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October 8, 2019 | Education, Trending | No Comments

KENYATAAN selebriti popular, Maya Karin dalam Twitter menjadi trending kelmarin disebabkan persoalan ‘how old are you?’Ramai yang mengecam kenyataan itu apatah lagi Maya turut tagging beberapa individu termasuklah Menteri Pendidikan, Dr Maszlee Malek.

Namun tidak kurang juga yang menyokong apa yang dimaksudkan oleh aktres jelita itu.

Bagi penulis, pertanyaan itu tiada khilafnya. Hala tuju ayat itu bergantung kepada bagaimana kita membaca serta memahaminya.

Jika dibaca ayat akhir pada tulisan Maya itu ‘think about it’, ya memang Kementerian Pendidikan kena fikirkan semula.

Bukan apa, pertanyaan Maya kepada murid terbabit adalah satu persoalan asas yang mula dipelajari di peringkat tadika lagi.

Ibaratnya jika kanak-kanak tadika belajar bahasa Melayu, persoalan siapa nama awak? Berapa umur awak? Itu persoalan utama yang dipelajari dalam memahami bahasa Melayu.

Jadi, kebimbangan Maya terhadap penguasaan bahasa Inggeris murid tahun empat itu ada asasnya. Ya, Maya pun tidak sebut dia salahkan sesiapa namun kita yang berfikiran terbuka ini sepatutnya faham bahawa sesuatu perlu dilakukan terhadap silibus dan pembelajaran subjek bahasa Inggeris di sekolah.

Jika ingin membincangkan cara pembelajaran bahasa di sekolah sebenarnya memang ada kelemahannya. Penulis tidak pasti di mana betul letaknya kelemahan itu tetapi ada pengalaman untuk dikongsi.

Penulis mempunyai anak berumur 10 tahun. Semasa berumur empat tahun, dia dihantar ke tadika swasta. Semasa di tadika, pembelajaran bahasa Inggerisnya sangat memuaskan hati.

Dia boleh bertutur dan membaca dalam bahasa Inggeris dengan sangat jelas dan lancar walaupun di rumah, bercakap dalam bahasa itu bak kata P Ramlee ‘kadang-kadang saja ia berlaku.’ Itu waktu berada di tadika.

Tetapi apabila dia masuk sekolah rendah, dia dah kurang bertutur dalam bahasa Inggeris. Di rumah apatah lagi, boleh dikira ayat bahasa Inggeris yang dituturnya.

Memang ada silapnya penulis sendiri yang tidak bertutur sepenuhnya dalam bahasa itu di rumah. Tetapi persoalannya, bagaimana tadika boleh mempraktikkan pembelajaran bahasa Inggeris secara berkesan sedangkan di sekolah lain caranya sehingga langsung hilang ayat dalam bahasa Inggeris yang keluar dari mulut anak penulis.

Penulis tidak salahkan cikgu sepenuhnya apatah lagi ‘cikgu’ utama di rumah pun tidak mempraktikkannya.

Namun betul apa yang Maya mahu Menteri Pendidikan lakukan iaitu ‘think about it!’ memang ada asasnya.

Begini, kita faham benar persoalan bahasa sama juga seperti agama, sangat sensitif dan hampir tidak boleh disentuh langsung.

Namun, seiring dengan zaman yang pantas beredar, penguasa negara perlu melakukan sesuatu agar generasi masa depan mampu menguasai bahasa Inggeris dengan baik tanpa meminggirkan bahasa kebangsaan.

Mungkin ramai yang tidak sedar, hampir semua anggota Kabinet, profesor, ahli perniagaan dan tokoh korporat boleh berbahasa Inggeris dengan baik malah, sebahagian besarnya mendapat peluang belajar di luar negara. Itu mungkin suratan rezeki mereka.

Jadi bagi kita yang berada pada tahap pertengahan ini, tidak perlu melatah, melantun atau memberi reaksi segera yang mempersenda apa yang Maya katakan kerana kita sendiri belum tentu menguasai bahasa Inggeris dengan baik.

Penulis juga sekadar memberikan buah fikiran, bukan menyokong secara bebal apa yang dikatakan pemilik nama sebenar Maya Karin Roelcke itu.

Artis itu hanya suruh kita semua termasuk kementerian bertanggungjawab berfikir sedalam-dalamnya senario yang berlaku dan oleh kerana bahasa Inggeris digunakan oleh berjuta-juta orang untuk bertutur, jadi mari kita ‘think about it.’

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Roman Fedortsov, 39, has posted his incredible finds after spending a lot of his time on fishing trawlers, coming into contact with a wide variety of sealife.

Bright orange blobs, slug like lumps, fish with teeth and bulging eyes – these are the terrifying alien-like finds a Russian fisherman has come across in his job.

Roman Fedortsov, 39, spends a lot of his time on fishing trawlers, coming into contact with a wide variety of sealife.

Mr Fedortsic, from Murmansk, Russia, works as commercial fisherman catching cod, haddock and mackerel – but the bizarre critters pictured below make an appearance too.

These aquatic curiosities were mainly found in the Norwegian and Barents seas while some of them came ashore from the Atlantic Ocean.

In one image of a mushroom-like orange creature, he wrote: “Oh my God! They killed Kenny!” in reference to the phrase from South Park about character Kenny that dies in every episode.

“At the pole of the body is a slit-shaped mouth, surrounded by a nimbus of tentacles. Their tentacles have gills that are poisonous.

“Although sea anemones are mainly poisonous only for their prey, some species are toxic to humans. There are more than 1000 varieties.

“They feed on zooplankton, mussels, fish and shrimps. Sea anemones feed on food and excrete waste products through the same hole.”

In another post featuring a picture of an angler fish, he wrote: “I am very sorry I did not take more pictures of this sea creature” to which someone replied: “Who needs aliens when you have an entire f****** ocean of them.”

Roman said he set up his social media accounts to share the pictures with people who otherwise might not get to see them.

And while people are fascinated by the images, they have certainly put a lot of people off going near the sea.


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A school for underprivileged students in India has found a creative way to solve waste disposal issues in its village and encourage more students to join the school.It began accepting dry plastic waste as school fees.

Akshar Forum, a school located in the Indian village of Pamohi in Guwahati, recently implemented the new policy in accordance with a recycling programme in January.

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The programme involved students collecting plastic waste from nearby houses, segregating them, and repurposing the plastics in different ways

The school that had started with only 20 kids now has over 100 kids between the ages of four years old to 15 years old.

Each child brings in at least 25 items of plastic waste per week as their contribution to their community and the environment

Recycling household plastic waste in lieu of school fees has cultivated a sense of environmental awareness among the students

“We wanted to start a free school for all, but stumbled upon this idea after we realized a larger social and ecological problem brewing in this area,”co-founder Parmita Sarma told The Better India.
“Here it was a norm to burn waste plastic to keep warm. We wanted to change that and so we started to encourage our students to bring their plastic waste as school fees,” she added.

“The idea is to train students in recognising how to live an eco-friendly life,” Borthakur said, adding that the entire recycling program is carried out by the students from start to finish.

Unlike traditional schools, Akshar does not have age-specific standards or grades, but is based entirely on the knowledge level of students

Without restricting students to a fixed curriculum, Akshar Forum allows students to hone their personal skills and talents in their own capacities.

“The idea behind this is to break open the conventional ideas of education,” Parmita said.

“One of the biggest problems with the sector is the relevance of education. These kids needed the right blend of theory and practical knowledge that could enable them enough skills for various job opportunities,” Mazin explained.

The free school is also referred to as a “haven for at-risk teens”

“Boys with unsafe home situations and bad influences in the neighbourhood stay in school for several days a week, sleeping in the boys hostel,” an Instagram caption by the Akshar Foundation read.

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Getting a spot in matriculation is the ultimate goal for many SPM students but due to the limited seats, many candidates even with a string of distinctions failed to secure a place for themselves. This is exactly what happened to Chew Man Fei from Teluk Intan, Perak.

According to China Press, Chew scored 8As and 2Bs in 2018 SPM but he failed to get the offer for matriculation even after appealing for it twice. Understandably, this has broken the student’s spirit as he had worked hard for it. The 55-year-old single mother said,

“My son’s result during primary school was below average but he knows his mother was going through a tough time. So, he studied hard and woke up at midnight to do his revisions. He slowly worked his way up to become a top student only to be rejected by the government. 

“The school praised my son in multiple occasions saying he should be the role model for other students due to his determination. It turned out that he worked hard for nothing.”

It was reported that Chew’s mother earns RM1,500 working as a clerk and she has to feed and clothe four children. The parents had broken up when Chew was still very young. Despite his age, Chew, seeming to be an understanding kid, started working hard after realizing his mother’s predicament. In fact, Chew managed to climb out of the remove class after UPSR and work his way up to become the top student at his school.

“I’ve always wanted to enter matriculation followed by studying in a public university so that I can lighten my mother’s burden. It’s hard to describe my feeling seeing how other students with weaker results got into matriculation.

“I sincerely hope the Ministry of Education can consider my application and allow me to enter matriculation,” Chew said, adding that he wants to become a doctor.

Earlier today (22 May), Chew and his mother had appealed to MCA Teluk Intan branch and out of all the high-achievers who’ve made appeals, Chew has the highest score at 98.29 per cent. This shows just how stiff the competition is.

Currently, Chew is a Form 6 student in SMJK San Min but he remains hopeful for a spot in matriculation. Good luck Chew! 

Honestly, the Ministry of Education should work in tandem with other ministries to solve this problem once and for all, as we hear such heartbreaking stories every year. Don’t you guys agree? 

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A vocational high school in central China has fired a drill instructor who kicked and slapped a female student in an argument last week.

Zeng Qingbin, a spokesman for the Wuhan Jiangxia Vocational Technical School, confirmed the 21-year-old man had been dismissed after the incident on Wednesday.

“Our school strictly forbids corporal punishment. No matter what, instructors cannot hit students,” Zeng told Chutian Metropolis Daily on Saturday.

In a video of the incident posted on social media, a camouflage-clad trainer is seen arguing with a student, pressing her against a wall and kicking her twice. The girl retaliates by slapping him, and he then slaps the student in the face three times.

The instructor was a contractor brought in to help maintain a military-style approach to learning and life at the boarding school in Wuhan, Hubei province, according to the report. He was also fired by the company that employed him as a contractor.

The student, who is in her second year at the high school, had been caught by the instructor trying to slip out of campus without permission on Monday last week, the report said.

He had asked her to write an apology letter as punishment, but she did not do it, Zeng told the newspaper. The pair then got into an argument on Wednesday over the matter which led to the fight. Police were called to the scene but no charges were filed, he said.

The school and the instructor have apologised to the student and her parents and the school paid them compensation of 1,000 yuan (S$202). The student’s father told the newspaper he had accepted the school’s response and donated the money to a fund for his daughter’s class.

Many vocational high schools in China create a military-like environment for their students, aiming to instil discipline and order. Wuhan Jiangxia Vocational Technical School, which has about 2,000 students, had been using contractors to maintain a regimented routine on the campus for many years, Zeng told the newspaper.

But the incident drew criticism on microblog site Weibo, with some questioning whether it was appropriate for schools to employ drill instructors.

“These schools, these drill instructors use the excuse of education to earn money from parents, but they’re not educating the students,” one person from Dalian wrote. “Why do they use this violent method to educate children?”

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Popular bookstore is currently having a warehouse clearance sale at The Starling in Damansara Uptown from 22nd to 31st March 2019, according to the mall’s website.

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According to The Star, there will be a selection of English, Malay, and Chinese books all in various genres. Apart from books, the clearance sale will also cover stationery supplies and IT products such as CDs, DVDs, as well as IT gadgets, all up to 80% offDuring the sale, you can get as many as five English books for RM20, while enjoying 70% off Chinese books when you buy three or more, whereas CD’s are 50% off.

Those who have receipts amounting to a minimum of RM100 can redeem a RM5 voucher too. There are also purchase-with-purchase deals which include a gold or silver 480ml flask. Sounds like a great deal!

As for those applying for or renewing their Popular Card or Popular Privilege Card, you get a chance to take home a Popular foldable recyclable bag for free!

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There will be activities during the event as well where local graphic novelist Nixon Siow, who is the author of ‘Macam Tu Pun Tak Boleh Ke?‘ will be invited to amuse visitors. During the event, he will be sharing his thoughts sketched out in his comics gallery, “What I hope to see by Wawasan 2020”.

In celebration of the new Malaysia, the author spent a month creating a series of illustrations which are easily comprehended by Malaysians. Nixon Siow hopes his illustrations actively encourage more people to retain a positive mindset and continue effecting change.

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Among other activities, there will also be Discover-It-Yourself workshops such as a forest-themed canvas board workshop, a DIY paper windmill workshop, fun with Lego, story-telling, as well as fun English learning and paper crafts.

So bookworms, be sure to check this place out by the 31st of March!

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Wow, this is amazing!  Recently, a school in Sabah won the sustainable project category of the Trends Excellence Awards for Architecture & Design. Woohoo!  South China Morning Post wrote that the above-mentioned award was presented in Mumbai, India by Home & Design Trends magazine. FYI, Home & Design Trends is a design and architecture magazine based in India.

If you didn’t know, Etania Green School is the first school which was built specifically for Sabah’s stateless children who have no access to education in Malaysia. They have predicted to open at least 30 more of these schools in Sabah.



Etania Green is the combined effort of architects Robert Verrijt and Prasoon Kumar who both are keen to build schools for stateless children. However, the duo was posed with a challenge during the building of this school because the place was a flood-prone area.

The Dutch-born chief designer of Singapore-based NGO (billionBricks) said, “The destruction of the original rainforest and its replacement with palm oil plantations has increased the flood risk even further.”

Therefore, they decided to build a high-set school like most of Sabah’s vernacular architecture. However, the difference here is that Etania Green’s classrooms are “lifted off the ground in an unconventional way”.

This is because the school is made up of five decommissioned shipping containers which were donated by a logistics company.

The containers help minimise “structural components” and it stabilises the framework of the school. That said, the containers’ spaces are used as storage rooms and toilets.

As for the classrooms on the upper floor, they were built of recycled timbers which were cost-effectively sourced from a local construction company. Meanwhile, the iron roof was given as a gift to the noble project. That’s nice!

The school was cleverly designed in order to bring comfort to the students and the staff there. Their classrooms are an open learning space and they are situated in the east-west direction to minimize the sun’s heat and “to capture an air draft from the river”. Another cool thing about this school is that they have solar panels to regulate electricity. This is a truly “Go Green” school!

On top of that, the roof also captures rain for the “water needs”. Verrijt shared, “This building becomes a gravitational point, where they stay and play, taking shade underneath the classrooms and dancing around the columns, like it’s a big jungle gym.”

“I think that, apart from designing functionally, and using materials that are sustainable, the result can also be seen in the pride that these children take in their school.”

Dr Kathryn Rivai who is the co-founder of the school agrees with Verrijt as she explained that the whole dynamic of the school has changed after Etania Green was built. Prior to this, classes for stateless students took place in a “cramped, hot and dusty shophouse”. Poor students! 

In another exciting news, Etania Green school was also named Top 10 Best Designed schools by Designboom. Congrats, Etania Green!

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While most people his age are probably catching up with their uni assignments, things are very different for this ambitious 20-year-old who set out to change the world!

Just recently, the director of Yayasan Aspirasi Rakyat Amalan Malaysia (ARAM), Nehsan Selvaraj, was given an ‘Award of Honour’ by the Government of India at the Vision For Future 2019 ceremony held in New Delhi, India.

The award was conferred by the BRICS International Forum and the International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Club to Nehsan as an International Digital Leader for his continuous sociopolitical efforts over the years, according to Varnam Malaysia.

Not only that, the 20-year-old is actually a Bernama newsreader and journalist. He was also actively involved in the world of politics and social activism since the tender age of 13. Impressive!

Being the Director of Yayasan Aspirasi Rakyat Amalan Malaysia (ARAM), Nehsan organised various charitable projects under his NGO by helping report about the social statuses of minorities living in Malaysia. In one of the initiatives he carried out in 2017, Nehsan successfully gathered approximately 4,000 youth volunteers to rebuild orphanages and welfare homes.

He is also an International Expert Election Observer for elections and the international cooperation in countries such as Russia, India, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka.

However, like anyone, Nehsan had his fair share of struggles in life. When he was 13, he met with a motorcycle accident on his way home from school. The motorcycle he was on crashed into a lorry, landing him with severe injuries. On top of that, his face was also crushed in the accident, which made him unable to talk and eat properly for about 6 months, according to Astro Ulagam.

“I still have metal in my face today. You can feel it if you touch my face,” Nehsan recalls.

However, he sees his traumatic ordeal as a blessing that changed his life. In the seven years since the crash, the teenager took part in the Superstar singing contest (a local singing competition) and became a newsreader and journalist for Bernama. A man of many talents! “It’s a fire, a passion. Nobody believes I’m 20. I read books, analyse political ideologies, and study strategies,” he said.

Warmest congratulations to Nehsan for his incredible achievements!

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Some say you’ve never truly lived your university life until you’ve asked one of your course mates to sign your attendance sheet on your behalf. This trick can still be observed in many local colleges and universities, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work in this institution in China. In recent years, China has been making leaps and bounds in their Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and now, it’s being used in Hangzhou Dianzi University to keep tabs on which students have attended class.

According to SCMP, students who’ve attended the class are required to sign in with verification codes sent to their smartphones and those who show up late will receive a gentle reminder about the risks of skipping class.

If you fail to attend the class, the AI system will remind you of what you’ve done (or have not done) through this friendly message. “Hello, this is little AI, an intelligent voice assistant from the counsellors of Hangzhou Dianzi University. I noticed you were absent from class today.” 

The system will also record your response and transcribe it before sending it over to the counselling department, where a follow-up meeting will be planned. As of now, this smart attendance system has been implemented in over half of the courses in the university. The deputy director of the university students’ affairs office, Hu Haibin said, “Before this, it would take teachers seven to eight minutes to make a roll-call, now it takes just 15 seconds.”

He added that the primary goal of introducing the AI system is to find out why students are missing their classes and to categorise them accordingly to build a database. That way, the counsellors can identify and communicate with students who are always absent. As expected, the attendance rates were up by seven per cent in just two weeks compared to the previous semester after the AI system was implemented.

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A MUM asked Facebook for advice after finding a letter in her child’s lunchbox. The woman was fuming her packed lunch had been ridiculed by teachers.

A mum was “horrified” after reading a note left in her son’s lunchbox. The parent found a message left by the teacher, instructing her not to send her child in with cookies “unless there is enough for everyone”.

After pictures of the message went viral on Facebook, many blasted the school for being “ridiculous”.

Furious that her kid’s lunchbox was being policed, an unnamed mum took to Facebook for advice.

She shared a picture of the note on the Addictive Free Lifestyle page.

The letter reads: “Dear Mummy, can you please avoid sending cookies unless there is enough for everyone. “It’s difficult for the other children when one has treats. Thank you.”

TAKE NOTE: A teacher told a mum to stop putting treats in her son’s packed lunch

The mum captioned the image: “At the start of last year, I got this note sent home in my son’s lunchbox because he had homemade biscuits in his lunchbox.

“I was horrified but didn’t lose sleep over it, I figured I’d talk to the teacher the next day and see what she meant. “So I spoke with her the next morning and was gobsmacked. “She said it was policy that homemade goods aren’t encouraged unless there was enough to share with everyone.

“I questioned why and tried to talk to her openly but she said that it wasn’t encouraged.”

The mum’s baffled reaction to the lunchbox rule was shared by other parents.

Her Facebook post racked up 677 likes and dozens of comments, with many remarking that the note was unneccessary.

One responder asked: “What??? Not even taking into account what’s in the food how about start teaching our kids that you don’t have to have everything someone else has?! Crazy!”

Another said: “How bloody ridiculous!!!

“I (mostly) make all of my children’s lunchbox ‘treats’, why should you or your child be punished because you go to the effort to make it all yourself. I cannot believe it.”

A third added: “What the! I can’t believe these things happen…

“What ninny is in charge to allow stupid (and I don’t use that word lightly!) decisions such as this? And what a stupid, stupid note.”

While many were supportive of the disgruntled mum, one parent suggested why the policy could be in place.

The woman, who works in education, said it could be to stop underprivileged kids from missing out.

They wrote: “I’m not sure where you live, but as a teacher, I see a lot of disadvantaged children who don’t get to experience the same luxuries that some children take for granted.”

-dailystar

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