October 17th, 2010

Wise and Positive Words Oct 17

 Wise words to brighten your day and cultivate success!

We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives. If you don't know where you're aiming, you don't have a goal.
My goal is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say, she cared. - Mary Kay Ash

Great Quotes from Great Women!

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.~ Mary Anne Radmacher

Computer Stretch Exercises

When you are stiff and sore from sitting at your computer for long periods, it's best if you vary your position and posture periodically. We know we shouldn't sit for too long without taking a break to stretch and move around, but we forget, and then pay for it at the end of the day. In order to prevent chronic back & neck pain, here are several excellent stretches that are suggested to relieve the stress.

Try one of these the next time your back and neck start feeling tight.....




 via aman chai

Russian Biology Textbook

This is a regular Russian school biology textbook owned by some Russian school.He has modified some illustrations so now it’s hard to say sometimes what was there originally and what has appeared as a result of his imagination: ....  from the diary of "amanchai"

 The Biology Textbook


What to do when ...........

The Ability Excercise


The Brain

The Whole System


First Measures ... What To Do First Before The Ambulance Arrives ..........


Nutritions and  Healthy Foods

Any Comment .............

Mouth and Dentistry 


To Be Donated 

The Reproductive Organs

Delivering Process  ..........

Which is you ..................

Optometrics ...........


Know this guy ... ?

Vladimir  ................

The Medical Musician ............

Seen this guy before .............


Bilingual option for students and teachers

2010/10/17 Sonia Ramachandran and Chandra Devi Renganayar news@nst.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: All Year One pupils in national schools next year will be studying Science and Mathematics in Bahasa Malaysia.

They will not be given a choice to answer in English for school tests and public examinations as they progress through the years. Their textbooks would also be in Bahasa Malaysia, said Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom.

Those entering Form One and Form Four next year will be given the option to study Science and Maths either in Bahasa Malaysia or English. Their textbooks, however, will be in English.

"If the students are ready to be taught in Bahasa Malaysia, then the teacher can teach the two subjects in Bahasa Malaysia. If they are not ready, then the teacher can teach in English or opt to teach in both languages.

"Through the 'soft landing' approach, the change in the medium of instruction for the teaching of Science and Maths will be done gradually to accommodate the variability in students' and teachers' readiness," Alimuddin told the New Sunday Times. 

He said the process of transition will be done in stages (refer to transition table).

Alimuddin added that the switch to Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction for Science and Maths would apply to national schools, whereas in SJKs (national-type schools), the switch would be to their mother tongues -- Mandarin in SJKC and Tamil in SJKT respectively.

Students entering Form Two in 2012, said Alimuddin, would be allowed to study Science and Maths in Bahasa Malaysia and English until they reach Form Five in 2015.

"Textbooks in Bahasa Malaysia will be supplied to Year One pupils beginning next year and Year Four beginning 2012 for primary schools. For the SJKC and SJKT, there will be textbooks in Mandarin and Tamil respectively.

"As for secondary schools, textbooks in Bahasa Malaysia will be supplied to Form One and Form Four students beginning 2012. 

"Students are allowed to answer in English in exams during the transitional period but once the medium of instruction is completely in Bahasa Malaysia for a particular year or form, then they are required to answer in Bahasa Malaysia," said Alimuddin.

Asked whether schools will be given the option to teach the two subjects in English, Alimuddin said: "The bilingual medium of instruction is allowed only during the transitional period. Once the medium of instruction is completely Bahasa Malaysia for a particular year or form, then the only medium of instruction allowed is Bahasa Malaysia. 

"By 2016, the medium of instruction for both subjects across primary and secondary schools will completely be in Bahasa Malaysia in all national schools," said Alimuddin.

He said 2013 was the last year in which the Penilaian Menengah Rendah examination would be conducted in two languages for Science and Maths, while for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examinations, it would be in 2015.

On July 8, last year, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, announced the cabinet's decision to reverse the policy of teaching Science and Maths in English (or PPSMI).

Muhyiddin was reported to have said Science and Maths would be taught in Bahasa Malaysia and vernacular languages in stages from 2012 in line with the ministry's "Memartabatkan Bahasa Melayu, Memperkukuhkan Bahasa Inggeris -- Upholding the Malay Language, strengthening command of English" strategic move.

The reversal in policy came seven years after PPSMI was introduced by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 2003.

Muhyiddin told Parliament in October last year that the ministry was mulling the possibility of teaching the two subjects in Bahasa Malaysia to Year One pupils next year, ahead of the initial 2012 target.

What they say

Mak Chee Kin, chairman, Malacca Action Group For Parents in Education (Magpie)

"WHY are we confusing the students and teachers with the bilingual option? When teachers are given the option to teach in the language they are comfortable with, there will definitely be confusion. Picture this scenario -- next year, a teacher decides to teach Form One students in English and then in 2012 when the students are in Form Two, another teacher opts to teach in Bahasa Malaysia. 

Allow students who have been learning Science and Maths in English to continue until they complete secondary school. If the ministry can gradually phase out PMR in 2016, I don't see a reason why they can't do the same for PPSMI. Why the rush?

Also the use of Bahasa Malaysia to teach the two subjects must only be at primary level. At secondary level it should be taught in English. This will be the right move since English will be maintained as the medium of instruction in the teaching of Science and Maths in Form Six and matriculation."

Datin Freida Pilus,
president of the Malaysian Association of Private Schools (Maps) 

"CHINESE schools are given the latitude to teach the two subjects in Mandarin, instead of Bahasa Malaysia.

This relaxation is grounded on the argument that students will learn better in the language that they are familiar with.

I would look at the whole issue rationally. Clearly, two elements come into play in its logic -- the position of Bahasa Malaysia in the national education system, and the effectiveness of teaching and learning Mathematics and Science in the language familiar to the students. If emphasis is to be given to the first element, then no latitude can be justified. All schools, including SJKs, should be required to teach Maths and Science in Bahasa Malaysia.

However, if the second element is accepted, then it would logically demand a broad relaxation of the policy in respect of all schools. Schools across the board should consequently be given the option to choose either BM or another language that it finds effective in teaching the two subjects."

Liong Kam Chong,
retired secondary school principal

"FOR primary school pupils next year, those in Year Two to Six will continue to study Science and Maths in English. They will have to switch to studying the subjects in Bahasa Malaysia when they enter secondary schools. This switch will not be a "soft-landing", more so for those coming from vernacular schools. Why can't these groups be allowed to continue to learn in English until they finish Form Five?"

Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim,
chairman of Parent Action Group for Education (Page)

"THIS is a very confusing transition. The impact on schoolchildren is even worse, with some having to go through the Science and Maths subjects in English up till Form 3, changing to Bahasa Malaysia in Form Four and Five and then struggling back into the English language as they enter colleges and universities. 

Let's not confuse the students. When they are supposed to focus on learning the subject matter, the students will be grappling with relearning the concepts in Bahasa Malaysia.

After having learnt Maths, Additional Maths, Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Bahasa Malaysia for 11 years, the students are expected to relearn these subjects in English at Form Six/university level.

The Education Ministry has also declared that English hours in national schools will increase by six per cent from 15 per cent to 21 per cent. Currently, the hours for Science, Maths and English total 41 per cent. In 2012, when PPSMI is abolished across the board, the exposure to English falls from 41 per cent to 21 per cent. The net effect of the policy is instead halved, which is far from a perceived rise of six per cent. The long-term effect will be a reluctance to read and speak in English with confidence -- the language of knowledge in science, technology, trade and commerce.

We hope the government will give schools the option to continue with PPSMI. This would be a fair practice since the vernacular schools are allowed to teach in their mother tongue."

* What do you think? Send your views to nsunt@nst.com.my

Frequently asked questions

Q: My son is starting Year One next year. Will Science and Maths be in English?
A: No. Next year, children starting Year One will be studying both subjects in Bahasa Malaysia in national schools.

Q: Will their textbooks be in Bahasa Malaysia?
A: Yes

Q: What if my daughter is entering Year Two next year?
A: Science and Maths will be taught in Bahasa Malaysia and/or English in national schools. Textbooks will remain in English.

Q: What if my child is entering Year Three, Four, Five or Six next year?
A: She will be learning Science and Maths in Bahasa Malaysia and/or English at national schools. Her textbooks will remain in English.

Q: My child is Year Two this year, what happens when she progresses to Year Three, Four, Five and Six?
A: When she is in Year Three next year, Science and Maths will be taught in Bahasa Malaysia and/or English in national schools. Textbooks will remain in English. When she goes to Year Four in 2012, Year Five in 2013 and Year Six in 2014, she will be taught in Bahasa Malaysia and/or English, and textbooks will be in both languages.

Q: What about those entering Form One next year?
A: They will be studying both subjects in Bahasa Malaysia and/or English.

Q: And those entering Form Two, Three, Four and Five next year?
A: They will also be studying both subjects in Bahasa Malaysia and/or English.

Q: My son is entering Form One in 2012. What's his status?
A: Science and Maths will be taught in Bahasa Malaysia. His textbooks will also be in the language.

Q: When is the last year the PMR will be bilingual?
A: In 2013.

Q: What is the last year the SPM will be bilingual?
A: In 2015.

 Source:Bilingual option for students and teachers 

Innovation: Dare to fail

2010/10/17 SUZIEANA UDA NAGU suzie@nst.com.my
Every individual has the potential to be creative given the right encouragement and training

It appears that failing is the worst thing that youth can do in school. A series of programmes jointly organised by the Malaysian Association of Creativity and Innovation hopes to change that, writes SUZIEANA UDA NAGU

THE School Innovation Camp had threatened to be yet another boring weekend programme.

But there was something a little unusual about the camp and participants, who were from SM Sultan Abdul Halim, Jitra and SM Pendang — both in Kedah — could sense it.

The most glaring distinction between the scheme and others is that there was no pressure on participants to give the right answers.

“We encouraged them to try and to make mistakes. You could tell that the students started to relax as soon as they realised they would not be penalised (for their failure). Knowing that the camp was different from school perked them up,” says Malaysian Association of Creativity and Innovation (MACRI) founder and president Datuk Ghazi Sheikh Ramli, the man who conceptualised and funded the initiative.

There is no wrong answer in this programme, adds Ghazi, whose association had jointly organised the weekend school activity with the Kedah Education Department.

Malaysians must learn what innovation really means, says Ghazi Sheikh Ramli

 The camp is one of the projects conducted by MACRI, a non-profit organisation which was established three years ago by Ghazi, who believes that creativity is not the exclusive domain of artists and designers, “nor is innovation meant only for scientists and researchers”. 

The project aims to foster the creativity culture among Malaysians besides nurturing innovators of the future. 

Every individual has the potential to be creative given the right encouragement and training.

SM Sultan Abdul Halim has come up with the idea of a solar-powered bamboo car

Creativity gurus have long preached about the benefits of allowing young people to experiment and slip up. They believe that every breakthrough is preceded by failure.

However, it appears that failing is the worst thing that youth can do in school. 

An article titled Creativity at School: Is it even possible? (www.teachingexpertise.com) notes that schools tend to pay lip service to the notion that making a blunder is acceptable.

“In fact mistakes are punished, conformity is rewarded and what we really expect is regurgitation of information.” 

Renowned British innovation consultant Sir Ken Robinson blames formal education and cultural norms for “systematically (suppressing) creative thinking and flexibility”.

Painter Pablo Picasso’s quote “all children are artists, the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” is right on the mark as many outgrow their capacity to think out of the box as soon as they reach adulthood.

Ghazi, author of Purple Beach (www.ghazi.com.my), agrees.

“Schools prescribe precisely what students must learn. Students are told that they must follow the exact steps or risk being wrong,” says the former senator.

Malaysian homes tend to reinforce this fear of failure.

“Creativity begins at home but society often sets too many boundaries — so much so that it discourages youth from being inquisitive,” he adds.

The School Innovation Camp was launched just months after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced 2010 as the year of creativity and innovation.

The three-day camp, which was attended by 60 fourth-formers from two schools in Kedah, Ghazi’s home state, is committed to giving the push that young people need.

“We have been conditioned to think that only certain people are creative and were born to be inventors but the potential for creativity can be unlocked,” says Ghazi. 

“Seeing things differently” is a key requirement of being creative and innovative.

At the camp, the participants learned to break their old thinking pattern and believe in their own latent talent for ingenuity. The students’ creativity was tested when they had to come up with creations using recyclable material.

The outcome of this challenge proved that young Malaysians “are capable of coming up with fresh ideas”.
  A sample of students’ creation using recycled materia

Apart from the innovation camp, MACRI also holds another programme for teachers called Teachers Innovation Lab with partners the Kedah Education Department and the Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Foundation. 

It exposes educators to activities similar to those which students had to perform at the camp.

“Creativity is possible in schools but only under certain conditions. The present climate in which teachers operate is unlikely to result in creativity,” says Ghazi.

SM Sultan Abdul Halim was a natural choice to house the School Innovation Hub, the latest initiative by MACRI.

“The government is contemplating a national innovation centre and we feel schools should also have their own. It will have a multimedia room, an idea space and a gallery displaying a collection of innovative artefacts from my personal collection, among others. It will be a place for students and teachers to follow their creative pursuits,” he adds.

He has a strong attachment to SM Sultan Abdul Halim as he had taught at the residential school for three years before completing his degree in Accountancy in 1970 at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

The Green Innovation Garden scheme at the school aspires to evolve into a centre for innovation in green technology.

The school community responded enthusiastically to MACRI’s initiatives.
SM Sultan Abdul Halim Humanities senior teacher Zainab Yaman says: “Teachers and students understand what is expected of them. They have come up with ideas that can be explored such as the solar-powered bamboo car.”

Ghazi hopes to replicate the Green Innovation Garden concept in other schools in Malaysia.

While Ghazi lauds the government’s effort to dedicate this year to innovation and creativity, he cautions that the journey to transforming Malaysia into an innovation-led economy will be a long one.

“Malaysians must learn what innovation really means. It is not just about creating products that are marketable. A creative business model is an innovation. So are processes, services and systems. If we equate innovation with profitable products then we are limiting ourselves,” he says.

As the “Innovation Evangelist” of Malaysia — a title he earned for his dedication to championing creativity and innovation in Malaysia — Ghazi is prepared to devote all his time and attention to making this a reality.


 Source : Innovation: Dare To Fail

FB : Bahagia atau bahana ?

“TAK ada facebook? Alah, ketinggalan zamanlah kau ni, tak modenlah.”

Dialog biasa yang kita dengar kalau berani berterus terang kepada teman-teman bahawa kita tidak pernah mewujudkan akaun facebook (FB) sendiri. Pendek kata, kalau mahu berasa seiring dengan masa dan tak mahu ‘dimalukan’ oleh kawan-kawan.

Saya membuka akaun FB pada awal 2009. Saya perlu berterimakasih kepada Mark Zuckerberg kerana mewujudkan laman sosial ini. Di situlah, saya berjaya mencari hampir 100 teman-teman lama sewaktu di alam persekolahan.

Juga berkomunikasi dengan saudara mara, jauh dan dekat. Ada kenduri kendara, ada keluarga bertambah bilangan ahli, kawan-kawan kemalangan dan sebagainya, di sinilah ‘pusat sumber’ kita. Sementelah FB secara percuma, apa yang nak dirisaukan, balun sajalah sampai tutup mata (tidur).

Pun, ada yang tidak senang dengan FB, barangkali mereka yang menerima natijah negatif daripada laman sosial ini.

Saya tidak nafikan, dalam kebaikan yang dibawa, FB turut sama membawa sejuta masalah, gejala negatif dan tidak sihat. Ada orang menjadikan FB sebagai luahan perasaan yang tidak munasabah. Tidak kurang yang mahu menunjuk-nunjuk harta benda, kemewahan dan kesenangan diri.

Lebih dahsyat lagi, ada juga yang menjadikan FB sebagai medium menghina manusia lain tanpa usul periksa. Bicara tanpa bertentang mata, pasti akan ada saja khilaf penerimaannya.

Malah yang lebih keterlaluan, pergaduhan suami isteri pun disampaikan dalam FB. Saya pernah membaca status seperti ini di FB “Dah bertahun-tahun kahwin, sudah banyak aku berkorban, apa yang aku dapat?” Malah, ada yang minta cerai dalam laman sosial ini. Masya Allah. Kalau saya, saya terus menyekat diri daripada menjadi sahabat kepada orang sebegini.

Tak kurang juga ada teman yang telah ‘membuang’ saya daripada senarai secara tiba-tiba, hanya semata-mata kerana saya tidak menjawab soalan dia, “Sudah makan ke belum? Buat apa tu? Sihat ke hari ini?” Huhuhu! Sedih!
Kalau setakat persoalan yang sebegitu dan kebetulan kita tiada masa untuk melayan, apakah ‘berdosa’ kalau kita tidak memberi respons? Entahlah labu!

FB akan membawa kebaikan kalau kita gunakan ia ke arah kebaikan. Tetapi ia menjadi sebaliknya kalau kita menjadikan FB sebagai ruang sembang memudaratkan.

Justeru, berhati-hatilah untuk menerima teman yang memohon berada dalam list anda. Tak semua yang mendaftar sebagai teman itu ikhlas dan jujur. Ada juga yang hanya mahu menjadi pengintip, mencari kelemahan dan kekurangan kita, kemudian menyebarkannya kepada pihak lain.

Ada juga yang masuk ke senarai kita hanya semata-mata untuk menulis yang bukan-bukan. Isu perkauman, isu lucah, isu politik yang merapu, macam-macam lagi onar.

Berselindung di sebalik nama palsu, gambar metafora dan fotografi unik, orang seperti ini tidak boleh berada dalam senarai teman sosial kita. Ia hanya akan mengundang seribu kemungkinan yang kita sendiri tidak boleh jangkakan.

Oleh itu, terimalah kawan yang anda sudah pasti membawa kebaikan, memberi motivasi dan berinteraksi dengan darjah silaturahim yang tinggi. Walaupun hanya berteman di alam maya, adalah sangat penting untuk kita mempunyai teman sosial yang baik.

Seperti nasihat seorang abang senior saya “Layanlah orang dengan betul dan yang betul-betul orang sahaja, ya Along.”

Sumber : Mingguan Malaysia FB : Bahagia atau bahana? Oktober 17, 2010

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Masjid terawal di AS

Oleh Hafizahril Hamid

DI SEBALIK keriuhan isu pembinaan masjid dan pusat kebudayaan Islam berdekatan tapak serangan 11 September 2001, hakikatnya sejarah penghijrahan orang Islam yang turut memainkan peranan penting dalam membangunkan Amerika Syarikat (AS) tidak boleh diabaikan.Menurut catatan sejarah penghijrahan orang Islam ke AS pada awalnya melibatkan golongan kulit hitam yang dibawa masuk sebagai hamba abdi.

Kajian menunjukkan pada penghujung abad ke-18 sahaja, lebih 500,000 hamba abdi kulit hitam telah dibawa masuk. Dianggarkan lebih 30 peratus hamba lelaki dan 15 peratus daripada hamba wanita beragama Islam Islam.

Dari segi angka 200,000 hamba adalah golongan kulit hitam yang tetap berpegang dengan ajaran Islam.

Namun akibat dari tipu helah dan kelicikan Barat telah mengakibatkan golongan kulit hitam ini dijual dan dijadikan hamba abdi untuk kepentingan mereka.

MASJID Ross pada peringkat awal awal pembinaannya pada tahun 1929.
MASJID Ross pada peringkat awal awal pembinaannya pada tahun 1929.


Antara catatan terawal yang masih wujud tentang perkembangan golongan Islam kulit hitam adalah yang dihasilkan Omar Ibn Said yang tiba di AS pada 1807 dan tinggal di ladang gandum di North Carolina.

Dilahirkan di Futa Tooro atau kini dikenali sebagai Senegal, Omar telah menulis beberapa buku dalam bahasa Arab antaranya Bismillah, This Is How You Pray, dan penulisan tentang Surah 110 dalam al-Quran.

Terdapat versi yang mengatakan beliau telah memeluk agama Kristian hasil pemberian terjemahan kitab Injil oleh tuannya, James Owen namun kesahihan perkara itu masih belum jelas.

Kajian sejarah menunjukkan masjid pertama telah dibina di sebuah pekan kecil yang dikenali sebagai Ross, di Dakota Utara.

Pekan Ross yang kini hanya memiliki 48 orang penduduk telah menyaksikan peristiwa bersejarah dalam perkembangan Islam di AS sehingga terbinanya sebuah masjid hasil penghijrahan warga Syria sejak lewat kurun ke-18.

Seorang petani dari Syria, Hassan Juma merupakan penduduk Islam terawal di pekan tersebut sebelum lebih ramai lagi warga Syria berhijrah dan kemudian menetap di pekan Ross..

Kehadiran mereka telah membentuk komuniti Islam yang besar di pekan berkenaan namun pada masa yang sama mereka tetap menghormati kumpulan agama dan penduduk lain.

Setelah sekian lama terpaksa menunaikan solat hanya di bahagian bawah tanah rumah mereka akhirnya penduduk di situ bergotong royong membina sebuah masjid yang dikenali sebagai Masjid Ross pada 1929.
Sejak itu masjid tersebut digunakan oleh masyarakat Islam di situ untuk pelbagai majlis dan keraian tanpa timbul sebarang sengketa dan salah faham dengan penganut lain.

 PenglibatanNamun sejarah masjid berkenaan terkubur apabila dirobohkan pada 1978 akibat kurangnya penglibatan umat Islam di sana.

Ini berlaku akibat perkahwinan campur antara masyarakat berbilang agama yang menyebabkan ada antara mereka memeluk agama lain.

Selain itu kepupusan bahasa Arab serta tidak ada lagi orang Islam yang datang untuk mengerjakan solat Jumaat turut menjadi punca masjid itu dirobohkan.

Masjid tersebut telah dibina semula di tapak yang sama pada tahun 2005.
Malangnya langkah tersebut hanya sebagai tanda bahawa ia pernah mencatat sejarah sebagai masjid pertama di AS, tanpa ada umat Islam yang menggunakannya.

Satu lagi masjid terawal yang dibina dikenali sebagai The Mother Mosque of America. Masjid yang dibina pada 1934 juga dikenali sebagai The Rose of Fraternity Lodge dan Moslem Temple.

Terletak di Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ia merupakan masjid yang masih kekal sehingga kini yang juga kedua tertua dibina selepas Masjid Ross.

Masjid itu menjadi pusat kegiatan Islam selama 40 tahun sebelum bangunan Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids dibina bagi pada 1971. Berikutan itu masjid tersebut tersebut telah dijual dan pembelinya membiarkan iainya terbiar untuk beberapa lama.

 Namun pada 1991 Islamic Council of Iowa yang diketuai oleh Imam Taha Tawil dan Dr. Thomas B. Irving telah membeli bangunan tersebut sebelum ia dibaik pulih dan kekal menjadi Pusat Kebudayaan Islam sehingga sekarang.

Sesungguhnya isu mengenai pembinaan masjid dan pusat kebudayaan Islam dekat tapak serangan 11 September, 2001 dan ancaman pembakaran al-Quran oleh paderi dari Florida hanyalah satu mainan politik murahan pihak-pihak tertentu yang takut kepada perkembangan Islam yang semakin meluas di AS.

Yang jelas sumbangan penduduk Islam di negara itu tidak boleh diketepikan.

Adalah diharapkan mereka dapat melihat bahawa Islam itu adalah agama yang meliputi cara hidup dan bukan membabitkan keganasan seperti yang dilakukan oleh beberapa pihak yang terpesong fahamannya tentang keindahan Islam.

Sumber : Mingguan MalaysiaRencana : Masjid terawal di AS Oktober 17, 2010

'Guru perlu bantu kerajaan'

 KUALA LUMPUR: Matlamat menjadikan Malaysia negara maju menjelang 2020 amat bergantung kepada keupayaan warga pendidik menyedia dan menyampaikan pendidikan berkualiti, kata Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata, pembentukan insan secara holistik hanya dapat dicapai melalui pembangunan daya inovasi dan kreativiti pelajar semasa proses pembelajaran dan pengajaran yang akan menghasilkan modal insan berilmu, kreatif, inovatif, berketrampilan serta berupaya memacu ekonomi berteraskan pengetahuan dan mencipta kekayaan baru bagi negara.

Sehubungan itu, katanya, guru perlu melaksanakan tugas dengan bersungguh-sungguh, jujur dan ikhlas dalam mendidik anak bangsa supaya menjadi insan sempurna peribadi.

“Tanpa sokongan guru, saya yakin hasrat kerajaan untuk melahirkan modal insan yang holistik tidak akan tercapai,” katanya pada Perhimpunan Kebangsaan Guru 1Malaysia di Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil di sini, semalam yang turut dihadiri Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Ia bertemakan ‘Guru Pemangkin 1Malaysia’.

Beliau yang juga Menteri Pelajaran berkata, guru sebagai ejen pelaksana dan ejen perubahan perlu memainkan peranan pada semua peringkat demi mencapai dan merealisasikan hasrat kerajaan untuk membina negara bangsa sesuai dengan semangat 1Malaysia.

Katanya, kerajaan sedar setiap usaha yang hendak dilaksanakan menghadapi cabaran dan halangan, dengan cabaran utama dihadapi pendidik ialah untuk melahirkan warga negara berdaya tahan, dinamik, progresif, berilmu pengetahuan, kreatif, inovatif dan berdaya saing pada peringkat global selain meningkatkan nilai akhlak mulia dan penyayang.

Oleh itu, kata beliau, sewajarnya ‘penilaian kritikal’ terhadap proses pendidikan yang sedang berjalan dilaksanakan supaya sebarang penyesuaian selaras dengan keutamaan serta keperluan masyarakat dan global yang sentiasa berubah.

“Justeru, guru perlu mempunyai nilai kepemimpinan yang tinggi, kekuatan minda yang profesional, ketangkasan daya fikir dan daya cipta serta kemantapan idealisme yang harus dibangunkan untuk melahirkan persekitaran pendidikan yang cemerlang berlandaskan kepada nilai dan etos ‘learning society’,” katanya.

Sumber : Berita Harian On-line Oktober 17/20/2010