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December 12, 2013

Poor state of education in Sarawak a deliberate act by Putrajaya, says opposition

1465393_10202470372498587_25533641_nDesmond Davidson

The oposition in Sarawak said the government’s scant efforts to improve the education system in Sarawak is a deliberate move “to produce Sarawakians who will be subservient to Putrajaya”.

“It’s a subtle form of colonisation that is worse than (what) the British did,” charged PKR Bukit Saban branch chairman Noel Changgai Bucking.

Bucking described as “skeletal” the RM1.2 billion allocated by Putrajaya next year for improving dilapidated schools that lacked basic facilities like classrooms, science labs, teachers and other facilities. (more…)

December 5, 2013

‘Sick’ projects to the fore

Lian Cheng

  • Minister to raise the issue at coming State Cabinet meeting for discussion

Datuk Fatimah Abdullah will submit a report on ‘sick’ or delayed school projects to the State Cabinet during its meeting on Dec 12.

Fully aware of the seriousness of the issue, Fatimah who has been entrusted with a watching brief on national schools said a report was already in place and that she would table it at the coming cabinet meeting.

“I am fully aware of the issue. It has also been brought up during the just-concluded state assembly sitting. I have a complete list of schools suffering from ‘projek sakit’ (sick projects) and I will submit it for discussion in the coming cabinet meeting.


November 14, 2013

Teachers take to Facebook to protest poor system

Hafiz Yatim

Following the government’s broken promises to alleviate the clerical work burden of primary school teachers, a number of them have set up a Facebook page demanding the Education Ministry to implement improvements or to scrap their burden.

Their complaint is on the evaluation-based school system or Sistem Pengurusan Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (SPPBS) implemented in 2011, under which teachers will have to key-in the details and examination results of their pupils. (more…)

October 30, 2013

Slaughtering cattle and educational values

File picture shows the silhouette of a student with a graduation cap during a diploma ceremony at the John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentDr Kua Kia Soong

Any educationist must wonder if the news and images of the slaughter of cattle at a national school ever reached the consultants from McKinsey who wrote Malaysia’s Education Blueprint 2013-2025. As usual, there is a wide disconnect between the visionary pronouncements in the blueprint and the actual reality on the ground which makes us wonder if the RM20 million paid to the foreign consultant was money well spent.

Quite apart from the question of sensitivity to Hindus and Buddhists in slaughtering cattle in the school compound, within sight of school children, the larger issue of educational values seems to have been lost on the Education ministry.

Ethics and civilisation (more…)

October 6, 2013

Buying into the consultancy fad

Eric Loo

I was lost looking for the street art in Georgetown a fortnight ago. What were two-way streets are now one-way. Multistorey complexes now stand where once were landmarks in the 60s when I was a student of St Xavier’s Institution.

Few of the students spilling into the streets that afternoon could understand my query in English. Bahasa was fine. The Christian Brothers who ran the top school in Penang – and made us proud to be a Xavierian – would be shocked with the students’ profile today in their sloppy uniforms and broken English.

The sorry state of my alma mater represents all that have gone wrong with the public education system. (more…)

September 12, 2013

‘Sarawak needs basic education facilities, not fancy blueprint’

Baru Bian (centre) visiting SRK Semadoh where Teacher-Parent Association pay its own way for a teachers quarters.Ng Ai Fern

Baru Bian (centre) visiting SRK Semadoh where Teacher-Parent Association pay its own way for a teachers quarters.

The Education Blueprint 2013-2025, while acknowledging the problems faced by rural schools in Sabah and Sarawak, fails to provide basic needs, and is just an empty rhetoric.This came from Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian who said the blueprint, drawn up by so-called experts after thorough research, contained blatant mistakes and contradictory points.

It offers little to address the problems faced by rural Sarawakians who have long sufferred and disadvantaged since the formation of Malaysia. (more…)

August 31, 2013

DAP: Why the secrecy over maths and science marks?

Dukau Papau

A Sarawak Opposition leader has accused the Education Ministry of trying to “hide something” by refusing to disclose the passing marks for Form Five examinations for Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English citing such information falls under the Official Secrets Act.

“What is so secret about the passing marks for these subjects? Do they pose a security threat to the nation that the ministry has to classify these grades under the Official Secret Act (OSA)?” asked state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen (left) asked.

“It defies all logic to classify the marks for public examinations as official secret,” he added. (more…)

August 30, 2013

Maths, Science grades classified as secret?

Winston Way

In 2003 the Trends International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) ranked Malaysia as 10th out of 46 countries for Mathematics, now we are 36th.

A baffled opposition here has questioned Education Ministry’s need to classify students’ SPM grades in Mathematics and Science subjects under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen had written to the ministry seeking a breakdown of the grades for General Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English Language for the years 2006-2012 and was told that the information was “secret” (more…)

August 5, 2013

Education Ministry fails to explain intake problems

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Wee Ka Siong

I read with aghast and disappointment the press statement issued by the Higher Education section of the Ministry of Education (MOE) to refute the pointers I had made regarding this year’s intake of students into public institutes of higher learning (IPTA).

When MOE issued the statement on August 2, 2013, I was on a working trip to Beijing, China with my fellow party leaders. I have just arrived home today and therefore it is necessary for me to issue a response to correct the rebuttals by the MOE and to set the record straight.

Referring to the second paragraph of the press statement issued by the MOE that only 39 students with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 failed to receive any offers from IPTA, I hope that the MOE will not oversimplify the problem. (more…)

January 29, 2013

PPSMI: Parents to rally outside Muhyiddin’s office

Lisa J. Ariffin

Four groups plan to submit memorandum to Muhyiddin on their concerns over the Malaysia Education Blueprint.

Four parent groups plan to submit a memorandum addressing their concerns over the Malaysia Education Blueprint to Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin during a rally outside his Ministry of Education (MoF) next month.

They want Muhyiddin, the Education Minister, to retain the PPSMI (teaching of Science and Maths in English) as an option, re-introduce English medium schools, and appoint a non-political figure as head of MoF. (more…)

September 20, 2012

Premature to abolish remove classes?

Lim Mun Fah

 I was a remove class student. The objective of remove class in the 1960s was very clear, namely to train students from non-English primary schools, including Sekolah Kebangsaan, as well as Chinese and Tamil schools, who did not even know how to say “May I go to toilet”, through a year of intensive course so that they could master basic conversation in English and understand English textbooks.

I can still remember that we spent nearly half the time in learning English that year. From conversation to grammar, from giggling only in early of the year to saying “yes” or “no” in the middle of the year and conversing in simple English sentences in the end of the year, it was the most important part of my secondary school life. (more…)

September 14, 2012

Shortcomings of the 2013-2025 National Education Blueprint

Hussaini Abdul Karim

 I laud both the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak and the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is also the Minister for Education for their motivation, tireless efforts and initiatives to come up with a better education policy to replace the current very much attacked policy which is construed as being a weak one and also the people in MOE who have been working very hard since April this year firstly, to organise the National Education Dialogue that took the team led by former Education Director General Tan Sri Datuk Dr Wan Mohd Zahid bin Wan Mohd Noordin, the National Education Dialogue Panel Chairman to 16 locations throughout the country including Sabah and Sarawak to conduct the Townhall Series of the National Education Dialogue and to prepare the impressive and attractive Preliminary Report – Malaysia Education Blueprint 2103- 2025 in both Bahasa Malaysia and in English which we all, who were present at the launch, were presented a copy each. (more…)

Ambitious National Education Blueprint

Lim Sue Goan

The National Education Blueprint (2013-2025) is voluminous and magnificent. To put it simply, it is a timetable as well as a set of important data and targets.

It is an ambitious plan. The target would be to turn third-grade Malaysian students into first grade in 13 years. Other countries have spent over 20 years to do so.

The blueprint sets nine key areas, 11 education transformations to cultivate students with six qualifications.

The country has been independent for 55 years, but students are still in the lowest standard in the fields of reading, mathematics and science. A large number of educational resources has failed to bring expected effects. Where does the problem lie? And now, a bold target is set. It would be an impossible task with the current efficiency of the public delivery system of Malaysia if weaknesses are not corrected. (more…)

September 11, 2012

Parent group: No oomph in education blueprint

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Aidila Razak

(Full Downloadable Blueprint link inside) The Parent Action Group for Education (Page) has expressed disappointment with the new education blueprint (salient points), claiming it is “nothing new”.

Its chairperson Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim  said the preliminary report is merely “re-labelling” the Education Ministry’s responsibilities.

“There is no oomph or wow factor. Basically they are rebranding or re-labelling thing that are already the responsibility of the ministry,” she said.

Met after the launch of the blueprint in Kuala Lumpur today, she also expressed disappointment that it has avoided “hot topics” like the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English. (more…)

September 8, 2012

Revisiting the school curriculum

Stephen Doss

It is clear that we are far from a finished product, a nation that is still finding itself.

Recently I had the good fortune of being part of a focus group on “national unity” which was formed by a local think tank which wanted to present a proposal to the Education Ministry. The proposal was to be included as part of the ministry’s blueprint for education reform.

The focus was on what was needed to be done to foster unity though the identification of a Malaysian identity unique to all Malaysians through the school system.

The questions posed were not new, just go to any seminar, forum, workshop on unity in Malaysia and the same questions would invariably surface if not by a panelist then from someone the floor. (more…)

June 16, 2012

Transparency in education needed

RJ Rajah

Questions abound over the allocation of matriculation seats for Indian students. It will be wise for BN to answer them.

For many years, the allocation of matriculation places for Indian students who completed SPM with good grades has been an issue. Only about 500 Indian students were offered places in the past.

After repeated requests and pressure from the Indian community and political parties, especially MIC, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak finally announced in February that 1,000 additional places would be offered to Indian students to pursue matriculation studies beginning this year. (more…)

October 31, 2011

PAGE warns BN of polls backlash from PPSMI snub

Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

Children stand next to a PAGE poster, during the group’s launch event in Petaling Jaya, March 7, 2010. — File pic

Barisan Nasional (BN) risks losing votes in upcoming polls if it continues barring students from learning science and maths using English in schools, a parents lobby group said today.

The Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) wants the 10-year-old policy of teaching science and maths in English at national schools (PPSMI) to be made an option for students in primary and secondary schools.

“If it is political (decision on PPSMI) give us the PPSMI option in national primary and secondary schools, and we will give you the two-thirds majority, which you are making increasingly difficult for us to do. (more…)

October 17, 2011

Sudden switch to BM for science students

FMT Staff

Students who had been studying in the English stream from Standard One to Form Three now have to do their Science and Maths in BM when they move to Form Four next year.

Students who began their Standard One in 2003 under the English stream – where Science and Mathematics were taught in English – are now expected to learn Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics in Bahasa Malaysia when they go to Form Four next year.The change in the “teaching process” has got parents in the urban Klang Valley are all frantic with anxiety. They are trying to get the Education Ministry to clear up the matter.

So far the bewildered parents have received no statements from their respective school heads but worried students have told their parents that “all Form Four subjects will be taught only in Bahasa Malaysia”. (more…)

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