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Remembering 2014

Happy New Year! For our first issue of 2015, StarEducate makes a brief retrospective on some of the biggest education stories of 2014.

Floods force 36 schools in Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak to close, affecting over 9,500 students.Two primary schools in Sabah caught fire on the same day. Three blocks of SK Pekan Kiulu, Tuaran and two blocks of SK Gadong, Beaufort were completely destroyed. Thankfully, no students or teachers were caught in the afternoon fires as classes had ended in the morning.

Floods force 36 schools in Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak to close, affecting over 9,500 students.

Two primary schools in Sabah caught fire on the same day. Three blocks of SK Pekan Kiulu, Tuaran and two blocks of SK Gadong, Beaufort were completely destroyed. Thankfully, no students or teachers were caught in the afternoon fires as classes had ended in the morning.

The return of the haze saw schools in the Kuala Langat and Klang districts in Selangor close after the Air Pollutant Index exceeded 200.

A team of 20 university students, some from Universiti Malaysia Sabah, discovered a new spider species in the Lower Kinabatangan forest along Sabah’s east coast which they named Crassignatha danaugirangensis.

Three men held up parents at knife-point at SJKT Mount Austin, Johor Baru in what was possibly the first-ever armed robbery to take place within a school in the country. They made away with valuables worth around RM15,000.

At the 2013 SPM Excellence Awards ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur, Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin presented trophies to 30 students for scoring straight A+ in their SPM and achieving excellence in their co-curriculum activities, 20 schools whose School Average Grade increased significantly from 2012 to 2013 and 15 teachers whose students all scored at least A- in their subjects.

566 primary schools received RM23.1mil New Deal incentives for exceeding the performance targets set under the National Key Result Areas. Out of the 566 schools, 209 (36.9%) were urban schools, 302 (53.4%) rural schools and the remaining 55 (9.7%) interior schools.

Universiti Malaya (32nd) (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (56th) (UKM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (57th) (USM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (66th) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (76th) made it to the Top 100 universities of the 2014 QS University Rankings: Asia, placing Malaysia fifth overall in the region behind China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

Allianze University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS) came under fire over alleged unpaid salaries of up to five months. Later in October, as the private college was given six more months to recover from its financial woes, the Education Ministry instructed that students be temporarily transferred to other institutions to continue their studies.

Three female students from a secondary school in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, assaulted a fellow student and captured the act on video which later went viral online. Following their guilty plea, the trio, all aged 16, were later ordered in July to undergo rehabilitation for two years at the Sekolah Tunas Bakti in Terengganu, Malacca and Miri (Sarawak), respectively.

Maizura Mokhsein, a final year law student from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) beat 360 other participants to emerge the top debater at the United Asian Debating Championship (UADC), Asia’s largest and most prestigious tournament, held in Singapore. She is the first Malaysian to receive this honour. Meanwhile, the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) team reached the grand final of the tournament – the first Malaysian team to do so.

Prof Datuk Dr Asma Ismail was made the new Higher Education Department director-general, making her the first woman to be appointed to the post. She holds a Bachelor of Biology and a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada and a Masters in Micro­biology from Indiana University, both in the United States.

Three Malaysian academics were placed in The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014 report by Thomson Reuters for publishing the highest number of articles that were most frequently cited by fellow researchers. They are Prof Dr Saidur Rahman Abdul Hakim from UM’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, Prof Dr Ishak Hashim from UKM’s School of Mathematical Sciences and Prof Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad from USM’s Department of Chemical Engineering.

Merdeka celebrations were toned down in schools and universities in respect for the MH370 and MH17 tragedies.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that a pass in English will be made a compulsory at public universities.

473,175 Year Six pupils were affected by the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination leaks and had to re-sit the English, Science, Mathematics and Tamil language papers. Police detained and questioned 14 people – 12 teachers, an insurance agent and an engineer — on the leaked UPSR papers. They were later freed on police bail. However, in November, four teachers were charged at the Sessions Court in Seremban under Section 8 (1)c of the Official Secrets Act 1972.

Under Budget 2015, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that RM56bil will be allocated to the Education Ministry to carry out teaching and learning programmes. It was also announced that 12 new schools would be built in 2015 - seven primary schools, three secondary schools and two residential schools - as well as 20 more trust schools in six states.

After the intense debate over the forecast Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results, students can now use them to enrol in private tertiary institutions as early as January. However, formal registration has to wait until the actual results are out in March. For the first time, the SPM results will be released on March 3 – two weeks earlier than usual – to enable students to complete their pre-university courses in time to further their studies overseas.

At the Umno general assembly, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin called on students to master a third language, preferably Mandarin. He also proposed the creation of jobs for 30,000 new language teachers in national schools to facilitate teaching of a third language as an elective subject.

A Malaysian teacher is among 50 educationists shortlisted for the US$1mil (RM3.5mil) international Global Teacher Prize awarded by Dubai-based Varkey GEMS Foundation (VGF). Former engineer, Yasmin Noorul Amin from SMK La Salle, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, was a recipient of the Education Ministry’s Excellence Award in 2008. The winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on March 16.

Third year IIUM law student Ameera Natasha Moore was named best overall speaker in The Norton Rose Fulbright Cambridge Women’s OPen, held at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Ameera (right) and her teammate Sara Rahim also made up the highest ranked team in the tournament.

With the launch of the Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2025 Dialogue, the Education Ministry is open to suggestions on the public education system, particularly in the higher education sector. The public can submit their ideas, comments and feedback on the blueprint to or by Jan 23, 2015.

The Malaysian contingent were placed as first runners-up at the World Robot Olympiad 2014 held in Russia after winning three medals (two gold and one silver) and three Excellence Awards.

Following its implementation in July and final exams in October, the very first set of Form 3 Assessment, or PT3, results were released.

As of 2015, Form Six students would not have to wear school uniforms. Under the guidelines, male students are allowed to wear light-coloured shirts and slacks and must wear shoes and socks. Female students are allowed to wear long pants, pant suits, long-sleeved blouses, maxi dresses and long skirts. Students can also use traditional outfits, including batik attire. Students may not wear t-shirts or denim to class.

After six days of “occupying” the front of UM’s main gate, some 50 students – demanding that charges against eight of their fellow student leaders for allegedly violating university regulations for organising a talk with Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim be dropped – moved their campsite to the front of the Student Affairs Office.

Due to severe floods, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that for schools in Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor, the new term will begin on Jan 11 (Sunday) while for other states, the session starts on Jan 12 (Monday), a week later than scheduled.

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