Liow: No excuse for not schooling

KARAK: A quarter of the country’s Budget is set aside for education – a testimony to the Barisan Nasional Government’s commitment to provide quality schooling for the people, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said the Government was concerned about the development of education as this was the foundation to determine the quality of the country’s future leaders and human capital.

Every year, the Education Ministry would get the biggest portion of the Budget, he said.

“We offer free schooling, give out subsidies for textbooks, food and others.

“So there should be no more excuses. I do not wish to hear anymore from parents that they can’t afford to send their children to school,” he told Felda settlers at SK LKTP Kemasul yesterday.

Liow, who is Bentong MP, was at the school to open its annual Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting.

He called on teachers to come up with more lively and interactive teaching methods to boost students’ interest in learning.

Earlier, Liow also opened the annual PTA meetings of SMK Karak Setia here and SK Pelangai in Kampung Jawi Jawi.

He presented awards and prizes to students who had done well in studies and sports at the three schools.

The Transport Minister also reminded the villagers to adhere to traffic regulations – wear helmet when riding a motorcycle and buckle up when travelling in a car.

Sumber : The Star


Teacher puts ad in paper to say sorry for caning pupil

A TEACHER placed an apology notice in the China Press for three days to say sorry for punishing a Year One pupil, Chinese dailies reported.

In the notice, the teacher known as Miss Loh apologised to the student and her mother for caning the girl, which left seven welts on her.

Loh also said that she would bear the medical cost if there was any proven future injury suffered by the child caused by the caning.

The notice caused a stir, especially among those in the education sector, after it was published on Tuesday.

The reaction was mixed, with some slamming the teacher for caning the girl and others criticising the child’s parents.

When contacted, the teacher said she had reached an agreement with the student’s family to settle the case by placing the notice, and declined to comment further.

Loh is a tuition teacher in Johor Baru, according to China Press.

Asked for comment, United Chinese School Teachers’ Asso­ciation (Jiao Zong) chairman Ong Chiow Chuen said it was not pro-per to ask a teacher to place an apology notice, Guang Ming Daily reported.

Ong said he had no details of the case but said parents could complain to headmasters or the education department if they disagreed with punishment by teachers.

Source : The Star

Tiada lagi SKM Tahap 1 Kementerian Pendidikan naik taraf kursus kemahiran

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WAN MOHD. NOOR WAN ENDUT (kiri) menyampaikan Anugerah Pelajar Cemerlang kepada Muhammad Izzat Rosli (dua dari kanan) dari Jurusan Juruteknik Elektrik Rendah dalam Majlis Graduasi Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas Vokasional Shah Alam di Shah Alam, Selangor, semalam. UTUSAN/Izham Jaafar 

SHAH ALAM 10 Mac – Kementerian Pendidikan berhasrat menaik taraf kursus-kursus Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) dalam pelbagai bidang di sekolah menengah pendidikan khas vokasional di seluruh negara kepada Tahap 2 dan 3 pada masa depan.

Hasrat itu dinyatakan oleh Timbalan Pengarah Bahagian Pendidikan Khas, Wan Mohd. Noor Wan Endut yang mana para pelatih sekolah berkenaan ketika ini sebilangan besarnya memulakan latihan kemahiran pada Tahap 1 sebelum beralih kepada tahap-tahap seterusnya.

“Kita lihat setiap tahun prestasi pencapaian para pelatih sekolah-sekolah menengah pendidikan khas vokasional sebagai baik. Para pelatih didapati menunjukkan kemampuan mereka walaupun memiliki kekurangan fizikal berban­ding dengan pelajar-pelajar normal lain, mereka sebenarnya turut mempunyai keterampilan serta kemampuan yang tinggi.

“Justeru, mungkin pada tahun ini sekiranya tidak ada masalah dari segi kewangan, kita di pihak kementerian berhasrat untuk menaik taraf SKM daripada Tahap 1 terus kepada Tahap 2 dan 3 sebagai permulaan di semua sekolah mene­ngah pendidikan khas vokasional.

“Langkah ini dilihat mampu meningkatkan taraf kemahiran para pelatih selaras dengan perkembangan semasa. Usaha menaiktaraf tahap SKM ini akan melibatkan peningkatan peralatan memandangkan peralatan yang digunakan oleh para pelatih ketika ini adalah sangat lama,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam majlis Graduasi Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas Vokasional Shah Alam di sini hari ini.

Yang hadir sama, pengetua sekolah tersebut, Sazali Mohd. Karli.

Dalam pada itu, Wan Mohd. Noor turut berharap lebih banyak syarikat pelbagai sektor di negara ini menyediakan peluang kepada pelatih SKM untuk menjalankan latihan dalam pekerjaan termasuk bidang perhotelan.

Katanya, ketika ini tidak banyak syarikat mengambil pelatih SKM khususnya dari sekolah-sekolah menengah pendidikan khas vokasional untuk menjalani latihan di tempat mereka.

Terdahulu, Wan Mohd. Noor menyampaikan sijil SKM Tahap 1 dan 2 melibatkan 57 pelatih.


Sumber : Utusan Malaysia

Mother of autistic child: Teacher rubbed koay teow on my son’s face, beat him


SEREMBAN 10 MARCH 2016. [NS361Z / SBN558L] Norhimah Ibrahim, 34, menunjukkan laporan Polis dan laporan Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah yang dibuat susulan muka anak lelakinya dilumur makanan oleh guru disiplin ketika makan di kantin sebuah sekolah di Sikamat. STR/WAN NUR AMIRAH WAN MOHAMED REDZA.

SEREMBAN: A mother has appealed to the state education department to take action against a teacher who allegedly rubbed food on her autistic child’s face at the school canteen. Norhimah Ibrahim, 34, claimed that her eight-year-old son, who attends special education class at the school, was also beaten by the teacher in the March 1 incident. The mother-of-three said the incident happened during recess when her youngest son who had just gotten his plate of koay teow and refused to return to classroom as requested by an assistant teacher. “My son raised his voice against the assistant teacher to tell her that he wanted to eat, the assistant teacher then reported the incident to the discipline teacher who was also eating at the canteen. “She pushed away his plate that contained fried koay teow before rubbing the food on my son’s face. She also pushed his head and hit his shoulder,” she claimed when met at her house here, today. Norhimah claimed the incident was witnessed by her 10-year-old daughter who studied at the school. “My daughter wanted to calm her brother who was crying because of pain in his eyes . But the discipline teacher stopped my daughter and said she wanted to teach him a lesson,” she claimed. She said she learnt about the incident after she picked up her daughter from school at about 2pm. “Earlier, I took my boy at 1pm but he did not say anything about the incident, but I suspected something amiss when I saw stains on his face and shirt collar,” she said. She added that she had lodged a police report and filed a complaint at the district education office after the discipline teacher denied her actions. She said she had also transferred her son to another school following the incident. Meanwhile, state education director Rusni Ab Jalil when contacted said the department would conduct a thorough investigation and take action against the teacher according to the standard operating procedure if she is proven guilty. Seremban district police chief Assistant Commissioner Muhamad Zaki Harun confirmed police had received a report and said investigations would be carried out.

Source : New Straits Times

In spending cuts, government limits civil servants’ overseas trips


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak presenting the revised Budget 2016, at PICC, Putrajaya, January 28, 2016. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 ― The government has introduced several cost-cutting measures for the civil service, including reducing overseas courses and spending on public functions by 30 per cent.

The measures came into effect on March 1, and were announced in a Treasury circular.

The government also maintained a 10 per cent cut to ministers’ and deputy ministers’ entertainment allowances, besides announcing controls on overtime allowance and a freeze on hiring new staff.

“To ensure that the country’s economic development remains strong with a solid fiscal position, proactive and instructive measures must be taken in concert with all parties,” said the circular.

According to the circular, courses abroad are prohibited unless the course is technical in nature and there is no expertise within Malaysia. Participation in such courses is limited to one officer and only once a year.

The number of officers accompanying overseas delegations led by a minister, deputy minister, secretary-general or department head was also reduced to one officer for countries that have a Malaysian embassy and not more than two officers for those without.

Civil servants on assignment were also allowed to book their own flights and hotel rooms to get cheaper rates.

Government functions, meetings, or seminars were limited and government officers were told to ensure that such events were organised in a “moderate” manner.

“Door gifts are not allowed, but if it’s really necessary, then it is limited to books, local handicraft, local food or the agency’s own products. Giving free clothes to participants or guests for each event/ function/ official celebration is not encouraged,” said the circular.

The spending cuts for Malaysia’s huge civil service numbering some 1.6 million come amid a slowing economy.

Budget 2016 was revised last January following a continued plunge of global oil prices that affected Malaysia’s revenue.

Source : Malay Mail