Masyarakat perlu 
ada ilmu kewangan Bagi merancang masa depan dengan lebih baik

Mortaza Mohamed (dua dari kiri) dan Anuar Shuib (dua dari kanan) Mortaza Mohamed (dua dari kiri) dan Anuar Shuib (dua dari kanan) melihat dokumen Memorandum Persetujuan yang ditandatangani di UMK Kampus Kota, Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan, kelmarin.

KOTA BHARU 7 Dis. – Masyarakat bermula da­ripada golongan pelajar sehingga pekerja yang akan bersara seharusnya mem­punyai ilmu kewangan yang baik agar dapat merancang masa depan lebih-lebih lagi pada zaman ekonomi yang semakin mencabar.

Naib Canselor Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mortaza Mohamed berkata, ma­syarakat hari ini hidup dalam dunia berteraskan konsumeris­me di mana mereka berbelanja melebihi keperluan tanpa memikirkan pengurusan kewangan yang betul.

Malah, beliau berkata, menjadi satu perkara aneh apabila ramai golongan yang terpelajar boleh terpengaruh dan tertipu dengan skim-skim kewangan yang tidak lojik untuk mengejar kekayaan segera.

“Kita sekarang berhadapan de­ngan senario yang kritikal yang mana ramai anak muda tidak fikirkan masa tua. Kajian menunjukkan lebih 24,000 belia sudah diisytiharkan muflis di negara ini malah purata 68 orang rakyat Malaysia diisytihar muflis setiap hari.

“Kita perlu dedahkan pelajar dan masyarakat bagaimana hendak menguruskan kewangan, termasuklah orang yang hendak bersara dalam tempoh 10 tahun lagi, misalnya, sama ada yang ada pencen atau tidak sudah tentu perlukan pendapatan bulanan selepas bersara untuk kelangsu­ngan kehidupan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas me­rasmikan Seminar Perancangan Kewangan dan Pengurusan Kekayaan di Kampus Kota UMK di Pengkalan Chepa, di sini semalam.

Dalam majlis itu, Mortaza mewakili UMK telah menandata­ngani Memorandum Persetujuan dengan pihak Majlis Peranca­ngan Kewangan Malaysia (MFPC) yang diwakili Setiausahanya, Anuar Shuib bagi penubuhan ‘makmal kekayaan’ yang bakal menjadi pro­gram pendidikan kewangan terunggul di negara ini.

– Sumber : Utusan Online

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MRSM to focus on underprivileged students

Sunday, 4 December 2016

He said for children in the urban areas, the priority would be given to those in the “urban poor” category.

“This is in line with the original MRSM objective – to provide a comfortable learning environment to underprivileged students, especially those from rural areas,” he said at the ministry’s recent monthly assembly in Putrajaya.

Ismail said he had received many requests from high-income parents whose children excelled in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination. They were willing to pay and enrol their children at the MRSM.

“As such, I have proposed that Marashould consider setting up another MRSM to take in paying students.

This college will be set up in Klang Valley, but the fee will be lower than that of private or international schools because Mara is not a business entity,” he said.

“However, the fee will depend on the operation cost of the college,” he said, adding that it was “too early” to discuss such details.

The minimum requirement to enrol into Form One at MRSM had recently been lowered. Students with good scores from poor families in both urban and rural areas and those from native groups in Sabah and Sarawak, would be given priority over others.

Under the new requirement, candidates from Peninsular Malaysia needed a minimum result of 3As and 3Bs, while candidates from Sabah and Sarawak must have at least 3As 2Bs and 1C. – Bernama

Sumber:  The Star Online  – http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2016/12/04/mrsm-to-focus-on-underprivileged-students/

Sharing ideas through tech tools

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Carlson says that with the changes, teachers too must make sure they have relevant content that’s engaging for students.

GROUP discussions used to take place with students sitting in circles with scribblings on sheets of paper. Now, collaborations involve staring intently at handheld devices while furiously typing or voicing out their ideas into tiny microphones.

In today’s era, students are no longer confined to just discussing topics with their classmates.

“They can even speak to their counterparts on the other side of the world,” says Microsoft Asia Pacific education lead Don Carlson after the British Education Technology and Training Asia 2016 conference recently.

Carlson was illustrating the point that technology can bridge barriers, and cross time and geographical zones.

“They can even speak to the researchers in research camps in Antarctica. That’s what happened when students in Thailand used their Skype-a-thon session last year to speak to these experts,” he adds.

With technology, the most inspiring speakers and the best minds can be brought right into the classroom from the other end of the world, and these are the kinds of changes in the way teaching and learning are being championed by the company, he says.

“We want to become partners in these kind of changes. How are we equipping education systems to be ready for the next wave of innovation?” asks Carlson, who adds that the company has been working closely with the Education Ministry to ensure students enjoy the educational benefits of using Microsoft’s tools such as Skype, a video and voice call service.

Teachers are also not left out in the equation, with Carlson saying that the company wants to connect educators to fellow educators so that they could easily share best practices, whether or not they are connected to the use of technology.

“We want them to share ideas even if they conduct their lessons creatively without technological tools.”

In any case, the company has worked closely with the ministry and schools to ensure that teachers receive the right type of training.

“We want to make sure teachers have relevant content that’s also engaging for students,” he adds.

One such collaboration is the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Programme to recognise global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers for better learning and student outcomes.

With almost 500 MIEs in the Asia Pacific region (about 70 in Malaysia) from both private and public schools, Carlson says response to the programme has been “very positive”.

He also maintains that the heavy reliance on gadgets should not erode a student’s communication skills.

“At the end of the day, a key part of the competencies needed by students is leadership, communication and collaboration. Not only digitally but also face-to-face,” he says, adding that teachers should use their judgement to decide the right level of use of technology to ensure student outcomes are achieved.

“Sometimes we think that everything has to be done with technology and that shouldn’t be the case. Communication is a critical skill that we can’t lose.”

Sumber:  The Star Online  – http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2016/12/04/sharing-ideas-through-tech-tools/

Teams triumph at global robotics meet

Sunday, 4 December 2016

The contingent comprising 19 teams of students from primary to tertiary levels outshone the rest with their robotic projects and design in the battle that took place last week.

With the theme Rap the Scrap, competitors submitted designs that revolved around reducing and recycling of waste.

All in, the contingent bagged two gold medals (out of seven in total), two silvers, one bronze, and an excellence award.

The victorious Malaysian contingent after bagging a total of seven medals at the WRO.

The victorious Malaysian contingent after bagging a total of seven medals at the WRO.

Prior to New Delhi, the teams selected to represent Malaysia were chosen over 3,000 others after competing at the National Robotics Competition (NRC) held at Universiti Teknologi Petronas in September.

NRC is an annual event jointly organised by the Education Ministry and Sasbadi Holdings Bhd, a publisher of educational materials focusing on primary and secondary schools.

Deputy Education director-general (operations) Datuk Ahmad Tajudin Jab, who accompanied the contingent said he was proud of the teams which had brought honour and glory to Malaysia.

“We are a worthy overall champion as we demonstrated outstanding ideas and astounding robotic designs.

“This win is proof of our students’ capabilities in robotics when it comes to competing at the highest levels.

The ministry is pleased with this sterling achievement, and will continue to sponsor participants to the next WRO in order to boost the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” he said in a statement.

In the past seven years since participating in the competition, Malaysia has bagged the Overall Champion title five times.

“Active participation in competitions such as the NRC and WRO is one of the keys in promoting STEM education among Malaysian students,” said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon.

Moreover, the ministry is integrating Computational Thinking skills and Computer Science into the new Standard Based Curri-culum for Primary and Secondary Schools in phases, he added.

“Through robotics programmes such as NRC and WRO, students had a chance to apply Computational Thinking skills to their robotics projects,” said Chong in a statement given during a pre-competition training camp.

The first training camp was at Pusat Kokurikulum Negeri Selangor, Kem Tekali, Hulu Langat in early November, while the second took place at SJK(C) Yuk Chai in Petaling Jaya late last month.

The most crucial part of their preparation was when the students had to fine-tune their presentations and creations.

Malaysian contingent chief Norhayati Mustafa (in grey tudung) and Education Ministry Co-curricular and Arts Division director Rozainum Ahmad viewing the robots designed by the teams before they left for the competition in New Delhi.

Malaysian contingent chief Norhayati Mustafa (in grey tudung) and Education Ministry Co-curricular and Arts Division director Rozainum Ahmad viewing the robots designed by the teams before they left for the competition in New Delhi.

Qualified robotic trainers from Sasbadi were on hand to guide and facilitate students at both training camps.

“The Malaysian contingent has achieved the best track record so far among 50 other participating countries,” said Sasbadi Holdings group managing director Law King Hui, who was overjoyed with the latest achievement.

“This is the best showing by far after beating 57 other countries.

“In the last eight years, we’ve been overall champion for six of them, testament to the hard work put in by the ministry and Sasbadi in sponsoring the teams to WRO since 2005,” he said.

This year, 500 teams from 57 countries competed in themed events such as Waste Sorting, Clean Road to School, WRO Football, Recycling Plant and Bowling, which is an advanced robotics challenge for tertiary level students.

One of the gold medals was from Team Jaafarinas from SMK Dato Jaafar, Johor Baru, which entered the Open Category for upper secondary schools.

Its members comprising Tengeo Chee Ying, Eunice Chia Yin Yee and Ong Su Hui, were mentored by Isabelle Wong.

Two teams from SJKC Hua Lian (3), Taiping, Perak also did their school proud by bringing back a gold and silver.

Ewe Zi Heng, Vincent Tan Yi Jian and Kenny Poh Zi Wei were from Team HL3-B. They were mentored by Ong Chai Ling.

HL3-A the school’s other team comprising Ong Hao Wei, Ng Chong Wei and Leong Jia Zhe, were under the guidance of Khaw Wei Kiat.

Petaling Jaya’s SJKC Yuk Chai contributed a silver, with Team YC KIDS.

Yong Saan Cern, Andre Ng Zhi Wey and Lim Yi Hang, the three team members were mentored by Tan Chai Jo.

The Brick Makers from SJK(C) Jalan Davidson, Kuala Lumpur, took home the bronze in the open category for primary school.

The team consisted of Wong Cheng An, Tan Ji Tao and Loh Huey Xin, who were mentored by Jane Ng Ai Vern.

The excellence award was given to Bintulu Hawks from SMK Bintulu of Sarawak, who managed sixth placing in the open category for secondary schools.

Joel Yang Kai Sheng, Christian Caleb Anak Shane and Ronan Ling Jing Yik, who made up the team were under the mentorship of Yong Yee Yung.

Ronan 15, said his team took nine months to prepare for the competition.

“We used Lego and Tetrix parts to build our robot. It recycles used cooking oil and makes it into soap,” he said.

The students built, designed and programmed the robots on their own, emphasised Khaw of SJK(C) Hua Lian.

“First, we (mentors) had to teach the students programming, before we began brainstorming. The team has been preparing for this since March,” he said.

Beyond all these, students must also have the ability to think on their feet as there is a “surprise task” during the competition, with those managing to figure it out earning themselves bonus points.

More on WRO can be found at www.wroboto.org.   

Sumber:  The Star Online  – http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2016/12/04/teams-triumph-at-global-robotics-meet-teens-triumphant-after-robotic-outing/

Making remote learning a reality for teens

Sunday, 4 December 2016

RURAL and urban poor communities are now getting free after-school digital learning programmes from Maxis at internet centres known as the Pusat Internet 1Malaysia (PI1M).

The Maxis eKelas programme was designed to relieve the burden of communities who cannot afford to obtain extra classes or tuition after school, said Maxis head of corporate affairs Mariam Bevi Batcha. “Through technology, we will be able to provide students with interactive educational support.”

The communications service provider through eKelas, she said “is making remote learning a reality for students to study online with experienced teachers via live video tutorials”. “It is also in line with the Malaysian school syllabus. Teachers will prepare the lesson plan and make the learning session more fun and vibrant,” she said after the launching the programme on Tuesday.

It was launched by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Communications and Digital Ecosystem Cluster sector chief Datuk Mohd Ali Hanafiah. Also present was communications service provider and its chief executive officer Morten Lundal.

Mariam Bevi said eKelas focused on three core subjects, namely Science, Mathematics and English, focusing on Forms One to Four students.

She added that Maxis was targeting to reach 100,000 students over the next five years at PI1Ms nationwide.

Meanwhile, Mohd Ali said the PI1M, was an initiative under the commission in providing collective broadband access to the communities and at the same time, to address the digital divide in rural areas and urban poor.

“There are about 730 PI1Ms in operation throughout Malaysia, with about 100 more in the implementation phase. From those already in operation, 118 are under Maxis’ care where each of these PI1Ms are equipped with information technology facilities, including WiFi access. – Bernama

Sumber:  The Star Online  – http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2016/12/04/making-remote-learning-a-reality-for-teens/

Bekas penuntut dilantik 
duta Kolej Universiti Widad

PESERTA kembara berhenti rehat di Pusat Rekreasi Sungai Petani, KedahPESERTA kembara berhenti rehat di Pusat Rekreasi Sungai Petani, Kedah

KUANTAN 7 Dis. – Program kembara Malaysia bekas penuntut dan kakitangan Kolej Universiti Widad (dahulu dikenali sebagai Kolej Shahputra) bertepatan de­ngan matlamat institusi pengajian tinggi itu untuk menjadikan bekas penuntutnya sebagai duta.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Widad Education Sdn. Bhd., Sabir Sabri berkata, duta tersebut adalah bagi mempromosikan kolej universiti itu kepada masyarakat terutama yang berada luar daripada negeri ini.

“Duta ini juga akan memperkenalkan program yang ditawarkan, ilmu pengetahuan dan pengalaman yang diperoleh semasa belajar di sini.

“Jadi, misi dan usaha yang dilakukan peserta kembara Superb Family Roadtour 2016 ini adalah bertepatan dengan matlamat kita,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Sementara itu, ketua kembara tersebut, Ayeob Abdul Rashid berkata, pihaknya akan terus mencari rakan seperjuangan ketika menuntut ilmu suatu ketika dahulu bagi mengumpul seramai mungkin alumni Kolej Universiti Widad.

Katanya, alumni tersebut bertujuan memanjangkan ukhuwah dan hubungan silaturahim antara bekas penuntut serta kakitangan kolej universiti itu di samping membantu rakan yang memerlukan bantuan.

“Kepada bekas penuntut yang ingin menyertai alumni Kolej Universiti Widad boleh menghubungi saya menerusi 012-9598786,” katanya.

– Sumber : Utusan Online

Masyarakat perlu 
ada ilmu kewangan Bagi merancang masa depan dengan lebih baik

Mortaza Mohamed (dua dari kiri) dan Anuar Shuib (dua dari kanan)

Mortaza Mohamed (dua dari kiri) dan Anuar Shuib (dua dari kanan) melihat dokumen Memorandum Persetujuan yang ditandatangani di UMK Kampus Kota, Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan, kelmarin.

KOTA BHARU 7 Dis. – Masyarakat bermula da­ripada golongan pelajar sehingga pekerja yang akan bersara seharusnya mem­punyai ilmu kewangan yang baik agar dapat merancang masa depan lebih-lebih lagi pada zaman ekonomi yang semakin mencabar.

Naib Canselor Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mortaza Mohamed berkata, ma­syarakat hari ini hidup dalam dunia berteraskan konsumeris­me di mana mereka berbelanja melebihi keperluan tanpa memikirkan pengurusan kewangan yang betul.

Malah, beliau berkata, menjadi satu perkara aneh apabila ramai golongan yang terpelajar boleh terpengaruh dan tertipu dengan skim-skim kewangan yang tidak lojik untuk mengejar kekayaan segera.

“Kita sekarang berhadapan de­ngan senario yang kritikal yang mana ramai anak muda tidak fikirkan masa tua. Kajian menunjukkan lebih 24,000 belia sudah diisytiharkan muflis di negara ini malah purata 68 orang rakyat Malaysia diisytihar muflis setiap hari.

“Kita perlu dedahkan pelajar dan masyarakat bagaimana hendak menguruskan kewangan, termasuklah orang yang hendak bersara dalam tempoh 10 tahun lagi, misalnya, sama ada yang ada pencen atau tidak sudah tentu perlukan pendapatan bulanan selepas bersara untuk kelangsu­ngan kehidupan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas me­rasmikan Seminar Perancangan Kewangan dan Pengurusan Kekayaan di Kampus Kota UMK di Pengkalan Chepa, di sini semalam.

Dalam majlis itu, Mortaza mewakili UMK telah menandata­ngani Memorandum Persetujuan dengan pihak Majlis Peranca­ngan Kewangan Malaysia (MFPC) yang diwakili Setiausahanya, Anuar Shuib bagi penubuhan ‘makmal kekayaan’ yang bakal menjadi pro­gram pendidikan kewangan terunggul di negara ini.

– Sumber : Utusan Online