It’s a good move to abolish UPSR, says NUTP

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) supports the proposal to abolish Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) for Year Six pupils.

“We came to this conclusion because a lot of pressure is placed on teachers to get their students to score,” said its president Kamarozaman Abd Razak yesterday.

“Pupils who score As are not necessarily better than those who don’t. A lot of emphasis is placed on pupils scoring As, but not on producing those with critical thinking skills.”

Assessments can be based on six different rungs. Pupils are graded on how they understand and perform in a particular subject, said Kamarozaman.

“We want students who are competent and not robots who just memorise answers,” he said. “The school-based assessments idea would be a move in the right direction, as it places the grading power with the school and teachers. They know the pupils’ strengths and weaknesses better,” he added.

Additionally, the union’s secretary- general Datuk Lok Yim Pheng emphasised that there should still be an assessment held in schools, even when there is no more main exams.

“Instead of having examinations which focus on grades, we should have a school-based assessment,” she said.

Last week, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the decision on UPSR will only be made next year.

He said the Ministry had started its analysis based on the views of local academicians, modules from other countries that could be introduced and also from experienced school teachers, and was considering a suitable time to make a decision.

Sumber:  The Star Online –  http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/11/29/its-a-good-move-to-abolish-upsr-says-nutp/

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In a class of their own

Sunday, 27 November 2016

An English lesson in progress. The children are encouraged to complete workbook exercises and read story books to hone their language skills. 

Street children learn the 3Rs and get a dose of life’s many lessons from volunteers who’ve become both their mentors and friends.

FOR Zack and his three siblings, home is a rented room shared by their family of six. It is the size of two cupboards and there is no space for beds or furniture. There are only three items in the room – a luggage bag, a table and a rice cooker placed on top of it.

It is so compact, there isn’t even room for play. So, in the evenings, the street in front of Wisma Alka Ria at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur becomes their playground. And the siblings are not alone; when the sun goes down, the street fills with children who just loiter around.

Zack and his friends make up the urban poor. But things have changed somewhat for them since August last year: Sunday nights see these children attending classes to learn Mathematics and English.

The free classes are run by Siti Rahayu Baharin’s organisation, Buku Jalanan Chow Kit (BJCK). Rain or shine, the Sunday class is held on the street, at Wisma Alka Ria’s loading bay.

And since June, an additional class is held on Friday at Institut Onn Jaafar’s centre in Chow Kit, after the institute offered the organisation the space. These classes focus on children sitting for exams and on intensive reading. Classes are from 8.30pm to 10pm at both places.

“Education is a fundamental right of every human being, and it needs be provided free,” said Cikgu Rahayu, as she is affectionately called.

The mini solar LED light provided by the ELS Learning Centres are over 10 times brighter than a candle or kerosene lamp.

The mini solar LED light provided by the ELS Learning Centres are over 10 times brighter than a candle or kerosene lamp.

So, the 35-year-old headed to Chow Kit weekly to teach “as the children were there already”. When word on the free classes got around, what initially began as a class of 15 soon grew to over 50 children.

The atmosphere at the street classes is electrifying. On Sundays, volunteers gather in the alley around 8pm to clean the area, sweeping up discarded syringes used by drug addicts, and other discarded items.

The street is then covered with tarpaulin sheets and small tables are set up.

By 8.30pm, the children appear, like magic. The air is filled with excited chatter as classes commence under the dim street lights.

On average, about 20 to 30 children show up for each session. And as there are about 15 permanent volunteers and 10 who come on a weekly basis, what these children get is akin to one-to-one tuition.

This formula is necessary as each child is totally different from the next.

It isn’t about books alone as (from left) Kamal and Rahayu teach children the correct way to brush their teeth.

At the November session, the teachers were teaching the children how to brush their teeth. When they asked the children how many times they brushed their teeth in a day, most of them replied, “Sekali” (once).
It isn’t about books alone as (from left) Kamal and Rahayu teach children the correct way to brush their teeth.

Some cannot read and need more help, said Rahayu, who lectures at Petaling Jaya’s First City University College in the day.

Those who come for the classes are aged between three and 14. “We teach mostly young children. They are easier to mould and are very enthusiastic,” she said.

Rahayu shared that she tried asking a group of older teens who loiter in that area to join her classes, but they are not interested. The younger children, and their parents, however, are the opposite.

Nana, seven, likes going for the classes because of the “baik” (good) teachers. When asked how long she has been attending the sessions, she replied, “Lama, lama, lama (very long)”.

During one recent class, she was seen doing her favourite activity – colouring a picture of a flower and a bear in her English book. Her ambition is to become a policewoman, as she wants to “tangkap budak-budak jahat” (catch all the naughty children).

But BJCK doen’t just teach the children Mathematics and English. “We teach them how to communicate and treat others with respect. And, as many of these children are not very interested in studying, we teach them to change their outlook towards books and education,” Rahayu said.

A boy attempting to tie the shoe lace of his brand new shoe.

A boy attempting to tie the shoe lace of his brand new shoe.

Once is usually how often these children eat in a day. So the group of volunteers bring food sponsored by Food Aid Foundation to the class.

After eating, an eight year-old boy vomited because he was too hungry. His friend, who is seven, has six teeth missing, probably the result of a lack of dental care.

Simple daily habits such as brushing one’s teeth are often overlooked. But these children need to be taught of its importance, said Rahayu.

“Education is the way out of poverty. I think this is something very meaningful,” said Sean Wong Keit, a BJCK volunteer.

The 22-year-old, who has been volunteering for over a year, said he has seen an improvement in the childrens’ general knowledge, communication and comprehension skills, and behaviour – they are more polite.

Preschoolers are often thrilled to work on arts and crafts activities.

Preschoolers are often thrilled to work on arts and crafts activities.

Another volunteer, Kamal Abdullah, 25, added, “My student’s mathematics teacher has seen an improvement in the subject. Kamal, who found out about the classes through Facebook, has been volunteering since October.

The children who come here are very eager to learn. Little things matter to them. For example, they like stickers so they will try very hard to do well in order to get one, he said.

Abdullah added, “Once you get attached to the children, it is difficult to miss a class. They would always ask you whether you are coming the next week, and it is impossible to say no to them.”

BJCK tries not to take cash donations, but accept items such as books, uniforms, small tables, mats, tarpaulin and food. The organisation usually announces the items it needs on its Facebook page. Those interested in donating can contact its members, then drop the items off during one of the classes.

“We don’t want the children to inherit the lives that their parents have. We want to give them hope for a better life, and we believe education can do that,” said Rahayu.

Note: Names of the children have been changed to protect their identity.
Related story: Enlightening sessions

Sumber:  The Star Online :  http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2016/11/27/in-a-class-of-their-own/

Kelewatan kelulusan PBT punca 1BestariNet tertangguh – YTLC

KUALA LUMPUR: Projek 1BestariNet menepati matlamat untuk membantu kanak-kanak memperoleh kemahiran pembelajaran abad ke-21 serta merapatkan jurang digital dan memperbaiki kehidupan rakyat, terutama murid di kawasan luar bandar. YTL Communication Sdn Bhd (YTLC) dalam satu kenyataan berkata, projek itu membolehkan pihaknya menyediakan ketersambungan internet 4G ke 10,000 sekolah di negara ini termasuk di kawasan luar bandar untuk mewujudkan pendidikan yang saksama. “YTL benar-benar meyakini kelestarian nilai projek 1BestariNet dalam memberi manfaat penggunaan ICT bermula dari bilik darjah ke seluruh kawasan sekolah di Malaysia dengan pelaksanaan pembinaan stesen tapak yang dikenali menara telekomunikasi Sistem Penerima Bersepadu 1BestariNet (1BRIS) di lokasi strategik dalam kawasan sekolah yang terpilih,” katanya. Namun demikian, YTLC dalam kenyataan media memberitahu pelaksanaan ini tertunda seketika kerana kelewatan kelulusan daripada Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT). Kenyataan itu mengulas mengenai kebelakangan ini terdapat beberapa laporan media berkenaan kemajuan projek 1BestariNet dan peranan YTLC dalam melaksanakan projek terbabit. “Dalam Fasa 1 projek 1Bestari YTLC ditugaskan untuk membina menara 1BRIS agar liputan 4G dapat disediakan. Bagaimanapun pihak kami perlu mendapatkan persetujuan semua PBT terlebih dahulu dan mengakibatkan penangguhan berlaku. “Selain itu, pembayaran sewaan perlu dibuat oleh pihak kami mengikut penggunaan plot tanah yang digunakan selepas pihak kami mempertimbangkan perjanjian yang dibuat dengan Kementerian Pendidikan sebelumnya,” katanya. Sementara itu, YTLC juga secara sukarela menambah kandungan pembelajaran melalui kerjasama dengan penyedia kandungan bagi menyediakan kandungan tambahan yang ditawarkan menerusi Pembelajaran Maya Frog (Frog VLE). “Melalui sambungan internet 4G ke sekolah di seluruh negara membolehkan platform Persekitaran Pembelajaran Maya Frog (Frog VLE) disediakan namun demikian penggunaan Frog VLE bergantung kepada beberapa faktor berbeza mengikut sekolah-sekolah tertentu, termasuk kepantasan menyesuaikan diri kepada teknologi itu.

Sumber: Berita Harian

Pemaju Masyarakat TABIKA KEMAS wajib berkelulusan minimum diploma

MENTERI Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. – Foto Mohd Yusni Ariffin

KUANTAN: Semua Pemaju Masyarakat atau tenaga pengajar di Taman Bimbingan Kanak-Kanak (TABIKA) kendalian Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat (KEMAS) akan diwajibkan berkelulusan sekurang-kurangnya diploma menjelang 2020. Menteri Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, berkata penetapan syarat itu adalah antara usaha pihaknya memperkasakan TABIKA KEMAS supaya ia lebih baik berbanding dengan pusat pendidikan awal kanak-kanak milik swasta. Katanya, pada masa ini 65 peratus daripada kira-kira 11,000 Pemaju Masyarakat di seluruh negara berkelulusan diploma atau lebih tinggi dan jumlah itu akan ditingkatkan kepada 100 peratus menjelang 2020.

“Bagi mencapai sasaran itu, Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah akan menghantar Pemaju Masyarakat yang tidak mempunyai kelulusan diploma untuk melanjutkan pengajian ke Universiti Pengajian Sultan Idris (UPSI), institut pendidikan guru (IPG) dan Kolej Ketengah. “Bagi mereka yang memiliki ijazah atau diploma bukan program pendidikan awal, kita akan menghantar mereka ke Institut Latihan Kemas untuk mendapatkan sijil pendidikan awal,” katanya pada sidang media selepas majlis penutupan dan penyampaian hadiah Hari Potensi TABIKA KEMAS di sini, malam tadi. Ismail Sabri berkata, selain memperkasakan Pemaju Masyarakat pihaknya juga akan memperkenalkan tiga modul utama iaitu Program Penghayatan Pendidikan Islam, Pemupukan Semangat Patriotik dan Keyakinan Diri. Katanya, usaha berkenaan adalah selaras dengan Transformasi Tabika Berprestasi Tinggi supaya kualiti pusat pendidikan awal kerajaan itu ditingkatkan sekali gus mengikis persepsi masyarakat bahawa TABIKA KEMAS tidak setanding dengan tadika swasta. Katanya, ibu bapa pada masa sekarang sanggup mengeluarkan perbelanjaan besar untuk menghantar anak-anak ke tadika swasta kerana menganggap sesuatu yang mahal itu adalah lebih baik. “TABIKA KEMAS kalau tidak lebih baik mungkin setanding, (kos) tadika swasta mahal kerana gaji tenaga pengajarnya dan sewa bangunan dibayar ibu bapa tetapi di TABIKA KEMAS kerajaan tanggung. “Kerajaan memperuntukkan kira-kira RM605 juta setahun untuk TABIKA KEMAS atau RM250 sebulan bagi setiap kanak-kanak, RM450 juta antaranya bagi membayar gaji tenaga pengajar serta sewa bangunan manakala RM100 juta untuk makanan dan selebihnya perbelanjaan lain,” katanya.

Sumber: Berita Harian

Modul 10 minit rangsang pembelajaran abad ke-21

Dr. Norherani Moning dan Wahid Hashim bertukar dokumen nota kerjasama

Dr. Norherani Moning dan Wahid Hashim bertukar dokumen nota kerjasama antara IPG Kampus Ilmu Khas dan Utusan Malaysia selepas bengkel membangunkan modul 10 minit perhimpunan pagi pembelajaran abad ke-21 di institut itu di Kuala Lumpur, baru-baru ini.

Kementerian Pendidikan menerusi Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) Kampus Il­mu Khas berkolaboratif dengan Utusan Malaysia membangunkan modul 10 minit perhimpunan pagi bagi membudayakan pem­belajaran abad ke-21 dalam kalang­an guru dan murid sekolah pada penggal persekolahan 2017.

Timbalan Pengarah IPG Kampus Ilmu Khas, Dr. Norherani Moning berkata, modul ini akan memberi kefahaman yang lebih jelas berkaitan pembelajaran abad ke-21 yang bukan terlalu bergantung kepada kecanggihan teknologi tetapi lebih menitikbe­ratkan aspek pedagogi inklusif.

“Modul yang dibangunkan akan merangsang pembelajaran abad ke-21 secara bertema pada setiap minggu dengan memberi penekanan dalam aspek pemba­ngunan murid yang seimbang dari segi akademik dan sahsiah,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika ditemui selepas majlis menandatangani nota kerjasama an­ta­ra IPG Kampus Ilmu Khas dan Utusan Malaysia yang diwakili Pengarang Pendidikan, Wahid Hashim di institut itu di Kuala Lumpur, baru-baru ini.

Terdahulu, pensyarah IPG Kampus Ilmu Khas dan editor ma­ta pelajaran Unit Pendidikan Utusan Malaysia mengikuti bengkel membangunkan modul 10 minit perhimpunan pagi itu.

Pelaksanaan modul ini merupakan satu daripada medium bagi menjayakan program penjenamaan Isnin Hari Pembelajaran Abad Ke-21 yang akan dilaksanakan oleh Kementerian Pen­didikan dengan kerjasama Utusan Malaysia bermula penggal persekolahan akan datang.

Sebanyak 42 modul yang merentas subjek dan tahap persekolahan – rendah dan menengah – akan dibangunkan untuk dilaksanakan oleh pihak pentadbiran sekolah mengikut tema yang boleh disesuaikan dengan hari perayaan atau acara tertentu se­perti minggu sains, keusahawanan dan alam sekitar.

Menurut Norherani, modul ini sebagai pencetus dalam mewujudkan elemen keseronokan kepada murid bagi mengikuti pem­be­lajaran abad ke-21 di samping menyediakan persekitaran yang menyokong keperluan mereka untuk melaksanakannya.

“Pembelajaran abad ke-21 yang berfokus murid menerusi modul ini akan menerapkan nilai murni, memberi peluang mereka mengembangkan potensi diri dan menjadi pemikir di samping menggalakkan mereka sentiasa berdamping dengan masyarakat setempat,” jelasnya.

Format modul ini pelbagai antaranya termasuklah lakon pe­ranan, persembahan dan simulasi agar dapat memberikan impak positif yang berkekalan kepada semua murid secara inklusif tanpa mengira latar belakang sosial, tahap kepandaian, aliran perdana atau pendidikan khas dan juga Orang Asli.

Pembangunan modul ini turut menekankan elemen kemahiran berfikir aras tinggi terutama dalam aspek mengaplikasi dan mencipta yang akan dilakukan melalui tugasan berasaskan projek.

– Sumber : Utusan Online

Pelajar kolej vokasional penuhi keperluan industri

Ruslan Zainudin (depan, dua dari kanan) bersama guru dan pelajar

Ruslan Zainudin (depan, dua dari kanan) bersama guru dan pelajar Kolej Vokasional Setapak selepas majlis taklimat latihan amali dan penyerahan Kad Hijau CIDB kepada pelajar jurusan automotif, kejuruteraan dan elektrikal di Kuala Lumpur, baru-baru ini.

Walaupun masih muda namun pelajar kolej vokasional mampu menjadi pekerja berkemahiran tinggi yang memenuhi keperluan pihak industri dengan sijil dan diploma yang mereka miliki.

Pengarah Kolej Vokasional Setapak, Ruslan Zainudin berkata, pihak industri memperakui kemahiran yang pelajar lepasan kolej vokasional miliki, menerusi minat yang ditunjukkan dengan menawarkan pelbagai peluang pekerjaan kepada mereka.

“Berbanding sekolah kemahiran lain, pelajar vokasional masih baharu dalam kalangan pihak industri tetapi kita yakin, de­ngan usia yang masih muda selain memiliki kemahiran yang tinggi setanding dengan sekolah kemahiran lain, pelajar vokasional juga mampu menjadi pekerja berkemahiran tinggi satu masa nanti,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas majlis taklimat latihan amali dan penyerahan Kad Hijau Lembaga Pembangunan Industri Pembinaan (CIDB) kepada pelajar Kolej Vokasional Setapak dalam jurusan automotif, kejuruteraan dan elektrikal di kolej itu di Kuala Lumpur, baru-baru ini.

Seramai 193 pelajar yang tamat pembelajaran selama empat tahun sejak 2013 lalu akan menjalani latihan amali selama empat bulan bermula bulan depan di le­bih 53 syarikat industri dan firma akauntan sekitar Lembah Klang.

Mereka merupakan pelajar kumpulan pertama yang berjaya menamatkan pengajian peringkat diploma vokasional dan dijangka tamat pengajian pada Ogos 2017.

Sementara itu, Yang Dipertua Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru kolej, Datuk Dr. Badaruddin Nordin berkata, pihaknya sentiasa berusaha menyediakan kemudahan latihan amali yang sesuai dengan keperluan pelajar seiring meningkatkan kemahiran mereka pada masa depan.

Usaha itu, katanya, membantu pihak Kolej Vokasional Setapak dalam melahirkan lebih ramai pelajar berkemahiran tinggi sekali gus memenuhi kehendak pihak industri dari semasa ke semasa.

– Sumber : Utusan Online

Karya HSKU teks wajib sastera sekolah

Zahid berucap sewaktu HSKU 2015

Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berucap sewaktu menghadiri majlis penyampaian Hadiah Sastera Kumpulan Utusan (HSKU) 2015, di sini hari ini. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR 25 Nov. – Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi mencadangkan karya-karya pemenang Hadiah Sastera Kumpulan Utusan (HSKU) dijadikan teks wajib bagi mata pelajaran sastera di sekolah.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata, usaha itu boleh dilakukan menerusi kerjasama Kumpulan Utusan dan Kementerian Pendidikan.

“Alangkah bagus kalau Kumpulan Utusan boleh menerbitkan karya-karya itu setiap tiga atau empat tahun supaya ramai penulis menerima honorarium,” katanya ketika berucap merasmikan HSKU 2015 di sini hari ini.

– Sumber : Utusan Online