SIDMA College UNTAR Sabah June 2017 Intake in Progress.

April 26th, 2017

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah registration for its June 2017 intake has officially started on 20 April 2017 at SIDMA College Atrium located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu upon receiving positive response from 2016 SPM and STPM holders showing their great passion to develop their tertiary education at the college.

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA Board of Director) and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) has formed a task force headed by Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director Corporate Marketing and Business Development) to welcome these strongly motivated new students at SIDMA Atrium, who were accompanied by their enthusiastic parents. The task force which began their job today (20 April 2017) and is expected to end on 26 May 2017.

This exercise is to enable eligible 2016 SPM and STPM or its equivalent holders to register and to further their tertiary education with the college. Opening hours are from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm and potential students are advised to bring along their SPM and STPM result slip and other relevant documents for on the spot assessment, consultation, and registration. Everyone is welcome to attend.

SPM and STPM school leavers outside of Kota Kinabalu constituency are encouraged to visit SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Education Roadshow 2017 as shown below. During the roadshow, SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah personnel will be there to assist, guide and enable them to gain better insight into their tertiary education route in determining, considering and deciding on the opportunity to choose on the level of education that they want to pursue; either on Foundation Course, Diploma Programme or Bachelor’s Degree Programmes; as well as the field of studies that suits their interest and passion thus enabling them to prepare for their future career that they dreamt of. Potential students can also enquire on the financial assistance available at the college as the kind and passionate personnel will provide all the necessary information.

List of Academic Programmes offered at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah for June 2017 New Intake:

Foundation Course:
1. Foundation in Management.

Diploma Courses:
1. Diploma in Early Childhood Studies.
2. Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
3. Diploma in Management

Bachelor’s Degree Courses:
1. Bachelor of Education (Hons)
2. Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) (Hons)
3. Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
4. Bachelor of Management (Hons)

Masters Courses:
1. Masters of Business Administration (MBA
2. Masters of Education (Education Leadership and Management – ELM).

Potential SPM and STPM school leavers as well as those with other equivalent qualification can also apply online by visiting SIDMA Website or call the hotline number, 088-732 000 or 088 732 020, or through fax @ 088-732 015; or look in our Facebook Account; SIDMA College.

For your information SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah June 2017 Intake is on-going till 26 May 2017. So don’t miss the golden opportunity.

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Long Live His Majesty

April 24th, 2017

Sultan Muhammad V’s reign officially begins today with his coronation as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

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Unique to the cradle of Malay culture.

April 24th, 2017

The unique Kelantan sultanate has been in existence since the early 13th century. It has remained strong despite colonisation by several powerful empires in the region over the years.

The sultanate has prevailed because of its strong Malay traditions and Islamic approach.

Kelantan is regarded as the “cradle of Malay culture” and has been ruled by 29 Sultans up to the present day.

The Kelantan sultanate had been led by Sultans and Rajas of the Malay Kingdom of the Jambi Dynasty (between the 13th and 16th centuries), Champa Dynasty (between the 16th and 18th centuries) and Pattani Dynasty (since the 18th century).

The present genealogy of the Kelantan sultanate can be traced back to the descendants of Long Yunus Long Sulaiman, an aristocratic warlord of Pattani origin, who ruled Kelantan circa 1765-1795.

Based on Kelantan’s palace records, the state faced a crisis after the death of Long Yunus. There was a power struggle between Long Muhammad (Long Yunus’ son) and his brother-in-law Tengku Muhamad on who was the rightful heir to the throne.

The records showed that the dispute was a result of the failure of Long Yunus to name a successor. He could not decide who among his seven sons should replace him.

Long Yunus’s son-in-law, Tengku Muhamad, was appointed as acting Sultan for 100 days to fulfil Long Yunus’ wish to be entombed in a royal mausoleum and to enable the state government to function.

However, after the 100 days, Tengku Muhamad refused to hand over the throne to a successor, leading to a conflict between him and Long Muhammad. The feud ended in Long Muhammad’s favour, enabling him to ascend the throne at the start of the 19th century.

In the early annals of recorded history, Kelantan was first ruled by a woman called Cik Siti Wan Kembang, who established a kingdom at Gunung Chinta Wangsa, Ulu Kelantan.

Believed to be unmarried, she was said to have reared two mousedeer as pets. Later, the image of a mousedeer was imprinted on gold coins that were used as legal tender in the state. The same image later became part of the coat of arms of the present Kelantan government.

During the reign of Cik Siti, Raja Sakti ruled another kingdom called Jembal. After the king died, his son Raja Loyor ascended the throne in 1649 and had two children, including Puteri Saadong.

Cik Siti was on good terms with Raja Loyor, especially after she adopted Puteri Saadong as her heir apparent. After that, there were power struggles through the century until Long Yunus’s son Long Muhammad (Sultan Muhammad I) became the first Sultan of Kelantan.

Sultan Muhammad I was accepted by the Siamese as ruler of a separate tributary, 12 years later.

In 1909, a treaty between the Siamese and the English was signed and Siamese rulers gave up their claims over a number of territories, including Perlis, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan. In the end, Kelantan became one of the states in Malaya, with a British adviser who was also its administrator.

During World War II, the Japanese invaded Kelantan on Dec 8, 1941, and fully occupied the state within two weeks. They transferred Kelantan to Thai control in 1943.

The state was freed from Japanese occupation on Sept 8, 1945, and became a state of the Federation of Malaya on Feb 1, 1948. It joined the other states of the peninsula to form the Federation of Malaya on Aug 31, 1957, and became a state of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963.

Incapacitated by illness, Sultan Ismail Petra Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra was replaced by his eldest son and crown prince Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra following a proclamation by the State Succession Council in September 2010.

The new Sultan is officially addressed as Sultan Muhammad V because the name had been used by his ancestors.

On Dec 13 last year, the Kelantan Ruler left Kota Baru for the federal capital to ascend the throne as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Sultan Muhammad V was elected as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by the Conference of Rulers at its 243rd meeting in October. The ceremonial send-off of the Sultan from Istana Negeri, Kubang Kerian, was steeped in tradition.

His mother, Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid, the Regent and Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan, Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra, and Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob were among the dignitaries who accompanied Sultan Muhammad V to the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Pengkalan Chepa to see him off.

Thousands of people of various races, waving the Kelantan flag and the Jalur Gemilang, lined the 14km route from Istana Negeri to the airport.

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All set for installation of 15th King.

April 24th, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Today, Malaysians will witness the installation of the country’s Supreme Head, the Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V, who replaces Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

This is the second time the installation ceremony of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong will take place at the Balairong Seri of Istana Negara in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, with preparations in full gear for today’s event.

The ceremony, full of customs and traditions, will mark the official installation of Sultan Muhammad V as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

According to the Penolong Datuk Paduka Maharaja Lela, Ceremonial Division, at the Istana Negara, Azuan Effendy Zairakithnaini, the coronation date coincided with an important day in the Islamic calendar, the Israk and Mikraj (night journey and ascension of Prophet Muhammad), and it was chosen by His Majesty based on the advice from ulama and mufti.

The ceremony, which is only expected to be witnessed once in five years, will begin at 9.30am.

Sultan Muhammad V took his oath of office and signed the declaration on Dec 13 last year, which strengthened and gave legitimacy to the position of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as head of state.

His Majesty will be the second Sultan of Kelantan to reign as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The first was His Majesty’s grandfather Sultan Yahya Petra Sultan Ibrahim, who was the sixth Yang di-Pertuan Agong and reigned from 1975 to 1979.

Sultan Muhammad V was born Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra on Oct 6, 1969 in Kota Baru, to Sultan Ismail Petra and Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid.

His Majesty used the name Sultan Muhammad V after he was installed as the 29th Sultan of Kelantan in 2010.

According to Azuan Effendy, the installation ceremony will maintain the core elements of the traditions that have been in practice since the coronation of the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Rahman of Negri Sembilan.

Today’s event will start with the arrival of Sultan Muhammad V at the royal dais to take the Royal Salute from the First Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment.

Among the key elements of the ceremony will be when His Majesty enters the Throne Room, accompanied with the musical tunes of Raja Berangkat played by the Pasukan Gendang Besar Diraja Kelantan, commanders who will carry the Cogan Alam (Sceptre of the Universe) and the Cogan Agama (Sceptre of Religion), and bearers of the royal regalia – important elements that reflect the glorious position of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the head of state.

The Datuk Paduka Maharaja Lela will present a copy of the Quran to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in a symbolic gesture depicting His Majesty’s role as head of the Islamic religion of the Federation and the states that do not have a Ruler.

Another highlight will be when the Royal Long Keris is presented to the King, symbolising His Majesty’s willingness to assume his role as head of state. The climax of the ceremony is when His Majesty takes his oath as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and three calls of “Daulat Tuanku” by Datuk Paduka Maharaja Lela followed by the audience in the hall.

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Evolution of Education (Part 1)

April 24th, 2017

THE education system, as a whole, has faced challenges that changed its traditional status quo of seeking knowledge and wisdom to unravel truth of the mystery of Man and his internal and external universe. For the tenets of education have been to contemplate the mysteries of life and existence and to develop man’s intellect to respond to and control the environment.

The acquiring, exploration and development of such knowledge began with the shamanistic exposition of existence and its attendant manifestations; to explain phenomena and mysteries of life by ascribing them to supernatural powers, namely the spirits. It later moved to the monasteries, madrasahs and mosques where people acquired knowledge to better understand the Almighty’s intention.

These thoughts and knowledge were embodied into various oral traditions, written treatises, oracles, and religious compendiums, epics such as the RamayanaMahabharata and Homer’s Iliad. The Islamic world prides itself with the development of knowledge as reflected in the works of Rumi, Al Farabi, Al Ghazali, Ibn Rushid, Ibn Khaldum and the Prophet’s Hadiths.

Such knowledge became the basis of ideologies that governed man’s individual and communal living. Early knowledge was religiously inclined, but with scientific principles veiled in esotericism.

This repository of early knowledge, but with scientific principles veiled in esotericism that began in madrasahs, ashrams and churches as spiritual and divine knowledge, has gradually turned secular as Man acquire the intellect to explain the natural phenomena as not the work of spirits, but due to scientific reasons.

Then, developed institutions of knowledge that were referred to as university with the purpose of educating for life and for a profession and, which was also later recognised as ivory tower, the citadel of knowledge.

As a result, the initial religious based knowledge changed from the philosophical rhetorical discourse to the functional and utilitarian. And with the industrial revolution, it further transformed the perception of knowledge from the divine wonderment of ontology and its reflections on daily life to the materialistic mechanistic application of living.

The concept of the ivory tower was a catalyst in the development of secular knowledge. Science and mathematics, which initially were couched in esoteric, mystic and celestial domain from the time of the Greeks in such works as those of Archimedes, came to the fore as secular scientific disciplines that began with Galileo Galilei in the 16th Century. It gained momentum in the 17th Century with Isaac Newton and with Albert Einstein in the 19th and 20th century, among other notables physicists and mathematicians such as Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman and Stephen Hawking.

While Europe and the Islamic world were advanced in the quest for both religious and secular scientific knowledge, education and knowledge development were in its infancy in the Malay World including Tanah Melayu. It was mainly informal and experiential, acquiring knowledge for survival.

With the coming of the Arabic/Islamic influence to this region, education and the acquiring of knowledge was institutionalised in the religious schools called madrasah, where the Quran and other Islamic teachings were taught with Arabic and Malay as the medium of instruction.

The British brought in the concept of western education when they colonised Tanah Melayu and named it Malaya. The first English school, the Penang Free School, was set up in 1816, followed later by other grammar and technical schools. Alongside the English schools were the Malay medium schools located mainly in the rural areas but with a few in the urban vicinity.

Before the Second World War top local students pursued their tertiary university education in England while some went to Raffles College in Singapore set up in 1928. The best students pursued medicine at the King Edward College of Medicine in Singapore, which was established in 1905.

University of Malaya was established in 1949 in Singapore after merging The King Edward College of Medicine with Raffles College. The rapid growth of the university necessitated the setting up of two divisions in January 1959, one in Singapore and one in Kuala Lumpur. These two divisions became separate institutions when the University of Malaya (Malaya) was established in January 1962.


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Ministry, company work on learning initiative

April 23rd, 2017

THE success of a fun learning initiative by a private company to help students at vernacular schools, has been recognised by the Education Ministry, which is now collaborating to improve the programme.

A total of 22 volunteers from the Institute of Teacher Education, International Languages Campus (IPGKBA) have teamed up with staff from Rimbun Capital Sdn Bhd to help students in Klang Valley schools improve their English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mathematics.

IPGKBA director Dr Nagalingam Karuppiah described the collaboration with the Rimbun Education Programme (REP) as a “symbiotic relationship.”

Besides being able to help those selected for the programme, he said, the volunteers from IPGKBA received on site training during the REP, which runs for three hours on Saturdays.

“We are also helping the REP improve their teaching modules based on 21st century learning,” he said. REP started with just 100 students from four schools in 2015, which increased to 138 students from six schools last year.

This year, 250 11-year-olds from 10 schools have been selected for the programme.

Rimbun Capital managing principal Datuk Raveendra Kumar Nathan said REP had evolved with the support of the Education Ministry and IPGKBA.

Previously, the REP relied on law or accountancy undergraduates to facilitate the programme but, he said, this was not ideal because teaching was not their career path.

This year, REP had also introduced a mentor system, where four weaker students are teamed up with an average student from the same school.

“These mentors and mentees will be able to see each other everyday. The weaker students will have the opportunity to practise their English or refer to if they are weak in Maths,” he said.

The reason average students were chosen, Raveendra said, was because more advanced students would get bored with the REP curriculum.

“Moving forward, we want more students to come forward to become mentors, so they can upskill themselves.

“This would trigger self-improvement along the way,” he said.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P Kamalanathan who was present at the appointment ceremony of the mentors and the symbolic handover of REP modules to schools, applauded Rimbun for its efforts.

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Students should pursue degrees locally

April 23rd, 2017
Idris (right) signing the digital plaque at the groundbreaking ceremony. Looking on are (from left) Higher Education deputy director-general (private higher education institutions) Dr Mohd Nor Azman Hassan, Dr Mohamed Haniffa, vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Khairul Anuar Abdullah and chancellor Tun Zaki Tun Azmi.

Idris (right) signing the digital plaque at the groundbreaking ceremony. Looking on are (from left) Higher Education deputy director-general (private higher education institutions) Dr Mohd Nor Azman Hassan, Dr Mohamed Haniffa, vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Khairul Anuar Abdullah and chancellor Tun Zaki Tun Azmi.

THERE is no need to send local students overseas to pursue their basic degrees when Malaysian research universities have made it into the Top 50 universities in the world.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said: “There is no need to be spending four times more when we can get our students to do their studies here at a lower cost.”

“The quality of education in Malaysia keeps on improving,” he said after MAHSA University’s sports and recreation centre groundbreaking ceremony, last Tuesday.

He said that Malaysia’s research universities – Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and University Kebangsaan Malaysia – have made it to the top of international rankings, including QS World University RankingsTimes Higher Education Young University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

He added that this applies to both public and private higher education institutions within the country.

Idris also said that the Public Service Department has greatly reduced the number of students it sends abroad for their basic degrees.

However, he pointed out, these students should continue to be sent abroad for their Master’s and PhD degrees, instead.

Even then, he added, it should be to renowned international universities.

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PTPTN uses CCRIS to ensure that loan takers settle their dues accordingly.

April 23rd, 2017

PETALING JAYA: It’s an acronym that loan takers of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) should be aware of.

CCRIS, or the Central Credit Reference Information System, has a list of their names to ensure that these borrowers repay their loans accordingly.

“If they are good paymasters, borrowers will have a good record (in the CCRIS). They will have no pro­blem when they apply for new loans.

“Their names will be taken off the list once they have fully settled their PTPTN loans,” PTPTN deputy CEO (Policy and Operations) Mastura Mohd Khalid (pic) said.

CCRIS is a database used by financial institutions to evaluate those who apply for loans.

She said all PTPTN borrowers would be listed in the CCRIS once it is time for them to start paying back, which is six months after graduation.

Mastura said PTPTN started to use CCRIS in June 2015.

PUTRAJAYA, 13 April -- Timbalan Ketua Eksekutif Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN), Mastura Mohd Khalid bersama Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Majlis Profesor Negara (MPN), Prof Datuk Dr Raduan Che Rose (dua, kanan) pada sidang media selepas Sesi Perbincangan Meja Bulat dengan kerjasama MPN hari ini.--fotoBERNAMA (2017) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

When a borrower accumulates more than 12 months of PTPTN arrears, she said their names would be sent to the Immi­gration Department which would bar them from leaving the country.

“Having your name on the CCRIS does not amount to a ‘punishment’. Instead, it is a tool that ensures borrowers are disciplined in repaying their loans,” Mastura said.

PTPTN has provided various means to make it more convenient for borrowers to settle their loans.

On April 1 last year, the corporation announced the option of repaying the loans through online withdrawals of the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) Account II.

Of the RM680mil PTPTN collected in January and February, repayment through this option made up 12.9% or RM87.94mil.

Mastura said this was done in 48,911 transactions.

Currently, the amount of arrears owed to PTPTN is about RM7.8bil.

“I believe borrowers would choose to repay their loans through their EPF Account II to clear the arrears before they restructure their loan to ensure they have a clean record in the CCRIS,” she said.

Prior to the option of online withdrawal from their EPF accounts, borrowers had to take out their savings by filling up forms at EPF offices.

In a statement on Friday, PTPTN chairman Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said: “There is indeed a significant increase in the amount of repayment received through borrowers’ EPF account II in October, November and December 2016.

“This came up to more than RM100mil each month.

“Overall, from RM3.4bil in repayments received last year, only 32% of it was repaid through borrowers’ EPF Account II.”

Shamsul’s comments was in refe­rence to EPF’s 2016 annual report, which stated that withdrawals for “education” was at RM1.4bil last year, up 152% from RM578mil previously.

EPF chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said much of the increase was due to the settlement of education debts, adding that he was watching this trend closely.

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Ministries to work closely to curb gangsterism in schools.

April 23rd, 2017

JOHOR BARU: There will be closer cooperation between the Home and Education ministries to curb gangsterism among schoolchildren, says Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

“Gangs will use schoolchildren to sell drugs, extort and other crimes.

“The schoolchildren don’t realise the repercussions because if they are caught, it is them who will face the brunt of the law, not their big boss,” he said yesterday.

Nur Jazlan warned secret society leaders not to use students in carrying out their illegal activities.

He said police will continue to act in a stringent manner against gangsters.

“The Prevention of Crime Act 1959 is being used against gangsters effectively,” Nur Jazlan told repor­ters after the launch of Jelajah Tani Negaraku TN50 in Pulai yesterday.

He advised school administrators with problems of gangsterism among their students to report to the police.

A report is needed as the police cannot enter a school without getting permission from the school administrators first, he said.

“For example, the National Anti-Drug Agency has been doing drug tests among school students, but this is done after the school invited them. We want similar cooperation from the schools to stop gangsterism,” he added.

On a separate matter, Nur Jazlan announced that more than 150,000 refugees in the country with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cards would be vetted by his ministry.

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Supporting schools to achieve success

April 23rd, 2017
Teachers constantly review their plan of interventions.

The improvement in the students’ performance in the 2017 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) English language paper was celebrated by many, including schools, teachers, students, parents and of course the Ministry of Education (MoE).

The ministry has been tireless in its efforts to improve the standard of English language amongst students. The MoE is constantly planning and executing programmes to ensure that students excel further to become globally competitive as stated in the Malaysian Education Blueprint (MEB) 2013-2025.

It has outlined several initiatives to help students improve their command of the language and one which is directly linked to student outcome is the English Language Enhancement Programme (Program Peningkatan Bahasa Inggeris di Sekolah), or more popularly known by its acronym PPKBIS, which was initiated in 2014.

PPKBIS aims to improve student outcomes through a systematic data-driven approach. It involves secondary School Improvement Specialist Coaches (SISC+) and English teachers who are teaching upper secondary classes. The impact of this programme is measured through students’ performance in the SPM English language paper. This programme will reach out to 204,000 students annually.

The success of this programme is attributed to the professional training provided by the English Language Training Centre (ELTC), Ministry of Education, to all the SISC+. These training sessions have covered topics such as differentiated teaching and learning, coaching and mentoring, and multiple thinking strategies that can help students excel in English language learning. The knowledge gained through these courses has assisted the SISC+ to impart effective and meaningful pedagogical techniques in teaching and learning to teachers.

SISC+ provide continuous support to English teachers in the districts under their purview. They plan workshops and activities to guide English teachers effectively. They also coach them on how to address the multi-level needs and varied competencies of the students. The workshops conducted as part of the training sessions provide models of good delivery and serve as a platform for SISC+ to exchange ideas and best practices.

An important component of PPKBIS is the School Support Plan (SSP) which started in 2015 and designed for Form Four teachers. It specifically targets the improvement of students’ writing skills, especially for those who will sit for the SPM examination. The teachers training sessions provide them the knowledge and skills on how interventions are designed to cater to the needs of students in a particular school. SSP also aims to develop reflective practitioners who are committed to students’ progressive development and improvement through responsive, student-centred pedagogy. Teachers are also trained to use various types of data to understand students’ learning gaps and design relevant intervention activities to overcome these gaps.

There are several pertinent stages in the School Support Plan. It begins with the process of identifying students’ weaknesses and their learning gaps through data analysis of the pre-test in the form of an essay. The findings guide the teachers to develop intervention strategies to address the gaps found in the students’ written work. The well-planned and thought-through interventions are then carried out in the classroom. The teachers are also involved in ongoing reflections after each intervention. They constantly review their plan of interventions for future actions. The significance of this continuous cycle is that it is repeated until the students’ learning needs and gaps are successfully addressed. The post-test of the same topic is evidence of the students’ improvement.

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