Hanya 15,000 penuntut pilih bidang sains

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SETIU: Hanya 15,000 penuntut di institusi pengajian tinggi memilih bidang Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (STI) bagi melanjutkan pelajaran.

Pemangku Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, Akademi Sains Malaysia, Hazami Habib, berkata keadaan itu menyebabkan ketandusan kepakaran di dalam bidang berkenaan ekoran pelajar tidak meminati meneroka ketiga-tiga bidang itu.

Katanya, kira-kira 30,000 tempat disediakan di dalam bidang itu namun hanya separuh daripada mereka mengisi bidang berkenaan.

“Tidak ramai penuntut memilih bidang sains ini dan ia sekali gus menyebabkan kita kekurangan bakat dalam STI ini, …mungkin mereka juga tidak nampak peluang pekerjaan menerusi bidang ini.

“Generasi muda ini lebih cenderung untuk memilih bidang kejuruteraan mahupun pakar perubatan sebagai kerjaya mereka,” katanya selepas program Duta Sains, di sini hari ini.

Hazami berkata, pihaknya bersama Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI) kini giat melaksanakan pelbagai program STI termasuk Program Duta Sains bagi menarik minat lebih ramai mendalami bidang sains ini.

Langkah yang dilaksanakan ini bagi menangani masalah tempatan dengan menggunakan pendekatan sains dan teknologi, menggalak, mempromosi dan menginovasi Sains, Teknologi, Kejuruteraan dan Matematik (STEM).

“Kita turut mengambil inisiatif dengan memupuk minat dalam bidang ini bermula dari pelajar sekolah rendah bagi menarik dan menanam minat mereka.

“Selain itu skop dan kumpulan sasar bagi program MSI ini juga turut diperluaskan agar dapat dimanfaatkan setiap peringkat masyarakat,”

katanya. Katanya, MOSTI juga telah memperuntukkan sebanyak RM20 juta pada tahun ini untuk merencana dan memperkasa program STI ini. – BERNAMA

Sumber: Berita Harian

 

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Menteri sudah diberi penjelasan larangan bawa jam

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KUALA LUMPUR: Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia (MPM) sudah memberikan penjelasan kepada Kementerian Pendidikan berhubung keputusan melarang pelajar memakai dan membawa masuk jam tangan ke dewan peperiksaan.

Ketua Eksekutif Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia (MPM), Dr Jamil Adimin, berkata pertemuan itu diadakan pada minggu lalu bagi menjelaskan kewajaran larangan itu dilaksanakan.

“Pada pertemuan ini, Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid menerima penjelasan kami dengan baik, namun beliau tidak memberi sebarang maklum balas sama ada bersetuju atau sebaliknya.

“MPM sentiasa terbuka untuk mendengar sebarang bantahan dan kami bersedia menarik balik larangan itu jika mendapat bantahan dan pandangan serius daripada semua pihak.

“Namun, ketika ini belum ada bantahan rasmi, yang ada hanyalah menerusi akhbar. Kami masih menunggu sebelum larangan dilaksanakan bermula Mei depan,” katanya ketika dihubungi BH, hari ini.

Pada 18 Mac lalu, MPM memutuskan calon peperiksaan mulai Penggal 2 Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) 2016 dan ujian Malaysian University English Test (MUET) sesi Julai 2016 dilarang memakai serta membawa masuk jam tangan ke dalam bilik atau dewan peperiksaan.

Mahdzir kemudian mendakwa tidak tahu menahu mengenai peraturan berkenaan dan akan mengadakan pertemuan dengan MPM bagi mendengar penjelasan sebelum larangan itu dikuatkuasakan.

Beberapa pihak tampil membantah dan meminta cadangan itu dikaji semula, antaranya Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru (PIBG) serta calon peperiksaan kerana menyifatkan jam tangan sebagai satu keperluan kepada calon.

 

Sumber: Berita Harian

Religious school teacher found dead at homestay

 

PETALING JAYA: A religious school teacher was found dead in the bathroom of a bungalow homestay in Taman Desa Mawar, Tanjung Karang, Selangor.

The teacher, identified as Sobri Yusof, 26, from Sekolah Menengah Agama Tanjung Karang, was found on the bathroom floor clad in only a pair of jeans by a neighbour.

Kuala Selangor OCPD Supt Ruslan Abdullah said the neighbour discovered the body around 10.30pm on Saturday after noticing that the front door of the homestay had been left open.

“The neighbour noticed that the door had been left open with no lights inside since 2am and decided to investigate at around 9pm,” he said on Sunday.

He said investigation showed that Sobri, the second of five siblings, came alone on Friday to stay in the bungalow, which was not too far from his house in Sungai Sireh, Tanjung Karang.

Supt Ruslan said the body has been sent for a post-mortem.

“For now, we have classified the case as sudden death,” he said

Source : The Star

SOP to address bullying ready in two weeks, education minister says

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Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said a special meeting on the SOP would be held soon involving himself, the director-general of Education and ministry officials. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA NERANG, March 27 — The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to address cases of indiscipline among school students such as bullying is expected to be ready in two weeks.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said a special meeting on the SOP would be held soon involving himself, the director-general of Education and ministry officials.

“The SOP will contain the terms, limitation of the school authorities and the District Education Office (PPD) to address indiscipline, including bullying,” he told reporters after opening the annual general meeting of the SMK Dato Syed Ahmad Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), here,today.

Yesterday, Mahdzir said the SOP on the delegation of power to the PPD and State Education Department was being discussed to address bullying.

With the SOP, the school authorities need not wait for the intervention of the Education Ministry to resolve indiscipline cases such as bullying.

This followed the case of an eight-year-old pupil in Klang, Selangor, who was allegedly forced to snip off the tip of his tongue by five other pupils last week, if he did not want them to punch him in the face. — Bernama

Source: Malay Mail

 

Mother wants child transferred to different school after tongue-snipping bully case

 

KLANG, March 27 — The mother of the student who was forced to cut his own tongue in a bullying incident at a school here on Thursday, wants her son transferred to another school immediately.

Siti Nurhuda Ibrahim, 29, said she was tired of the whole ordeal, and did not want her son, Muhammad Alif Shukran Alias, 8, to undergo the trauma again.

“I want to transfer him (Muhammad Alif Shukran) to another school because I don’t want him to be bullied anymore,” she told reporters here today.

Siti Nurhuda said the police had also recorded her statements today regarding the case.

She hoped that the police could solve the case as soon as possible, so that it would not happen to other students.

Meanwhile, Selangor State Education Department director Zainureen Mohd Noor said the department would provide counselling to Muhammaf Alif Shukran.

He said the counselling would be done to cheer up the spirit of the child, and encourage him to continue schooling.

“Apart from that, the education department is also actively conducting a thorough investigation to identify the students involved, and will take appropriate action against them,” he said when contacted here today.

On Thursday, Muhammad Alif Shukran claimed he was forced cut the tip of his own tongue with a scissors by a group of five Standard Three students from the same school, and received a stitch as a result of the incident. — Bernama

Source: Malay Mail

MOE to issue SOP on disciplinary issues soon

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KUALA NERANG, 27 Mac — Menteri Pendidikan Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (kanan) beramah mesra dengan sebahagian guru-guru pada Majlis Perasmian Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato Syed Ahmad hari ini. –fotoBERNAMA (2016) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

PADANG TERAP: The Education Ministry is expected to issue its standard operating procedure (SOP) for the handing over decision-making powers on disciplinary issues to the state Education Department and district Education Office within one to two weeks from now. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said a discussion on the SOP at the ministry level is expected to take place from tomorrow (March 28). “The discussion on the SOP tomorrow will involve Education Director-General Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof and other relevant officers under the ministry. “The discussion is to decide on the terms and power limits of the state Education Department and district Education Office in dealing with disciplinary issues,” said Mahdzir. He said the SOP is expected to be completed within one or two weeks from now. Mahdzir said this after officiating the Parent-Teacher Association meeting at SMK Dato Syed Ahmad in Kuala Nerang here today.

Source: New Straits Times