Archive for the ‘Education Achievement’ Category

Over emphasis on grades, a worrying trend

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

IN our society, the worrying trend among young people is the pressure to score all As in their examinations.

Teachers, headmasters and parents are equally to blame. Schools tend to place a high value on school results.

A famous Scottish politician, Johann Lamont, once said ‘Schools are not exam factories for the rat race.’ I couldn’t agree more.

There are many programmes and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) at schools to achieve and fulfil. The planned programmes are intense and packed. Teachers have to toil hard to deliver the exam tips and input. The pertinent question is, if the student scores all As in the exam, does that mean he is a genius?

Life is so competitive. Some parents like to compare their children when it comes to school results. What are they trying to prove? Every child has unique traits and character.

I have seen some teenage students who struggle to study and confine themselves in their room just to please their parents’ dreams to score all As in the exam. These students do not know anything else outside of the world apart from the facts and figures in the textbook.

When it comes to language learning, many think that by memorising the facts in the textbook, it is sufficient to sit for the exam.

Truthfully speaking, when I had a conversation with some students, their grammar and vocabulary are limited.

As an educator, language learning, be it Bahasa Malaysia or English, is not acquired by memorising. We have to read extensively.

When I sat down with one of our famous writers, Uthaya Sankar S.B recently, I asked him the secret of his writing ability in both Bahasa Malaysia and English. He eloquently told me that his passion for reading was the ultimate secret for his successful career. He has also carved a name in the writing industry. I admire his capabilities in speaking and writing in Bahasa Malaysia. In a nutshell, reading is a habit and students should practise it.

Some of my former students whom I met spoke about what they went through to get good results. Some feel they have lost their childhood fun by studying so hard.

Childhood must be balanced as some parents get their children coached at home too. This will cost them but as long as their children do well, it is fine with them. Children also need to go out and connect with nature. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Just imagine sitting and reading most of the time without going out. This can even affect our health.


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Malaysia ‘Exports’ Knowledge On Islamic Finance Management To Japan

Friday, September 30th, 2016

ALOR SETAR, Sept 28 (Bernama) — Malaysia is ‘exporting’ knowledge on Islamic financial management to Japan through the translation of two books from English to Japanese, published by Universiti Utara Malaysia Press (UUM Press).

The two books written by several lecturers from the School of Economics and Banking (SEFB) were launched at Tokyo International Book Fair 2016, on Sept 23 Sept by the Malaysian Ambassador to Japan, Datuk Ahmad Izlan Idris.

The books are ‘Islamic Finance Fundamentals With Applications in Malaysia’ written by Shahriza Osman, Assoc Prof Dr Zahiruddin Ghazali and Dr Syed Mohd Na’im Syed Salim; and ‘The Basics of Islamic Finance With Applications in Malaysia’ by Dr Zaemah Zainuddin and Dr Sabariah Nordin.

“This is the second book published by UUM Press is translated into Japanese. In 2015, the book ‘Politik Bangsa Malaysia’ became a pioneer in internationalising Malaysia and the UUM,” said the UUM in a statement today.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Izlan in his speech at the launch said UUM had vast expertise in Islamic finance and should be a prime mover in efforts to promote it at international level through the publication of books.

“Through the publication of the translated versions of the books, Malaysia has managed to export the science of Islamic financial management to the Japanese people, the majority of whom are non-Muslims, to understand it as an alternative to their financial system.”


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50% of success due to focus, students told

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
 Tuanku Syed Faizuddin (centre) with teachers and students of SMK Merpati.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin (centre) with teachers and students of SMK Merpati.

SANDAKAN: Commitment and determination in your undertaking is the key to success in any field, said the Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail.

“For example, students’ excellence is achieved through their main focus when learning in the classroom. Those who focus on the teachers will understand better and absorb useful information which can be applied in everyday life.

“Focus is necessary because it is a science. Studies have found that 50% of success is when students are focused on their teachers in the classroom. Therefore, I see this as a matter of importance for students to be focused,” said Tuanku Syed Faizuddin, when speaking to hundreds of students of SMK Elopura Bestari and SMK Merpati during his visit to both schools yesterday.

However, he said the success of a student is not only measured by academic achievements alone.

“A brilliant student must also have positive values such as discipline, religious abiding, respect for others and good manners which are very important in shaping the ideal personality. Good personality and individuality that will endear a person to those around him.

“As a teenager, friends will influence your nature and character. Therefore, I would advise that you hang out with friends who are successful and positive thinking so that you would be motivated and learn from their experience. Observe how they become personalities in society. Successful people often have remarkable personalities and charisma. It may not come naturally but you should try to emulate them, because if they can, then you can certainly do it too.

“You are the generation that will advance the state and nation. Therefore, I do not want to see young Malaysians being plagued with indiscipline that will prevent excellence. One cause for the increasingly widespread deterioration of discipline now is truancy. Reports have indicated that school truancy ranks among the highest percentage for indiscipline,” he added.

by Winnie Kasmir

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