Tuesday, June 28, 2011

300 English Volunteer Teachers to Malaysia under Fulbright Programme

WASHINGTON: Malaysia has asked the US State Department to consider sending 300 English volunteer teachers to Malaysia under the Fulbright Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who disclosed this, said the increased number sought was due to the Government's greater emphasis on English Language proficiency in schools.
He said he had held several rounds of discussions with Education Ministry officials on the matter and the consensus was that more volunteer teachers were needed.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said students in rural schools in Terengganu were already being taught English under a US-funded English Language assistance programme, with an English Language Teacher Development Project being conducted by the British Council in Sabah and Sarawak.
"But we are hoping that the US Government will consider increasing the volunteers pledged to us under the Fullbright Programme to 300.
"We have agreed to finance part of the costs, such as accommodation and allowances involved, and have set aside an initial allocation of US$1mil (RM3mil)," he told Malaysian journalists accompanying him on his visit here.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said in New York last month that the first batch of 30 Fullbright volunteer teachers was expected to arrive in Malaysia by September.
Najib had mooted the proposal to President Barack Obama during the Asean-US meeting last year.
The PM proposed that the US revive its Peace Corps programme to help raise the English Language proficiency within Asean.
Muhyiddin said he was confident that with more English Language experts interacting with pupils and teachers, their language skills would improve.
"We are already seeing encouraging signs with pupils displaying great enthusiasm," he added.
Muhyiddin said an memorandum of understanding will be signed with the US on the Fulbright English volunteer programme, adding that a draft proposal would be sent over to the State Department for its consideration.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Good News to Teachers

TEACHERS could soon have more reason to cheer as the Education Ministry looks at better ways to recognise their services.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the ministry was conducting lab studies to finalise the new grading schemes for teachers and the findings would be ready in “the next few weeks.”
The studies, he said, involved the entire teaching community.
“The Prime Minister has asked us to look into this carefully and we are in the process of finalising things in the labs.
“What we are looking at involves not only principals but the entire teaching community,” he said after delivering his speech at the 50th National Conference on Education Management for Principals on Tuesday.
Muhyiddin (in red shirt) observing SMK Damansara Utama students practise their marching during a visit to the school.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said his ministry was giving its utmost attention to the matter and the result of the lab studies would be submitted to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He added that the move to elevate all principals from Grade DG48 to Grade DG52 would be implemented next year.
Muhyiddin was referring to Najib’s pre-recorded message for Teachers Day, where he announced that 1,228 principals and 6,585 senior asisstants in secondary schools would be promoted to DG52 and DG48 grades respectively.
In addition, he said, 99 senior assistants in cluster primary schools would be promoted to DGA34.
“These announcements would be effective from January 1 next year,” he said.
However, the announcement was not well-received and representatives from the country’s 24 teaching unions who were in Kuching for the national Teachers Day celebrations decided to call for an emergency meeting there.
Joint Teachers Unions Committee chairman Jemale Paiman said many were “very disappointed and depressed” that the announcements only appeared to benefit certain groups out of the almost 400,000 teachers in the country.
Jemale said last month that the joint teachers union committee was hoping to meet Muhyiddin to solve the problems.
Najib had also announced a new promotion scheme for teachers that would come into effect next year in an effort to transform and uplift the teaching profession.
The new scheme would give teachers who normally end up at Grade DG48 after 25 years of service the chance to be placed on grade DG54, depending on which tier they belong to.
He said the Government would introduce a new promotional scheme for teachers involved in teaching and learning known as Guru Wibawa (super teacher) and Pendeta Guru (exemplary teacher).
These teachers would be included in four-tier positions, the first being Guru Biasa (normal teacher), followed by Guru Kanan (senior teacher), Guru Wibawa and Pendeta Guru.
At the ceremony, Muhyiddin also pledged an annual allocation of RM200,000 from the ministry to the National Council of School Principals in conjunction with their golden jubilee.
This was, he said, an appropriate way to recognise the contributions of the council to the nation.
Meanwhile, at a separate function, Muhyiddin said an estimated 3.5 million students from 9,980 schools nationwide will participate in the 1Student 1Sport 1Malaysia run on July 2.
Held in conjunction with the official launch of the Education Ministry’s 1Student 1Sport policy, the run is expected to set a record for “The Largest Participation of School Students in a Run” category in the Malaysia Book of Records.
He said he was looking forward to the event as all students nationwide would run in support of the ministry’s effort to promote sports in schools.
“I hope that the involvement of the teaching community and parents in the event will spark off a keen interest in sports,” he said after visiting SMK Damansara Utama to observe ongoing preparations for the school’s sports day.
Muhyiddin will flag off the 1Student 1Sport 1Malaysia run at 7:45am at the Esplanade in Taiping, Perak.
The event will be broadcast live and students nationwide will run simultaneously for distances no less than 1.5km at their respective schools or at venues decided by the state or district education departments.
In March last year, Muhyiddin announced the 1Student 1Sport policy where secondary school students would get 90 minutes a week to play a game of their choice, while primary school pupils would spend 60 minutes weekly on sports.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

UPSR in 2 Months

Two more months and students will be facing UPSR exam. I am beginning to see some of the students tense trying to catch up with their studies.

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