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Teacher goes the extra mile for student

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

A SECONDARY school teacher in Johor Baru was praised for her concern after she went out of her way to look for a student when he did not turn up for his SPM paper, Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported.

The teacher was seen calling the name of the student in front of his house at about 2pm on Thursday during a downpour.

The student’s neighbour, known only as Wang, said the teacher was worried that the student had overslept and would miss the exam.

Wang’s brother climbed into the compound of the house to knock on the door but got no answer.

Wang said the teacher then drove around the area to look for the student before stopping at the house again. She left after failing to find him.

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NUTP president: Teachers want code of ethics for irate parents

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) plans to draw up guidelines for a code of ethics for parents acting on complaints from their school-going children.

Newly-elected NUTP president Kamarozaman Abd Razak said with the guidelines, parents would have to follow a standard operating procedure when handling their children’s complaints.

“They should set up a meeting with the principal instead of going directly to the teacher to voice their complaints,” he said, adding that the move was not to persecute parents but to protect teachers.

“It will also ensure that parents take a more disciplined approach to solve an issue they are unhappy about. That, in turn, will set a good example for their children and other students,” he said during an NUTP exco meeting here yesterday.

Kamarozaman said there were various codes of ethics for teachers, but there were none for parents.

“These codes exist in other countries. So, we can use them as guidelines to deter parents from taking things into their own hands,” he said.

The idea for a set of guidelines for parents was proposed by NUTP to the Government during a meeting two weeks ago.

Ellen Kiong, a mother of three, said she understood why NUTP would want to do this as parents nowadays could be quite a handful.

“Some parents complain about everything these days. It’s really absurd,” she said, adding that she had seen parents getting upset with teachers when their children scraped their knees during playtime.


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IPG Teachers Must Spearhead Educational Change – Mahdzir Khalid

Friday, September 9th, 2016

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 9 (Bernama) — Lecturers at all Institutes of Teachers Education (IPG) must spearhead educational change by becoming role models to pre-service teachers so that they could be equipped with pedagogical content knowledge, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

He said the pedagogical content knowledge was necessary for them to teach higher-order thinking skill (HOTS) to students and help shape their attitudes and characters.

“This change is necessary to ensure our education system will become one of the best in the world after 2025,” he said in his latest posting titled “Menerajui Perubahan: Kita tidak boleh tidak berubah demi sekolah!” (Spearheading Change: We Cannot Remain Unchanged for School!) in his blog,

According to Mahdzir, within the Education Ministry itself, changes had begun to happen at every level, from the policy makers to the implementers in schools, in line with the educational transformation planned and carried out under the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

He said during his visits and discussions held at education departments nationwide, he had seen for himself that the changes made among top education officers at the state level were in line with the changes made by the ministry’s top management.


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Education Dept To Study Proposed Teachers Protection Act

Monday, August 8th, 2016

TANAH MERAH, Aug 8 (Bernama) — The Education Department will study the proposal for the introduction of a teachers protection act to protect educators, said its director-general, Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.

He said the department would have to scrutinise details into the formulation of the proposed law.

“We have to look at the scope of protection required by educators,” he added.

He told this to reporters when met at the presentation of contributions to parent-teacher associations of schools in the Tanah Merah parliamentary constituency by its member of parliament and UMNO division leader Datuk Ikmal Hisyam Abd Aziz here last night.

Prior to this, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said that he would ask the Education Ministry to scrutinise details into the formulation of the act to protect educators in today’s ever-challenging world.


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Mahdzir marks first year on the job

Sunday, August 7th, 2016
On track: Mahdzir is pleased with developments in the ministry over the last year.

On track: Mahdzir is pleased with developments in the ministry over the last year.

IN the blink of an eye, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid has already marked his first anniversary as head of the ministry.

“I take this trust and responsibility seriously as it is vital to ensure quality education to produce the next generation of leaders,” he wrote in a recent blog post on, a year and three days after he was appointed to the position.

Reminiscing his initial days at the ministry, Mahdzir said he was thrilled upon being briefed on the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

“I was excited because we have a comprehensive plan to bring our system into the top third league of countries that have the best education in the world.”

He however, acknowledged that the transformation of education through the blueprint is a complex process.

Another subject that is close to his heart is the welfare of teachers.

“The blueprint itself stresses that the quality of teachers is important in ensuring the success of students.

“Thus in the first wave, the focus of the initiative is to change the system by supporting teachers and focusing on key skills.

“If they are not cared for, how will they provide the best education for their charges?”

Mahdzir said that he sees positive changes in the country’s education system.

“Primary school pupils have the confidence to interact with me and try to explain about what they have learnt.”

He said teachers also gave their students more space and opportunities to be responsible for their learning, while school administrators have been providing support to teachers “although there are various constraints in terms of infrastructure”.

Mahdzir revealed that some of the earliest initiatives he took was to unite husbands and wives posted in separate districts or states, or what is known as theduka lara (extreme suffering) issue among those in the profession.


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    Ministry Monitors Non-performing Teachers – Kamalanathan

    Monday, June 13th, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 (Bernama) — Teachers who do not perform well are monitored by the Education Ministry and will be transferred, if necessary, the Dewan Negara was told Monday.

    Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said currently the task of monitoring the teachers was being conducted by the ministry’s School Inspectorate and Quality Assurance Division.

    “We also rely on schools to give the report on the performance of the teachers concerned, and if their performance do not meet the standard, the ministry can transfer them,” he added.

    He was responding to a suggestion by Senator Datuk Abdullah Mat Yassim for teachers who had been at a school for between five and 10 years, but not performing, to be transferred to other school.

    To a supplementary question from Senator Datuk Dr Lucas Umbul on steps taken by the ministry to assist graduates from Teachers Education Institute in Sabah to obtain placement, Kamalanathan said it was done periodically.

    He said a total of 276 teachers were given placement in schools in Sabah and Sarawak this month, and another 183 teachers would be placed in schools in the peninsula.


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    Suspected fraudster discovered

    Sunday, June 12th, 2016

    PETALING JAYA: The con has just got bigger – first it was fake certificates and dubious degrees. Now it is fake membership of a highly regulated professional body.

    Sunday Star previously reported on education agents who guaranteed spots in courses that were difficult to get into – for a fee.

    Now an unqualified Malaysian has scammed his way into a highly-regulated professional body – the Malay­­­sian Pharma­ceutical Society (MPS).

    Two victims of a self-proclaimed ‘Datuk Seri Dr’ told Sunday Star that an MPS “life member”, who also claimed to be a medical doctor, had cheated them into buying expensive products that did not work.

    “We checked with an MPS officer who immediately confirmed his membership on the phone without even checking.

    “It was only after we were conned that we discovered he wasn’t even a registered pharmacist.

    “How did a non-pharmacy gra­duate become a high ranking member of a professional association? What if we had died from consuming the products he sold us?” asked the duo, who declined to be named.

    Health director-general and Ma­­lay­sian Medical Council president Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said an all-encompassing Pharmacy Bill was in the pipeline.

    It will replace and combine the Registration of Pharmacists Act 1951, Poisons Act 1952, Sale of Drugs Act 1952, and Medicines (Adver­tisement and Sale) Act 1956, and will be more effective in tackling public complaints that involve medicinal products.

    Confirming the case, MPS president Datuk Nancy Ho said she was alerted of the fraudster late last year.

    “We came to know about the individual after coming across a write-up about him online and through a complaint received.

    “We immediately checked his status with the Pharmacy Board, which confirmed he wasn’t registered,” she said.

    She said the matter was discussed at a subsequent MPS meeting and its legal adviser was consulted.

    “The individual was asked to vo­­luntarily delete the claim on his website,” she added.


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    Transfers of civil servants will take place every month

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

    Urgent briefing: Chief secretaries-general and deputy secretaries-general of different ministries attending a media session in Putrajaya. — Bernama

    Urgent briefing: Chief secretaries-general and deputy secretaries-general of different ministries attending a media session in Putrajaya. — Bernama

    PUTRAJAYA: Transfers of civil servants will take place every month with the Government assuring that its rotation system is here to stay and not just a knee-jerk reaction to the case where millions of ringgit was embezzled from a ministry.

    Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said once the officers reached a maximum of five years, they would be transferred either to a different division or ministry.

    “This is an on going process. For the first phase, 80 officers holding sensitive posts in finance, development and procurement divisions were transferred effective April 18.

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    Drugs: 200pc increase in govt staff involved

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

    FIVE police personnel tested positive for drugs while two others were found in possession of drugs between January and April this year.

    State Narcotics Division Chief Supt. Mohamed Fadzil A. Rahman (pic) said other than the police personnel, two army personnel, one Prisons Department staff, one District Council staff, two members of Task Force and two each from the Health Department and Education Department also tested positive for drugs during the same period.

    “This is an increase of more than 200 per cent from the same period last year where only seven arrests were made, namely three for positive urine test and four for drug possession,” he said when met after the State Anti-Drug Action Council (MTMD) meeting in Tawau, Tuesday.

    In terms of students’ involvement, he said 15 secondary students were roped in where 13 of them tested positive for drugs while the remaining two were found to be in possession of drugs.

    Between January and April last year, only one secondary student and two public higher institute of learning students tested positive for drugs.

    “Overall, the number of drug possession cases during the first four months this year showed a decrease of 4.78 per cent compared to last year from 732 to 697.

    “During the same period, police also arrested 4,151 suspects for testing positive for drugs, down from 4,271 suspects during the same period last year,” he said.

    Fadzil also said police are closely monitoring various hotspots in Kota Kinabalu area, particularly Kampung Likas.

    “Most of the drugs traded in the State are syabu and most of drug addicts are locals between the age of 18 and 35, all in the prime of their lives,” he said.

    Nevertheless, police recorded a higher number of drug seized during the first four months of this year.

    According to statistics, 13,280.73gm of syabu were seized this year, compared to 13,223.75gm last year between January and April, cannabis down to 510.36gm from 982.69gm, heroin up to 1.6gm from last year’s nil, ketamine up to 169.5 gm from only 5.98gm last year, ecstasy pills up to 540 from only five last year, eramin 5 up to 137 from only one and ketum juice, 1.5litre from none last year.

    “I would like also to note that drug dealers and those who made their living off trading drugs would see their properties stripped if it was found that they bought these properties through their drug trades.

    “This is already provided under the law and I am just reiterating here, that even if they hid their wealth under their names of their wives or girlfriends or cousins, parents, relatives, friends, we will still charge these people as accomplices and their properties taken away,” he said.

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    Pact to honour work values

    Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

    All about integrity: Dr Rujhan exchanging the pledge with Mustafar (right) while Yap (middle) looks on.

    All about integrity: Dr Rujhan exchanging the pledge with Mustafar (right) while Yap (middle) looks on.

    THE Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) has signed a Corporate Integrity Pledge with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

    Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap said that MQA has taken on this pledge voluntarily as a mark of their strong work ethics and integrity.

    “MQA is also committed to implementing these work ethics not just among its staff, but also its stakeholders who contribute to MQA’s services,” she said when officiating at the signing ceremony between the two bodies yesterday.

    She hoped that MACC would continuously provide advice and guidance to the agency to carry out their integrity programmes in order to support the five Corporate Integrity Pledge initiatives.

    The initiatives include the promotion of good transparency, integrity and governance; strengthening internal control mechanisms by incorporating elements to support the prevention of corruption; to comply with laws and regulations related to fighting corruption and to eradicate all forms of corruption.

    “This will ensure that MQA can always practise, improve and strengthen elements of integrity and accountability (in their services),” she added.

    Yap also said that the agency has been practising a “No Gifts Policy” and strengthened the implementation and enforcement of its Integrity and Enforcement Unit in a bid to eradicate corruption.

    MACC deputy chief commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the fight against corruption requires continuous commitment and cooperation between the government, MACC and all parties involved. He also said that corruption can stifle the nation’s economic growth and scare away foreign investors.

    “Therefore, transparency, efficiency, integrity and a lack of bureaucracy is important,” he added.

    Mustafar said that speed in obtaining approvals or carrying out services is important to ensure the sustainability of a business or organisation. He also hoped that MQA will be the first Malaysian agency to be rated under the ISO 37001 – Anti-Bribery Management Systems, which should be finalised in Mexico at the end of the month.


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