Chong: Classes must go on even with one student

Making a point: Chong talking to the press at SMJK Yu Hua, Kajang.

Making a point: Chong talking to the press at SMJK Yu Hua, Kajang.

KAJANG: Secondary schools with qualified teachers must conduct Chinese language classes even if only one student is taking the subject, Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon said.

He said the classes must be incorporated into the timetable.

This ruling came about as some of these schools were only offering the classes after school hours with a minimum of 15 students, he said.

Speaking to reporters yesterday after holding separate meetings with school inspectorates and the Council of SMJK Principals Malaysia, he said schools that were currently offering the classes after school hours would be given time to gradually include the Chinese subject into the timetable.

“For a start, schools with more than half of the student enrolment taking the subject must conduct these classes during school hours,” he said.

This practice would gradually be extended to classes with even fewer students, he said.

Chong explained that the move was to encourage students to continue studying the subject because it was found that many from Chinese primary schools dropped the subject when they entered secondary school, claiming that it was difficult to score an A+, among other reasons.

He said the school inspectorates would convey these policies to the school authorities starting today.

“They will also keep track of the problems faced by the schools including the shortage of teachers and other issues. They will report to the ministry every three months,” he added.

Source: The Star

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Pengambilan 25,000 penjawat awam kekal

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ALI HAMSA menyampaikan Anugerah Felo kepada Sulaiman Mahbob pada Istiadat Penganugerahan Diploma Pengurusan Awam (DPA) dan Felo Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (Intan) di Putrajaya, semalam. Turut menyaksikan ialah Ketua Pengarah Perkhidmatan Awam, Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal (kiri). BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA 9 Mac – Pengambilan 25,000 penjawat awam baharu setiap tahun bagi menggantikan mereka yang bersara diteruskan, kata Ketua Setiausaha Negara (KSN), Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa.

Beliau berkata, ia selaras dengan polisi kerajaan untuk mengekalkan jumlah 1.61 juta penjawat awam bagi disesuaikan dengan bilangan 30 juta penduduk ketika ini.

“Setiap tahun 25,000 penjawat awam menamatkan perkhidmatan kerana bersara dan mereka ini perlu diganti dengan jumlah yang sama melalui pengambilan baharu daripada luar,” katanya mengulas pekeliling dikeluarkan Perbendaharaan Malaysia semalam bertajuk ‘Garis Panduan Langkah-Langkah Mengoptimumkan Perbelanjaan Kerajaan’.

Pekeliling itu antara lain menyebut mengenai membekukan pengambilan perjawatan baharu, memperketat bayaran elaun lebih masa dan pemotongan elaun keraian menteri dan timbalan menteri sebanyak 10 peratus berkuat kuasa awal bulan ini.

Bercakap pada sidang akhbar selepas Istiadat Penganugerahan Diploma Pengurusan Awam (DPA) dan Felo Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (Intan) di sini hari ini, Ali menjelaskan pengambilan baharu yang tidak dibenarkan ialah apabila wujud keperluan menubuhkan agensi baharu.

“Kita boleh tubuhkan tetapi menjadi tanggungjawab JPA (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam) dan kementerian mencari kakitangan dengan melantik mereka secara penugasan semula daripada kakitangan sedia ada, sama ada daripada dalam kementerian atau kementerian lain.

“Mungkin ada tugas-tugas tertentu agensi telah lapuk atau kepentingannya telah berkurang yang mungkin patut kita tutup atau kurangkan pekerja dan mereka inilah kita perlu tempatkan ke perjawatan di agensi baharu yang diwujudkan itu,” katanya.

Berhubung pemotongan elaun keraian 10 peratus itu, Ali berkata, perkara tersebut dipersetujui dalam mesyuarat Jemaah Menteri yang lalu, dan ia hanya melibatkan anggota pentadbiran, bukan perkhidmatan awam.

Mengenai penangguhan pelaksanaan dasar berkursus tujuh hari setahun bagi anggota perkhidmatan awam, beliau berkata, ia merupakan satu langkah penjimatan oleh kerajaan dan berkuat kuasa untuk tahun ini sahaja.

“Walaupun tidak lagi diwajibkan, kementerian dan agensi digalakkan untuk menganjurkan latihan secara dalaman sebagai usaha menambah baik perkhidmatan awam dan keupayaan penjawat awam sendiri,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Ali berkata, kerajaan merancang melantik pegawai PTD berusia awal 40-an ke jawatan tertinggi dalam pentadbiran awam seperti timbalan ketua setiausaha dalam tempoh lebih cepat (fast track) berdasarkan kecemerlangan perkhidmatan yang diberikan.

Beliau berkata, walaupun usia masih menjadi faktor diambil kira dalam lantikan ke jawatan penting, namun peredaran masa menuntut PTD yang menyerlah, mempunyai bakat dan memiliki ciri-ciri kepimpinan diberikan tanggungjawab lebih penting selaras dengan kemampuan dan pencapaian masing-masing.

“Perkara ini akan dibincang lebih lanjut bersama Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam dan Kementerian Kewangan,” katanya, sambil menambah jawatan tersebut kebiasaannya diisi mereka berumur 50 tahun ke atas.

Pada majlis itu, bekas Ketua Pengarah Unit Perancang Ekonomi (EPU), Tan Sri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob diumumkan sebagai penerima Anugerah Felo Intan Ke-27. – BERNAMA

 

Sumber : Utusan Malaysia

砂公職大學收獨中生‧只需SPM國文及格

 

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開智中學高一學生鍾佳惠將她畫的砂州首長阿德南的肖像親手贈予畫中人。左一為開智中學董事長拿督包章文,右一為贊助人之一拿督許步平。(圖:星洲日報)

(砂拉越‧民都魯9日訊)砂州首長丹斯里阿德南今日強調,不論西馬如何看待獨中統考文憑,砂州政府已經承認統考文憑,而且這項決定不會改變。

他甚至建議中央政府也承認統考,為國家保留更多人才。

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阿德南於今早在開智中學移交500萬令吉撥款予砂拉越華文獨中董聯會時,宣佈砂州政府承認統考文憑的細節內容。

他說,檳州政府只允許統考文憑持有者進入州政府的子公司工作,“但是,在砂拉越州,統考文憑持有者只要其大馬教育文憑的國文科及格,就能申請進入砂州的公共服務領域與立法機構服務。”

阿德南也宣佈,即日起砂基金局將接受報讀予國內任何受政府承認的大學之獨中生申請貸學金或獎學金,協助他們完成大學課程。

在今早的活動中,砂基金局、馬來西亞工藝大學砂拉越分校(UTM)也移交備忘錄予砂華文獨中董聯會,表示支持及接受獨中統考文憑。

阿德南也說,只要考生的大馬教育文憑考試國語科及格,不用透過大學中心單位即可申請進入馬來西亞工藝大學砂拉越分校就讀文憑課程。

他強調,州政府以實際行動承認獨中統考文憑。

談到開智中學,他說,這是民都魯唯一的獨中,如今獲頒五星級學校榮譽,希望該校在未來能為砂州栽培更多的人才,促進砂州發展。

他在致詞時也宣佈另撥款50萬令吉予民都魯開智中學。

Source : Sinchew

In-house, local training for govt staff to cut costs

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KUALA LUMPUR 03 MARCH 2016. Ketua Setiausaha Negara, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa. NSTP/Surianie Mohd Hanif.

PUTRAJAYA: Government ministries and agencies are urged to hold internal training for staff or send them locally at any certified institution as part of cost cutting measures for the year. Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said this was part of the 7-day training for civil servants, whereby costs can be cut by avoiding overseas or outstation trips. “However we leave it to the department heads or secretary-generals to implement more proactive measures for training. “The ministries and agencies can carry out training internally or merge with others through the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) at a cheaper cost. “Although the training is not mandatory, it is helpful in terms mind development and gaining experience in other fields for civil servants,” he said. Ali was responding to the Treasury Department circular titled “Government expenditure optimising measure guidelines” released on Tuesday. He added the training would be included in the assessments of civil servants key performance index for improvement purposes or salary increment. Ali also reiterated that government would retain the size of the civil service at 1.61 million to cater for the 30 million population in the country in line with the needs of developed nations. He added they would also be redeploying civil servants to new agencies or departments instead of hiring new employees to fill positions. Ali said 25,000 civil servants will be continuously filling positions to replace 25,000 retiring officers yearly. Earlier Ali presented the Public Service Management Diploma to 785 graduates today. The diploma is a mandatory course for Diplomatic and Management Officers (PTD) held at the National Institute of public Administration (INTAN), which was introduced in 1976. Present at the event were Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yakob and INTAN director Datuk Dr Mazlan Yusoff.

Source : New Straits Times

Ministry awaiting PM’s Dept decision on bursaries

SERDANG: The Education Ministry is awaiting the announcement from the Prime Minister’s Department regarding bursaries for students who excelled in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examinations, said Deputy Educa­tion Minister Datuk P. Kamalana­than.

Speaking after unveiling the preview of the upcoming Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair 2016 at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) here yesterday, he said there has not been any notification on the matter.

“Based on last year’s prece­dent, the bursaries is an ongoing thing.

“However, because these bursaries come under the Prime Minister’s Department, we will wait for the official announcement,” said Kamalanathan, who is hoping that the 700 plus students will be rewarded.

“It is my hope these bursaries will continue because it is something the children have been working so hard for,” he added.

The Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair 2016 will be held for 11 days. It will start on April 29 and is the maiden book fair hosted at MAEPS.

Source : The Star

Students who did not do well in SPM, STPM urged to take up skills courses

ALOR STAR, March 9 (Bernama) – Students who did not do well in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examinations should take up skills courses, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

He said early exposure to teachers and counseling teachers was necessary to ensure that the students receive full information on skills certificates before working in a particular field.

“They can study for certificates in the construction and automotive industries, culinary arts and hospitality. After graduation, they can draw a monthly salary of about RM2,000 which is comparable to those who possess degrees.

“We have to hold more carnivals for SPM and STPM students in rural areas to give them a clear picture of how to succeed in life,” he told reporters at the ‘Hala Tuju Lepasan SPM dan STPM’ career carnival here today.

‘Karnival Hala Tuju Pelajar Lepasan SPM dan STPM’ organised by Padang Terap Umno division was participated by 22 universities, colleges and skills centres. — Bernama

Source : Malay Mail

Promote Form 6 education, government urged

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File picture shows STPM students from Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah (KISAS) in Klang, Selangor expressing their joy after obtaining their examination results, March 2, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — The government has been urged to promote Form Six education to change the current perception of parents and students who consider it as last resort for those unable to secure a place in university.

Anuar Abd Manap (BN-Sekijang) said the Form Six education should be held in high esteem as it had many advantages that were often underestimated by the people.

“Parents and students should receive further explanation (on Form Six education) as it is a fast track to entering a degree programme, requiring only two years, compared to a diploma programme which would require at least three years,” he said while debating a motion of thanks for the Royal Address by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong here today.

Anuar said in terms of cost, Form Six education was also much cheaper compared to obtaining a diploma from local universities, which forced students to take up loans from the National Higher Education Fund.

“The STPM (Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia) certificate (obtained during Form Six studies) is also valid to be used to further education indefinitely, as opposed to a matriculation certificate, which is only valid up to two years after finishing the course,” he said, adding that the chances of getting a job in the public sector were brighter for those holding an STPM certificate as compared to those with diploma.

On Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) graduates, Anuar said the group found it difficult to further their studies as its accreditation was carried out by two ministries, namely human resources and education.

He therefore, hoped a single accreditation system for TVET could be implemented as soon as possible, as proposed in the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (11MP) to achieve the target number of skilled workers by 2020.

When tabling the 11MP in May last year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak outlined the goal of increasing the number of skilled workers to 35 per cent by 2020, driven by efforts of strengthening the TVET, so that skilled graduates stood on par with academic and professional graduates.

The parliamentary sitting resumes tomorrow. — Bernama

Source : Malay Mail