Mahdzir: Issue of school maintenance being tackled

Monday, 15 August 2016

TANJONG KARANG: The Education Ministry is concerned about the need for maintenance work to be carried out on schools, especially those over 30 years old.

Its minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said steps were being taken to address this issue.

He said State Education Departments nationwide had been instructed to list the type of maintenance needed for the schools to facilitate repair works according to priority.

He said maintenance including rewiring, upgrading of buildings, repairs and construction of new infrastructure were being carried out in stages with the available allocations. Schools are being classified as very critical and in dilapidated condition, in need of maintenance or in need of minor repairs.

Schools should be aware that major repairs were needed for buildings which are over 30 years old and the maintenance process was costly and would take a long time, he said.

Still, the ministry considered this a priority for the convenience and comfort of students and teachers, he said. — Bernama

Sumber:  The Star Online – http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/08/15/mahdzir-issue-of-school-maintenance-being-tackled/

 

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National schools are open for all

Sunday, 14 August 2016

MALAYSIAN parents can rest assured that national schools will not become a breeding grounds for Islamic extremism.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said his ministry will not allow national schools to become a hotbed for grooming potential terrorists that follow deviant and extremist ideologies.

He was responding to a recent new portal report that said non-Muslim parents were uncomfortable with the overt religiosity in some schools.

He added that the aim of national schools is to foster unity among Malaysia’s many races, and for all of them to use the same medium and curricula even if there are five types of schools in the Malaysian education system – national schools, Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools, religious schools and mission schools.

Mahdzir also stressed that it was important that school-goers from all races have access to education as provided by the government, including the teaching of a student’s mother tongue, be it Chinese or Tamil, in vernacular schools.

He also said that the ministry will continue to uphold the teaching of “quality Islamic Studies” to Muslim students.

“There is no issue of national schools being Islamic or not Islamic.

“The teaching of Islamic Studies is implemented in education institutions in Malaysia as stated under Section 50 of the Education Act 1996,” Mahdzir said.

He also said the doa or prayers being recited in national schools should not be an issue, arguing that it is common for the doa to be said at events “to protect the people from any threats that could harm their well being”.

Mahdzir added parents had the right to choose the type of school for their children.

As for the First Wave of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 , he reiterated that it was showing tangible results.

Attaining the desired results, was no easy feat as it involved many different agencies and administrative levels at the states.

Meanwhile a ministry official said while there will be an increase in the number of questions requiring Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS), it won’t be “that many” as some feared.

The official from the Examination Syndicate confirmed that this year’s Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) will require HOTS, “but it will be nowhere near 40% for UPSR and 50% for SPM” as speculated by some media.

Speculation began shortly after the 2015 annual report of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 stated that there will be a gradual increase in the number of HOTS questions.

The percentage of HOTS questions in public examinations increased to 20% in 2015 compared to 10% in 2013, in what the ministry calls “gradual incorporation approach” to help ease the transition to the relatively new testing system.

HOTS refers to analysis that require far greater cognitive processing compared to other types of thinking. It involves critical, reflective thinking as well as rational decision-making and problem-solving.

HOTS questions were introduced in the 2013 examinations for UPSR (Year Six), Form Three Assessment or PT3 (Form Three) and SPM (Form Five).

To assist teachers in the teaching of these advanced-style questions, the ministry introduced a book containing sample HOTS questions, a script-evaluation manual, and specialised training on how to score in HOTS. School Inspectors and Quality Assurance officers have also been sent to observe 36 schools to ensure the quality of HOTS lessons.

An example of a HOTS UPSR question obtained from a sample English comprehension paper by the Examinations Syndicate found onhttp://www.malaysiatercinta.com goes like: “Ramli and his wife emptied the box of worms onto Ujang’s head. Was the action correct? Why?” The question is worth two marks.

A sample SPM science HOTS question states: “We cannot use a laboratory thermometer to measure our body temperature. Why?”.

Sumber:  The Star Online : http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2016/08/14/national-schools-are-open-for-all/

 

Idris calls on varsity students to focus on studies and not politics

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

He said joining rallies went contrary to the main purpose of their being in tertiary institutions, which was to become part of the nation’s human capital.

“If they are so obsessed with going to the streets, then they will forget their studies.

“In one of the previous rallies, students pushed through the main gate of Universiti Malaya. That was not a good example of how students should behave,” Bernama quoted him at the opening of the fourth World Engineering, Science and Tech­no­logy Congress here yesterday.

Idris added that public funds were used to finance the tertiary education of these students so that they could have a proper education and a better future.

“The Government spends an average of RM18,000 a year on each public university student in the country. They are only required to pay RM2,000 a year. There’s a gap of RM16,000 of public funds, so they should stay focused,” he said.

Earlier, in his speech, Idris said the fields of engineering, science and technology would play an important role in the future of education as Malaysia had evolved from a production-based to a knowledge-based economy.

Separately, MCA Religious Har­mony Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said a show of force or a public mass confrontation would not augur well for the nation.

“We have seen changes to the leadership and even state governments via the ballot box.

“Our democratic and parliamentary system is intact. There is no necessity to create any ruckus or public chaos at this moment.

“Our energy and resources should be channelled towards overcoming the global economic slowdown,” he said in response to reports on Himpunan Merah2 organiser Datuk Jamal Yunos claims of 40% of those attending would consist of Malaysian Chinese.

“MCA believes in peaceful, harmonious engagement towards resolving issues and allowing the rule of law to prevail,” Ti added.

Sumber:  The Star Online :  http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/08/16/idris-calls-on-varsity-students-to-focus-on-studies-and-not-politics/

 

Expert: Ministry right not to endorse new dengue vaccine

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

BY LOH FOON FONG

Universiti Malaya deputy vice-chancellor/provost (academic and international) Prof Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud said the ministry had not recommended the vaccine in Malaysia yet because it did not give comprehensive protection for all serotypes.

“I think this is a good approach because there is a lot about the vaccine still unknown to us and to rush into something which is unknown and untested would be a mistake,” said Awang Bulgiba when launching the “Dengue Control: Paradigm Shift” workshop yesterday.

He said the vaccine would provide some measure of protection but at less than 60%, it was not high.

 “We should see the effectiveness of the vaccine in other countries first before adopting it,” he said, adding that he was concerned about the se­­cond immune response triggered after the first vaccination.

“The first dengue infection is usual­ly mild. The second infection is the one which may result in dengue haemorrhagic fever because it triggers an immune response worse that the first.

“So, if the vaccine potentiates you for a more severe infection the se­cond time around, then it is going to be worse than the first,” he said.

He said this was unlike influenza which did not bring about a second immune response that was devasta­ting.

Awang Bulgiba said the virus serotype that hit a country vary and the variant would also change from time to time and it was not known whether the vaccine would still be effective following the changes.

At the event, UM Parasitology Depart­ment Prof Dr G. Suresh Kumar said during peak season, some dengue patients would have to sleep on beds at hospital corridors.

Meanwhile, many patients’ condition were detected late and suffered complications and as such, there was a need for a paradigm shift, he said.

“Can we control dengue from spreading before it happens? If we can do it, that is the way forward.”

Universiti Malaya entomologist Datin Dr Indra Vithilingam said her team found that they could trap mosquitoes and find out if they were infected with dengue virus.

“If they are, the Health Depart­ment and communities can move in to do a clean-up and inform the community of possible cases and to take precaution,” she said.

Dr Indra said the moment an infective mosquito was found, there would be a lag of one week before cases of dengue would appear, unlike the use of monitoring based on larvae surveys, where cases would appear before authorities start taking measures.

Sumber:  The Star Online : http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/08/16/expert-ministry-right-not-to-endorse-new-dengue-vaccine/

 

Transformasi minda 4C abad ke-21 Asah bakat dan potensi pelajar

Forum Ekonomi Dunia telah menggariskan kepentingan penguasaan elemen 4C iaitu Critikal Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication, Collaboration dan Creativity pada semua peringkat pengajian. Ini memberikan gambaran cabaran globalisasi bergerak pantas mengikut arus kemodenan dunia.

Selain itu, senarai sepuluh kemahiran utama yang diperlukan oleh majikan dengan elemen penyelesaian masalah berada di tangga pertama menjelang tahun 2020 berdasarkan peranan dan fungsi elemen 4C ini.

Beriltizam untuk memastikan elemen 4C ini dilaksanakan, pelajar Fakulti Kejuruteraan Elektrik & Elektronik (FKEE), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) melalui Transformasi Minda Mahasiswa 4C (TMM4C) buat julung kalinya menganjurkan program 4C yang diadakan baru-baru ini.

Program dalam fasa pertama ini melibatkan 18 pelajar FKEE tahun pertama dan kedua masing-masing itu melakukan transformasi minda program yang dijalankan dengan kerjasama pensyarah dan pengurusan kakitangan universiti.

Pelbagai aktiviti bagi menajamkan elemen 4C diketengahkan, antaranya sesi berkaitan matematik kejuruteraan dan aplikasinya, pengaturcaraan MATLAB, pendawaian elektrik, pembangunan dan pengujian litar elektronik serta reka bentuk litar elektronik.

Semua aspek ini dilihat sebagai kemahiran asas yang diperlukan dalam bidang kejuruteraan elektrik dan elektronik. Tidak cukup dengan itu, elemen lain 4C juga diperkukuh menerusi sesi penyediaan slaid pembentangan, komunikasi yang melibatkan penulisan e-mel dan dokumen profesional serta melibatkan aspek kepimpinan dan kerja berpasukan.

Kemahiran pengucapan awam diberi penekanan dengan peserta diminta untuk berucap bagi meningkatkan kebolehan berkomunikasi.

Melalui program TMM4C, pelaksanaan projek berkumpulan dijalankan berdasarkan masalah (PBL) dengan tema yang dipilih berkaitan dengan masalah sistem fertigasi.

Para peserta diminta menjalankan integrasi antara komponen tenaga yang diperbaharui bersama objek rangkaian Internet (IoT) untuk produktiviti yang lebih tinggi.

Pelaksanaan TMM4C merupakan cetusan idea Naib Canselor UTHM, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Noh Dalimin yang menekankan aspek bakat dan potensi pelajar diasah secara kreattif dan inovatif dengan elemen 4C yang menjadi tonggak cabaran pendidikan abad ke-21.

Mohd. Noh berkata, usaha ke arah TMM4C yang cemerlang perlu dikembangkan kepada semua pelajar FKEE.

“Ini juga dilihat sebagai satu keistimewaan belajar di Fakulti Kejuruteraan Elektrik dan Elektronik UTHM yang menekankan aspek transformasi minda sebagai jenama fakulti itu ke arah melahirkan pendidikan berkualiti tinggi.

“Program TMM4C wajar diberikan kredit dan dikembangkan kepada semua peringkat untuk memperkukuh kecemerlangan pelajar yang dapat memenuhi kehendak negara dan pasaran global selari dengan aspirasi lonjakan pertama dalam Pelan Pendidikan Pembangunan Malaysia Pengajian Tinggi,” katanya.

– Sumber : Utusan online

Tangani kemiskinan, ketidaksamarataan melalui sains – Sultan Nazrin

SULTAN NAZRIN muizzuddin Shah berkenan menyampaikan sijil penghargaan

SULTAN NAZRIN muizzuddin Shah berkenan menyampaikan sijil penghargaan Anugerah 2016 Penyelidikan Saintis Terbaik Malaysia kepada Mazlan Hashim (kiri) di Kuala Lumpur, semalam. Turut sama, Madius Tangau. BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR 15 Ogos – Kemiskinan dan ketidaksama­rataan antara masyarakat mesti ditangani menerusi sains dan tek­nologi kerana kedua-dua ma­salah itu boleh menyebabkan konflik dan keganasan dunia.

Sultan Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah bertitah, teknologi sedia ada dan baharu boleh menghentikan kemusnah­an alam sekitar, mengurangkan atau menghapuskan penyakit serta menyumbang kepada pe­ningkatan tahap pembangunan manusia merentasi pelbagai komponen.

“Sumber-sumber tenaga di­perbaharui seperti tenaga suria contohnya, mampu mengubah kehidupan miskin bandar dan pedalaman sekiranya dapat dilaksanakan secara efektif.

“Aplikasi-aplikasi inovatif pintar terutama dalam mekanisme pembayaran pula dapat memberi impak yang sangat positif. Aplikasi sains dan teknologi juga boleh membina keamanan dan kestabilan,” titah baginda sewaktu merasmikan Persidangan Antarabangsa Sains Untuk Ke­amanan di Hotel Royale Chulan di sini, hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi, Datuk Seri Madius Tangau dan Pre­si­den Akademi Sains Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali.

Sultan Nazrin turut menyampaikan sijil pengiktirafan Penyelidikan Saintis Terbaik Malaysia (TRSM) kepada 10 penyelidik tempatan.

Mereka ialah Prof. Dr. Azman Hassan dari Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM); Prof. Ir. Dr. Dominic Foo Chwan Yee (University of Nottingham, Malaysia); Prof. Dr. Latiffah Abdul Latiff (Universiti Putra Malaysia); Prof. Dr. Liong Min Tze ( Universiti Sains Malaysia) dan Dr. Loh Soh Kheang dari Lembaga Minyak Sawit Malaysia.

Turut menerima pengiktirafan ialah Prof. Dr. Mazlan Hashim (UTM); Prof. Dr. Noor Hayaty Abu Kassim (Universiti Malaya); Prof. Madya Dr. Suzana Yusup (Universiti Teknologi Petronas); Prof. Dr. Tharek Abdul Rahman (UTM) dan Prof. Dr. Yvonne Lim Ai Lian dari Universiti Malaya.

Sultan Nazrin bertitah, inovasi dalam sains dan teknologi me­rentasi spektrum memiliki potensi yang besar untuk menangani sekurang-kurangnya be­­berapa cabaran yang dihadapi pada waktu ini, namun dalam masa sama potensi itu boleh dihalang oleh kehendak politik dan realiti ekonomi.

“Sains dan teknologi juga boleh disalah guna untuk menjana keganasan berbanding menonjolkan keamanan. Sekiranya perkembangan teknologi dan saintifik menyumbang kepada keamanan dan pembangunan, ia mesti diurus secara efektif berbanding waktu sekarang,” titah baginda.

Sultan Nazrin bertitah, sekiranya semua pihak serius untuk menjuarai keamanan, halangan-halangan konvensional perlu di­atasi selain menjalin lebih banyak kerjasama dengan pelbagai pihak dan menggunakan pendekatan bermanfaat terhadap tadbir urus global serta cabaran-cabarannya selain perancangan bersepadu dan tindakan sinergi.

“Sebagai contoh, ia memerlukan kepimpinan tanpa kompromi dan secara keseluruhannya pelbagai pihak berkepentingan bekerja bersama-sama bagi mencapai matlamat tersebut,” titah baginda.

– Sumber : Utusan online

Tulang ikan hasilkan roti piza

MOHD. SABRI MOHD. GHAZALI bersama Nor Fazliyana Mohtar (kanan)

MOHD. SABRI MOHD. GHAZALI bersama Nor Fazliyana Mohtar (kanan) dan Yusnita Hamzah menunjukkan piza dihasilkan daripada bahan tulang ikan di Kuala Terengganu, semalam. UTUSAN/DJOHAN SHAHRIN SHAH