Category: Education

A mum claims her 16-year-old daughter was sent home from school in just 20 minutes because of her tan and eyebrows.

Megan Davies was told that she breached school uniform rules by having too much fake tan and penciled eyebrows.

It was the teenager’s first day back as a Year 11 pupil at Lord Derby Academy.

But her mum Marie Davies, from Huyton, defended her daughter, claiming her tan was natural from holiday and her eyebrows are naturally thick.

She told the Liverpool Echo : “They’ve said she’s too dark. We’ve only just come back from Portugal, so it was a real tan.

“They said her eyebrows were too dark as well. I understand some girls draw them on and go in with big slugs but my daughter doesn’t do that.

“She has never had to paint them or anything like that.”

Mrs Davies added that teachers had said Megan’s shoes also breached uniform rules, but could not understand why.

She said: “They’re just plain black lace-up shoes. There isn’t a diamond on them, there isn’t a bow.

“She said half the girls in her year have got the same identical shoes. They haven’t been sent home, only Megan has.”

Mrs Davies said teachers had previously objected to Megan’s eyebrows and her daughter had been forced to prove she wasn’t wearing any brow pencil.

She said: “Most of the time we did laugh about it, because they would stand outside the gates with wipes.

Megan’s shoes also breached uniform rules nut Mrs Davies could not understand why.

Teachers had reportedly previously objected to Megan’s eyebrows and had been forced to prove she wasn’t wearing any brow pencil (Image: Liverpool Echo)

“Megan would wipe her brows and there wouldn’t be anything on them.”

But after six months away from school, Mrs Davies said she was “totally disgusted” that her daughter had been sent home on her first day back.

Lord Derby Academy principal Vicky Gowan said she was unable to comment on individual cases, but said: “We operate to the very highest of standards at Lord Derby Academy.

“We take pride in our traditional approach to all aspects of school life. We strive to ensure every pupil at LDA is treated fairly and that our rules regarding uniform are applied consistently.

“The school is always keen to work in partnership with families so that the clear expectations regarding uniform and appearance can be upheld.”

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PERPUSTAKAAN bergerak sangat popular di Taiwan. Kini, budaya positif tersebut diperkenalkan di Malaysia kepada orang ramai.

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) dan Persatuan Kebudayaan Han menganjurkan Projek Perpustakaan Bergerak Ba-Ku (Baca Buku) Bersama sempena sambutan Kuala Lumpur Ibu Kota Dunia 2020 dan Dekad Membaca Kebangsaan.

Memetik laporan media tempatan, wakil TECO di Malaysia Anne Hung berkata, objektif penganjuran projek ini adalah untuk memperkenalkan buku-buku Malaysia dan Taiwan kepada pembaca muda di negara ini.

“Kami memilih 135 jenis buku dari Malaysia dan Taiwan untuk memperkenalkan kesusasteraan dan kebudayaan Taiwan kepada murid dan pelajar bersama buku-buku pelbagai bahasa yang diterbitkan di negara ini,” katanya.

Projek Perpustakaan Bergerak Ba-Ku (Baca Buku) Bersama itu dirasmikan Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan.

Mengulas lanjut, Anne berkata, sebagai permulaan, projek perpustakaan bergerak itu akan menjelajah 20 sekolah rendah dan menengah terpilih di Semenanjung Malaysia bermula 17 Ogos hingga 4 Sept ini.

“…ia adalah sebagai usaha menyemarakkan budaya membaca di sekolah dan harus dilihat sebagai pembinaan jambatan interaksi dan komunikasi.

“Ekoran pandemik Covid-19, kami turut menganjurkan sesi perkongsian secara dalam talian dengan menjemput panel-panel terpilih untuk berkongsi pengalaman mereka dalam industri buku,” katanya.

Jom Ba-Ku! Membaca itu jambatan ilmu guys!

-sinarplus

BERITA baik buat korang pelajar universiti! Sebelum ini media melaporkan semua pelajar Universiti terpaksa meneruskan sesi pengajaran dan pembelajaran (PdP) secara dalam talian sehingga Disember.

Perkara tersebut diumumkan oleh pihak kerajaan berikutan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) akibat pandemik Covid-19 untuk memastikan pembelajaran pelajar tetap lancar walaupun mereka tidak berada di dalam kelas dan bilik kuliah.

Namun mengambil kira keperluan beberapa kategori pelajar yang perlu pulang ke kampus, lima kategori pelajar sudah memulakan pengajian bermula Mei lalu.

Terkini selaras dengan perkembang Covid-19 yang menunjukkan Malaysia menuju pemulihan Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi (KPT) telah bersetuju bahawa kemasukan sepenuhnya pelajar universiti bermula Oktober ini. Bukan Disember 2020 seperti yang diketahui sebelum ini.

Ini bermakna, pelajar universiti hanya ada masa tiga bulan sahaja lagi untuk membuat persiapan belajar secara berhadapan dengan pensyarah dan bukannya secara dalam talian lagi.

Menurut Menteri Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi, Datuk Noraini Ahmad dalam sidang media petang semalam, bagi memastikan keputusan tersebut dapat dilaksanakan dengan sempurna, IPT dan para pelajar dipohon untuk membuat persediaan mulai dari sekarang.

Dalam pada itu, empat lagi kategori pelajar akan memulakan pengajian bermula Julai ini iaitu pelajar tempatan di IPTS iaitu sebanyak 30 peratus seperti dipohon oleh Persatuan Kolej dan Universiti Swasta, pelajar tahun satu, dua, tiga dan empat universiti awam dalam bidang pengajian yang memerlukan Latihan klinikal, Latihan amal, praktikal, bengkel, makmal, studio dan Latihan khusus.

Dua lagi ketegori terdiri daripada, pelajar tahun satu, dua, tiga dan empat yang tidak mempunyai akses internet atau persekitaran kondusif dan terakhir pelajar antarabangsa dari kedua-dua universiti awam dan swasta termasuklah pelajar baru.

Jadi, korang dah boleh mula pack-pack barang dan membuat persediaan awal termasuk mencari rumah sewa. Tak ada rumah sewa atau penempatan, korang nak stay mana pula nanti kan?

-sinarplus

Suka nak datang sekolah

July 2, 2020 | Education | No Comments

“GEMBIRA dapat hadir ke sekolah kerana lama dah tak datang, dapat jumpa kawan-kawan dan cikgu. Saya juga dapat belajar dengan cikgu.

“Lagipun tak rasa bimbang kerana cikgu kabo (maklum) peraturan seperti basuh tangan, jaga jarak ketika berjalan dan meja di dalam kelas pun ada jarak.”

Begitu kata murid prasekolah Sekolah Kebangsaan Mengabang Telipot, Kuala Nerus, Nur Intishar Faqihah Asrul Effendy, 6, ketika ditemui sebaik tamat sesi persekolahan, hari ini.

Bapanya Asrul Effendy A Rahman, 43, berkata dia memuji persiapan pihak sekolah dan mematuhi prosedur operasi standard (SOP) sebelum membenarkan murid masuk ke dalam kelas.

Menurutnya, pihak sekolah juga sudah memanggil ibu bapa untuk diberi penerangan sebelum sekolah dibuka semula sekali gus memberi kefahaman jelas sehingga anak mereka juga gembira untuk ke sekolah.

“Anak saya begitu teruja nak datang ke sekolah dengan persiapan dua hari sebelum prasekolah dibuka termasuk bangun awal pagi tadi.

“Lagipun dengan SOP yang diuruskan pihak sekolah yang diketuai guru besar, Ahmad Zulhaidi Alias, saya tidak begitu bimbang untuk hantar anak ke sekolah,” katanya.

Murid lain Aliya Dayani Sanusi, 6, berkata dia juga gembira dapat hadir ke sekolah selepas tiga bulan sepanjang Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP).

“Rasa ‘best’ kembali ke sekolah, dapat jumpa kawan-kawan dan cikgu serta dapat belajar.

“Pada mulanya ada juga rasa bimbang nak datang sekolah, tapi bila lihat kawan dan ikut peraturan yang cikgu beritahu menyebabkan rasa bimbang hilang,” katanya.

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KUALA LUMPUR: With government and private kindergartens, pre-schools, nurseries and day-care centres scheduled to resume operations on Wednesday (July 1), parents must surely be busy making the final arrangements to send their little ones there after a three-month hiatus following the imposition of the Movement Control Order.

For sure, there will be some parents who are still unsure about sending their children to these places as the nation has not yet been declared free of Covid-19.

So it is the management of these places who play an important role in ensuring that they are prepared with the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government to ensure the safety of the little ones.

Attention must be given to social distancing and the cleanliness of the premises must be maintained as the children are excited and eager to be with their friends.

Besides pre-schools, kindergartens and nurseries, various other sectors have also been allowed to resume operations including spas, wellness and foot massage centres, cinemas, theatres and ‘live’ event venues, while meetings, conferences, seminars, courses or training sessions can now be held.

The government has also allowed from the same date social events like weddings, engagement parties, anniversary and birthday celebrations as well as religious gatherings to be held.

Swimming in public, hotel, condominium, gated community and private pools have also been allowed.

Today is the 20th day of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) which came into effect on June 10. The rules are slowly being relaxed, but the people must remember not to be complacent as the country is still battling Covid-19.

As Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah constantly reminds in his press conferences, the public must continue to observe the SOP including maintaining social distancing, washing their hands, wearing masks and avoiding close interactions.

As of yesterday, the number of Covid-19 infection cases in the country remain at double digits with 18 reported positive cases bringing the cumulative number to 8,634 including 195 active cases.

No deaths due to the virus were reported yesterday and the death toll remains at 121 or 1.40 % of total number of cases. 

-thesundaily

At long last, it will seem that parents who have been wondering when they can send their children back to school will no longer have to wait for much longer! It has been announced by the Ministry of Education that guidelines set for the reopening of schools across the nation will be distributed to respective school authorities by tomorrow.

The guidelines, which have been discussed and finalized between the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the National Security Council, will provide the details on how school authorities may enforce the necessary measures to ensure the safety of students in school compounds.

“We released these guidelines to observe what kind of measures need to be done in the context of reopening schools and the mandatory preparations that need to be made by school authorities to ensure all schools will be ready when the date of reopening is declared.

“The Ministry of Education is also in talks with school authorities to see if any changes can be made to the guidelines.

What is most important is that everyone plays a part, whether it be school authorities, teachers, and parents, to ensure the safety of students.” said Minister of Education Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin.

In speaking with BERNAMA, State and Regional Education Offices will also be working together with schools to ensure that all guidelines are adhered to properly, should schools reopen. At this point in time, there is no formal announcement on the official dates of schools reopening.

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Twins are known to be super competitive with each other at times. Twins take the sibling rivalry a notch higher because they are often compared to each other and expected to be better than their counterparts.  However, this pair of twins used healthy competition as a motivator to help each other excel in their academics.

To everyone’s astonishment, a pair of identical twins, Tan Xing Hong and Xing Han managed to score identical results for Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). According to an article published by The Star, they successfully achieved a perfect cumulative grade point average (CGPA) score of 4.00 in their exams. Their alma mater SMJK Jit Sin has the highest number of candidates in Penang and it is also home to highest number of students achieving that perfect 4.0

Despite being in different classes, it certainly did not stop them from doing their twin magic. Healthy competition for this pair is when they study together and are willing to share new information and knowledge with each other. When asked what was the secret to their perfect score, Xing Hong had a very simple answer.

“We usually attend tuition classes together and do our revision after dinner. After school, we will study from 3pm to 7pm before we have our dinner,” said Xing Hong. However, they also added that they don’t study all the time. To strive for balance, the twins play sports and computer games in their free time. 

The twins also shared a few tips that helped perfect their recipe for success. The twins would always approach their teachers or seek solutions online when they are met with academic questions that they couldn’t figure out. However, it’s not always rainbows and sunshine for this duo. 

“We were stressed out when we started Form Six,” said Xing Hong. The brothers mutually agreed that it took them a while to gain their bearings in Form Six, especially during their first semester. Upon seeing the fruits of their labour, the duo were motivated to go the extra mile. This pair of aspiring engineers are hoping to further their studies in a public university. 

According to State Education Department deputy director of student development sector Zahari Zakariah, Penang has experienced an increase in the number of candidates that scored a CGPA of 4.00 which is 60 students. It’s higher compared to last year’s 41 candidates. 

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The fact that more local than foreign students populate international schools in Malaysia is not news.

Since enrollment into international schools was opened to local students back in 2006, reports state there are 44,575 Malaysians compared to 25,220 foreigners to date in 163 international schools here.

But as the number continues to rise, local academics and education experts worry this may lead to an “identity crisis” among local students ― that not being educated in a national school may lead to them feeling (and being) less Malaysian.

A member of the National Education Advisory Council Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said there is nothing to worry about as the percentage of Malaysian students in international schools only make up less than five per cent of the total number of Malaysian students nationwide.

Independent senior researcher and education consultant Tan Ai Mei feels nation-building efforts are not predicated merely on enrolment in national schools.

“What it means to be Malaysian is the sense of belonging to a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country.

“This is not reflected in most national schools due to the overwhelming percentage of a single race ― Malays ― in most of them,” she added.

On the other hand, Tan said, while international schools do teach Bahasa Malaysia to Malaysian students, the syllabus merely scratches the surface.

“Perhaps the government could sit down with international schools to improve the Bahasa Malaysia syllabus.

“This is important as these are the future leaders of the country. To lead the country, they need to be conversant in Bahasa Malaysia apart from English and Mandarin,” she said. 

While acknowledging that national school standards are trailing behind that at international schools, Noor Azimah who is also Parents Action Group for Education (Page) chairman, said all is not lost.

“I sent my children to national schools. They turned out fine. Some parents are spoilt but if they have the means, it’s up to them,” she said when contacted by Malay Mail.

That said, Noor Azimah suggested that the government look into how it can improve and raise the standards of national schools to gain public confidence.

From her observations on the ground, Tan also said that education in the country has been politicised too much.

She feels that national schools end up becoming “more like religious schools” because of the hours allocated to religious classes.

“I have spoken to some of the teachers and also religious non-governmental organisations, telling them that a school is not where you spread ideology or religious teachings.

“School is where children are groomed to be leaders of the country through education,” she added.

Meanwhile Fairview International School director of corporate affairs Jonson Chong viewed allegations by local academic and education experts that international schools are only interested in profits as unfair.

Through meeting with parents, Chong found they are concerned about the learning experiences their children are going through in national schools. 

“If the government wants Malaysians to be more patriotic, then show that there is a lot for us to be proud of, and we are accepted like Malaysians,” said Chong. 

Conversations with several parents whose children are in international schools show that the main reason for enrolling their children in these schools is to ensure a smooth transition into university later.

Cheah Seng Chye said the Education Ministry’s decision to abolish the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) definitely influenced parents’ decision to send their children to international schools.

Cheah said he made the decision to send his daughter to an international school after his son’s rough transition into university.

Cheah’s son had completed his secondary school education in a national school, and later was awarded a scholarship to continue his studies in Singapore.

“But when he went down to Singapore, he realised that the standard was totally different… for the first semester he was struggling. He didn’t do very well to the point that the school called us to have a chat.”

He added that going to an international school will not make a person less Malaysian.

Another parent Malay Mail spoke to also sent her daughter to an international school for the same reason.

“We wanted to be sure that our daughter was able to master both Maths and Science, apart from English as they were equally important,” said Sofea Ahmad.

Sofea said this does not make her child less Malaysian as they converse in both Bahasa Malaysia and English at home.

 “She will not become less Malaysian, I can assure you of that. She knows the value of being a Malaysian and what it’s all about.

“My husband and I constantly teach her the values of being a Malaysian, Malaysian historical figures and we visit historical sites around the country,” she said.

Instead, she expressed concern about her daughter missing out academically if she had opted to send her to a national school.

Celina Tong also took her children out of national schools when the PPSMI policy was abolished.

She added that, if anything, students in international schools are not subjected to the idea of “separation.”

“Unlike at national schools where we were always separated for Islamic religious classes and Moral classes, everyone is taught the same subjects at international schools.

“In fact, they learn about integration at a young age ― getting to know about other countries so they don’t get a culture shock when they leave school,” she added.

At the time of writing, Malay Mail’s attempts to reach out to the Education Ministry have not been successful.

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Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) yesterday held a mini convocation ceremony specially for Abdul Halim Mat Hassan, 25, who is suffering from stage four nasal cancer at his home in Kampung Kok Kiak Baka, here.

UMK vice-chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Noor Azizi Ismail presented the scroll to Abdul Halim, having been conferred a Bachelor’s degree in Heritage Studies, witnessed by the university’s top management including Student Affairs deputy vice-chancellor and UMK alumnus, Prof Dr Zaliman Sauli as well as the proud parents Mat Hassan Hammat, 63, and Mariah Ismail, 59.

Abdul Halim said he was supposed to attend the university’s 9th convocation ceremony on Oct 19 but he had to give it a miss due to his health condition.

“I felt very sad then because I was not able to put on my robe and celebrate the occasion with my friends at the ceremony.

“However, today I am so happy and thankful to UMK for their concern and trouble in organising this mini convocation ceremony which has enabled even my 109-year-old grandmother Zainab Sulaiman to share my joy.” he said.

Abdul Halim the seventh of 10 siblings said he was diagnosed with nasal cancer in Oct 2017, causing the left side of his face to feel numb, swollen and painful, that also left him blind in one eye.

“As a result, I had to undergo one year of treatment including seven rounds of chemotherapy and 36 radiotherapies to kill the cancer cells,“ he said.

Meanwhile, Noor Azizi said the mini convocation was the second to be organised by the university as the first was held at the Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM) in Dec last year.

He said the ceremony held today was an initiative taken by UMK to honour Abdul Halim on obtaining his degree and to give him moral support.

“We at UMK pray that Abdul Halim be granted the strength to fight his illness and for him to gain full recovery so that he could lead a normal life,“ he added.

-thesundaily

PADA tahun 2018, The University of Auckland di New Zealand melaksanakan kaedah menjawab soalan peperiksaan menggunakan komputer.

Ia dilaksanakan bagi subjek tertentu yang dikategorikan lebih efisien bagi penuntut untuk menjawab soalan berbanding kaedah lama menggunakan pen dan kertas.

Dalam satu garis panduan yang dikeluarkan dalam laman web universiti, pihak pengurusan berpandangan penggunaan komputer memudahkan penuntut untuk menjawab dan menyunting semula jawapan berbanding kaedah tulisan tangan.

Ia juga memudahkan pensyarah untuk membaca jawapan dan memberikan markah. Malah kaedah berkenaan lebih mesra alam sekitar apabila menjimatkan penggunaan kertas.

Penuntut juga diberi pilihan sama ada mahu menggunakan laptop peribadi ataupun menggunakan komputer yang telah disediakan pihak universiti.

Jika menggunakan laptop peribadi, penuntut dikehendaki untuk memuat turun perisian DigiExam yang dicipta untuk melancarkan proses menduduki peperiksaan.

Antaranya ia menghalang penuntut mengakses perisian lain ketika menduduki peperiksaan bagi mengelakkan berlakunya unsur penipuan.

Pihak universiti juga menyediakan ‘ear plugs’ bagi mengurangkan gangguan bunyi papan kekunci.

Ada beberapa lagi panduan diberikan pihak universiti bagi memastikan proses menduduki peperiksaan berjalan dengan lancar dan mematuhi syarat sistem pendidikan di New Zealand.

Universiti di Malaysia juga harus memikirkan kaedah terbaik bagi mencontohi cara tersebut kerana penggunaan pen dan kertas untuk menjawab soalan sudah tidak lagi relevan bagi sesetengah subjek.

Ini kerana, tugasan harian rata-ratanya menaip menggunakan komputer dan jarang sekali penuntut menulis menggunakan pen dan kertas selama dua hingga tiga jam.

Tambahan pula kita sudah berada di era teknologi dan internet yang berkembang dengan pantas.

Mengarang jawapan di kertas dalam tempoh yang lama sudah pasti memberi kesan kepada kualiti penulisan dan juga jawapan.

Walaupun sudah ditetapkan skema pemarkahan, tulisan yang hodoh sedikit sebanyak memberi kesan kepada emosi penanda kertas jawapan.

-sinarharian

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