The importance of a university education

February 19th, 2018
The audience of the educational symposium held by Oxford International AQA Examinations (Oxford AQA) focusing on Lord David Willets’ presentation.

IN a time when the world is facing fast-paced changes and the relevance of univesity for school-leavers is being questioned, it is important to note that it is a university education that will help individuals thrive in the Industry 4.0 era.

This is the key message from Lord David Willets, cabinet minister for universities and science in the British coalition government from 2010 to 2014, and now a visiting professor at King’s College London and a member of the House of Lords.

“University education, undoubtedly, has a continuing role to play globally, with university as one of the great institutions of modern society and as a transformational experience for the individual,” he said during his presentation at a recent educational symposium, organised by Oxford International AQA Examinations (Oxford AQA) at Taylor’s University in Subang Jaya.

He shared with the audience contents of his book, A University Education, which is a powerful defence of the value of higher education in the world today. It looks back at how the university has attained its crucial role in the modern world — and forward to the challenges facing higher education in the future. It includes an honest appraisal of the problems facing universities in the current climate.

Lord David Willets

“More than half of university students are in Asia — with 91 million of the total 165 million university student worldwide here. Around four million students study abroad, of which 65,000 are Malaysian students. I believe we will see a substantial increase in the percentage of students studying abroad as globalised education becomes both in greater demand and more achievable through technological advancement,” he said.

“The growth of educational technology is enabling greater communication between universities and international prospective students, but universities could be under threat if they do not move rapidly in the digital world and ensure the university degree remains the most desirable and credible qualification available. I believe we will see rapid growth of online provision of university education, particularly Masters qualifications and beyond, and the data collected from digital online learning — revealing exactly how we learn — will have a big impact on advancing the higher education system as a whole,” he added.

Speaking to Higher ED on the sidelines of the event, Willets shared that the British government had just published an industrial strategy, which is very much focused on Industry 4.0.

“One aspect of it is for universities to simply research relevant Industry 4.0 areas, like robotics, satellite systems and smart software. The evidence in my book is that students who have the benefit of a university education are most probably the ones who will thrive in the Industry 4.0 era. They’ll have the cognitive skills and human capital that will enable them to function in a rapidly changing world,” he said.

While, traditionally, numerous educationists have focused on vocation-based education, where students learn a set of skills for a certain vocation, Willets felt that it was a much riskier approach to education as the world was moving so fast.

“Whereas university education, where you learn broad cognitive skills, is a safer option in a changing world,” he said.

Asked on his take on whether a university education can be bypassed as in the alleged cases of tech entrepreneurs Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, he said those American tech billionaires did have their opportunity in life from university.

“Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook was a Harvard project when he was at the university. Steve Jobs did a calligraphy course at Reed College, which probably led to the creation of the beautiful Apple products. Sir Jony Ives, Apple’s chief design officer, was at Northumbria, where he studied industrial design. That’s where he got the training to make beautiful Apple products. The success of these personalities is linked to them being among the numbers of people benefiting from going to a university,” Willet said.

Lord David Willetts signing his book for one of the participants of the education symposium held at at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus. Picture by Amirudin Sahib

On whether British universities were as attractive and welcoming to international students — in particular Malaysian students — in the Brexit era, Willets said overseas students were very much welcomed in Britain.

“There is no cap in numbers that can come. And the timing of the regime that has occurred has been to the benefit of everyone. For example, there is now a higher standard of English that is expected before you partake in British education. But to be honest, you should have a decent standard of English if you are to properly benefit from becoming a student in a British university. There’s a warm welcome to students from Malaysia. And one reason I am here is because I want to promote education links between our two countries. And I would love to see more British students coming to study in Malaysia as well,” he said.

On whether there is a difference in quality for international students at universities in Britain or a branch campus outside, he said quality was not compromised, regardless of where the campus was .

“For example, I have been to Nottingham University Malaysia, which is an excellent university in its own right. What I personally think should happen is for Malaysian students to go to the Malaysian campus of Nottingham University first and do a year of the course at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. So you have the experience of living in another country. And my standing is that it is possible. Not many young people in either of the three campuses — in China, Malaysia or the UK — take that opportunity and I’d like to see more do it,” he said.

Asked what was the best path for a Malaysian school-leaver to land a place in a university in the UK, Willets said by and large it would help if the student had a school qualification that was recognised by the British education system.

By ROZANA SANi.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/education/2018/02/335712/importance-university-education

CNY celebrations: A truly inclusive affair

February 19th, 2018
Chinese New Year is one of the most formidable holidays in the calendar. FILE PIC

IT is my eighteenth Chinese New Year (CNY) in Malaysia. My eighteenth week of sleepless nights due to firecrackers, invitation to celebratory food throwing, witnessing breath-taking acrobatics by lion dancers and hopeless overindulging on mandarin oranges and paper-thin love letter waffles.

But, let’s start from the beginning. To a foreigner in Asia, Chinese New Year is one of the most formidable holidays in the calendar. Without being privy to preparations happening in Chinese homes, hotels or department stores, we outsiders seem to wake up one morning to a sea of red lanterns blanketing the city skies.

In true Malaysian fashion, huge sales are being held in virtually every retail configuration in town, and some impatient kids in the neighbourhood light firecrackers days, or nights, rather, before the actual New Year’s Eve.

So far so good.

As is the human condition, however, many are the voices that lament the changes in recent years. Ah, the good old days.

“We used to be so excited to get ang pow from our elders,” I hear. Kids seem to expect much more these days.

“We always dressed up in traditional outfits,” they say. As long as it is red and bright, youngsters are good to go in casual attire nowadays.

“We loved the home-cooked goodies at Ah Ma’s house,” they regret. Family gatherings in res-taurants are fast becoming the new norm.

“We used to visit every member of the extended family at their homes.” Sending well wishes through Facebook or WhatsApp instead is probably the saddest change in the century-old traditions of CNY.

Expectations, habits and traditions change, but not all hope is lost, far from it.

Lion dances are a wonderful custom. Not only is the artistic and acrobatic prowess of the dancers and musicians quite formidable, but once the masks come off, it is always uplifting to see how young the participants are. This particular aspect of the CNY tradition is alive and well among the young, the not so young and the young at heart alike.

Many features of these celebrations have grown close to my heart over the years. And yet, I cherish one characteristic most of all. CNY celebrations are a truly inclusive affair. No other cultural festival is as embracing of others as this one.

Every New Year’s day sees a traffic jam not outside, but inside our gated community. Each resident stops at the guarded gate to hand out copious amounts of red envelopes and cases of mandarin oranges to the faithful foreign souls that keep us safe in our little enclave all year long.

Every car porch features red lanterns and long chains of giant, fake firecrackers, mine included, and this regardless of the provenance or cultural background of the resident.

“Gong Xi, Gong Xi, Gong Xi Ni Ya.”

Every child in Malaysia knows the lyrics to this song. Including my children and their American, Korean, Russian and Indian friends.

Every year, on a particularly auspicious day, we are invited to gather around a massive plate to louthe yee sang as high as we can. Although making a huge mess with our food is not at all part of our culture, we are always grateful for the opportunity to join in this particular merriment.

Although these CNY-related activities are common for our Chinese friends and neighbours, it is not all that evident for us to be welcomed to partake in them so openly.

Cultural appropriation is a big bone of contention all over the world these days.

Yet, no one minds the paper lanterns in my car porch, nobody gives me “the look” at a lion dance performance, nobody takes offence at my children trying, and probably failing miserably, at singing the Gong Xi-song in public. And it is perfectly acceptable for me to try to squeeze into a bright red cheongsam. Although I have to admit, I really should not, it is not easy on the eyes.

By FANNY BUCHELI-ROTTER.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2018/02/336811/cny-celebrations-truly-inclusive-affair

Why human governance is needed

February 19th, 2018
According to Accountants Today (2009), human governance is an internal mechanism to guide human behaviour. FILE PIC
By Dr Hanudin Amin - February 19, 2018 @ 11:10am

HUMAN governance is about being a good human being. This letter expounds human governance from the context of Islamic banking.

According to Accountants Today (2009), human governance is an internal mechanism to guide human behaviour.

The target object for human governance is the human being since the soul of the corporation is human.

As the soul of the banks, the employees, as dedicated and sincere workers, must work towards meeting the goals of the banks for mardhatillah (blessings of God).

From the Islamic worldview, one’s soul is a key axis for human governance.

Unlike corporate governance, human governance deals with human behaviour that is inspired by sound intentions, guided by the Islamic worldview and Islamic business philosophy.

Human governance advocates good deeds, where God-fearing men and women walk down the right pathway. The consequence of such a human governance is a truthful person free of toxic behaviours and malpractices.

Why Islamic banks need human governance?

FIRSTLY, human governance is aimed at upholding maqasid al-Shariah (objectives of syariah) to promote qalb-based leadership — a leadership where the soul is considered in all the decisions of the individual for the benefit of the ummah or humanity in general. Qalb essentially means soul.

SECONDLY, human governance improves the individuals’ productivity as every deed is defined as ibadah (religious service). The employees work efficiently and ethically as God is watching them.

THIRDLY, human governance is a device that ensures shareholders and stakeholders work together, paving the way for an
Islamic banking operation consistent with the expectations of all.

It can be said that the human governance paradigm is still at the infancy stage in the banking industry and more effort is needed to make it accessible and manageable.

Banks that offer financial products are typically driven by commercial objectives per se at the expense of social welfare objective. In turn, this leads to unethical practices that mar the public image of the industry.

Having said that, the best way to curb unethical practices is by inculcating human governance in staff by providing personalised training.

By Dr Hanudin Amin.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2018/02/336834/why-human-governance-needed

First music-themed playschool to open in Sabah

February 19th, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: The first ever music-themed playschool in Sabah is finally open for intake in March and it is offering a special discount to the first 30 children to register.

Located at Jalan Punai Tanah, Likas (opposite the Chung Hwa Kindergarten and next to the State Education Department building), the ECC (Every Child Can) Playschool Plus is open to children aged two to four years old and provides full-day daycare service. The playschool will be using music and arts as a medium of learning for students.

According to Madam Lily Yong, the Chief Operations Officer for ECCPlayschool Plus, “music has been proven to be able to stimulate brain development, especially in young children. Therefore, ECC Playschool Plus provides creative and interesting thematic classes with lessons using musical instruments, such as piano, violin, singing and phonics, as well as arts and crafts activities.”

Lily adds that early exposure to music and arts early in their lives will help develop creative and cognitive skills in children. Furthermore, this will also help prepare the children’s minds for academic learning in the future. In addition to that, Lily notes that picking up skills early in life, especially in learning musical instruments, will help instill discipline and build solid characters from young.

On top of that, ECC Playschool Plus teachers are also highly trained and qualified in the field of creative arts and music. To ensure the children’s health and safety, the playschool also hires full-time registered nurses to monitor the children’s health and plan nutritious meals for their growing bodies.

Read more @ http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/21804

Sport schools: Shaping world-class athletes

February 18th, 2018
Education Ministry sports director Dr Mehander Singh

Malaysia has produced remarkable and outstanding athletes using a 60-year-old triangle method

Grooming seemingly ordinary individuals to become world-class athletes is not for the faint-hearted, but the Education Ministry, working hand-in-hand with national sports bodies, has the eye to identify a diamond in the rough early on.

Utilising a 60-year-old triangle method of having a large pool of students sifted upwards as they excel, our national schools have produced athletes who have flown the Jalur Gemilang high and proud in foreign lands.

From this, five sports schools alone have produced more than 50 Olympians since the first one, Bukit Jalil Sports School, was opened in 1996.

This proves impressive for a baby nation of 32 million people, although still on the road to clinching its first Olympic gold medal since its involvement in the Games some seven years after achieving independence.

Education Ministry sports director Dr Mehander Singh told the New Sunday Times that churning out world-class athletes year after year was something people outrightly demanded, but they were clueless on the complexity of achieving it.

“Our pyramid system begins with the school population of roughly 5.2 million students, who compete at the most basic level, between classes and houses at their individual schools.

“As they go on, 800,000 of these student athletes manage to compete at district level, and subsequently 100,000 of them at state level.

“At the very top of the pyramid, at the national level, 12,000 to 14,000 student athletes in the country vie for a place as the nation’s best.”

This stable pyramid system ensures the best athletes start from the beginning, he added, identifying them early on and harnessing them to glory.

A prime example of this is Southeast Asia’s sprint king Khairul Hafiz Jantan, who rose from the ranks as an athlete at school level to international level.

The 19-year-old Melaka native ended Malaysia’s 14-year drought of a gold medal in the men’s 100m dash at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games last year, clocking in 10.38 seconds.

Mehander said the country’s sports development had come a long way, paving the way for a cluster of today’s future athletes.

He also stressed that an element that would not be overlooked in the process of developing athletes was education, which was the reason sports schools primarily take academics very seriously.

“We try to find a balance between academics and sports. If their sports career does not pan out, they need something to fall back on.

“Their career track should be diversified and education should be for life.”

Zainal Aba

Zainal Abas

The ministry’s sports deputy director, Zainal Abas, said an athlete’s career was akin to high-jump; the athletes must have something to land on after they have reached their peak.

“While their sports career will not last until they are 50 or 60, their education lasts for a lifetime.

“This is why we prepare a platform for them in academics in addition to sports,” he said.

A typical day in the life of a sports school student, he elaborated, started as early as 6.30am, when they begin their two-hour training.

Their academic classes start from 9.30am and ends about noon. Three hours later, they start training again. They spend their nights studying and making up for those lost contact hours due to competitions.

“We want thinking athletes. If Brazil can have a medical doctor in its World Cup team, Dr Socrates, why should we deprive our own student athletes of education?” he said, adding that even during their international travels, student athletes had academic modules with them to ensure they were not left behind in their studies.

By AINA NASA.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/exclusive/2018/02/336495/sport-schools-shaping-world-class-athletes

Not right fish and expensive greens

February 18th, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Whether due to overfishing or even theft of marine resources by foreign fishermen active in our waters as alleged by industry sources, one thing is clear – seafood is not as abundantly available as before.

Even if available, they are not the ones sought after during Chinese New Year.

On the other hand, some vegetables have to be discarded because their higher prices have resulted in weakened demand.

A Daily Express random check on fish markets in the State found that most Chinese families may be forced to settle for smaller and cheaper fish for their traditional New Year’s eve dinner compared to previous years.

The higher cost of certain types of fish favoured for this festive occasion is forcing many to opt for cheaper ones.

Fish monger Alex Soo, in Tawau, said his regular customers are buying snappers and pomfrets which are less expensive than types they usually prefer (pic above).

“I do sell the big ones but not many customers are buying because the price has increased.

They choose the smaller ones including prawns,” he said.

The 27-year-old, who took over his mother’s business three years ago, confirmed that fish from his suppliers is more expensive this time around.

There was adequate supply of normal seafood in the KK markets, but traditional species such as White (and black) pomfret were again not in sight this year.

According to a fishmonger who wanted to be identified as Zan, there was more supply compared to last week.

“Thus prices for popular staple food fishes including ikan basung and tulai have dropped slightly and there was no shortage of supply.

Another fishmonger, Roza, agreed saying supply had increased this week leading to slightly cheaper prices but not for those sought after.

“We get our supply from the local fishing boats. If the weather is good then they will be able to catch more fish for the markets,” she said.

A prawn seller said there was enough supply of paper and white prawns in the market and the prices have varied little. However larger sized tiger prawns popularly served at Chinese New year celebrations in the past were unavailable.

“Tommorow (Wednesday) is when we will receive the last shipment of seafood including prawns prior to Chinese New year celebrations, she said.

Vegetable seller, Mama Ella, 51, who operates at Sin On market, also in Tawau, said customer traffic has been less ever since the prices of some basic items increased.

“When I first started doing business there used to be a lot of customers coming here (including during off peak hours) but it’s not the case now. I often have to throw away unsold vegetables at the end of the day,” she said.

Even lately she has been having difficulty in selling her vegetables. “By the end of the day, I would find my table still full,” said Mama Ella, who has been selling for 14 years.

She blamed the Good and Services Tax (GST) for customers holding back on purchases.

“There’s always plenty of supply of vegetables or fruits but less people are buying these days.

So, I don’t dare to take a lot (from suppliers),” she added.

She admitted that she, too, had withheld buying for the Chinese New Year as she wants to be careful with her hard-earned money.

“One thing for sure, I’ll be celebrating it in a modest scale this year. The economy is not good,” she lamented.

Another vegetable seller, Wit Nyuk Oi, said demand for “sang choi” and salads which are favoured during CNY has not been as good as it used to be in previous years.

According to the 51-year-old, the slow economy has changed the spending habit of the people.

A random survey at the Manggatal and Inanam market, in the State Capital, showed vegetables were being bought despite a slight price hike.

“The price depends on the weather condition, good weather means cheaper vegetables, rainy season means costlier vegetables,” said vendor, Lonikah Galim.

She said normally a kilo of kale could cost RM5, while the price of lettuce would be RM8 a kilo, but again it depends on the weather.

“Getting our supply is not that difficult provided you order early especially during festive season when vegetables is in high demand,” she added.

“If the weather conditions turn bad, then not only consumers, but we as vendors would also have to spend extra,” she said.

Another vendor, Julia Junaidi, said the prices may go slightly up during the festive season due to the unpredictable weather condition. She said people still continue to buy because the prices is still reasonable.

She said prices for vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, shallots, and leafy greens for salads would usually go up during Chinese New Year.

“Broccoli is usually sold at RM10 per kilo, but during festive seasons it can go up to RM16 or RM18 a kilo,” she said.

She said the prices can go up by RM2 or RM3 depending on the weather conditions.

A survey at a grocery shop in Kolombong showed that the price of Baby Kailan is RM7 a kilo, while Pak Choi Taiwan from Ranau – a type of Chinese cabbage is sold at RM5.80 a kilo.

Read more @ http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=122901

Ensuring access to early childhood education

February 15th, 2018
Ong (fourth from right) and Wang (second from right) at a scholarship presentation held in Kelantan.

Ong (fourth from right) and Wang (second from right) at a scholarship presentation held in Kelantan.

AFTER receiving the National Woman Entrepreneur Award 2009 for her outstanding achievements and contribution to society, especially in early childhood development, Datin Seri Dr K H Wang who is co-founder of Smart Reader Worldwide, was inspired to realise her vision to ensure that underprivileged children have access to quality preschool education in their formative years.

She contributed the prizes received to initiate the One Child One Hope Education Scholarship programme. Since it started, the programme has funded more than 500 less fortunate children nationwide for their preschool education.

Each child in the programme receives complete education benefits, including the provision of school fees, uniforms, shoes, schoolbags, books, worksheets and various other learning materials.

More than RM500,000 worth of scholarships have been distributed nationwide and through numerous charity establishments such as Yayasan Sultan Kelantan Darulnaim, Yayasan Tuanku Syed Putra and Yayasan Diraja Sultan Mizan.

To date, Smart Reader Worldwide has also organised various fund-raising events.

These include a grand charity concert in 2012 to an exciting family cycle-and-run event in 2017.

“Providing children with quality education during their formative years allows them the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Wang.

This is supported by Smart Reader Worldwide Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Richard Ong.

“We are delighted to see the accomplishment from the scholarship awardees after they enrol in Smart Reader Kids.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2018/02/11/ensuring-access-to-early-childhood-education/#Mez2mkE31jGE1DSG.99

‘It just did not meet safety standards’.

February 14th, 2018
PETALING JAYA: The cladding panels used on the exterior of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) building in Jalan Gasing did not meet fire safety requirements, said Fire and Rescue Department deputy director-general Datuk Soiman Jahid.

Initial investigations revealed that the fire started on the first floor, where maintenance work was being carried out to the exterior of the building, he added.

“A spark ignited the cladding panels. Hot weather and strong wind were also factors in the spread of the fire to other parts of the building’s exterior.

“The Uniform Building Bylaws require buildings to be fitted with less flammable cladding panels. Using more flammable ones is a clear infringement,” he told reporters at the scene of the fire yesterday.

Soiman said that the material that was used in this case was polyethylene, which is more combustible.

“This incident is similar to the fire at Grenfell Tower in London last year where the use of flammable cladding panels was a key factor,” he said.

A total of 70 firemen were deployed to Jalan Gasing once the call was received.

“The fire spread mostly on the exterior of the building. We managed to put out the fire completely within 30 minutes,” he said.

Soiman announced that the department would conduct inspections on buildings nationwide, especially those with fire certificates.

Fiery incident: Firemen dousing the fire at the KWSP building in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

“We will not renew fire certificates for buildings which use the more flammable cladding,” he said.

Soiman called on all building owners and administrators not to use the more flammable cladding panels.

“It maybe cheaper but in the end, if a fire occurs, the price is too high to pay especially if it involves the loss of lives.

“I urge building owners who have used the more flammable cladding panels to change them immediately. If you are unsure, contact us so we can assess whether the right cladding has been used,” he said.

Petaling Jaya deputy OCPD Supt Ku Mashariman Ku Mahmood said the police were on hand to assist fire fighters during the incident.

“We had to close some parts of the road leading to Jalan Gasing, so that the firefighters could put out the fire without any difficulties,” he said.

EPF officer Azmi Herizat, who has worked at the social security institution for 18 years, said it was the first time such a fire occurred there.

“I was on the first floor when I heard cables exploding. I thought nothing of it until I saw smoke coming out from a room on the first floor. My colleagues and I quickly ran outside to safety,” he said.

His co-worker Mohd Zawawi Ismail, who was manning the counters on the ground floor, said he initially thought the explosion-like sound was an accident on the Federal Highway.

“However, the smoke and burning smell made me realise it was a fire. I shouted at my colleagues and customers to leave immediately,” he said, adding that “the constant fire drills at the institution were a blessing as everyone knew where to go”.

EPF chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan expressed gratitude to the Fire and Rescue Department for putting out the blaze quickly, and apologised to those affected by the incident.

He said the statutory body would immediately investigate the cause of the fire and assess safety measures for all its buildings and branches nationwide.

Shahril expressed concern that a spark on the external cladding had started the fire, adding that they would fully cooperate with the authorities.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/02/14/it-just-did-not-meet-safety-standards-flammable-cladding-panels-fuelled-the-epf-building-blaze-says/#dhYC8ghOPXITJ3j3.99

Bringing down cost of houses

February 14th, 2018

State govt to come up with its own housing model to help more Sarawakians own houses

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, Chief Minister (File Photo)

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg says the prices of houses in the state are extremely high and out of reach of most house buyers.

He pointed out that a semi-detached house may cost about RM600,000 while in premium locations the prices can go up to a RM1 million.

To help more Sarawakians own houses, Abang Johari said the state will design its own brand of housing model within six months with cost of houses that are within reach of house buyers.

“I have a strategy, to have our own brand and with the cooperation of developers we will provide housing at a price of RM250,000 to RM300,000 per unit.

“With that cap, people are able to buy reasonably-priced houses. Perhaps, for the so-called low cost, let the government do them while private developers must provide the medium houses as well as higher end houses,” he said at the launch of Borneo Housing Mortgage Finance Bhd’s new Islamic financing products here yesterday.

“At this stage we are negotiating with developers our plan of having our own brand of housing model.

“We cannot rely on the brand from Kuala Lumpur. We want to have our own product and we want to have our own brand,” he added.

He noted that the move to introduce the state’s own brand of housing models is in line with the government’s initiatives to improve the transport system including the light rail train (LRT) project.

“We are going to embark on a transit oriented development (TOD) programme and having this development principle in place, we may be able to open up our new green areas to build affordable housing.”

He said with good public transport system the state could build new housing settlements, which are near to LRT stations so the people could use the train to go to the city centre.

“And within the new settlements, developers can build houses that cost within the range of RM250,000 to RM300,000 per unit with the space of about 1,000 sq ft and  three rooms.

by Rintos Mail, reporters@theborneopost.com.

Read more @ http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/02/14/bringing-down-cost-of-houses/

Teachers, students must have mutual respect in classroom

February 14th, 2018
(File pix) Teaching and learning can take place only if there is discipline in the classroom. Pix by Muhammad Sulaiman

ACCORDING to a report, cases of parents lodging police reports against teachers are on the rise and are occurring almost every week.

Most of the reports involved disciplinary actions taken against their children by the teachers.

Reports were lodged for the simplest of reasons such as their children being scolded by the teachers.

Most of these cases do not warrant police intervention and can be resolved amicably in the school.

Parents need to understand that learning and teaching can take place only when there is discipline and mutual respect in the classroom.

No learning can take place if there is indiscipline.

When a child continuously misbehaves in class while a teacher is teaching, the teacher will have to discipline him.

There are many ways a teacher can discipline a child such as ordering him to stand up, reprimanding him, scolding him or tapping him on the shoulder.

Sometimes, the teacher may discipline the child beyond the permissible boundary if the child is difficult or relcalcitrant.

Parents who are unhappy with the mode of punishment should exercise restraint and approach the school principal to resolve the matter.

Sadly, some parents rush to the police station to lodge reports against the teachers.

Dragging teachers to court damages the integrity and honour of teachers.

Parents need to follow the standard operating procedure in dealing with teachers who may have abused their children.

Parents are not allowed to barge into the school and confront the teachers.

The unhappy parents should see the head teacher or principal, and make a formal complaint.

All parties will be heard and the principal will ensure that the mediation is done in an amicable manner.

If the teacher is wrong, he or she must apologise to the parents. If the child needs medical attention, the cost must be borne by the teacher.

If the child is wrong and deserves to be punished, the onus is on the parents to apologise to the teacher.

By SAMUEL YESUIAH.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2018/02/334710/teachers-students-must-have-mutual-respect-classroom