May 23rd, 2010

A Teacher's Job Is To Teach

LET'S HEAR IT The STAR Sunday May 23, 2010

A teacher’s job is to teach

I HAD the privilege of being a temporary teacher at a primary school in rural Selangor, but I left feeling truly honoured to have had the experience of being a “cikgu” even if it were only for two weeks.

I am amazed at the amount of work that teachers put in to mould and mentor their young charges and totally agree that it is indeed a noble profession.

Teachers, traditionally, are supposed to teach and educate the young.

They also need to inculcate good moral values in youngsters so they can be better people.

Their focus is not only to teach. They also have to train their
students for numerous sporting competitions.

This is not all, they have to single-handedly deal with the organising and preparation involved in getting the medals, gifts and certificates.

What’s more, they attend courses and meetings during school hours and at the same time have to keep up with the syllabus.

As if this isn’t enough, they are bogged down with paper work which involves the filling in of forms and writing reports about the extra-curricular activities.

Looks like the Education Ministry is trying to convert teachers into office workers!

What is the role of the school clerk then? Or have they been given other jobs?

I am told by a teacher that most of the paperwork, like the reports for the extra-curricular activities, is unnecessary and is just done for the sake of pleasing senior officials in the State Education Department and the Education Ministry.

No one actually reads them, and the documents either collect dust or are eventually thrown away. Isn’t this is a waste of time, money and resources?

Based on my observations, the teachers already have a packed schedule and countless books to mark.

They also have to prepare teaching materials before entering the class, but it is worth their effort because it is for the sake of the students.


However, the non-teaching chores take too much time and they are unable to devote enough time to teach their pupils.

Every time when there is degradation in the major exam results, the government will quickly blame a certain policy for failing to achieve its objectives, but has anyone thought that the heavy workload that teachers have to put off with might be the underlying reasons for students to be unprepared for their exams.

I have some suggestions that may be of help to reduce the paperwork that teachers are burdened with.

·Increase the number of clerks in the school as this will reduce the workload of teachers. It will increase job opportunities for those keen on clerical services.

·Train more PJK (Physical Education) teachers, so they can replace core-subject teachers and be specially in charge of training the students and bringing them to participate in the sporting competitions.

·Courses should be conducted during school holidays.

This will enable teachers to complete the syllabus and leave them with considerable time to carry out revision and extra classes for weaker students.

The government has to listen to the people. There is a Chinese proverb which says that sincere advice always sounds harsh to the ears, but it must be acted upon, if we want to see the results.

VINCENT TEH



Source : Let's Hear It Sunday May 23, 2010

Note : This article is not suitable for 'lecturers' in teachers' colleges as lecturers are to lecture only ...

Lesen Perguruan Untuk Guru

Oleh AZRAN FITRI RAHIM azran.rahim@utusan.com.my

KOTA BHARU 21 Mei - Kementerian Pelajaran akan mengkaji cadangan supaya setiap guru di negara ini perlu memiliki lesen perguruan yang dikeluarkan oleh sebuah badan profesional seperti yang perlu dimiliki oleh doktor atau peguam.

Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran, Dr. Mohd. Puad Zarkashi berkata, ia merupakan salah satu kaedah bagi mengekalkan integriti guru di negara ini dalam memastikan orang ramai tidak hilang kepercayaan kepada golongan tersebut.

Beliau bagaimanapun berkata, buat masa ini, jawatankuasa disiplin di kementerian sudah mencukupi untuk menjaga integriti tetapi pada masa sama cadangan itu masih perlu diberi perhatian serius.

"Isu integriti guru menjadi perhatian kementerian bagi memastikan profesion perguruan terpelihara imej dan martabatnya, kalau integriti tercemar, akhirnya orang hilang kepercayaan kepada guru," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Mesyuarat Agung Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru (PIBG) Ke-18 Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kemumin di sini hari ini.

Turut hadir Timbalan Pengerusi Majlis Sukan Negeri Kelantan, Dali Hussin yang juga Ketua UMNO Bahagian Pengkalan Chepa; Yang Dipertua PIBG SMK Kemumin, Mohd. Noor Abdullah dan Pengetua sekolah tersebut, Fauziah Mohamed.

Mohd. Puad mengulas laporan akhbar mengenai seorang guru lelaki yang didakwa mencabul lima murid perempuan berusia antara 11 hingga 12 tahun di sebuah sekolah rendah di Sibu, Sarawak ketika isterinya sedang menunggu waktu melahirkan anak sulung mereka.

Difahamkan, kegiatan guru berusia 32 tahun itu bermula Mac lalu sebelum kejadian terbaru dilaporkan berlaku di kediamannya pada minggu lalu membabitkan seorang murid tahun enam yang juga adik iparnya.

Mohd. Puad berkata, langkah untuk mengeluarkan lesen perguruan itu telah diamalkan di beberapa buah negara seperti di Kanada dan Australia.

"Cadangan ini perlu dilihat dengan teliti kerana kita mempunyai guru yang ramai kira-kira 390,000 orang.

"Saya secara peribadi bersetuju dengan cadangan ini dan merasakan sudah sampai masanya kita melihat lesen perguruan secara serius seperti mana yang diamalkan oleh beberapa buah negara," katanya.

Sementara itu, beliau merasa amat dukacita dengan kejadian yang berlaku di Sarawak itu dan pihaknya sedang menunggu laporan siasatan polis sebelum tindakan lanjut diambil.

Katanya, ia merupakan kes terpencil dan tidak mencerminkan keseluruhan sikap guru yang ada di negara ini.



SUmber : Utusan ARKIB : 22/05/2010 Lesen perguruan untuk guru

Lesen Perguruan Tidak Akan Dilaksana


KUALA LUMPUR 22 Mei - Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata, para pendidik tempatan tidak perlu memiliki lesen perguruan yang dikeluarkan oleh mana-mana badan profesional bagi mengajar di sekolah-sekolah di seluruh negara.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri menjelaskan, setelah diteliti, cadangan itu tidak praktikal untuk dilaksanakan kerana kerajaan telah mempunyai sistem tersendiri bagi menilai prestasi guru-guru yang sedang berkhidmat.

Beliau yang juga Menteri Pelajaran memberitahu, pengeluaran lesen perguruan oleh badan profesional juga dilihat tidak sesuai memandangkan sistem persekolahan awam di negara ini disediakan secara percuma oleh kerajaan.

''Saya sudah meneliti perkara itu dan berpendapat ia tidak sesuai. Kita tidak akan laksanakan.

''Kalau didapati prestasi mereka (guru-guru) ini tidak begitu baik kita akan hantar kursus, jadi soal pelesenan ini tidak bangkit," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang akhbar selepas menghadiri sambutan Hari Keluarga Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Sungai Bonus sempena Program Juara Rakyat Parlimen Setiawangsa anjuran Barisan Nasional (BN) di sini hari ini.

Muhyiddin mengulas tentang cadangan supaya guru-guru tempatan perlu memiliki lesen perguruan yang dikeluarkan oleh sebuah badan profesional seperti diumumkan timbalannya, Dr. Mohd. Puad Zarkashi di Kota Bharu semalam.

Mohd. Puad memberitahu, pengeluaran lesen perguruan seperti yang dimiliki oleh doktor atau peguam berupaya memastikan guru-guru tempatan terus dipercayai masyarakat.

Muhyiddin menjelaskan, idea lesen perguruan itu disuarakan oleh sebahagian guru besar dan guru-guru yang menyertai program 'retreat' Kementerian Pelajaran baru-baru ini.

Dalam perkembangan berkaitan katanya, para penduduk PPR di seluruh negara digalakkan supaya mendapatkan bantuan kerajaan dalam menubuhkan prasekolah di penempatan masing-masing.

Selain mendapatkan bantuan RM10,000 daripada kerajaan seperti diumumkan baru-baru ini, jelas beliau, kementeriannya juga bersedia melatih guru-guru bagi mengajar kanak-kanak peringkat prasekolah yang dibina di PPR.




Sumber : Utusan Berita Utama 23/05/10

Menteri Cakap Lain Timbalan Cakap Lain

KUALA LUMPUR 22 Mei – Cadangan agar para guru disyaratkan memiliki lesen perguruan hanyalah salah satu perkara yang dibincangkan dalam pemukiman Kementerian Pelajaran baru-baru ini dan kerajaan tidak bercadang melaksanakannya, kata Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Beliau yang juga Menteri Pelajaran berkata, selepas meneliti perkara itu, kerajaan mendapati cadangan supaya guru memiliki lesen perguruan sama seperti doktor, peguam dan akauntan tidak praktikal untuk dilaksanakan di Malaysia.

“Itu hanya satu perkara yang dibincangkan dalam pemukiman kementerian tetapi ia tak ada apa, cuma pandangan guru-guru besar dan guru-guru yang mahu tekankan kualiti guru yang mengajar.

“Saya sudah teliti perkara itu dan saya berpendapat ia tidak sesuai dan tidak akan laksanakan,” katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian sebagai mengulas kenyataan Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran, Dr. Mohd Puad Zarkashi semalam bahawa kementerian itu sedang menimbang untuk mensyaratkan guru memiliki lesen perguruan, bagi memelihara integriti profesion itu serta menjadikan sistem pendidikan negara bertaraf dunia.

Muhyiddin berkata, kementerian itu sudah mempunyai penilaian tersendiri yang digunakan untuk meneliti kedudukan guru-guru yang ada.




Sumber : http://www.kpmu.net/menteri-cakap-lain-timbalan-cakap-lain/

Chicken Wings & Chicken Necks



A friend of mine recently had a growth in her womb and she underwent an operation to remove the cyst. The cyst removed was filled with a dark colored blood. She thought that she would be recovered after the surgery but! she was terribly wrong.



A relapse occurred just a few months later. Distressed , she rushed down to her gynecologist for a consultation.

During her consultation, her doctor asked her a question that puzzled her. He ask if she was a frequent consumer of chicken wings and she replied yes wondering as to how, he knew of her eating habits.

You see, the truth is in this modern day and age; chickens are injected with steroids to accelerate their growth so that the needs of this society can be met. From a little chick to a marketable 700 gm-size bird ONLY takes 30 days of growth!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!! This is today's economical sense.




Chickens that are injected with potent dose of steroids which are usually shot at the neck or the wings. Therefore, it is in these places that the highest concentration of steroids exists.

These steroids have terrifying effects on the body as it accelerates growth.It has an even more dangerous effect in the presence of female hormones, this leads to women being more prone to the growth of a cyst in the womb. Therefore, I advise the people out there to watch their diets and to lower their frequency of consuming chicken wings!


People, who receive this email, please forward it to your friends and loved ones. I am sure no one wants to see him or her suffer!



Singapore Medical Association


 



via Ahmad Rahimi Ishak