Towards Improving Our National Education System

14 08 2012

Around circles of readers, many have discussed and asked among themselves the appropriateness and the need for Malaysia to streamline their education system and importantly, the effort to improve the quality of our schools as a whole.

Chief among the concerns is the legality of vernacular schools itself vis-á-vis the Constitution and the Education Act 1996.

This I may add has been discussed rather thoroughly here.

But this issue shall be discussed at another time.

My main interpretation of school’s education system is this:

It must be free from any religious or cultural extremities.

In a way, it should be secular. Secular sounds dirty these days. Mainly because the word had been bastardised to the extent, it meant atheism or a belief system that is devoid of any religious connotations. Worse, it meant anti-Islam. However, the definition of secularism with regards to our children’s education should not be taken to the extreme. Certainly it does not mean that one rejects religion and faith in totality.

What we need is moderation.

These days, the majority of school children in national schools are Malays. Therefore, inadvertently Islamic teachings made their way into the schools’ general rules and education philosophy. I assume, those who are more objective as well as those who are not a fan of Anwar Ibrahim will pin point the cause of this ‘Islamisation’ of our national schools and the reason why non-malays shun these schools stemmed from the period when Anwar Ibrahim was the Education Minister.

That too, is an issue that can be discussed in another place.

But what I imagine is a school system that do not put too much emphasis on skin deep outlook on what is Islamic and what is not. It means, an education philosophy that prioritises worldly skills and knowledge instead of just focussing to permeate an intense Islamic culture within a school’s environment.

Without a doubt, this has made non Muslims felt alienated in their own surroundings. Parents were not happy. Even the less conservative Muslims found it hard to digest some of the do’s and don’ts. The effort to educate the children properly seems lost in the midst of all this. As the result, we cannot develop a well rounded Malaysians who are capable to interact with each other with ease.

In other words, the recent education system is worse than the education set in the 60’s, 70’s and till the mid 80’s. Experts pin pointed it due to the degradation of national schools; both in quality and self respect.

The cliché now is the world is changing at a rate faster than our children’s ability to absorb and comprehend all the knowledge. If we burden them with misguided priorities, then our future generations are trapped in a cycle of ignorance, or being mediocre at best.

Toning down religious and cultural extremities enables the school to produce a much healthier environment where tolerance is paramount and it breaks down the barriers between races, castes and classes. Emphasising too much on the ritual demands will not breed respect in fact, will isolate the children from each other. It will be “it’s us against them” mentality. And this does not happen in malay majority schools only.

How to move forward and take that jump in order to escape the mediocrity of our education system?

It is about time the Ministry of Education take a stronger role in steering our children’s future away from the negative elements that have been plaguing it. Elements that have always been sniping and eating away the very fabric of one’s edification in growing up within our Malaysian universe.

The bigger objective here is always a two edged sword. One that can improve via knowledge, a whole generation of Malaysians and one that also inculcate the spirit of togetherness and racial harmony among the children.

Of course this can be done with a single stream national education system. Preferably at the primary level.

Delving into few discussions on the one school system, there are obviously few doubts being raised among the concerned readers. Among others, questions regarding the quality of education and syllabus, quality of teachers and their approach, learning environment and school’s infrastructure as well as its overall ability to coalesce different ideologies, religions and cultures into one symbiotic and workable system.

Generally, many agreed that the holistic performance of the students is very important for their own future and this can only be done if the MOE is not weak in steering its direction and truly knows how improvements can be implemented.

One of the reasons why national schools could not generate enough interests from all levels of society is due to its inability to churn good students across the board. Yes we do have excellent schools that produce a myriad of high achievers. But these schools are far from between. The MOE should make all national schools at par with their more affluent counterparts.

Fortunately, all the points above are being discussed in the national education dialog which have been running since April 2012. They have 9 priority fields which they ought to improve which are:

1. quality of teachers

2. quality of headmasters

3. quality of school

4. curriculum and its evaluation

5. multilingual proficiency

6. post-school opportunity

7. role of parents and community

8. knowledge resources in school and its effectiveness

9. teaching methods and administrative structure

This could be the biggest project MOE has embarked since Penyata Razak in 1956 and Rahman Talib Report in 1960.

On that note, I do hope the MOE will reinstate the PPSMI after reviewing the youtube video below.

Thank you.

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An article by:

Jebat Must Die

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Sekolah semakin miskin? Adakah ini petanda tanggungjawab terhadap pendidikan anak bangsa semakin diabaikan?

28 02 2012

Petikan dari…

Guru mengadu dipaksa derma RM50 setahun

24/02/2012 8:39pm
Oleh NORHIDAYU MOHD. HASSAN
  • KUALA LUMPUR 24 Feb. – Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan (NUTP) hari ini mendakwa sebuah sekolah menengah di Batu Pahat, Johor telah memaksa guru-guru Gred 44 di sekolah itu menyumbang RM50 setahun sebagai dana kewangan sekolah berkenaan.
  • Presidennya, Hashim Adnan mendakwa, sehubungan itu wakil guru terbabit telah membuat laporan kepada NUTP baru-baru ini.
  • “Berdasarkan aduan, pentadbir sekolah dikatakan telah mengeluarkan arahan kepada 50 guru berkenaan untuk membuat sumbangan berikutan kenaikan gred mereka ke gred tersebut.
  • “Tujuan kutipan wang tersebut tidak diberikan penjelasan yang lengkap dan kaedah pengumpulan itu hanya tertera kepada guru yang memegang jawatan itu.
  • “Persoalannya, adakah arahan yang dikeluarkan pentadbir sekolah berkenaan mengikut prosedur kementerian atau ia sekadar arahan persendirian? Ini perlu dijawab pihak sekolah,” katanya pada sidang akhbar di Wisma NUTP, di sini hari ini.
  • Sementara itu, Hashim menambah, NUTP turut menerima aduan mengenai tindakan sebuah sekolah jenis kebangsaan Cina di Kulai Jaya yang membuat peraturan sendiri dengan memaksa guru datang sebelum pukul 7 pagi. – UTUSAN.
Seterusnya DI SINI…




Sebelum Menabur Wang Kepada SJK

7 01 2012

 

 

Perlu Bangunan Baru.

Ketiadaan bilik untuk guru serta kekurangan bilik darjah merupakan antara masalah yang yang disuarakan oleh Guru Besar Sekolah Kebangsaan Dataran Muda, Kampung Lubuk Kawah, Puan Wan Norasyikin Wan Yahya kepada Penyelaras Parlimen Merbok YBhg. Dato’ Hj. Tajul Urus Mat Zain ketika beliau membuat lawatan ke sekolah tersebut baru-baru ini.

Sekolah ini yang menjadi tempat menimba ilmu bagi pelajar dari Kampung Jerong, Kampung Pantai Cicak, Kampung Tanah Licin, Kampung Titi Panjang serta Ladang Kuala Muda juga terpaksa mengubahsuai ruang koridor untuk digunakan sebagai bilik stor kerana ketiadaan tempat untuk menyimpan barang serta peralatan. Menurutnya lagi, bangunan sekolah ini telah digunakan sejak tahun 1928 malah ada antara murid yang pernah belajar disini kemudiannya menjadi guru di sekolah ini dan telah pun bersara.

Ruang koridor yang diubahsuai menjadi stor.

YBhg. Dato’ ketika mengulas perkara berkenaan berkata, bangunan sekolah ini sudah tidak selamat untuk digunakan kerana usia yang sudah terlalu lama.Beliau mencadangkan sebuah bangunan tambahan dibina bagi menampung keperluan pendidikan yang sempurna di sekolah ini.

Untuk itu beliau akan meminta timbalan Menteri Pendidikan, Dato’ Dr. Puad Zarkashi untuk membuat lawatan ke sekolah ini dalam waktu terdekat.

“Sekolah ini mempunyai 2 bangunan yang mana 1 darinya dibina pada tahun 1928 dan 1 lagi pada tahun 50an, bangunan yang lama itu saya fikir sudah tidak sesuai diperbaiki jadi kita akan minta untuk bina sebuah bangunan tambahan” jelasnya.

Sekolah ini mempunyai 195 murid dengan 18 orang guru bagi sesi 2012.

Bilik guru yang sempit.

 





Demi Negara ! For The Nation !

30 09 2009
Melentur buluh biarlah dari rebungnya”, says a Malay proverb. Where else to start to build a strong nation if it is not the schools where the young minds are being moulded?KijangMas Perkasa, the Demi Negara blog owner, is one of the patriots who wrote blog articles, many on socio-politics subjects. The theme revolves around nation building.

Now, have a thermal flask of hot coffee or tea, with some tidbits. Pour a cup, sit back and relax. Take your time to read his masterpiece here, “Racial Polarisation and the Forging of Bangsa Malaysia”. You will need a good 20-minute reading.

Done?

Your coffee is cold already and you have not even touched your tidbits!

KijangMas Perkasa’s masterpiece above and this article about vernacular schools here, have inspired the Demi Negara Community to conceive and finally gave birth to this very own “Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS)” website you are now reading. Read how it started here. Read also how Wee Ka Siong, the Deputy Minister of Education himself, in the capacity of Pemuda MCA, threatened to lodge a police report against the promoters of SSS. He did not even know the word “gejala” that he objected to has more than one meaning. Well, he met his match, here.

KijangMas Perkasa wrote this about SSS:-

Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua is the catalyst of this journey towards meaningful, cohesive nationhood, a key component of the blueprint of a raceless Malaysia that has been vigorously expounded in Demi Negara.”

Pour another cup and go on to read more of his blog articles. Come back another day to finish them and don’t forget your hot coffee or tea and your favorite tidbits. In the interest of nation building, and how some “Malaysians” live their lives which may jeopardize the efforts in building this nation, you may want to read these further:-

–          The National Language is being undermined, here and here. And what happened after much instigations?

–          Utterly Anti-National!

–          Aidil Fitri’s Open House is still ongoing. Thank God! So far, so good! Hope there is no more of these freaking manners!

–          Who is RPK ?

–          Malaysian Insider’s propaganda

–          A plain conversation in our daily life of “kau tim” culture which may eventually destroy a nation.

–          Religion and politics have not been spared too!

–          So you like politics, huh? With an episode of maid abused?

–          1-Malaysia?

Let us ponder now on KijangMas Perkasa’s latest posting. It will just take a minute or two of your time, but it will leave you pondering long enough to realize what makes you a true Malaysian.

You really a MALAYSIAN ka ?

Read this, understand this and recite this over and over. May we all be true Warga Negara Malaysia:-

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Bak kata pepatah Melayu, “Melentur buluh biarlah dari rebungnya”. Di mana lagi kita hendak mulakan usaha-usaha membina sebuah Negara yang kukuh lagi bersatupadu jika tidak sejak dari bangku sekolah lagi, iaitu di mana pemikiran anak-anak kita mula dibentuk?KijangMas Perkasa, citrawan laman citra Demi Negara, adalah salah seorang Wira Negara yang menulis banyak artikel-artikel  mengenai sosio-politik. Tema penulisan beliau berkisar ke arah usaha-usaha membina Negara.

Sekarang mari kita sediakan sebuah bekas untuk mengisi kopi ataupun teh panas, serta sedikit makanan ringan. Tuangkan secawan, mari kita duduk dan bersantai. Kita luangkan sedikit masa untuk membaca sebuah tulisan ulung beliau ini, “Polarisasi Kaum dan Pembentukan Bangsa Malaysia”. Anda memerlukan sekurang-kurangnya 20 minit untuk membacanya.

Habis membacanya?

Kopi anda telah sejuk dan anda belum pun lagi menyentuh makanan ringan anda!

Tulisan ulung KijangMas Perkasa di atas dan juga artikel berkenaan sekolah-sekolah vernakular ini, telah mengilhamkan komuniti Demi Negara untuk mencerna dan akhirnya melahirkan laman citra “Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS)” yang sedang anda baca sekarang ini. Bagaimana SSS bermula. Bacalah juga bagaimana Wee Ka Siong, Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran sendiri, di atas kedudukannya sebagai Ketua Pemuda MCA, telah mengancam untuk membuat laporan polis terhadap penganjur SSS. Beliau tidak pun tahu akan makna dan penggunaan perkataan “gejala” yang disangkalnya. Akhirnya, beliau telah menemui lawannya di sini.

Mengenai SSS, KijangMas Perkasa menulis (dialih bahasa):-

“Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua merupakan satu pencetus dalam perjuangan untuk membentuk sebuah Negara bersatupadu yang penuh bermakna. Ianya merupakan suatu komponen asas kepada “blueprint” bagi menyediakan sebuah masyarakat Malaysia tanpa perasaan perkauman, yang sentiasa diperjuangkan dengan gigih di laman citra Demi Negara”

“Minta lagi kopi sêcewãn!” dan mari kita terus membaca artikel-artikel beliau di laman citra tersebut. Kita luangkan lagi hari-hari selepas ini untuk menyudah membaca, tetapi jangan lupa secangkir kopi/teh panas beserta makanan ringan kegemaran anda.

Demi semangat membina Negara, dan juga untuk menyelami bagaimana sebahagian dari yang dikatakan “rakyat Malaysia” telah menjalani kehidupan seharian mereka, anda mungkin berminat untuk selanjutnya membaca seperti yang berikut:-

–          Bahasa kebangsaan telah diperkotak-katikkan. Baca di sini and di sini. Dan apa yang berlaku selepas perlakuan yang mencetuskan perasaan tidak senang hati itu?

–          Sememangnya Anti-Nasional!

–          Rumah Terbuka Aidil Fitri masih berlangsung. Syukur kerana setakat ini belum berlaku perkara-perkara yang tidak beradap ini.

–          Siapa dia RPK ?

–          Propaganda Malaysian Insider

–          Perbualan biasa kita seharian mengenai budaya “kau tim”  yang sebenarnya boleh menghancurkan sebuah Negara sekiranya tidak dibendung dan diambil perhatian.

–          Agama and politik juga tidak terlepas dari dipergunakan!

–          Jadi anda suka kepada politik? Dengan sebuah episod  penganiayaan pembantu rumah ?

–          1-Malaysia?

Mari kita renungi muatan terkini dari KijangMas Perkasa di laman citra Demi Negara beliau. Ia hanya mengambil masa barang seminit dua untuk membacanya tetapi anda mungkin akan mengambil masa yang agak lama untuk menjawab persoalan tentang apakah yang membuatkan seseorang itu dikenali sebagai seorang warga negara Malaysia yang tulen.

Betulkah anda seorang warga Malaysia?

Baca pepatah ini, fahaminya dan lakukan berulang-ulang kali untuk menghayatinya. Semoga kita menjadi Warga Negara Malaysia yang sejati:-

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