November 24th, 2011

'We represent all PTAs in nation'

DULY ELECTED National PTA Collaborative Council denies it is illegal

Associate Professor Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan says he is improving the council’s structure

The National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council has refuted allegations that the council does not represent all parent-teacher associations (PTAs) in the country.

 Its presiden,t Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan said the council has been in existence since 1996 and has held meetings in several states as well as organised education seminars with  the Education Ministry.

 He said it was wrong for anyone to question the legality of the council as it was registered with the Education Ministry.

 Ali was commenting on a letter published in the New Straits Times last week which alleged  that the council also known as Majlis Permuafakatan Persatuan IbuBapa dan Guru Nasional (PIBGN), had never held any election to elect its executive committee, including the president.

 The letter, written by an executive committee member of a PTA, also questioned the legality of the council and its representation on education issues on behalf of other PTAs in the country.

 "This council was formed in 1996 following a national PTA conference at Universiti Utara Malaysia. The members are elected from PTAs from various states," said Ali.

 "The council later received an endorsement  from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, then the education minister, during one of our meetings in Port Dickson.

 "Since then we have had gatherings every three years, which are also attended by representatives from the Education Ministry and Institut Aminuddin Baki.

 "We  have also conducted seminars together with the Education Ministry on school discipline and the functions of PTAs," Ali told the New Sunday Times.

 The council, he said, was presently improving the structure of the organisation to ensure all stakeholders were  represented.

Source:  Latest - New Straits Times 13 November 2011

PTA: Is PIBGN legal?

IN the report "End PPSMI debate" (NST, Oct 31), there was mention of the National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council and its president.

 As an elected member of a parent-teacher association (PIBG) executive committee for the past two years, I am not aware of a national council that represents PIBG,  nor was there any election to elect its executive committee, including the president.

 I understand that the  national council is also known as Majlis Permuafakatan Persatuan IbuBapa dan Guru Nasional and by its accronym, PIBGN.

 I don't know if it is a legal body, but it is wrong for PIBGN to give the impression that it represents all PIBGs nationwide, especially on  education issues.

Source: Letters to the Editor - New Straits Times 7 November 2011

PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATIONS: More information needed

I refer to the reply by National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council (PIBGN) president Datuk Mohd Ali Hasan on the legality of his organisation.

 An organisation cannot be deemed legal just because it has organised several education seminars with the Education Department and was endorsed by the then education minister.

 We need to know if it is registered as an organisation. If it is, then the PIBGN should show its registration to parent-teacher associations (PTAs).  It is said that this organisation was formed in 1996, but was there any election held after that year? Ali also mentioned that he had held meetings in several states with PTAs.

Parents and PTAs would like to know which PTAs he had meetings with. We would also like to know where it gets its funding, if not from parents and the PTAs.

 There are more questions than answers. As parents, it is our right to know if we have the right representation for our children.

Source: Letters to the Editor - New Straits Times 23 November 2011

PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATIONS: Please clarify council's 'nationwide' status

I refer to the the report "We represent all PTAs in nation" (NST, Nov 13). The president of the National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council (PIBGN) had refuted claims that the council did not represent all parent-teacher associations (PTAs) in the country and that it was wrong for anyone to question its legality as it was registered with the Education Ministry.

 In my letter  "Is PIGBN legal?"  (NST, Nov 7), I had questioned the legality of PIBGN because, as an elected member of a PTA for the past two years, none of us in the executive committee have ever heard of a council that represents all PTAs nationwide. Other PTA presidents are equally unaware of the existence of PIBGN or  any of its annual general meetings to elect its executive committee members, including the president.

 Since the PIBGN insists that it represents all PTAs nationwide and that it is registered with the ministry, implying that it legally represents PTAs in the country, I urge the ministry to clarify the status of PIBGN.

 Otherwise, many of the PTAs will continue to doubt the legality of PIBGN's existence and its position to represent all PTAs.

Source:  Letters to the Editor - New Straits Times 23 November 2011

PPSMI: Let's be clear what soft landing means

Page (Parent Action Group for Education) lamented that it had received feedback from parents that state education directors and district education officers have been influencing principals to choose Bahasa Malaysia (BM) over English in the teaching of the two subjects next year.

Page also expressed concern that decision-making by principals may be influenced by the incentive of promotions or threat of transfer.

 I share the concern of Page  regarding the interpretation and implementation of Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English's  (PPSMI) "soft landing" by schools.

 This is most unfortunate. Principals, teachers and officers at the district education offices, state education departments and Education Ministry should not have any personal agenda in carrying out the PPSMI soft landing.

 First, let's be very clear about what "soft landing" should  mean.

  When the ministry decided to abolish the policy in 2009, we still had students following PPSMI.

To ensure that these students would not be disoriented overnight,  "soft landing" was proposed and scheduled. The affected students can continue to finish their study of the two subjects in English until they reach Form Five.

 Second, those who want to do the subjects in Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese or Tamil need to opt out of the soft landing.  With soft landing, PPSMI should be in place and available as before, for all students caught in the transition. Schools must recognise this fact and act accordingly.

 Third, with the above understanding, it is, therefore, wrong in logic for schools to offer options of English and  BM, Chinese or Tamil to  PPSMI students.

 English need not be offered as  option; it is the option for these PPSMI schools.

 Only those who want to study in BM, Chinese or Tamil need to opt out of it.

Let the voice of parents be heard loud and clear. Let our children study  in peace.

p.s. Can anyone help on this, is PAGE legal too ?

Source: Letters to the Editor - New Straits Times 22 November 2011

Muammar Gaddafi

Though he's gone but yet  a record of his doing whether good or not must be made known. This piece was sent by a teacher from BM High School (also an alumnus of MRSM PC 73).  So be it, maybe shared before but then 'this one for me'.

The international media, influenced by the Americans and the British through their respective mouth-pieces, CNN and BBC, has successfully painted Gaddafi as a hard-core dictator, tyrant or whatever you want to call him. However, the media has, as usual, also failed to show the kind, giving Gaddafi we never heard of. Gaddafi unlike most dictators has managed to show his humane side, the very side we dream of seeing in other dictators.

One wonders whether the forthcoming democratic rule the Libyans cry  for will improve life for them. Only time will tell, meanwhile let us get to the unknown facts about the Libyan dictator, the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi:

1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
3. Home is considered a human right in Libya  Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafis father has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.
4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment to help start up the family. So let's go to Libya and marry Libyan girls.

Traditional wedding in Tripoli, Libya

5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.
6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick-start their farms  all for free.
7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it  not only free but they get US$2,300/mth accommodation and car allowance.
8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion  now frozen globally.

Great Man-Made River project in Libya … $27 billion

11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
13. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US$5,000
14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15
15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree
16. Gaddafi carried out the worlds largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.
Which other dictator has done so much good for his people?

A. Idi Amin

B. Stalin

C. Che Det (oops, is he?)

D.  Mao Nazary (oops, dia masuk jugak ka ?)

Send your answer to the 'teacher' now !