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Education Ministry: Boarding school students can go back for Aidiladha

Friday, July 10th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Boarding school students can return home for Hari Raya Aidiladha, says the Education Ministry.

With improvements made to the existing standard operating procedures (SOPs), the ministry said it had no objections to students wanting to return home.

“We take note of parents’ questions on this matter,” it said in a statement Thursday (July 9).

The ministry also said boarding school students for Form Four and Form Six semester 1 would be returning to their schools on July 15.

The two groups of students were being prioritised to give them sufficient time to prepare for their upcoming examinations in 2021, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, Forms One to Three boarding school students will return to their schools on Aug 3.

Until then, the students will continue home-based learning.

“This decision applies to boarding schools, religious secondary schools, government-assisted religious schools, Sekolah Sukan Malaysia, Sekolah Sukan Negeri and Sekolah Seni Malaysia.

“The ministry takes all views into consideration to ensure all boarding school students can study in their schools in a safe environment,” it added.

Rukun Negara Golden Jubilee celebration kicks off with full patriotism

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
The Rukun Negara Golden Jubilee celebration is organised in conjunction with the National Day and Malaysia Day celebration this year. --BERNAMA picThe Rukun Negara Golden Jubilee celebration is organised in conjunction with the National Day and Malaysia Day celebration this year. –BERNAMA pic

PUTRAJAYA: The launch of the three-month-long Rukun Negara Golden Jubilee celebration was held in the full spirit of unity and patriotism despite the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) still in force to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

It was graced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the Perdana Putra Building here.

The Rukun Negara Golden Jubilee celebration is organised in conjunction with the National Day and Malaysia Day celebration this year.

The launch event began with the special address by Muhyiddin, in which he touched on the important aspect of unity among the people regardless of their race, religion, culture and belief.

The Prime Minister then joined the Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of National Unity Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, six schoolchildren and seven university students representing Rukun Negara clubs and secretariats in reciting the pledge of Rukun Negara.

The highlight of the event was the launch of the official logo of the Rukun Negara Golden Jubilee celebration, which was created through the cooperation between the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), the Information Department and the Karangkraf Media Group.

by BERNAMA.

Rad more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607238/rukun-negara-golden-jubilee-celebration-kicks-full-patriotism

PM wants to make Rukun Negara education a core government agenda

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin delivers his speech when launching the 50th anniversary celebration of Rukun Negara at the Perdana Putra Building today. --BERNAMA picPrime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin delivers his speech when launching the 50th anniversary celebration of Rukun Negara at the Perdana Putra Building today. –BERNAMA pic

PUTRAJAYA: Rukun Negara education should be made a core agenda of the government to ensure that Rukun Negara can become a daily practice of society which is passed down from one generation to the next, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

In making the call, the prime minister said this required concerted efforts by all parties to enhance the inculcation of the principles and values enshrined in Rukun Negara, especially to strengthen unity among the people in the country.

“The National Unity Ministry and Communications and Multimedia Ministry can lead the implementation of this agenda through various programmes, initiatives and activities under their ministries, which are conducted in collaboration with non-governmental organisations, the private sector and civil society.

“I believe that by pooling the determined efforts of all quarters, we can succeed in deepening appreciation of the principles and values of Rukun Negara to strengthen the unity of people in this country,” he said when launching the 50th anniversary celebration of Rukun Negara at Bangunan Perdana Putra here today.

Rukun Negara was declared on Aug 31, 1970 by the then Yang di-Pertuan Agong Almarhum Tuanku Ismail Nasirudin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Zainal Abidin to promote unity among the people following the May 13, 1969 incident.

The five principles of Rukun Negara or the national philosophy are Belief in God; Loyalty to King and Country; Supremacy of the Constitution; Rule of Law; and Courtesy and Morality.

Muhyiddin said patriotic Malaysians should always uphold the principles of Rukun Negara, which they have been closely associated with and have committed to heart since their school days.

He said the five principles of Rukun Negara were spelt out on exercise books, notice boards, school walls and places where they could be easily read and memorised.

“Actually, it is not difficult to appreciate and practise the principles of Rukun Negara if we are aware of the need to constantly enhance unity and preserve harmony through these principles,” he added.

The Rukun Negara golden jubilee celebration, jointly organised by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, and National Unity Ministry, was telecast live on Bernama TV (Astro 502, myFreview 121 and unifi TV 631), RTM, Astro Awani and social media platforms.

by BERNAMA.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607235/pm-wants-make-rukun-negara-education-core-government-agenda

New normal acceptance, understanding the best preparation

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
The schools are making all the preparations to ensure that students can continue their schooling smoothly, in compliance with all the standard operating procedures (SOP). --BERNAMA picThe schools are making all the preparations to ensure that students can continue their schooling smoothly, in compliance with all the standard operating procedures (SOP). –BERNAMA pic

STARTING July 15, schools will be re-opened and students will be returning to school in batches.

The schools are making all the preparations to ensure that students can continue their schooling smoothly, in compliance with all the standard operating procedures (SOP) provided.

At the same time, parents are also busy preparing for their children to resume schooling. After four months of school closure, many children have outgrown their uniforms.

While busy making sure that their children are well equipped to return to school, parents should also check on whether their children are ready mentally, emotionally and socially.

The following are a few things that parents should pay attention to.

First and foremost, parents need to find out how the children feel about returning to school after a long “holiday”. Working parents have experienced this earlier.

After more than two months of working from home, a majority of us had mixed feelings about returning to the office.

While there are people who are very excited about going back to work, some are a bit reluctant because they have adjusted well with working from home, while others are worried to leave the house thinking they might catch the virus.

If parents have mixed feelings about returning to work, children, too, have similar feelings about going back to school.

Many children are excited about returning to school because they can meet their friends and teachers whom they have missed.

But there are children who are worried about catching the virus at school.

Parents need to understand their children’s feelings about returning to school and advise them accordingly.

Children who are very excited about going back to school need to be reminded about maintaining social distancing with friends. Children who are reluctant to go to school need to be persuaded to do so.

Similarly, worried children need to be made aware of the fact that in our country, the Covid-19 pandemic is presently under control and the risk of being infected is quite low, especially if we comply with the prescribed standard operating procedures.

Secondly, parents need to ensure that their children practise the new normal such as washing their hands regularly and wearing the face mask when outside the house.

Throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO), parents were always at home to remind the children of the new normal.

In school, the children are on their own and they have to practise the new normal all the time.

Parents can make children understand the importance of practising the new normal in order to protect themselves and the people around them from getting the virus.

Thirdly, parents need to help their children to catch up with their learning. During the MCO, teachers resumed classes online.

Unfortunately, students responded differently to online learning, hence the effectiveness was also not as expected. There are students who have good infrastructure and managed to follow the classes well.

Others may have the infrastructure needed but the home environment was not conducive for learning.

There are also students who did not have the infrastructure to follow the classes. In fact, some students might have found it difficult to follow the class just because online learning was not compatible with them.

With the different experiences of online learning, children are returning to school with different levels of understanding of the syllabus they have covered during the online classes.

There will be students who are left out and in need of help to catch up with their learning.

Hence, in order to cope with situations as presented, it would be better if parents can update the teachers with their children’s online learning experiences and achievements so that the teachers are aware of the students’ academic development.

With such information, it is hoped that in schools, teachers can do what is needed to help those students who are left out.

While at home, parents can do their part in helping the children to catch up. Soon, our children will be returning to school after a long “holiday”.

Just as adults need time to get used to returning to work and practising the new normal after the MCO, so do our children.

As parents, we need to prepare and help them adapt by knowing their feelings, encouraging them to practise the new normal and help them to catch up with the syllabus.

May our help ease their process of returning to school.

By Siti Fatimah Abdul Rahman.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2020/07/607011/new-normal-acceptance-understanding-best-preparation

Education Ministry clarifies who can attend classes in person on July 15

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
Only Forms 4 and 6 (Semester 1) students at boarding schools registered with the Education Ministry are allowed to attend classes in person on July 15. The Education Ministry, in a statement today, said Form 1, Form 2 and Form 3 boarding school students, meanwhile, will be allowed to return to school on Aug 3. - NST file picOnly Forms 4 and 6 (Semester 1) students at boarding schools registered with the Education Ministry are allowed to attend classes in person on July 15. The Education Ministry, in a statement today, said Form 1, Form 2 and Form 3 boarding school students, meanwhile, will be allowed to return to school on Aug 3. – NST file pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Only Forms 4 and 6 (Semester 1) students at boarding schools registered with the Education Ministry are allowed to attend classes in person on July 15.

The Education Ministry, in a statement today, said Form 1, Form 2 and Form 3 boarding school students, meanwhile, will be allowed to return to school on Aug 3.

It said priority was given to this group of Forms 4 and 6 students to ensure they have sufficient time to prepare for the public examinations scheduled to be held next year.

“Forms 1 to 3 students will continue to have classes via home-based learning until they are allowed into schools on Aug 3.

“The ministry is always working to ensure all students are able to return to the traditional classroom for face-to-face learning.

“However, several improvements had to be made to the guidelines for boarding schools based on discussions with the Health Ministry,” the statement read.

These improvements, it said, have been included as additions to the School Reopening Management Guidelines and have been approved at the ministers special meeting on the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) No. 60, 2020 on July 9.

This updated ruling applies to boarding schools (SBP), national religious secondary schools (SMKA), government-assisted religious schools (SABK), Malaysian sports schools (SSM), state sports schools (SSN) and Malaysian art schools (SSeM).

The ministry further said it was aware of parents concern if their children would be allowed home for Hari Raya Aidiladha.

“With the improvements to the existing standard operating procedures, the ministry has no objection to allowing students to return home to celebrate Hari Raya Aidiladha with their family.

“The Education Ministry always takes into consideration the views and recommendations of the Health Ministry in ensuring that all boarding school children can continue learning in a safe environment.”

The ministry called on parents, teachers and students to cooperate with the ministry to ensure the smooth reopening of schools, especially boarding schools.

By New Straits Times.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607193/education-ministry-clarifies-who-can-attend-classes-person-july-15

Carpenter does her bit for school

Monday, July 6th, 2020
Musukubi Shamsuddin produced various school furniture such as bookshelves, cupboards to store the Quran and prayer mats, desks, chairs and counter table using plywood as thick as 1.27 centimeter. - Bernama picMusukubi Shamsuddin produced various school furniture such as bookshelves, cupboards to store the Quran and prayer mats, desks, chairs and counter table using plywood as thick as 1.27 centimeter. – Bernama pic

PARIT: Based on pictures obtained from social networking sites such as Facebook, a woman carpenter built a variety of furniture which she then donated to Sekolah Rendah Islam Nur Ehsan (SERINE), in Titi Gantung, here.

Musukubi Shamsuddin, 48, who is a Committee member of the Parent and Teachers Association (PTA) at the school, said this was for the convenience of the 154 pupils at the school, as she could not afford to contribute financially.

The woman who is a single mother, produced various school furniture such as bookshelves, cupboards to store the Quran and prayer mats, desks, chairs and counter table using plywood as thick as 1.27 centimeter.

“I felt that I could use my skills to make these furniture, so I did it. Besides, I noticed that there were many furniture (in the school) that could not be used anymore.

“So as a member of the PTA, and as my eight-year old daughter Nur Insyirah Ismail is a pupil here, I expressed my intention to build these furniture without any charges,” she told Bernama when met at the school, recently.

Musukubi, fondly known as “Kak B”, said she referred to pictures on social media to build the furniture with wood that was provided by the school.

She said in one day she could finish two to three items, by working from 8am to 5pm, and she has been working from Monday to Saturday since the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) took effect.

Kak B, whose house is only 20 minutes away from the school, said she also made furniture for her own use such as a swing, a clothing rack, tables and chairs.

“I started developing an interest in carpentry since moving back to my village, Kampung Lambor Kiri, in 2018. I indulge in carpentry for my personal satisfaction even though I do receive requests from parents who ask me to build furniture for their homes after seeing my products,” said Kak B who had previously worked in the manufacturing sector for 25 years in Selangor.

Musukubi said the school management is also raising funds to build a new school comprising a one-story block building, seven classrooms, teachers’ room, an office and a computer lab at Gelung Pepuyu, Bota, here.

by BERNAMA.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/606146/carpenter-does-her-bit-school

Teachers deliver homework by hand

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

Dedication to service: Nazmi delivering homework to students in a remote village in Sarawak.

KUCHING: For the past three months, SK Long Sukang teacher Muhammad Nazmi Rosli and his colleagues have been delivering homework to their students in 13 villages in Sarawak’s remote Lawas highlands.

Nazmi initiated the homework delivery in early April after the movement control order (MCO) started, as the pupils had no access to the Internet for online learning.

The weekly delivery used to take two days as the villages could only be reached by four-wheel drive vehicles, with the nearest three to four hours from Lawas town.

But since teachers were instructed several weeks ago to go back to their schools, the process has become easier.

“From the school in Long Sukang, we can now do the delivery within one day. We divided the villages into three zones; around eight of us distribute the materials in three teams, ” Nazmi said.

Over weeks of distributing homework, one of the challenges he came across was that the students did not have anyone to ask for help if they did not understand the materials.

“Sometimes the teacher delivering the homework is not the subject teacher. For example, if I’m the one delivering it and they have a question about Mathematics, I would tell them to wait until the following week after I get in touch with the Mathematics teacher, ” Nazmi, who teaches English and Art, said.

To overcome this, the school decided to complement homework distribution with a new initiative dubbed “ruai classroom” – small classes in the “ruai”, or verandah, of teachers’ homes in the village itself.

“We have three teachers who live in Long Sukang, so the school administrator saw the opportunity to conduct small classes.

“The village headman also agreed to this, ” Nazmi said.

He explained that the teachers allocated separate times to conduct the classes three to four times a week for 58 students in Long Sukang, which is about half of the school’s students.

“We started this two or three weeks before the ministry told teachers to return to school. The three teachers teach Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mathematics, so three major subjects are covered.

“Now, using the ruai classroom, the students’ homework projects are monitored by the teachers. The kids are also more motivated to do their work with someone there to help them, ” he said.

For Nazmi, putting in these efforts during the MCO period is part of his job as a teacher.

“I often get invited to give online talks and everyone is sharing how they are adapting to the new norm of teaching and learning using online platforms.

“But me and my kids, we don’t have the chance to use all these online platforms, so we just want to make use of whatever we have.

“We don’t want to abandon our kids. It wouldn’t be fair to them. As teachers, it’s our job to do our best, ” he said.

He also credited an officer, Hazelyn Rimbar, from the state Education, Science and Technological Research Ministry, with encouraging the school to come up with these initiatives during the MCO period.

“She’s been really helpful, not only for my school but other rural schools stuck in the pandemic. She’s the one who suggested doing the ruai classroom and she keeps checking on us to see how our schools are doing, ” he said.

By SHARON LING.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/04/teachers-deliver-homework-by-hand#cxrecs_s

Religious schools, madrasah, tahfiz allowed to resume from July 15

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

All religious schools which are registered with the Education Ministry and state authorities are allowed to resume from July 15 onwards - NST pic

All religious schools which are registered with the Education Ministry and state authorities are allowed to resume from July 15 onwards – NST pic

KUALA LUMPUR: All religious schools which are registered with the Education Ministry and state authorities have been allowed to resume operations from July 15.

However, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri said the religious schools which are not registered will have to refer to the state authorities before resuming operations.

“All will have to comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the Education Ministry so that we can end the Covid-19 chain of infection.

“Religious schools which are registered with the Education Ministry can immediately resume operations but if they are not registered, they have to apply to the state governments,” he said at a press conference held after a working visit to the Federal Territory Syariah Court (MWSP) here today.

Yesterday, Senior Minister (Education) Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said students in Forms One to Four and Remove Class will return to school on July 15.

Mohd Radzi said the schools for Year One to Four pupils will re-open the following week from July 22.

Meanwhile, Zulkifli will provide ongoing training to MSWP officers and staff in accordance with the new normal so as to increase their competency.

“The MSWP must also be more efficient and improvements will be made to its Zero Outstanding Case system (SiKeT),” he said.

Earlier, Zulkifli spent more than two hours viewing the operations at the MSWP today.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/605398/religious-schools-madrasah-tahfiz-allowed-resume-july-15

Back to school: Full reopening by July 22

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
Senior Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin. - NSTP/File pic Senior Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin. – NSTP/File pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Schools nationwide are set to welcome all students – primary and secondary – in phases, starting July 15.

Education Senior Minister Dr Radzi Jidin announced this today as the country enters the recovery mode after three months of strict restrictions on movement to address the spread of Covid-19.

He said the process would be carried out in two phases.

The first phase of school reopening took place on June 24 for 500,444 students from over 2,500 schools taking their public examinations this year, namely Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM), Malaysian Vocational Certificate (SVM), Malaysian Higher School Certificate (STPM), Malaysian Higher Religious Certificate (STAM), and equivalent international school examinations.

Radzi said the second phase, starting July 15 (Wednesday) would involve students from Form 6 (Semester 1), Form 1 to Form 4, and Year 5 and Year 6 for primary schools, as well as remove classes (kelas peralihan).

The third phase, he said, starts on July 22 (Wednesday) and involves Year 1 to Year 4 pupils in primary schools.

“The decision to reopen schools for students of other educational levels in stages was made following advice from the Health Ministry and the National Security Council (NSC),” he said in a special televised address today.


All students, as well as parents and guardians, will have to adhere to strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Health Ministry, NSC, and Education Ministry.

The Education Ministry had on June 4, released a set of guidelines on reopening of schools that detail the necessary steps to be taken to ensure students, teachers, staff and visitors are protected.

By Hana Naz HarunTharanya Arumugam.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/605063/back-school-full-reopening-july-22

NST Leader: Stay safe

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
School officials and the education and health ministries must ensure all the necessary precautionary guidelines are adhered to. --BERNAMA picSchool officials and the education and health ministries must ensure all the necessary precautionary guidelines are adhered to. –BERNAMA pic

BY now, everyone in Malaysia, especially schoolchildren, will know that the long unforeseen break in the academic year will soon end. Students in Years 5 and 6, and those in Forms 1-4, as well as Form 6 (Semester 1), will head back to school on July 15, while students in Years 1-4 will return a week later. The first batch will involve 2.46 million students, and the second batch 1.8 million students.

That means by the final full week of the month, all our schoolgoing children will be back in schools. Those who were due to take their upper secondary-level examinations this year had returned to school on June 24. There will, of course, be the new normal to observe in school.

No more will our students be able to saunter in, dump their bags on tables and play around with their friends. There will be lines as temperatures are checked, face masks will be a necessary part of the school uniform, tables will be set far apart from each other and recess breaks will not be the same.

To ensure proper precautions are taken, schools have been given three models to follow depending on their ability to observe the guidelines set. This includes social distancing measures — single sessions for schools that have sufficient classrooms, double sessions for schools with fewer classrooms, and, rotation for those with insufficient space.

The return of our schoolchildren is a sign that the country is healing; normalcy and routine will slowly make a comeback. But this is a new normal. It is not what these students would have been used to, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There is no denying that Covid-19 has changed our lives, at least for the near future. It has been a life-altering experience, especially for our younger generation. From academics to social skills and mental health, the pandemic is a crisis for today’s children.

One needs only to look at how the pandemic has impacted education to know just how badly affected we have
been. Schools here have been closed for more than three months. But it is not just a local phenomenon, of course. It is a global one.

Unesco says school closures represent one of the most visible and controversial ways in which Covid-19 is affecting young people. Nearly 1.6 billion pupils in 190 countries have been affected. If that seems like a lot, it is. That number accounts for 90 per cent of the world’s school-age children.

With the number of daily infections low, it is a good time to have our children return to school. It has been a long three months indeed, for both the students and the teachers, many of whom had little experience in teaching online classes.

But school officials and the education and health ministries must ensure all the necessary precautionary guidelines are adhered to. We must always exercise caution and ensure schools remain the safe haven they have always been for children. It would be a shame if we reopen schools only for them to become clusters of new Covid-19 infections.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/leaders/2020/07/605190/nst-leader-stay-safe