Larangan bawa jam belum muktamad – Mahdzir

Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (dua dari kanan) bersama Pengarah Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri, Shaari Osman (kiri), Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Pendidikan, Tan Sri Dr. Madinah Mohamad (dua dari kiri) hadir dimajlis perasmian bangunan baharu dan bangunan warisan sekolah di Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Gelugor, Pulau Pinang. – Foto Ramdzan Masiam

GEORGETOWN: Kementerian Pendidikan belum memuktamadkan keputusan berhubung larangan membawa masuk jam tangan digital ke dalam dewan peperiksaan. Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, berkata cadangan itu akan dibincangkan di semua peringkat secara terperinci. Katanya, ia akan dimuktamadkan sebelum musim peperiksaan bermula. “Kementerian masih menunggu maklum balas lanjut daripada pihak berkaitan berhubung perkara ini,” katanya pada sidang media di sini, pagi tadi.

Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (kanan) bersalaman dengan murid-murid ketika hadir dalam program majlis perasmian bangunan baharu dan bangunan warisan sekolah di Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Gelugor, Pulau Pinang. – Foto Ramdzan Masiam

Sumber: Berita Harian

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Mahdzir: No plans to close vernacular schools

KUALA LUMPUR: There are no plans to close vernacular schools to make way for national schools, said the Education Ministry.

Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said in a written reply in Parliament Thursday that Section 28 of the Education Act stipulates an allocation for the building and maintaining of vernacular schools.

“However, schools that have been labelled asSekolah Kurang Murid (under-enrolled schools), and have not shown any improvement in enrolment in two years can be closed by the Ministry.

“The Ministry has the right to hand over its operations to another school which has more potential in enrolling pupils,” he said.

He was responding to questions by Putatan MP Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh on the stand of the Ministry about vernacular schools.

Source: The Star

Liow urges Kamalanathan to retract UEC remarks

BENTONG: Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan has been urged to retract his statement that the Government’s refusal to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) is due to issues of “national sovereignty”.

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic) said national sovereignty was never discussed in Cabinet meetings.

“I urge Kamalanathan to retract his statement. This has nothing to do with the sovereignty of the country. Malaysia is a multi-racial country.

“This is his (Kamalanathan) personal view and not the Government’s.

“He might not have the necessary information when he commented on the matter and this might mislead the public,” he told a press conference at SJK(C) Bukit Tinggi here after witnessing the handover of new canteen tables and benches.

Liow added that if Kamalanathan does not understand the issue, he should have let Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon explain it.

“The statement might hurt the Chinese education system and the nation.

“The Education Ministry and the Higher Education Ministry have been in discussions over the recognition of UEC,” Liow said.

On Tuesday, Kamalanathan said in the Dewan Rakyat that the Government’s refusal to recognise the UEC was due to issues of “national sovereignty”.

He said the Cabinet in a meeting on Nov 6 last year decided not to recognise the certificate because the examination was not based on the national curriculum and education philosophy.

Source: The Star

Kedah, Perlis schools closed today due to heatwave

GEORGE TOWN: Schools in Kedah will be closed today and in Perlis until tomorrow due to the heatwave.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the decision was made after the temperature rose to above 37°C in both states.

“We will make a decision if the closure needs to be extended after assessing the weather next week,” said Mahdzir after meeting northern region education officials here yesterday.

On the weather in Penang, he said it was within acceptable levels and schools would be open as normal in the state.

Meanwhile, commenting on the case of the eight-year-old boy who was forced to cut his own tongue, he said schools had standard operating procedures on such issues.

“We could expel the students who were involved in the bullying but rehabilitation could help them repent,” said Mahdzir.

He said whatever decision taken must be for the good of all, including the bullies and the victim.

He said a decision on the action to be taken would be made only after investigations were completed.

In the incident last Thursday, the Year Two boy claimed he was forced by five Year Three pupils from the same school to cut the tip of his tongue with a pair of scissors.

Source: The Star

Vouchers feed habit of genuine bookworms

PETALING JAYA: The business of selling 1Malaysia Book Vouchers (BB1M) may be flourishing, but there are still many book lovers who are still happy to use it for its real purpose.

Hidayati Amran, 22, happily uses her vouchers to feed her reading habit.

A dedicated reader, she spends all RM250 worth of vouchers on novels for herself and story books for her siblings.

“I shot over the budget and had to fork out extra money myself,” she said, adding that the amount was not enough for a bookworm like her.

Sophia Chen, 21, recalled spending all her vouchers at a book fair, picking up more than 30 books.

“It was one of the best moments in my life, when I brought home a whole box of books without having to pay a single sen,” she said.

Matthew Ng, 19, joked that the books he bought using the vouchers might not be the kind of books the Government had in mind.

“I brought my siblings to the bookstore and let them choose whatever books they liked.

“Children’s books are usually costly and my parents are not willing to spend so much on them,” he said, adding that it made him happy to see the smile on his siblings’ faces.

Source: The Star

Channel NewsAsia honours Cheah with lifetime achievement award

PETALING JAYA: Sunway Group founder Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah (right) was accorded the Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award by Channel NewsAsia last night in recognition of his inspiring and “iconic” achievements in the construction industry and higher education sector.

It is another feather in the cap for Cheah, who was named for a second time as among Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy last year, after having won the title in 2009.

Channel NewsAsia presented the award to Cheah and three other winners under the Innovation, Green Practice and Future Business categories during the Luminary Awards 2016 Gala Dinner at Ful­­lerton Hotel in Singapore last night.

The event attracted 200 guests from Singapore, Malaysia, Indone­­sia, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

“The event brings together the best and brightest business minds in Asia and honouring outstanding achievements.

“This year, the highest tribute of Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award is bestowed on Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah for his distinguished success in business and his lifelong dedication to sustainable development and education, impacting and inspiring the lives of many,” MediaCorp Singapore said in a state­­ment.

An independent panel of jury comprising renowned management strategists, academics and corporate personalities handpicked the winners.

Cheah runs a leading global conglomerate with operations dotting 50 locations worldwide, employing 14,000 workers.

“His lifelong dedication to sustainable development is evident throughout Sunway’s integrated developments and townships covering a total of 2,020ha across Malaysia,” the statement said.

Among many other contributions, Cheah also established the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) to provide access to high quality and affordable education to underprivileged students.

Cheah is also the first Malaysian to have his name inscribed on the Benefactors’ Wall at the Great Gate of Caius College in the University of Cambridge, which had recorded the names of its greatest benefactors since 1348.

Source: The Star

Don’t keep digging up UEC recognition issue, says Chong

PORT KLANG: Efforts to have the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) recognised are ongoing, and all stakeholders are waiting for the Higher Education Ministry’s final decision, said Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon.

“I have said this many times, the effort is ongoing. The Higher Education Minister had also responded by saying that discussions are underway to iron out some technical issues on the recognition.

“We already have the mutual understanding that the UEC will be accepted as an entry qualification to local universities. The issue need not be dug up and questioned all the time,” he said when met after visiting the Port Klang Free Zone here earlier.

Recently, Deputy Education Mi­­nis­­ter Datuk P. Kamalanathan said in the Dewan Rakyat that the Cabinet, in a meeting on Nov 6 last year, had decided not to recognise the certificate because the examination was not based on the national curriculum and education philosophy.

He was reported to have said this was a reality that had to be accepted as it was related to the nation’s in­­terest and sovereignty.

Chong said that all parties should give more space to the Education Ministry, Higher Education Ministry, United Chinese School Committees’ Association (Dong Zong) and other education groups to work on the issue.

“For now, the answer is standard because we have yet to recognise the UEC. We have already reached this level of technicality, and Dong Zong has also opened up on its stance on the Bahasa Malaysia minimum passing grade and changes in the History curriculum.

“All of us are working closely together on this. Let the accreditation experts sort out details on the recognition,” Chong added.

Separately, Dong Zong has asked Kamalanathan to explain his statement about the UEC.

“His statement has clearly confused the people. We feel that there is a need for him to explain if the statement was the stance and policy of the Education Ministry or simply his own personal views.

“He should explain clearly what the UEC has to do with national sovereignty,” said Dong Zong in a statement here yesterday.

It added that UEC graduates had also contributed significantly to nation building.

“It is totally absurd and bizarre to link UEC with national sovereignty.

“If Kamalanathan cannot come up with a reasonable explanation, we want him to retract his statement and issue a public apology,” said the movement.

Source: The Star