Monday, July 20, 2009

Preschools to be part of national education system:

PUTRAJAYA: Preschools will be made part of the national education system, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said on Tuesday.

These schools will also be provided with trained English teachers as part of the Government’s effort to improve the standard of English, said Muhyiddin, also the Education Minister.

He did not give a timeframe for this however.

“I have seen many parents send their children to preschool and within one year, they can grasp basic English,” Muhyiddin said in off-the-cuff remarks after meeting about 3,000 teachers at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

“So we are working on making preschools part of the national education system.

“We have agreed in principle but are still working out the details,” he added.


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/21/nation/20090721103707&sec=nation

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Can Jawi brings about Job Prospects Too Mister??

English proficiency does not guarantee scientific progress, says PKR MP Zulkifli

Saturday, 11 July 2009
By Sira Habibu, The Star

People in the Philippines are proficient in English, but many landed up only as maids, said controversial Kulim Bandar Bharu MP Zulkifli Noordin.

The Philippines, he said, took pride in their peoples’ ability to speak English but had only succeeded in exporting many maids, whereas Japan has produced many international award-winning scientists who could not even utter a word of English.

Zulkifli of PKR made the comparison in his blog to show his support for the Barisan Nasional Government’s decision to scrap the policy to teach Mathematics and Science in English by 2012.

"In line with the 1Malaysia concept, it is time Bahasa Malaysia is returned as the language of knowledge and medium of instruction in schools," he said.

Zulkifli also took a swipe at former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for introducing the policy to teach Mathematics and Science in English, which he claimed had adversely affected students in rural areas.

He, however, called on the Government to make English a compulsory subject, adding that English literature should be promoted in schools.

Zulkifli also called on the Government to look into returning the practice of writing Malay in jawi.

"Romanising the Malay language has made the people illiterate in Jawi and in Al-Quran," he said.

He also called on the Government to scrap the non-national schools to promote integration and creation of the Malaysian race.

"Chinese and Tamil can instead be taught as subjects in schools," he said, adding that the existence of vernacular schools further promote racial polarisation

REAL SHAME!!!

I came across to a local blog just a while ago. This blogger is commenting on the the recent PPSMI reversion to announcement to its original language which is Bahasa Malaysia as well as the teaching of English which will be setting off immediately to improve Students skills in that language. So he attached this "circular"in English from a student from one of the leading universities in this country. This is a classic example of what is really happening to our student in University today. And i wonder what has the dept of English language studies been doing all this while ?

4th UiTM INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FIESTA
19 – 23 November 2009 FUTSAL-RUGBY 7- TENPIN BOWLING-BADMINTON

Dear Sport Friends,

Regarding about the global issue H1N1 happens around the world, sadly to be informing that our UiTM International Sports Fiesta will be postponing to 19-23 November 2009.

For all teams which have been confirm to participate in our events, we have to say sorry for this announcements and our Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Health also advise to us to change the date for this current situation.

By the date have been confirm incoming this November hopefully your teams still can participate in our event and don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

And again, we would like to say sorry about the date change for the sake of our health among us.

See you in this November at UiTM Malaysia!!

Regards,

Mr.(Deleted)
Director
Sports Centre
Universiti Teknologi MARA
Malaysia.

extracted from
http://hantulautan.blogspot.com

For full post from the original blogger, Mr RPK himself :-
http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/24036/84/
OUR GREAT STATE MAN, TUN DR MAHATHIR HAS INITIATED A PUBLIC POLL ON THE DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT TO REVERT THE TEACHING OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS TO BAHASA MALAYSIA.
ACCORDING TO OUR EDUCATION MINISTER, THE OUTCOME OF THEIR ASSESSMENT WAS SHOCKING. HE SAID THE PROGRAM WHICH WAS INSPIRED BY TUN HIMSELF WAS OBVIOUSLY A FAILURE. WHILE EVERYONE AT THE TOP STARTS BLAMING PPSMI FOR THE POOR RESULT(I WONDER WHY THEY DIDNT MAKE A SOUND 7 YEARS AGO) .BUT THE POLL SHOWS SHOCKING REVELATION AND THE FIGURE IS TREMENDOUSLY HUGE. AS OF 11/7/09 THE FIGURE SHOWS A TOTAL OF 54233 VISITORS DO NOT SUPPORT THE REVERSION WHILE ONLY 9214 SAID YES . THIS SHOWS THAT PUBLIC OPINION WAS NOT BEING CONSULTED OR TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION BEFORE MAKING THE DECISION. WHATS YOUR TAKE ABOUT THE ISSUE? ME? WE ARE ALREADY HALF WAY THROUGH AND YOU ARE ASKING ME TO MAKE A U TURN? WELL LIKE I SAID BEFORE IN MY PREVIOUS POSTING, ITS TOO LATE TO GO BACK TO SQUARE ONE. WE HAVE WASTED 7 YEARS FOR THIS AND WHY STOP IT ALL OF A SUDDEN? WHY DON'T THE GOVERNMENT JUST IMPROVISE THE SYSTEM A LITTLE RATHER THAN JUST START AFRESH? BILLIONS ALREADY BEING SPENT FOR THAT PURPOSE AND I KNOW A WHOLE LOT MORE ALREADY BENEFITED FROM IT. THE STUDENTS WERE MADE A GENIE PIG 7 YEARS AGO INCLUDING THE REMAINDER OF THE BATCH TILL 2012 AND 2014...THEY WILL BE MADE TO SUFFER AS WELL .AND YOU KNOW WHAT... ONE OF MY STUDENTS ASKED ME A MATHEMATIC TERM'S TRANSLATION. SHE ASKED ME WHAT IS "ANGLE" IN BM? GOOD LUCK TO THE NEW POLICY......



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Friday, July 10, 2009

Additional TIME Alloted for teaching of English, NO extra school hours

No extra school hours

2009/07/10

PUTRAJAYA: The additional hours to be allotted to the teaching and learning of English will not involve extra school hours, Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said yesterday. Rather, the periods of some other subjects such as music would be shortened to accommodate the increase in English classes.

“This is to ensure that the teachers and students are not burdened,” Alimuddin said at a press conference on “Memartabatkan
Bahasa Melayu, Memantapkan Bahasa Inggeris — New Deal for the Malaysian Education System” here.

At the Dewan Negara, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi said the government would spend RM5 billion in its effort to improve the teaching and learning of English in schools.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Wednesday that Science and Mathematics in national schools would be taught in Bahasa Malaysia from 2012.

With this decision, the government has opted to strengthen English by introducing additional hours for the subject.

On the 13,000 English teachers and 600 retired teachers to be recruited, Alimuddin said they could apply to the ministry to serve on contract.

“Successful candidates will be asked to teach at schools near their homes. We are still discussing the age limit.” The recruitment of 1,000 English teachers from overseas would depend on ongoing talks with Australia, New Zealand, India and the United Kingdom, he said.

On textbooks for students who have to switch to studying Science and Mathematics in Bahasa Malaysia, he said the ministry might print them in both languages.

Puad, replying to Senator Datuk Samsiah Samsudin during Question Time, said several education modules would be introduced to assist teachers and students in learning the English language.

This would include modules on writing, English oral and listening skills, and grammar.

“We will ensure that English proficiency means that one can not only speak the language, but also use it correctly.” Later in the lobby, Puad said the government would save RM40 million a year from 2012 when the teaching of Mathematics and Science is carried out in Bahasa Malaysia.

He said this was the sum saved from subject incentive payments (called BISP) to teachers who currently teach the two subjects in English,.

The allowance is to allow the teachers involved to buy reference books or take tuition to improve their command of the English language.

Puad also said the decision to stop incentive payments will affect 61,040 teachers teaching Mathematics in primary schools and 26,389 teachers in secondary schools.

It will also affect 46,946 Science teachers in primary schools and 25,781 in secondary schools.

Additional TIME Alloted for teaching of English, NO extra school hours

No extra school hours

2009/07/10

PUTRAJAYA: The additional hours to be allotted to the teaching and learning of English will not involve extra school hours, Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said yesterday. Rather, the periods of some other subjects such as music would be shortened to accommodate the increase in English classes.

“This is to ensure that the teachers and students are not burdened,” Alimuddin said at a press conference on “Memartabatkan
Bahasa Melayu, Memantapkan Bahasa Inggeris — New Deal for the Malaysian Education System” here.

At the Dewan Negara, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi said the government would spend RM5 billion in its effort to improve the teaching and learning of English in schools.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Wednesday that Science and Mathematics in national schools would be taught in Bahasa Malaysia from 2012.

With this decision, the government has opted to strengthen English by introducing additional hours for the subject.

On the 13,000 English teachers and 600 retired teachers to be recruited, Alimuddin said they could apply to the ministry to serve on contract.

“Successful candidates will be asked to teach at schools near their homes. We are still discussing the age limit.” The recruitment of 1,000 English teachers from overseas would depend on ongoing talks with Australia, New Zealand, India and the United Kingdom, he said.

On textbooks for students who have to switch to studying Science and Mathematics in Bahasa Malaysia, he said the ministry might print them in both languages.

Puad, replying to Senator Datuk Samsiah Samsudin during Question Time, said several education modules would be introduced to assist teachers and students in learning the English language.

This would include modules on writing, English oral and listening skills, and grammar.

“We will ensure that English proficiency means that one can not only speak the language, but also use it correctly.” Later in the lobby, Puad said the government would save RM40 million a year from 2012 when the teaching of Mathematics and Science is carried out in Bahasa Malaysia.

He said this was the sum saved from subject incentive payments (called BISP) to teachers who currently teach the two subjects in English,.

The allowance is to allow the teachers involved to buy reference books or take tuition to improve their command of the English language.

Puad also said the decision to stop incentive payments will affect 61,040 teachers teaching Mathematics in primary schools and 26,389 teachers in secondary schools.

It will also affect 46,946 Science teachers in primary schools and 25,781 in secondary schools.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

The end of PPSMI

PUTRAJAYA, Wed:

The Cabinet has decided that all national primary and secondary schools will teach Science and Mathematics in Bahasa Melayu beginning 2012.
Vernacular schools, meanwhile, will teach the subjects in either Chinese or Tamil respectively, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin announced here today.

He said the policy will be implemented in stages for Year One, Year Four, Form One and Form Four in 2012. The changes do not involve Form Six and Matriculation students.

All examinations for Science and Mathematics will remain bilingual until 2014, so as to not jeopardise the performance of students under the current policy - Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English or its official abbreviation PPSMI (Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Bahasa Inggeris).

"The Government made this decision after studying in detail the result of studies and close monitoring of the PPSMI by the Education Ministry and independent bodies since the policy was implemented in 2003," Muhyiddin said.



He said studies showed that PPSMI was never implemented as originally hoped. Instead, teachers were using both English and Bahasa Melayu to teach Science and Mathematics, and the gap between urban and rural schools in the two subjects grew wider after PPSMI was implemented.

The Education Ministry monitored PPSMI in 2008 and found that only 8 per cent of teachers used English completely when teaching Science and Mathematics. On average, English use was 53-58 per cent of the total time allocated for teaching the two subjects.

The percentage of students that received grade A, B and C for Science and Mathematics in the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) exams also declined last year, in both urban and rural schools.

Muhyiddin said the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study 2007, meanwhile, revealed that Malaysian students in Science slipped from 20th place in 2003 to 21st in 2007. For Mathematics, our students dropped from 10th placing in 2003 to 20th in 2007.

"Based on these data, the Government is confident that Science and Mathematics should be taught in a language that is easily understood by students, which is Bahasa Melayu in national and secondary schools, and Chinese and Tamil in vernacular schools," Muhyiddin said.

At the same time, measures will be taken to strengthen the teaching and learning of English in schools, he added. These include:

* Increasing the number of English teachers by 13,000, especially for rural schools.

* Teaching assistants for English will be allocated for large classes of more than 35 students in Years One and Two.

* Time allocated for English in Level 1 (Year One to Three) for national schools will be increased 90 minutes to 330 minutes a week, while for Level 2 (Year Four to Six) to 300 minutes a week.

* Time allocated for English in Level 1 at vernacular schools will be increased 100 per cent from 60 minutes to 120 minutes a week, and for Level 2 from 90 minutes to 120 minutes a week.

* Time allocated for English in Form One to Six will be added 80 minutes from 200 minutes to 280 minutes a week.

* Time allocated for Malaysian University English Test (MUET) in Form Six will be increased 80 minutes to 400 minutes a week.

* Time allocated for English in Matriculation courses will rise 100 per cent from three hours to six hours a week.

The ministry will also introduce a Contemporary English Literature Programme For Children to inculcate the reading habit and introduce elements of literature. English labs will be set up in schools to help students learn the language more effectively, incorporating information technology through the use of appropriate software. To expose students to scientific terms, elements of science and technology will be absorbed into the teaching of English.

"With this decision, the Government is offering a new approach in the teaching of Science, Mathematics and English. The Government believes that this new approach will strengthen Bahasa Melayu and English proficiency, and increase the capability of students to master science and technology, which is important for the country’s future," Muhyiddin said.

www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Wednesday/Frontpage/20090708145125/Article/index_html

Saturday, July 04, 2009

TEACHERS BEWARE!! YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EVEN TOUCH STUDENTS!

KUALA LUMPUR: Director-general of Education Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said a teacher should not touch the student except for caning in private where the power has been delegated to him.
"Even if it's using a ruler to hit the student's palm, this could lead to injury.

"So even though the intentions may be good, this could bring about undesirable results," said Alimuddin.

He also said the teachers could also discipline the students by asking them to write lines, clean the classroom or pick the rubbish from the school compound.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Saturday/National/2599052/Article/index_html