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Building good civic sense among students

November 29, 2019 | Education | No Comments

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Education system is on the right track towards meeting the requirements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and providing students with skills for the 21st century.

At the same time, the Education Ministry is also working towards instilling good civic sense and building good values among students to help them be prepared for the challenges for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Education Director-General Datuk Dr Amin Senin said through various policies and initiatives under the Education Blueprint (2013- 2025), there has been a visible improvement in the entire education system, especially among the poor and hardcore poor.

However, one of the ministry’s greatest concern was instilling good civic sense among students, hence the need for Civic Education to be taught in schools again.

“Let me clarify a bit on the Civic studies implemented since June because its not a subject on its own or Moral as some parents assume,” Amin said in an interview recently.

“Moral Education is taught to non-Muslim students while Muslim students take Pendidikan Islam but both these subjects does not substitute the civic education we reintroduced. This is because the approach is more practical and embedded into one’s thinking and acting abilities, ” Amin said when met at the ministry recently.

Amin said the ministry’s aim is to teach students to apply moral values in their daily lives and to help create a civilised citizen with knowledge of their rights, social responsibility, mutual respect and happiness.

“Civic education is not new and was part of the education system in the 1960s, only to be scrapped and revived several times before being reintroduced now.

“When it was first introduced after Merdeka, it used to be known as ‘tatarakyat’ emphasising on self management, interaction with elders, neighbour and mutual respect.

“During the second rebirth of Civics and Citizenship Education, the focus components were knowledge, national identity and patriotism and values.

“However, In the current Civics Education launched in August, the focus is on “literasi sivik” (civic awareness) and “amali sivik” (applied civics),” Amin added.

This will be done through the latest modules, concepts and approaches, which will be different from the subject that had been previously taught in schools.

“Civic literacy includes nationhood and social-emotional aspects of citizenship which will be embedded in the curriculum, and should be mastered by students.

“Civic practices on the other hand, gives space and opportunities for students to put civic literacy into practice. This is done during the school assembly, co-curricular activities and school programmes.

“Previously Civics was taught as a subject. However, this time lessons are not only confined to classroom teaching and learning. Students need to be taught how to process information, and they need adaptable skills they can apply in all areas of life — just teaching them ideas and facts, without teaching them how to use them in real-life settings, is no longer enough.”

With the civic education module, educators will expose students to real life situations and practices within society.

“We will be implementing it for one hour every fourth week of the month during Bahasa Melayu, English, Islamic and Moral Studies and History at primary and preschool levels.

“Children in pre-schools will be taught only 30 minutes, as we are trying not to burden the existing teaching and learning period.”

He added that educators also need to adapt and develop new ways of teaching and learning that reflect a changing world.

Commenting on the various policies and initiatives under the Education Blueprint (2013- 2025), Amin said the system implemented has been successful in educating young children in pre schools and primary schools so that they would have the basic minimum education required.

Amin said a child needed to be exposed to basic knowledge and education as provided in primary school so that they are able to survive in the ever changing and challenging environment.

“For this, we must make sure that children receive equal quality education in national schools, both primary and secondary, regardless of their background and differences.’

Based on the ministry’s yearly data statistics, he said comparison of last three years has showed a positive development, mainly in the number of students who succeed in meeting the minimum requirements to enter into secondary schools.

He added that a primary school student must obtain at least a pass , D, in all the compulsory subjects in the UPSR examination to be able to enter secondary school.

“However, this was a huge challenge for the ministry because prior to 2016, there was an average of 90,000 to 95,000 students annually who did not make the cut.”

Amin added this trend fortunately changed along with the changes the ministry introduced in 2016.

“Our focus is not academic achievements, scoring straight A’s alone. Instead the ministry aims to make sure more students actually meet the minimum requirement of passing, at least with a D in their subjects.

“For instance, let take the Mathematics subject in primary schools. In 2016, the ministry found that out of 440,000 students, 90,000 did not meet the minimum requirement of a D in the subject. But through adopting a different approach and implementing various programmes, last year we managed to bring it down to 70,000 in UPSR. There has been a consistent reduction in the numbers since.

” The best part is that we did this without compromising on the straight As achievers, whose numbers also continue to increase”.

He said this was very important because the education system used in Malaysia is formulated from Gross Oriented Holistic Education, which prioritize students to pass in all subjects.


China might have banned corporal punishment in schools but with little to no guidelines specifying just what exactly constitutes corporal punishment, students have found themselves subjected to multiple cases of abuse by teachers.

Several students from Shui Quan High in Henan, China, were rushed to the hospital after examinations revealed that they all had foreign matter lodged in their stomachs, causing severe aches. Turns out, their teacher had forced them to eat literal garbage as punishment.

Following The Beijing News’ reports, the teacher, while in the midst of a classroom spot check, realised the students had forgotten to empty the waste bin. When no one dared to answer who was responsible, the teacher allegedly forced them outside of the classroom and made them swallow the contents of the bin until it was empty before they were allowed back in.

“He stood aside and watched, I didn’t dare to not eat,” a warded student related to China Press.

He shared that there were at least 10 other students who were similarly punished, though none of them dared to tell their parents — they were threatened with expulsion should a third party find out.

According to the victim’s parents, it wasn’t until after the students had finally managed to expel waste did they realise there were paper, longan shells and even plastic bags in the mix.

While the school’s principal argued that the teacher had not meant his words and had only said out of anger, many netizens were quick to point out that the students wouldn’t have actually eaten rubbish unless subjected to duress.

“Students aren’t stupid. If no one forced them why would they eat it?”
“With the teacher standing there forcing them to eat, what can a 10+year old child do?”
“This is horrifying. Normally you’d retaliate if someone forces you to do such things. What kind of discipline have these students been receiving to be so terribly obedient.” PHOTOS: Screengrab/Weibo

The teacher responsible has since been detained while the principal has been dismissed from his duties.


A heartfelt Facebook post by a man narrating how he found his lost wallet thanks to two students in Penang went massively viral

The Facebook post that was published in a public group last night, 9 October, has garnered over 20,000 reactions with more than 1,600 shares at the time of writing.

In the post, the wallet’s owner, John Tan, wrote that he realised his wallet was not with him while he was dining in Elit Height, Penang yesterday.

When Tan arrived at his car to check for his wallet, he found a note slipped between his car door with a phone number written on it

“You dropped your wallet on the road and I have taken it for safekeeping,” the note read.

According to Tan, the person who wrote the note was thoughtful as they slipped it between his car door rather than placing it on the windscreen.

He then dialled the number given in the note.

The call was answered by a young voice who told him that he was waiting at a Western cuisine restaurant nearby.

“When I arrived at the entrance of the restaurant, I saw two young individuals in their early 20s, who seemed to be college students, sitting at the table closest to the entrance,” Tan wrote in his lengthy Facebook post.

According to Tan, the students had waited for him for 15 minutes beside his car, however, when they saw no one came looking for the wallet, they decided to leave the note.

Tan wrote that he was touched by the youngsters’ good deed and offered to pay the bill of their meal at the restaurant

“However, they were very modest and polite in refusing the offer,” Tan continued. “Of course, I insisted and went to the cashier.”

Tan saw their table was empty, thus he assumed that they were waiting for their food to be served.

It was at the cashier that he discovered that the students had actually finished their meal – they were just sitting there, waiting for his phone call.

The students rushed behind him and tried to stop Tan from paying the bill.

“I did not let them succeed. I had successfully convinced the cashier to take my money instead of theirs, successfully paid their dinner, and successfully expressed my gratitude.”

When making the payment, Tan realised that over RM400 in cash was still in his wallet and all his cards were untouched

“Out of courtesy, I did not check my wallet immediately after I got it back from them,” Tan related.

Tan said the duo constantly thanked them, saying that they felt embarrassed because he paid for their meal.

“They did not have the attitude which expects good karma out of their good deed,” Tan lauded.

Honestly, the person that should have been thanking is me.

“If it weren’t for the two of them, I would have gone hungry for the next few days as I go around town to renew my documents at government departments.

“I would be wasting my time and spirit to correct my mistake. Paying the check of their meal was an easy way out,” Tan confessed.

Tan said writing the post was meant to thank them again, as well as spreading positive energy to the world

“Their good deed should be made known to more people.

“Their attitude that does not expect good karma out of doing a good deed is commendable,” he wrote.

“Their thoughtful and modest values are worth learning. Once again, thank you for restoring faith in humanity in this complicated world.”

Many netizens flooded the comment section to praise the Good Samaritans

“Thank you to these two young people. I believe they were brought up by good parents and have a good moral compass,” one netizen wrote.

Another added, “Yes, we should give the two people a thumbs up. Not many people are like that these days. Wishing the two well and let’s spread more positive energy.”


A school in Kedah has left no chances for students to skip class by implementing a facial recognition system to mark attendance

SMK Tunku Abdul Aziz in Simpang Empat, Alor Setar is the first school in Kedah to have implemented the system on 27 August.

The school has five devices in total: four thumbprint scanners and one facial recognition device

The school’s principal Nur’asikin Othman told Harian Metro that the device was launched as an alternative to the thumbprint scanners.

“There were some students and teachers who were facing problems where the machine could not read their fingerprints,” she said.

“So this facial scanner is more effective because users just have to stand in front of the machine to scan the face.”

According to her, the devices have reduced the number of students skipping class because teachers are able to report into the system if they notice children missing before the end of the day

“The report will also be received by me and the teachers sooner and later,” she added.

The system is also connected to ‘Pepatih MySekolah’ – an application that records students’ attendance and disciplinary issues.


Thai Teacher Makes 30 Students Drink His Pee

August 27, 2019 | Viral | No Comments

We know health trends tend to go a little overboard sometimes but this is just plain disgusting! The recent fad that’s been gaining popularity in Thailand is the idea that drinking urine is good for you.

Just yesterday, Doctor Phoomphet Dethastin, a medical consultant, appealed to the Teachers Council of Thailand on Facebook to investigate a school teacher in the Khon Kaen province after discovering that the educator was secretly mixing his own urine with water for his elementary school students to drink.

The teacher posted about the “magic water” that he claimed healed a child of his stomach ache just 30 minutes after he drank it. He even confessed to having already made 30 students drink concoctions that consisted of his urine by telling them that the liquid was holy water brought from the temple.

Understandably, netizens were outraged upon discovering that the teacher was straight up lying to these children just to satisfy his sickening health obsession. A few netizens were shocked that monsters like this even exist.

Others suggested that the teacher should’ve just tested his “experiment” on his own body and not dragfed the children into this, especially given his role as an educator.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only case of a psycho sneaking urine into consumable goods without the knowledge of the people consuming it.

A noodle vendor has recently posted about the special ingredient he puts in his soup that happens to “relieve his customers” of the pains they accumulate from work. He reportedly decided to sneak his urine into the soup to avoid any misunderstandings if customers were to find out.

What’s more shocking, however, is the fact that the customers came back to report that their pains actually decreased because of it!

While some believe that consuming urine can improve their immune system and cure muscle soreness, Doctor Phoomphet has taken to Facebook to debunk these health myths, claiming that this extreme “solution” was used in ancient times when modern medicine wasn’t made readily available for us to tackle health issues.


Twenty-one students at SK Linggi near here had to be treated at a government clinic after they became nauseated and began vomiting after inhaling pesticide fumes after the chemical was sprayed at a nearby chilli farm.

Port Dickson OCPD Supt Aidi Sham Mohamed said 10 of them were later taken to the Port Dickson Hospital for further outpatient treatment.

“A teacher from the school called the Linggi police station around 10.30am Thursday (July 18), after some of the pupils began vomiting after inhaling a strong smell.

“We then found that pesticide was being sprayed at the farm located some 500m away and that the wind had carried fumes of the pesticide to areas near the vicinity of the school,” he said.

Supt Aidi Sham said a police team then went to the farm and ordered that the spraying be stopped.

A medical team from the Linggi government clinic was also rushed to the school to treat the affected pupils. He said none of the pupils needed serious attention.

“The farm owner told us that the pesticide was recommended by the Agriculture Department and that he bought it from a government agency in Port Dickson,” Supt Aidi Sham added.

A team from the Fire and Rescue Department was also sent to the school to monitor the situation.


The issue of “vaping” which is seen to be increasingly prevalent among students is worrying, with recent reports that even primary school pupils were beginning to use the electronic cigarette device openly.

The recent photo of a female student seen vaping at a bus stop which went viral on social media recently, and allegations that the devices were being freely distributed among school children by irresponsible parties is grave cause for concern.

Commenting on the issue, Malaysian School Principals Council (MPSM) president Datuk Sabuddin Sani admitted that although the situation was still under control, proactive action to address the issue should be taken immediately by all parties, and especially parents.

“The children are confused between what they are being taught (in school) and what they see, because in school, the teachers say that cigarettes are harmful to health, but at home, their own parents who smoke indirectly set a bad example.

“So parents should be exemplary models, and not just blame the children when they get caught up in such negative issues,“ he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

A father who only wishes to be known as Azman also expressed his concern when asked by his son to get him the device.

“The children think that a vape is like the latest toy gadget. I was surprised when my 13-year-old son also asked for permission to own one. According to him, some of his friends even saved up money for over three months to buy a vape priced at RM80.

“So the parents’ job is to constantly monitor their children’s actions, and ensure they do not get involved with the wrong people,“ Azman said.

Meanwhile, the National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Aminuddin Awang said school managements should continue to use the Ministry of Education’s guidelines provided in 2015 to address serious disciplinary problems such as the use of vape among students.

“According to the circular, vaping is categorised as one of the major disciplinary issues, and for the first time offence, the student involved will be given counseling, while for the second offence, they can be suspended from school for no more than 14 days.

“The ministry itself has taken measures to resolve the problem from the beginning, and I believe that if all parties cooperate then we can overcome the issue from becoming an epidemic in the future,“ he said.

Apart from that, the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), led by Deputy Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye has also taken the initiative to set up a Special Committee on June 27 to control the use of electronic cigarettes and vape, including preventing the sale of such devices to students.


Four 12-year-old students from SJK(T) Ladang Prye, Penang have won a gold award at the recent International Science & Invention Fair (ISIF) 2019 held in Bali, Indonesia.

The four students – Harrish Raj Shanker, Harchana Changaiah, Siti Zumaidah Abdul Rahman, and Theva Tharsini Seekan – won an international gold medal for their invention, reported Bernama

ISIF took place from 21 to 26 June.

The team’s ingenious invention repurposes orange peels and coconut shells into water filters, teeth whiteners, and odour remover sachets

Harrish told Bernama that their inventions were inspired by the disposed coconut shells and the massive waste of orange peels during Chinese New Year.

He added that they wanted to focus on a project that revolves around reducing environmental waste and practising “3R”, which is “reduce, reuse, and recycle”.

The team took a month to come up with all the projects, with assistance from their teachers and school cleaners

“It took us a month to come up with all the projects, and we had our teachers to help us out and even the school cleaners,” said Harrish.

The team’s science teacher, N Pugeneswari, shared that the students had also submitted their projects for the third edition of the SIRIM Invention and Technology Expo (Si2TE) which was held in Kedah earlier this year.

Pugeneswari added that the gold award was bestowed on the teeth whitener and odour remover sachets, which were invented for Si2TE.

“It was only until ISIF that the students developed the water filtration system,” she added.


I don’t know about you, but I used to dread school.

However, there’s a school in Penang that makes learning so enjoyable that its students look forward to attending classes every day. Some students even threatened their parents they’d run away from home if they miss any of the school activities!

And it’s all thanks to the school principal. Who is this legend, you might ask?

He’s S. Sangga, a 57-year-old headmaster at SJK(T) Sungai Ara, Penang. According to The Star, the school started adopting the fun learning approach since Sangga was transferred to the school in 2011.

A few floors in the school had been painted with games like snakes and ladders, as well as teng teng. Not only that, there are designated reading corners as well as computers set up just for the students to discover and learn about new things!

Since then, the students have been arriving extra early at 6:30am just to have some fun before classes start at 7:40am!

If you think that’s all, you’re wrong.

Mr Sangga is an advocate for environmental protection and preservation. The school takes the students for walks in the surrounding area every Friday, and they’ll take them to collect garbage in selected areas every Saturday. The students have since become responsible “anti-trash heroes” by making a stand for our environment (and by choice).

The school has also banned the use of plastic, as well as fast food and junk food. Not only do the students practice this at school, but they proceed to take their knowledge home to educate their family!

Sadly, Mr Sangga will be retiring in three years, and he hopes that the students and teachers would continue their practice.

Netizens have left positive comments for this headmaster, complimenting how much of a difference he has made in the students’ lives.

Big respect for Mr Sangga for being a dedicated educator. A legend like him should be celebrated and followed!


We’ve all tried to smuggle cellphones into school back in the day. The punishment for this usually involves the phone getting confiscated and only being returned if our parents show up at the teachers’ room to collect it. However, China has a very different way of dealing with this problem.

Just recently, a video of school kids smashing smartphones with a metal hammer has gone viral on social media. It turned out that the students were forced to destroy their own phones after they were caught bringing them to class.

Based on the short video, the students who kena kantoi lined up beside the stage at the assembly area and took turns to use the hammer. They did this while other law-abiding students were watching from behind.

The thin phone screens were not the only things broken that day, as the students’ hearts were shattered with every blow of the hammer on their respective phones. To make sure the offenders got the message loud and clear, a teacher came in last and hammered all the smartphones several times, hard, to make sure that the gadgets were beyond repair. Ouch!

Here’s the video.

After this video went viral, netizens had mixed feeling as some supported the school’s decision while others thought it was a bit too much to destroy the students’ property.

“The better way to deal with this problem is to confiscate the phones and only return to them at the end of the year. Smashing them (the phones) is actually promoting violence,” a netizen said.

“That should teach them a good lesson but I wouldn’t be surprised if they get another one the next day because their parents are rich,” another netizen commented. 

What do you think of this punishment? Would it work in Malaysia? Let us know what you think in the comments!