Cuaca Panas :Pekeliling Penutupan Sekolah Akan Dikeluarkan

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Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk P Kamalanathan.

 

PUTRAJAYA: Pekeliling berhubung keperluan menutup sekolah berikutan cuaca panas melampau ketika ini, akan dikeluarkan selepas garis panduannya diperoleh.

Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk P Kamalanathan, berkata pihak sekolah sudah diberi notis supaya tidak menjalankan aktiviti di luar bangunan termasuk perhimpunan jika cuaca terlampau panas.

“Pengetua dan guru besar memaklumi perkara ini. Mereka perlu berhati-hati dan jika aktiviti luar mahu dilakukan antara jam 12 tengah hari hingga 3 petang, ia mesti dibuat dalam bangunan.

“Saya harap kita mendapat maklumat mengenai garis panduan secepat mungkin kerana sekolah akan dibuka semula minggu depan,” katanya pada sidang media di sini, hari ini.

Semalam, Menteri Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, berkata kementeriannya akan mengemukakan cadangan garis panduan bagi menghadapi cuaca panas melampau kepada Kabinet esok.

Ia membabitkan tindakan yang perlu diambil merangkumi keperluan untuk menutup sekolah, catuan air, pembenihan awan dan aspek kesihatan.

Sumber : Berita Harian

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54,867 graduan menganggur tiga bulan sebelum konvokesyen

KUALA LUMPUR 17 Mac – Sebanyak 54,867 atau 23.9 peratus daripada 228,568 graduan institusi pengajian tinggi di negara ini belum be­­ker­ja dalam tempoh tiga bulan sebelum konvokesyen berdasarkan Sistem Kajian Pengesanan Graduan bagi tahun 2015.

Menteri Pendidikan Tinggi, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh berkata, jumlah kebolehpasaran graduan itu pasti akan lebih tinggi sekiranya negara menggunakan penanda aras selama satu tahun sebagaimana dipraktikkan kajian peringkat antarabangsa.

Berikutan itu, katanya, pihak kementerian telah mengambil inisiatif dengan melaksanakan Program Kebolehpasaran Graduan bertujuan menangani isu pengangguran selain membantu para pelajar meningkatkan keupayaan sara diri mereka selepas bergraduat.

“Program ini juga bertujuan meningkatkan nilai tambah gra­duan dari aspek kelayakan profesional dalam bidang masing-masing, keterampilan diri dan sahsiah bagi membantu golongan ini memperoleh pekerjaan serta relevan dengan keperluan majikan dalam pelbagai sektor. Program ini turut dibantu oleh Skim Latihan 1Malaysia (SL1M) dan juga Talent Corp.

 

“Bagi mahasiswa yang masih belajar, beberapa program dilaksanakan seperti usahawan siswa yang menggalakkan mereka berniaga di dalam dan luar kampus. Ruang niaga pula disediakan di dalam kampus dan beberapa program dengan kerjasama Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Bhd. (PUNB), Unit Peneraju Agenda Bumiputera (Teraju), Perbadanan Pembangunan Tek­nologi Malaysia (MTDC) dan lain-lain dianjurkan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika menjawab pertanyaan lisan Shamsul Iskandar Mohd. Akin (PKR-Bukit Katil) yang ingin mengetahui statistik graduan menganggur dan langkah-langkah berkesan yang telah, sedang dan akan dijalankan pihak kementerian bagi memastikan golongan itu memperoleh pekerjaan dalam sidang Dewan Rakyat hari ini.

Mengulas lanjut, Idris memberitahu, program Sistem Purata Nilai Gred Keseluruhan Berintegrasi (iCGPA) turut membantu mahasiswa yang membabitkan bukan hanya pentaksiran akademik semata-mata tetapi juga dari aspek keusahawanan, kemampuan pengurusan, kemahiran sosial dan komunikasi.

“Selain itu, pelaksanaan program dua tahun di universiti dan dua tahun di industri akan dilaksana di Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) dalam bidang keusahawanan dan Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) dalam bidang pengurusan ladang bermula September ini.

“Program profisiensi bahasa Inggeris juga telah menampakkan peningkatan apabila mencapai band 3 dalam Malaysian University English Test (MUET),” jelas beliau.

Dalam pada itu, mengulas mengenai isu lambakan graduan bidang kedoktoran yang tidak mendapat pekerjaan, Idris menjelaskan, Majlis Kesihatan sedang melihat perkara tersebut.

Sumber : Utusan Malaysia

Penolong Pengarah didakwa mengemukakan dokumen palsu

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PENOLONG Pengarah Pusat Kokurikulum (kiri) mengaku tidak bersalah di Mahkamah Sesyen, Kuala Lumpur semalam, atas tuduhan memperdayakan Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur menggunakan dokumen mengandungi maklumat palsu, empat tahun lalu. 

 

KUALA LUMPUR 17 Mac – Seorang Penolong Pengarah Pusat Kokurikulum mengaku tidak bersalah di Mahkamah Sesyen di sini hari ini atas pertuduhan memperdayakan Jabatan Pendidikan Ne­geri Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur menggunakan dokumen mengandungi maklumat palsu, empat tahun lalu.

Mengikut pertuduhan, Ida­­yu­s­­ni Ismail, 42, didakwa mengemukakan satu dokumen pesa­nan kerajaan Malaysia bertarikh 29 November 2011 berjumlah RM7,500 bagi perihal “Perkhidmatan Mengurus Aktiviti bagi Bengkel Kerja Pengurusan Akti­viti Kejurulatihan Pusat Kokurikulum Kuala Lumpur pada 13 dan 14 Disember 2012” atas nama Felcra Travels and Tours Sdn. Bhd.

Idayusni didakwa melakukan kesalahan tersebut dengan memperakukan bahawa kerja-kerja berkenaan telah dibekalkan kepada Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Wilayah Persekutuan, walhal kerja-kerja tersebut sebenarnya tidak dilaksanakan.

Wanita berkenaan didakwa melakukan perbuatan tersebut di Pusat Kokurikulum Jalan Beserah off Jalan Kuantan di sini pada 14 Disember 2012.

Dia didakwa mengikut Seksyen 18 Akta Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia 2009 dan boleh dihukum di bawah Seksyen 24(2) akta sama yang membawa hukuman penjara maksimum 20 tahun dan denda tidak kurang daripada lima kali ganda nilai tuntutan palsu tersebut atau RM10,000, mengikut mana lebih tinggi.

Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Wan Mohd. Bukhari Wan Mohd. yang mengendalikan pendakwa­an mencadangkan jaminan RM10,000 terhadap Idayusni.

Tertuduh yang tidak diwakili peguam pula merayu agar jaminan dikurangkan kerana menghidap penyakit darah tinggi serta perlu menjaga ibu yang tidak sihat dan adiknya yang belum bekerja.

Hakim Allaudeen Ismail kemudian menetapkan jaminan RM7,000 dengan seorang penjamin terhadap tertuduh sementara menunggu sebutan semula kes pada 13 April ini.

 

 

Sumber : Utusan Berita

Ibu bapa dimaklum awal penutupan sekolah

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P. Kamalanathan

Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk P. Kamalanathan berkata, selain memantau situasi cuaca panas dan kering, pengetua dan guru besar diminta untuk memaklumkan kepada ibu bapa dan pelajar berhubung arahan penutupan sekolah dengan segera.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, garis panduan untuk mengukur suhu akan diedarkan kepada semua sekolah dalam masa terdekat selepas diperhalusi oleh Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi.

“Namun Kementerian Pendidikan telah pun mengeluarkan satu garis panduan kepada semua sekolah mengenai langkah yang perlu dilakukan oleh guru bagi mengawal situasi pelajar dan murid ketika cuaca panas dan kering.

“Garis panduan itu merangkumi pengurangan aktiviti di luar bilik darjah dengan ha­nya membenarkan pengajaran serta pembelajaran di dalam kelas sahaja,” katanya dalam sidang akhbar di sini hari ini.

Pada Selasa lalu, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata, Kementerian Pendidikan akan memutuskan sama ada sekolah perlu ditutup sekiranya cuaca panas me­lampau masih berterusan selepas tamat cuti pertengahan penggal pertama persekolahan minggu ini.

Perdana Menteri memberitahu, kerajaan akan mengambil segala langkah berjaga-jaga yang perlu untuk menghadapi cuaca panas melampau ini.

Sementara itu, Kamalanathan berkata, pihak kementerian telah mengarahkan agar pe­laksanaan kelas bahasa ibunda (POL) di semua sekolah menengah kebangsaan (SMK) dan sekolah kebangsaan (SK) seluruh negara diteruskan dengan serta-merta.

Katanya, POL tidak dapat dilaksanakan di beberapa sekolah seperti dilaporkan menerusi laman sosial baru-baru ini kerana masalah kewangan, bagaimanapun, perkara itu telah diselesaikan oleh Kementerian Pendidikan.

“Kementerian Pendidikan telah memutuskan untuk melaksanakan POL dengan terus menyalurkan peruntukan ke sekolah-sekolah terlibat.

“Keputusan ini sekali gus menafikan dakwaan dalam media sosial bahawa kerajaan telah mengeluarkan arahan untuk menghentikan POL di SMK dan SK bermula tahun ini,” katanya.

Sumber : Utusan Malaysia

Azalina: Overseas scholarship cuts put extra RM240m back into Putrajaya’s pocket

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When announcing a Budget revision in January, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the government will continue four PSD scholarship programmes this year as scheduled but with cuts to four programmes. — Reuters pic

 

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — The federal government has saved about RM240 million after slashing 744 overseas scholarships in Budget 2016, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said today.

In her written parliamentary reply, Azalina said the government spends between RM38,115 and RM277,515 a year on a Public Service Department (PSD) scholar studying abroad.

In comparison, she said PSD scholars in local universities cost between RM 10,350 and RM12,690 per person a year.

She added that currently the government was sponsoring over 7,736 students overseas.

The Pengerang MP was responding to a question from DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok who wanted to know how much Putrajaya has saved from slashing the scholarships in this year’s Budget.

When announcing a Budget revision in January, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the government will continue four PSD scholarship programmes this year as scheduled but with cuts to four programmes.

Among them, the PSD’s National Scholarship Programme this year will be open only to the top 20 SPM graduates to study locally or overseas compared to 50 places last year.

In addition, PSD’s engineering programme to Japan, Korea, Germany and France will be open to 200 students, down from 300 last year.

PSD’s bursary programme would be offered to 744 students only for local undergraduate studies, a reduction from 1,000 bursaries last year that had been open for study at foreign institutions.

The PSD’s First Degree Programme for 8,000 students this year also showed a cut as it had been offered to 10,050 students in 2015 to pursue their first degree locally.

Source : Malay Mail

Wee: Govt will make ‘huge’ announcement on new structure

KUALA LUMPUR: SPM students hoping to apply for the Graduate Bursary Programme will not have to remain in the dark for long as the Government is expected to make a “huge” announcement soon, involving “structural changes” to the scholarship.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said he was aware of the students’ anxiety, adding that the matter was deliberated at the Cabinet meeting last Friday.

“It is up to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to decide and announce the details,” he told reporters after a briefing with village heads from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

A decision, said Dr Wee, was likely to be made during the Cabinet meeting tomorrow, adding that he believed it would be announced before the month is over.

Asked why the announcement could not be made earlier, Dr Wee said there were many factors to consider, adding that it could not be done “frivolously”.

“A study is being made on how much is the cost (to sponsor these scholars), what is the Government’s capability, and how the scholars will be selected,” he said.

There would be “structural changes”, said Dr Wee, to the new scheme in line with the constraints of the recalibrated budget, adding that the scholarship would be turned into a “more holistic” one.

To a question on the “structural changes”, Dr Wee said he had to respect the Prime Minister’s prerogative to announce the changes.

Declining to reveal further, he assured that “the new direction” they were pursuing would be made in the country’s best interests.

It is believed that the new scholar­ships will include mandatory clauses for recipients to return and serve in Malaysia.

Dr Wee also urged those who hoped to apply to be patient as the announcement would address three different scholarships.

“The first is regarding the scholarship for the most outstanding scholars in the country, followed by another for engineering courses abroad.

“The final one will be on the bursary which involves the 744 reci­pients who are still unclear about the new details,” he said.

Earlier this year, the 744 reci­pients who aspired to study at the top 20 universities in the world were stumped when it was announced that they would only be allowed to continue their studies at local universities.

Since 2012, students who received 9A+ in SPM were automatically eligible to receive the national bursary and later, a scholarship by the Public Service Department to pursue their studies overseas.

However, the Internet link to apply for the bursary, which is usually posted on the ministry’s website once the SPM results are announced, is still inaccessible.

Source : The Star

Education Ministry awaiting guidelines on school closure in the event of extreme hot weather

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PUTRAJAYA 17 MARCH 2016. Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk P Kamalanathan di sidang media mengenai kelas Pupils on Language di Putrajaya. NSTP/AHMAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

 

PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry is waiting for the guidelines that will give a clear indication when schools would be advised to close during the extreme hot and dry weather. Its deputy minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said it was just a matter of getting the guidelines from the experts. “We will alert schools immediately once we get the guidelines. Schools in some states reopen this Sunday. “Since we are dealing with children, we are very worried about the extreme heat, especially during the equinox phenomenon (starting this Sunday),” he told reporters at his office here today. Until such guidelines are available, schools have been notified to take measures to reduce children’s exposure to heat including limiting outdoor activities and by conducting noon assembly indoors, Kamalanathan said. He was upbeat to learn that the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry had such guidelines that were awaiting Cabinet approval. On the Pupils’ Own Language (POL) classes, Kamalanathan said schools that have yet to conduct such classes would start immediately. “Due to some financial issues, some schools cannot have the POL classes. Schools that have such issues should get in touch with the ministry to resolve the matter,” he said, adding that the ministry had neither stopped nor abolished POL classes as claimed via social media.

Source : New Straits Times