Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sabah's SPM Straight As Student Lives in a Rundown,Crowded and Dilapidated House



RESEPI KEJAYAAN PELAJAR SPM 12A



SALAM PERSAHABATAN….. Syevesther (dua dari kiri) bersalaman dengan Abdul Rahman (kanan sekali) ketika mengunjungi rumah keluarga Syevesther di Kg.Kelawat, Kota Belud.


Oleh : ISMAIL MOHD ROSLI


HIDUP tanpa peralatan canggih dan kemudahan sempurna bukan penghalang untuk seseorang menempa kejayaan. Malah kesukaran dan kekurangan itulah yang menjadi pendorong kepada usaha untuk mengubah nasib ke tahap lebih baik sambil membahagiakan kedua ibu bapa.


Siapa sangka rumah yang didiami seramai 26 orang dari enam buah keluarga menyimpan sebutir permata berharga yang bakal menyinar suatu hari nanti.


Bahkan tidak seorang juga yang terfikir bahawa permata yang berlindung di rumah itu telah mencipta sejarah dengan memperoleh keputusan cemerlang dalam Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) yang diumumkan beberapa hari lalu.


Syevesther Liew, 17 tahun, mencatat keputusan cemerlang 12A, kejayaan pelajar dari Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pekan Kota Belud II ini agak istimewa kerana dia adalah anak seorang penjaga gereja berbanding pelajar cemerlang SPM sebelum ini yang datang dari keluarga yang agak senang.


Di sebalik perwatakan yang serba sederhana dan bersahaja, Syevesther Liew sebenarnya menyimpan seribu kisah dalam hidupnya.


Biarpun jarak perjalanan hidupnya masih awal untuk diukur, namun soalnya di sini ialah bagaimana anak muda ini berjaya dan begitu berani memecahkan tradisi anak-anak muda di daerah ini.


Ketika media menyertai rombongan Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud, Datuk Abdul Rahman Datuk Dahlan mengunjungi teratak keluarga Syevesther di Kampung Kelawat, Kota Belud, baru-baru ini, media berkesempatan mendengar perbualan di antara Abdul Rahman dengan Syevesther dalam suasana yang cukup mesra.


Ketika ditanya oleh Abdul Rahman apa rahsia Syevesther hingga berjaya mendapat 12A dalam peperiksaan SPM, Syevesther memberitahu dia belajar seperti biasa sama cara pelajar-pelajar lain.


Menurutnya, apa yang dilakukan oleh pelajar-pelajar lain seperti mengulangkaji, membuat nota, membuat kerja-kerja sekolah yang diarahkan oleh guru turut beliau buat

dan tidak ada petua istemewa yang beliau lakukan.


"Saya tidak ada sebarang petua belajar dan ulangkaji, saya tidak ada komputer, saya tidak pernah mengikuti kelas tuisyen, saya cuma baca buku teks yang diberi oleh Kementerian Pelajaran dan guru-guru adalah tempat saya merujuk.”


“Sekali sekala saya akan naik di atas bukit di belakang rumah untuk membaca, " kata Syevesther.


Menceritakan bagaimana dia belajar bahasa Inggeris, Syevesther menjelaskan dia selalu menonton rancangan berbahasa Inggeris di kaca tv dan membaca buku-buku Inggeris yang dia yakini dapat memahirkan dirinya untuk menguasai bahasa antarabangsa itu.


Syevesther dengan ikhlas dan tanpa malu mengakui dia juga tidak pernah mengikuti kelas tuisyen bahasa inggeris seperti pelajar-pelajar lain yang berkemampuan.


Lebih membanggakan lagi, anak muda ini telah memilih satu langkah berani dengan menambah tiga lagi mata pelajaran tanpa kelas sembilan subjek diajar oleh guru-guru dan tiga lagi tanpa diajar oleh guru. Syevesther terpaksa belajar dan mencari bahan subjek ini sendirian.


Dalam pada itu, Abdul Rahman yang juga Setiausaha Barisan Nasional Sabah melahirkan rasa bangga dengan kejayaan yang telah dicipta oleh Syevesther yang beliau anggap sebagai 'Bintang' untuk daerah Kota Belud.


Abdul Rahman turut mengucapkan tahniah kepada Pengetua dan guru-guru SMK Pekan Kota Belud II yang cukup dedikasi dan komited sehingga mencetus seorang anak jati dusun kelahiran Kg. Kelawat yang telah mengangkat nama sekolah ke peringkat yang cukup membanggakan, bukan sahaja sekolah, malah nama Kota Belud.


Beliau berharap akan lebih banyak 'Bintang-Bintang' pelajar cemerlang dari seluruh sekolah di daerah akan dilahirkan ekoran dari kejayaan yang dicipta oleh Syevesther di masa hadapan.


Pada sesi kunjungan itu Abdul Rahman menghadiahkan sebuah ipad2 berjenama apple dan menyumbangkan wang kepada Syevesther sebagai tanda penghargaan atas kejayaannya.


Hadir sama pada majlis itu antaranya Pegawai Pelajaran Daerah Kota Belud, Abdul Bakhrin Yusuf; Pengetua SMK Pekan Kota Belud II, Datu Matlan Datu Unjung selain pemimpin tempatan yang lain.

Monday, March 26, 2012

‘SPM not a ticket to varsity’

By JOSEPH SIPALAN
newsdesk@thestar.com.my




PUTRAJAYA: SPM doesn't guarantee university placement, says Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin.

“That is very clear,” he added, saying good scores in the SPM examination were no guarantee for places in either the local or foreign universities.

He said there were pre-university requirements for students to either go into local universities or those abroad, a hint the Government is likely to have similar considerations when giving out Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships.

PSD scholarships have been a recurring issue, with the Government having to deal with un-happy parents of high-perform-ing students who were not awarded grants to further their stu-dies.

The Government has also been grappling with the rising cost of sponsoring tertiary education, with the bill coming up to RM1.44bil to fund 1,500 overseas and 2,500 local varsity students last year.

This did not include 8,000 other students who were granted scholarships in the same year to pursue diploma courses at local universities and institutes.

“To enter university overseas, you need either an A-level or an international baccalaureate.

“Locally, you need either STPM or a matriculation. This would be the best time to determine who gets scholarships,” Khaled said after an appreciation ceremony for Malaysian academics on overseas engagements and their sponsors.

Khaled declined to confirm if the Government had come to any decision on the disbursement of this year's PSD scholarships, saying it was best left to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister and the minister in charge of such issues.

Khaled, however, added that the matter had been discussed during the weekly Cabinet meetings. He declined to go into the details.

On another matter, Khaled said the Government had extended its 1Malaysia Book Voucher (BB1M) programme to April 30, as only 50% of the 5.1 million vouchers had been cashed in by book stores nationwide.

The extension will also accommodate university freshmen for the January-March 2012 intake who have yet to receive their vouchers.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Pay rise for civil servants

Pay rise for civil servants



PUTRAJAYA: Civil servants are to receive salary increases of between 7% and 13% under an improved Malaysian Remuneration System.

This follows the scrapping of the controversial Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA), which had come under criticism from government employees.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the improved Malaysian Remuneration System (SSM) to applause from more than 10,000 civil servants at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

“I hope that this would be the best solution for the benefit of the civil service,” he said.


Immigration Department staff members cheering after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced salary increases of between 7% and 13%. — MOHD SAHAR MISNI / The Star
The Prime Minister said employees in the management and professional group from grades 1 to 54 would get an adjustment of 13%. They form the bulk of the 1.4 million civil servants.

“The SSM salary structure will be adapted from the Matrix Salary Schedule to the Minimum-Maximum Salary Schedule for Grades 1 to 54.

“The rate of the annual increment for this group is fixed between RM80 and RM320 according to grade.”

Najib said that employees on the Superscale (JUSA – Jawatan Utama Sektor Awam) and Special Grades A, B and C would have their salaries adjusted by 9%.

Salaries of Staff Grade II and III officers would be adjusted by 8%.

Salaries of Staff Grade I officers and the Chief Secretary to the Government would be adjusted by 7%.

Lower-ranking civil servants had objected to SBPA after it was found to benefit mostly the top officials.

Under SBPA, the Chief Secretary to the Government would receive RM60,000 and Staff Grade officers about RM36,000 a month.

In contrast, some in the lower grades would get an increase of as little as RM1.70.

SBPA was to have been implemented on Jan 1, but Najib on Jan 12 ordered it postponed and three days later announced the setting up of a task force to review the scheme.

The task force, headed by former Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam, was given three months to get feedback and to come up with recommendations to the government.

It received 1,087 complaints besides several memorandums while 23 unions and associations sub­mit­ted proposals. They include Cuepacs, the National Union of the Teaching Profession, Malaysian Me­­dical Association and the Malaysian Academic Association.

The Prime Minister also announ­ced that the Cost of Living Allowance (Cola) would be increased from RM200 to RM250 for the B (semi-urban) area, and from RM100 to RM150 for the C (rural) area.

The Cola for the A or urban area is now RM300.

Najib said the Critical Service Incentive Payment, Regional Incentive Payment, Interior Incentive Payment and the Educational Subject Incentive Payment would be maintained.

Najib said that a commission comprising relevant interest groups would be set up to make a comprehensive study concerned not only with remuneration but also the type of civil service required in the future.

“Remember that whatever we do today will have a long-term impact. The Government does not want Malaysia to face a financial catastrophe like Greece,” Najib said.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/3/9/nation/10885945&sec=nation

Students and teachers relieved by new STPM format

Students and teachers relieved by new STPM format
By KANG SOON CHEN and FARIK ZOLKEPLI
educate@thestar.com.my




PETALING JAYA: Students and tea­chers are generally relieved that the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) exam format will be re­­vamped to include school-based assessment.

The move by the Education Ministry to change the format has re-affirmed school-leaver Nurul Nadiah Nordin’s conviction that Form Six is an appealing option for students in pre-university studies.

“I am relieved that the new format has one examination at the end of every term instead of one major exam; this will be less taxing to students,” said the former student of SMK Abdul Rahman Talib in Pahang.

Nurul Nadiah, who is waiting for her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results, said as the new STPM format would be similar to the A-levels examination, she was considering enrolling in Form Six.

“I will be able to ease my parents’ financial burden if I were to take up STPM,” she said.

She added that she had confidence in STPM as it was touted to be one of the toughest examinations in the world.

“Even Oxford University accepts students based on their STPM results, so I have little to worry about.”

Low Pei Heng, another school-leaver from SMK Sultan Ismail 2, Kuala Terengganu, said he used to be daunted by STPM due to its reputation as a very difficult exam.

“The new format is definitely better than the old one. Previously, the student’s fate is sealed by just one final exam,” said Pei Heng.

However, he is concerned that the school-based assessment will make the examination less objective.

“Different teachers are marking the assignments for each school, so I am worried that the exam will not be so fair,” he added.

A senior teacher who is teaching the General Paper said the new system would allow students to score better.

“This is because each term exam will test students on a narrower scope. So, they will be able to focus better,’’ said the teacher who does not want to be identified.

Another teacher cautioned that teachers might end up with more work and not have enough time to help students prepare for their final centralised exam as they had to complete the final syllabus in a shorter time frame.

In Kuala Terengganu, Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the new grading system would begin this year.

Dr Mohd Puad said the assessment would be conducted at the end of each semester.

“It will start with the new Lower Six intake in June, who will be taking the first semester examination in November,” he said after opening SMK Tok Jiring’s Parent-Teachers Association meeting yesterday.

“It will also enable the students to repeat any subject (in which they obtained low marks) at the end of the third semester,” he said, adding that the system would allow more flexibility in their studies.

“We hope the new system will attract more students to sit for the STPM,” he said.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/3/9/nation/10885851&sec=nation

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Children Learn What They Live By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.

If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.

If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

HONOUR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER


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EXODUS 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you."

DEUTERONOMY 5:16 "Honor your Father and mother as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you."

II TIMOTHY 3:2 "For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful and unholy."