says.

Maimunah and Syireen have also enforced the “no talking to strangers” policy but with different exceptions and additions.

“I try to explain to them that if a stranger comes uncomfortably close, they should move away. I also tell them that they are not obligated to answer questions from grown-ups.

Syireen on the other hand says that she has made a list of people her children can approach and interact with so they know who’s who.

“In case I’m sick or indisposed, I’ve made a list of people my children are allowed to take a ride from or interact with, and I acquaint them with these people,” she says.

Mother of three Ng Shu Min reminds her children that lending the mobile phone to strangers is not allowed.

“I am very strict with my children and I also keep tabs on them. I know not all parents can, thankfully my job is flexible,” says the HELP University lecturer.

Although most parents prefer this no-nonsense method of dealing with strangers in their children’s life, some, like S. Umapathi prefer to approach the matter in a more practical manner.

“I don’t want my daughters to grow up with a lack of engagement in their lives. I want them to communicate with others, I want them to be polite.

“Telling a child not to talk to strangers is like telling them to be unfriendly and impolite,” says the father of twin daughters aged six.

Instead, Umapathi says he tells them to answer questions and greetings with politeness and brevity, but they must never follow a stranger home.

“I also tell them that after I introduce them to someone, it’s okay to interact with that person. Sometimes children can’t tell between actual strangers and friends,” he says.

The role of parents

Another safety risk modern parents have to contend with is the wildfire spread of social media which can lead to kidnap just as a well prepared scheme or ploy.

Maimunah says she monitors everything, from her children’s text and Facebook messages and even their tweets.

“I make sure I know exactly what they are saying and who they are saying it to. That’s the problem with technology, any predator can easily stalk your child.

“I’m especially discreet with my eldest daughter. Working adults try to chat her up on Facebook. Since I have access to her account, I tell these men off,” she says.

She says it was “discoveries” like these that made her quit her job as banker and become a full time parent.

Syireen explains that because of these online dangers, she is grateful that her husband is a computer programmer and knows how to handle them.

“He puts virtual locks on everything. Even the computer shuts itself down after a certain hour at night,” she adds.

Safe zones

Mohamad Muzafry says that he makes it a point to show his children safe places to play at, safe roads/paths to use, and safe places to go to when there is trouble.

“I also tell them that they must seek my permission before they go anywhere. Ng too ensures that her children spend as little time as possible outside the safe zones.

“Thankfully the schools I send my children to have great security. The teachers and PTA work hand-in-hand to keep an eye on the kids,” she explains.
Taking charge: A student from SMK Datuk Ali Haji Ahmad, Pontian, Johor, holding the hands of pupils from SK Seri Bunian, Pontian, as they walk together to the beach for a joint school activity. Looking out for the younger children teaches the older ones that safety is a necessity in our society.

Syireen also praises the security at the school of her youngest child.

“SK Bukit Damansara has excellent safety measures. The guards hired are meticulous and will ask every child to identify their parents before allowing them to get into the vehicle,” she says.

She adds that the problem arises when there is no security at certain schools.

Eric Arshad says he notices that some schools allow adults in the school compound after they sign in at the guard house even though they have no reason to be there.

“Some guards don’t even question a person when he or she enters the school compound. School guards should be hired based on their willingness to care for children,” he adds.

Maimunah says that guards are usually based at the guard house instead of patrolling the school compound.

The bottom line

Even with all the preventative measures in place, the safety of children is still a community effort, says Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) chairperson Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim.

“The burden cannot be shouldered by police, security services and school authorities alone.

“The successful release of Nayati is a feather in the cap of the Royal Malaysian Police, however it is important to note that we as a community need to band together to keep children safe,” she adds.

Noor Azimah says that Malaysians need to rebuild the community spirit. She remembers vividly during her younger days when the whole community would help look out for the safety of other people’s children.

“We need to bring back the old spirit of neighbourliness and values of compassion and kindness. The only reason why kidnappers are so brazen is because we have lapsed in our care for our children due to our individualism,” she says.

SK St Michael PTA chairman Joseph Michael Lee echoes her statement. The security of children is in the hands of the community, he says.

“I stress that as parents we should always be one step ahead of those who wish to harm our children,” he adds.

There is no common solution for every school’s security problem. Parents should observe their surroundings, assess the risks and work together as a community to keep children safe, adds Lee.

At St Michael’s, the PTA actually employs two wardens and we contribute to their EPF and SOCSO. We hope that the secure employment terms will bring out some initiative. But then because of their pay level we cannot expect them to also be bodyguards. We just hope that their presence outside the school gate will be a deterrent, says Lee.

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Friday May 18, 2012
NUTP: ‘Cradle to career’ approach needs more thorough study

PETALING JAYA: The overall concept of a “cradle to career” approach to education is sound but a more thorough study should be done before it is implemented, said National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng.

She said the programme would surely make a difference to students, especially those from remote areas who get help from social workers.

“But we also need to ensure that the social workers are well-trained and given the resources to carry out their work.

“Perhaps we can do a pilot project first before implementing the programme nationwide,” she said.

Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the initiative would be especially beneficial for families relying on a dual income.

“With both parents at work, it would help to have additional support in monitoring the children.

“I’m enthusiastic to have such a programme, but it should be done whole-heartedly and consistently instead of on an ad hoc basis.

“Every child has the potential to succeed, but without proper guidance they may easily go astray — this is why interventions such as these are important,” she said.

They were responding to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s statement in the United States that Malaysia was looking at implementing such an approach in Malaysian schools to reduce dropout rates and boost student success.
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16 June 2012 | Last updated at 01:44AM
Parents hail move to have more guards in schools
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Works Department and police.

A total of 3,140 of the more than 10,000 schools need guards.

Various groups praised the decision to step up safety measures in schools, including by installing CCTV.

Parent Action Group for Education (Page) Kuala Lumpur coordinator Ruhana Hashim said police had stepped up rounds in Sri Hartamas and Bukit Damansara following the kidnap of student Nayati Shamelin Moodliar, 12, on April 27.

"We welcome the move by the government to put more guards in schools."

DNS Security Sdn Bhd assistant manager S. Nadarajah said schools could create student tags, similar to staff tags, containing students' names, photos and contact details.

"Guards must be trained not to let strangers into schools."

He added that school buses should be allowed to pick up students inside schools.

National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council president Associate Professor Datuk Mohd Ali Hasan said Rela members should meet school authorities on the latter's security plans, and offer help.

Eagle Eye Security Sdn Bhd executive director Noell Kailas said urban schools faced a greater threat of vandalism.

Eagle Eye advises schools on installing CCTV to improve safety.

Read more: Parents hail move to have more guards in schools - General - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/parents-hail-move-to-have-more-guards-in-schools-1.95118#ixzz1xy9uO0tV
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08 Julai 2012 | Last updated at 11:25PM
Parents have role, too
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PLATFORM FOR IMPROVEMENT: What is the role of parent-teacher associations today? Do they contribute towards enhancing the quality of schools and the education of their children? Are parents even interested? Chandra Devi Renganayar finds out.
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Parent-teacher associations should worry less about raising money for activities and more about improving education for their children
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THE Education Act 1996 stipulates that one of the key objectives of a parent-teacher association (PTA) is to provide a forum and service for the welfare and development of students.

It also states the association is to act as a platform for parents and teachers to discuss issues pertaining to their children's education.

These objectives, however, appear to have taken a back seat.

Parents sitting in PTA committees now focus on raising funds to upgrade school facilities, said Nik Elin Nik Rashid, a past committee member of several PTAs.

She said in some schools, PTAs are nothing more than "showpieces", set up to meet the requirements of the Education Act.

"How effective a PTA is depends on the principal. If the person is accommodating and welcomes views from the parents, then the PTA will be involved in matters concerning education.

"In most cases, however, the principals and teachers don't want to engage parents on issues related to their children's performance as they are afraid it would interfere with their job.

"They fail to realise that by working with parents, they can better meet the needs of the students."

C.K. Teoh, a former PTA committee member of a school in Klang said many parents shy away from speaking up for fear their children will be victimised by the teachers.

He said some teachers take advantage of a clause in the Education Act which states the PTA cannot interfere in a school's administration.

"They prefer PTAs to play a diminutive role such as raising money for school activities. They want PTAs to focus on beautifying the school rather than equipping it with better learning materials.

"Parents are there to merely endorse what the headmaster and teachers have decided."

Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, vice-chairperson of a PTA in a school in Kuala Lumpur, said: "PTAs have to broaden their thinking beyond day-to-day matters of canteen, toilets and traffic. The quality of education can be improved if parents provide ideas, constructive criticism, suggestions and schools are open to positive feedback."

Noor Azimah, who is also the chairperson for the Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (Page), said PTAs can be a key source of reference for the Education Ministry to gather feedback from parents before introducing new policies.

"Parents have high aspirations for their children and they should be given the right to be heard. Parents via the PTAs must be allowed to raise policy matters and engage with the authorities."

Read more: Parents have role, too - General - New Straits Times http://www.nst.co...z201ZbrYlz
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Thursday July 19, 2012
Mixed reaction to ‘phones in schools’ plan
By PRIYA KULASAGARAN and NICHOLAS CHENG
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PETALING JAYA: Teachers and parents are not entirely convinced that students should be allowed to bring mobile phones and IT gadgets to school next year.

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan said while such electronic gadgets were useful, there were other issues to consider.

“I am worried students will use them only for chatting and checking their Facebook,” he said, adding that those without mobile phones “would feel left out”.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said on Monday that students would be allowed to bring electronic gadgets to school next year once rules and regulations under the Education Act 1996 are amended.

This move, he added, was in line with the “1Bestari” virtual teaching and learning programme, and stringent guidelines would be enforced on the use of such gadgets in schools.

Welcoming the proposal, Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said it would help students “compete in the global digital age”.

“There needs to be trust between school administrators and students to ensure that these gadgets will be used for learning,” she said, adding that a scheme should be introduced to help the less privileged students own such gadgets.

Parent Firdaus Abdul Khalid expressed concern it would cause more disruptions in the classroom during lessons.

“Students may just text each other or play games on their mobile phones instead of paying attention to their teachers,” she said.

Malacca PAGE president Mak Chee Kin said having better computer laboratories with the latest technology should suffice,

Student Serena Aini said students should be self-disciplined.

“It falls back on us students to know the limits to the freedom we’ve been given,” she added.

Form Three student Wong Wern Han said he would not bring his mobile phone to school because it would be too big a distraction in class.

Form Two student Nina Mokhtar said smartphones with GPS can help parents keep track of their children.

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Handphone proposal not final
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GADGETS IN SCHOOL: We'll consider all opinions first, says Muhyiddin

PAGOH: THE Education Ministry will consider the opinions of all parties before making a decision to allow students to bring electronic gadgets and handphones to school.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the proposal was made during a discipline committee meeting that was chaired by Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

"It is still at the committee level and it has yet to be submitted to me. We will consider all opinions before making a decision," said Muhyiddin, who is also education minister.

He said the proposal was in light of technological advances.

"However, we have to also study the discipline and security before allowing students to bring handphones to schools," he said, thanking the public for their input.

"It is good to have a debate on such issues. There are some who think that this should be allowed and others who think that it would distract the students.

"We will make a decision once the committee presents its proposals and recommendations to the ministry," said Muhyiddin, adding that the ministry would also have to consult with the Attorney-General's Chambers as this would involve the amendment of the regulations in the Education Act 1996.

He said this after attending a gathering with Pagoh's civil service retirees here yesterday.

Muhyiddin had also tweeted on this issue, reminding all parties that the proposal was still at its draft stage.

The proposal has attracted conflicting opinions from various parties. The parent-teacher association (PTA) was against the proposal.

The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) was also not in favour of the proposal, claiming that all 180,000 of its members were against the policy.

However, Parent Action Group chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said allowing students to bring handphones to school could enhance communications between students and parents.

She, however, said strict regulations must be imposed and that handphones should only be used during certain hours in school.

Meanwhile, the cabinet had given the green light for the development of the Pagoh higher education hub.

He said the first phase of the project would involve RM1 billion and an area of about 202ha.

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Highway to higher income
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A survey carried out over a two-year period shows there is a link between English proficiency and a country’s national income.

A STUDY has found a correlation between English proficiency and a country’s gross national income.

Countries with higher income per capita tend to be more proficient in the English language, based on the findings of international education company Education First (EF), using a standardised measurement for adult English proficiency.

The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) is based on the results of a 2007 to 2009 survey covering more than two million people in over 40 countries.

English skills and income levels correlate in a “virtuous” cycle where greater proficiency in the language leads to higher income.

The gross national income per capita for countries which scored over 60 in the EF EPI was more than US$40,000 (RM120,000) in 2008.

Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have the highest scores, between 61 and 70, clinching the top five spots, indicating “very high proficiency”.

This is followed by other European countries – Austria, Belgium and Germany, which are ranked sixth, seventh and eighth under the “high proficiency” cluster.

Next comes Malaysia, the only Asian country among the top 10, with a score of 55.54 for “high proficiency” in the English language.

In the moderate proficiency level (EPI score 50-55), English skills do not correspond with higher income, indicating that other factors come into play in generating national income for those countries.

Among the countries which scored less than 45 points are Peru, Vietnam, Kazakhstan and Turkey, which have “very low proficiency” in the English language.

The EF EPI enables countries to evaluate their English proficiency, and is useful in gauging the effectiveness of English language policies.

Compiled by EF, the official language training provider to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the report states that up to two billion people will learn English in the next decade.

The report also covers age suitability for learning English. It states that learning English at a younger age does not mean better proficiency in the language.

Although children in Spain and Italy started English courses between the ages of eight and 11, the two countries have the lowest adult proficiency levels in the European Union, compared to children in the Netherlands and Denmark, who started English courses between ages 10 and 12 (1984-2000).

The report cites factors like duration of learning, quality of instructors and teaching materials and methods as being essential in acquiring the language skills.

Parent Action Group for Education (Page) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said European countries like Norway, Sweden and Denmark place just as much emphasis on the English language as their native languages.

English has always been the universal language of choice for communication in commerce, science and technology, said Noor Azimah, who has 14 years’ experience in the corporate world.

Citing the newly-launched Tun Razak Exchange project, in which more than 100 top international companies are expected to set up base and transform Kuala Lumpur into a leading global centre for finance, trade and services, she said it is now even more important for Malaysians to raise their standard of English and gear themselves up for future progress and development.

Harvard University undergraduate admissions interviewer Nadiah Wan said the ability to communicate well in English has helped her advance in her career.

She said: “Students will find it difficult to access knowledge and express their opinions without a strong command of the English language. The reason is because the majority of new discoveries, new intellectual discussions and new cultural developments at this point in time are in English.

“It doesn’t mean that you can’t come up with an idea like the iphone or Facebook if you don’t speak English. But it does mean that you will be one of the last people to find out about it and will, therefore, always have to play catch up while the rest of the world continues to innovate. Not being able to keep up and compete will also translate into lower salaries.”

The Harvard graduate added: “Without English skills, I cannot be part of those discoveries, discussions and developments. I certainly would not have gone to university abroad and would never have had the opportunity to learn from other English speakers, nor would I have as many friends around the world.”

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WHAT'S IN STORE? Following a three-month long review of the education system which ended on July 14, the new national education blueprint will be launched soon. What are stakeholders looking forward to see in the blueprint? Chandra Devi Renganayar finds out

PARENT-TEACHER associations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the public are confident that the new national education blueprint will address the many issues that had been highlighted during the National Dialogue on Education 2012 sessions.

They are hopeful that their concerns, especially on improving education standards in schools, the re-introduction of English-medium schools and the quality of teachers will be taken into account in the blueprint, which will be rolled out next month.

Malacca Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) president Mak Chee Kin said: "The idea of the dialogue sessions was to give all stakeholders an opportunity to speak up about the education system. So, we did. The new national education plan must reflect these views."

Mak said many parents at the dialogue session in Malacca spoke on the importance of English and requested that English-medium schools be re-introduced, among others.

These issues, he said, had also earlier been highlighted through letters and articles in the media.

"The government has come forward and provided us with an official channel to voice our grievances. So we hope our views will be heard."

The National Dialogue on Education 2012 sessions were held in several locations throughout the country since April.

This is the first time the government had invited views from the public on a large scale to come up with a development plan for national education. It was intended to enhance the quality of all schools, including national and vernacular schools, mission schools and government-aided religious schools.

The sessions were chaired by Tan Sri Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin and also attended by several members of the independent review panel on education.

The role of the 12-member independent review panel, made up of local and foreign experts from various sectors, was to provide advice and expertise in evaluating the education system. The review panel was led by Prof Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak.

Malayan Christian Schools' Council (MCSC) honorary secretary Yin Kam Yoke said the blueprint must reflect the government's efforts to liberalise education and make the country progressive and competitive globally through education.

The MCSC, Yin said, had suggested for the return of English-medium mission schools.

"Schools are the best place for national integration and nation-building, and our mission schools have played this role very well. We want to continue to play this role."

Yin said the new education plan must outline vocational skills training for dropouts and school leavers who were not academically inclined.

These children had abilities and talents in areas other than the academic domain and the system must be able to provide for them.

Otherwise, these students would continue to be a social problem in school as well as outside.

"Vocational programmes must be provided for these students in all-day schools.

"We hope mission schools are also given autonomy and support to operate these vocational programmes in partnership with the industry," she said, adding that statistics for the cohort 2000 to 2004 showed that the urban dropout rate for the secondary school level was 9.3 per cent and the rural dropout rate was 16.7 per cent.

Yin also said the recruitment of quality teachers must be addressed and the recruitment of teacher trainees must reflect the multiracial character of the country.

Rowena Yam, a parent from Penang, also agreed that the education system must cater to different learner capabilities and thus, must look into recruiting teachers who are capable.

"We need a system that meets children's needs. There must be flexibility in the system to allow children to pursue their area of interest, academic or vocational.

"It must also pay attention to slow learners, autistic kids and dyslexics.

"Do not sideline them as they have talents that can be tapped. Therefore, it is important to have well-trained teachers to look into their needs."

Upon launching the new national education blueprint, it was reported that the government would hold several open days to get public feedback.

Parent Action Group for Education chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said this showed the government was serious about the education review as it still continued to include public opinion as it fine-tuned its final proposal.

However, she added that the end product should be one that would truly reflect the needs of all.

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Students deserve to be reprimanded for cheating
Friday, September 14, 2012 - 12:37
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PARENTS should reprimand their children if they choose to rely on the leaked Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) trial papers on a social networking site, Parent Action Group for Education (Page) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said yesterday.

She said parents should let their children know it is not acceptable to cheat on the examination.

“How far can cheating get them? They should be made to understand this,” she told The Malay Mail.

Noor Azimah said her 17-year-old son had alerted her about the leaked SPM trial topics over Facebook.

“My son informed me that the leaking was made possible since different schools were having the examinations on different dates,” she said.

“It’s good he didn’t resort to it so he knows he achieved his results on his own merit, not because of cheating,” she said.

She said since the problem was a longstanding one, the Education Ministry should look into curbing it, especially now with the new education blueprint extolling the perseverance of the education system’s integrity.

“It doesn’t benefit anyone. It is also ethically and professionally wrong for teachers to turn a blind eye to this,” she said.

When contacted, a teacher who works at a prominent school in Bandar Seri Damansara said even the marking system for the examinations was available on the site last year.

“This is common every year and I just treat it as another thing that we have to deal with,” said the teacher, who requested anonymity. “It is unethical. I personally feel schools should be able to set the questions for the examinations to avoid leaks.”

Seow Shi Ying, a Seri Muara secondary school teacher in Perak, said the leak of SPM trial papers is not new as the documents are “emailed around.”

“We are a bit too exam-oriented.” “I find it unethical and I think it should not occur,” she said.

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Grab chance for personal development, teachers urged

PARENTS and teachers are thrilled that the Government will be spending RM38.7bil to improve the qua­lity of education.

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary- general Lok Yim Pheng said not many countries could afford to invest as much as 21% of total spending in education.

“The extra RM500mil to train teachers in core subjects through the Higher Order Thinking Skills approach is no small sum either,” she said, adding that continuous professional development was synonymous with the quality of teachers and education.

“Teachers have to grab this opportunity and see it as a means of personal development,” she said, adding that NUTP had been pushing for training to be monitored.

On Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s statement that investments in education were not producing comparable returns, Lok said: “Education is a long-term investment. Whatever you spend in education will produce yields eventually.”

Sarawak Teachers’ Union president Willian Ghani Bina said although it would take time, education was key to the nation’s success, describing the RM500mil to train teachers as “necessary and timely”.

Parent Action Group for Educa­tion (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said if the Government had wanted to em­phasise on research and development with large allocations for research universities, then Ma­­laysians “have to prepare their children by teaching them Science and Mathematics in English”.

“If you’re serious about going into high-tech industries, then you’ll need English,” she said.

Proton Edar corporate sales head Roslan Mohamed said as Malaysia reached the status of developed nation, it needed to emphasise on education.

“Giving RM500mil for teachers’ development is a good start,” said the father of four.

HELP University lecturer and mother of three Ng Shu Min said it was important to get the right people to train teachers.

“It’s not easy to train them in Higher Order Thinking Skills because critical thinking is something foreign to the local education scene, where the teachers come from,” she said, calling next year’s education budget as a step in the right direction.

“It’ll probably take many years before we get world-class education but at least, we’re headed there and one day we’ll get there.”

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Budget 2013 sweet but short on substance, say watchdogs

By The Malaysian Insider team
October 01, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 — The Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s Budget 2013 is a crowd-pleaser but the country’s key education, employer and consumer watchdogs say the proposed initiatives are mostly short-term measures designed to win it electoral support rather than calculated to boost Malaysia’s future economic prowess.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had announced a slew of cash handouts and tax cuts across the board in the last Budget before Malaysia goes to the polls that must be held by next April in what political and market observers have described as an “election Budget”.

An election Budget can be a double-edged sword for the country, Shamsuddin Bardan, executive director of the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), appeared to suggest.

He lauded the government’s initiative to cater for health examinations and Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) financial aid for worker welfare which, he said, is very important because healthy workers generally boost productivity.

“Even though it is an election budget, there are long-term aspects that can give benefits. As an example, the allocation for skills development that is capable of raising productivity and worker capabilities especially,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

But he was leery of the government’s “one-off payments” which, he noted, had increased in the countdown to the 13th general election.

Marimuthu said last Friday’s Budget fell short of expectations.
“One-off handouts do not give good results, besides they do not reduce the people’s burden. The handouts are not to scale but one-time only — how can it help the people?” Shamsuddin wondered.

He also cast doubt on the government’s wisdom in doling out tax cuts and focus on providing for low-cost housing, pointing out that the plan did not appear to have been thought out indepth and was not comprehensive enough to cover the large number of house buyers who now include middle-income wage earners that are caught up in funding their first homes.

“The government also announced about low-cost housing and I do not deny it is a good move. Nonetheless, it is not still not really comprehensive and many home buyers still face financial problems because they lack money,” he said.

“The funding aspect introduced by the government needs further scrutiny and study to ensure it is really beneficial to the masses,” he said.

Datuk Marimuthu Nadason, president of umbrella consumer rights group, the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (FOMCA), shared similar sentiments with Shamsuddin, remarking that last Friday’s anticipated Budget appeared to fall short of expectations.

“It’s a normal election budget,” he said.

He noted that Putrajaya appeared to have paid attention to key consumer concerns the group had highlighted previously, notably the increasing prices of food and other essential goods and raised the allocation to fund agricultural and educational programmes, which should be viewed in a positive manner.

“We requested education and agricultural funds to be increased and we got it. Overall it’s a good move. And it’s good for Sabah and Sarawak where they can buy things at the same price as peninsula,” he said.

“But we need more long-term measures, not just BR1M or any goodies which is for the short term only,” he told The Malaysian Insider, referring to the second round of RM500 handouts under the Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M) scheme that will be given to households earning less than RM3,000 monthly.

The scheme was also expanded to give RM250 to singles aged 21 and earning less than RM2,000. A schooling assistance of RM100 was given to all primary and secondary school students, while a further assistance of book vouchers worth RM200 was provided to students in public and private institutions of higher learning as well as matriculation and Form Six students.

FOMCA had earlier this year released the findings of a national survey that noted the chief concern of all consumers is the increasing prices of food and essential goods. The second biggest concern is public transport.

The country-wide survey was carried out from 2009 to 2010 with over 30,000 participants from both the rural and urban areas.

To counter rising food prices, FOMCA suggested that the government routes more money into the farming industry and free up the food supply chain. Consumers want a government “committed to” making the public transport system more reliable and cheaper, FOMCA said then.

However, the government’s response to public transport grouses in the Budget has been limited to extending the current 50 per cent discount for KTM Komuter train fares to Malaysians earning RM3,000 and under monthly.

“I wonder how he plans to implement the 50 per cent discount for commuters earning a monthly income of RM3,000 and below as announced,” said Rajiv Rishyakaran, adviser to the Association for the Improvement of Mass Transit (Transit), which is Malaysia’s sole public transport watchdog.

“Unlike retirees, students or the disabled who have a card to prove their status, those who earn below that level don’t. It would be interesting to see how they do it,” he remarked.

Noor Azimah said the allocation for R&D was generous but felt it would be better if children were learning it in English.

Rajiv said a better initiative that would cater to all the different social groups would have been for the government to introduce a single ticketing system that calculates a fare price from point of origin to destination based on per kilometre travel regardless of the mode of transport, which has been done in neighbouring Singapore.

“It would have been better for him to focus on integrating the fare system among the different modes of transport — buses and trains. Right now, the system penalises the commuter for switching between different buses or from bus to train,” he said.

He welcomed news that the government would launch more buses under state-owned transport firm Syarikat Prasarana Nasional Berhad (Prasarana) which runs the Rapid series nationwide in growing urban centres such as Ipoh, Seremban, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, but expressed concern that the move may result in unnecessary competition that could kill off other bus companies.

“Having more public buses is always good news. I just hope it will be a move that complements the existing bus services in these towns rather than serve to compete or cannibalise them.”

He also urged the government to increase the deployment of public buses in the Klang Valley, the country’s densest population region, to at least 5,000.

“Singapore is one-third the size of the Klang valley but it has 3,000 buses on the roads,” Rajiv said.

He pointed out that increasing the number of buses on the road can only boost economic productivity as commuters can also work while on the go, especially if Internet connectivity services are made available on these mass transports.

While the government had set aside more cash to aid parents of school-going children and those with special education needs, political analyst Wan Saiful Wan Jan said the federal budget for education seems to have been cut from RM50 billion to RM37 billion — which means between RM12 billion and RM13 billion less in funds.

“And this cut is occurring when we have just seen the release of the national education blueprint. This is very worrying because if the cut was used to fund the handouts, it is at the expense of education,” said the chief executive of think-tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS).

Weighing in further on the impact to education was Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, chairman of the Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) which has been lobbying the government to review its decision to cut out learning maths and science subjects in the English language starting this year.

“Well, as usual it is generous, especially the funding for research and development in the nanotechnology, biotechnology, automotive and aeronautic sectors, but we have to ensure that the younger generation is ready for this,” she said.

“If these kids are learning in Bahasa Malaysia, the transfer of technology will be slow in these sectors as all of it is coming from the US, thus everything’s in English,” she added.

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Extra time can be given to important subjects but quality of lessons important, say groups
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 12:23
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Noor Azimah: 'More time can also be given to music and arts'

STAKEHOLDERS have welcomed single-session schools throughout the country in five to 10 years despite the costs involved.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, said last Wednesday that single-session schools would mean extended teaching hours, similar to the practice of international schools, giving more time for important subjects like English and Mathematics.

Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia president Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said single-session schools were cost-effective and there would be no problem adjusting to them as only 15 per cent of some 10,000 schools nationwide were double-session schools.

"Our main concern is the quality of the lessons delivered," she said.

"More of what is sub-standard is of no benefit to the students."

Noor Azimah said the introduction of teaching assistants to take up the additional hours should also be considered.

She said more time could also be given to music and arts to provide a more wholesome and holistic education.

Noor Azimah said single-session schools had been promised by the government a long time ago but the 10th Malaysia Plan had not allocated for them.

National Parent-Teacher Association president Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan said the Education Ministry should develop a blueprint based on Malaysia's boarding school system.

"It should be done in phases by selecting a school from each state as a pilot project. It could start at primary school level before progressing to the secondary level," he said.

A suitable ratio of classroom to the number of students should be 1:35.

Mohd Ali said the government would face a huge challenge in finance and resources to make single-session schools a reality.

"Schools without enough physical structures should upgrade their libraries and resource centres, and train more teachers," he said.

"Schools should have three to five floors each. Teachers must be committed to longer working hours."

Mohd Ali said students would adapt to the system as some were already having extra hours after school.

National Union of the Teaching Profession president Hashim Adnan said single-session schools would improve the education system.

"If the government wants quality education, it must provide quality accommodation for teachers and pupils to feel comfortable with the longer hours," he said.

He said the 450,000 teachers nationwide would be enough to conduct classes in single-session schools.

Federation of Malaysian School Bus Operators Association vice-president Amali Munif Rahmat said its members would have to make more trips instead of getting more buses.

"They will buy new buses or vans but there will not be any drastic changes," he said.
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Quality, Quantity, and Equity in Malaysian Education #3 - M. Bakri Musa
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