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Parental involvement, vital part of learning

Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Students benefit in many ways with parental involvement in schools.

Students benefit in many ways with parental involvement in schools.

HOW can you help improve your child’s experience in school?

Previously parents would be expected to take part in some activities.

These included the child’s registration day, report card day, performance target setting day, prize giving day and the annual parent–teacher association meeting.

“In the Ministry of Education (MoE), we believe that parental involvement is an essential part of a successful learning system.

“So we feel the urgent need to encourage this involvement by introducing the initiative, which is ‘Increasing Parental and Community Involvement in School Ecosystem’ as a priority in the Malaysia Education Blueprint (MEB) 2013-2025.

“Numerous studies have identified parent engagement as a critical factor affecting the success of individual students and the school environment itself,” said Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin.

He said many may not realise that high rates of student success are generally the result of three groups collaborating to provide the best opportunities for the future which are teachers, parents and the community.

“Schools, parents, and the community can work together to promote the wellbeing and learning of all students,” he said.

These partnerships can result in sharing and maximising resources, he said, adding that they help children and youth develop healthy behaviours.

This initiative, Dr Amin added, is designed to have a two-pronged approach, which are to increase parental awareness on benefits of their involvement in schools and to increase the quality of parental involvement in school.

“In measuring the effectiveness of intervention, the ministry monitors two key area which have direct parental involvement. These are the parent’s attendance in six key school activities and voluntary parental participation in school.

“For 2017, the MOE has successfully achieved the target set, which is to have 94% of schools to meet the minimum 65% of parental attendance in key school activities and another 82% of schools managed to achieve more than 25% of voluntary parental participation,” he said.

There is a high correlation between family and community partnerships and student achievement, he added.

Parental involvement at school is also linked to greater participation in the community.

“However, partnerships between parents, community groups and schools need to be real partnerships. “Schools that engage parents and the community help build and sustain confidence and support,” he said. Respect and trust are built when parents and members of the community are invited into the school.

“Each school is a rich community resource with assets that include its facilities, equipment and materials, entertainment (sporting or artistic events), human resources (both the staff and the students), programmes for students, and courses for the broader community,” said PADU executive director for System Structure Dr Noorliza Zakuan.

PADU is a delivery unit supporting the ministry in implementing the MEB at schools.

In supporting the initiative, the MOE has been promoting the importance of parental involvement in schools through numerous mediums.

Parents are shown that children’s education is a form of investment and to inform them that parental support is not limited to material or financial aspect but can also be in the form of continuous support and time.

Another improvement that has been developed is the update in “Sarana Ibu Bapa” which aims to provide parents with parenting skills to effectively coach their children as partners in the ministry.

Finally, the ministry has also produced guidelines for parents as classroom volunteers which allows them to be teaching assistants in the classroom.

This will significantly help in reducing teachers’ burden as well as making parents more involved in their child’s education.

Parents’ initiatives

Throughout the years, the initiative can not only be measured by the attendance of parents, but more to the qualitative and measuring the impact of parental involvement.

For example, in SJK (C) Lai Meng, parents took the initiative to conduct storytelling sessions in promoting moral values and character growth while in SMK Rawang, parents started a football team in the school to reduce disciplinary cases by giving the students activities to do after school hours.

The students now see the volunteer parents as friends and role models who they can share problems and issues with.

Parental involvement in the school ecosystem is vital in promoting an education transformation. By having an active parental role in education, the entire education ecosystem can benefit from parents to teachers and especially to students.

The success of many initiatives in the MEB remain dependent on the level of engagement of parents.

If these many initiatives are bricks to build a mansion that is a transformed education system, then parental engagement would be the mortar which holds the bricks together.

The advantages of collaborative approaches work in two ways.

The school benefits as do families and the community agencies, institutions and other groups. The capacity of the community to understand and serve the needs of students and their families increases as a result of engagement in the school.

Similarly, awareness of and access to services for children and families are increased.

As parent coordinator for the classical Indian class in SJK (T) Kajang, Ambulagi Venugopal said: “You will only realise your child’s fullest potential when you are involved all the way.”

“By volunteering at school, you are helping your children. Because if it’s not us, who else?” she said.

Benefits to students, parents & schools

 It is easier for children to learn when they get encouragement from home;

 They will do better and achieve more when their parents are involved;

 Pupils’ concerns can be sorted out more quickly when their parents have a positive relationship with school staff;

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Parents not obliged to give payslips to schools.

Sunday, January 14th, 2018
Ready to learn: Kamalanathan (left) handing over a stationery set and books to Shamita Satiaseelan, five, at the launch of Tadika Lestari Bukit Sentosa in Rawang.

Ready to learn: Kamalanathan (left) handing over a stationery set and books to Shamita Satiaseelan, five, at the launch of Tadika Lestari Bukit Sentosa in Rawang.

RAWANG: Schools do not have the right to demand for the payslips of parents unless they are trying to identify children in need of aid, such as the Additional Food Programme (RMT).

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said this is to ensure assistance reaches the targeted low-income group.

“If parents choose not to give, then I don’t think it is right for us to force them,” he said after attending the launch of Tadika Lestari Bukit Sentosa and its Founding Principal Scholarship here yesterday.

He was responding to complaints from parents that they were being forced to provide their payslips by some schools in the Klang Valley.

Kamalanathan said the ministry had asked schools to identify students from lower and middle income families to help them.

He said he would look into the matter and get an explanation as to why schools required the payslips.

On another matter, Kamala­nathan said the Government had provided free education from preschool until Form Five to ensure a child’s right to education.

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Code of ethics for parents need to be implemented soon – NUTP

Friday, October 6th, 2017
The National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) wants the Education Ministry (MOE) to immediately implement a code of ethics for parents to protect teachers as well as to maintain harmonious relationship between both parties. NSTP file pic

KANGAR: The National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) wants the Education Ministry (MOE) to immediately implement a code of ethics for parents to protect teachers as well as to maintain harmonious relationship between both parties.

Its president Kamarozaman Abd Razak said the code of ethics for parents would also ensure that the teachers’ dignity and emotion would not be adversely affected by the stress caused by parents’ displeasure on things they were dissatisfied with.

“NUTP submitted a proposal to MOE a year ago but until now there was no development. Therefore, we have to take proactive action similar as the ones implemented by developed countries, and not scrambling to address the issue only after a mishap occurred,” he said.

He said this when met by reporters after the launch of CDERT-NUTP and the conferment of the rank of affiliate officers of CDERT (Civil Defence Response Team)-NUTP by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim here last night.

Kamarozman said the NUTP would take proactive action by obtaining feedback from parents, non-governmental organisations and to discuss the code of ethics with lawyers before submitting the proposal to MOE.

“A majority of cases involving parents attacking teachers occurred in the urban area. Although the numbers have yet to reach alarming level, they still affected the teachers and if not contained, it can spread to wider areas and ultimately causing discord between teachers and parents,” he said.

On the upcoming 2018 Budget, he appealed to the government to increase the allocation for schools, as many of them, especially in rural areas are mainly of old buildings, the majority are more than 20 or 30 years old, and they need to be immediately maintained or repaired to ensure the safety of students and teachers.

“In efforts to implement the transformation and to create quality human capital, education is very important,” he said, adding that the RM600 million allocation for the maintenance of 10,600 schools nationwide, tabled in the 2017 Budget, was inadequate.


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92 Per Cent Of Schools Exceed Parents’ Participation Target – Mahdzir

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

PUTRAJAYA, April 11 (Bernama) — About 92 per cent of 10,180 schools exceeded the target of 65 per cent parents’ presence and involvement in school activities last year.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the achievement involved six main activities under the Parents’ Toolkit, Malaysia Education Blueprint (2013-2025).

The activities are registration day, setting targets day, parent-teacher association annual general meeting, report day, sports day and awards presentation day.

“This shows parents’ willingness and determination to help raise the students’ performance and schools’ achievement,” he said after the ministry’s excellent service awards presentation to 471 recipients, here, today.

Also present at the ceremony were the Education Ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad and its director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamed Yusof.

Mahdzir also said that the ministry would extend the ‘My New School’ initiative to eight schools this year, comprising one school each in Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Pahang, and two schools each in Sabah and Sarawak.


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PTA donates RM78,000 to SM La Salle

Saturday, April 1st, 2017


FUND RAISERS … Lucy (6th right) presenting the PTA’s contributions to Mary (4th left).

KOTA KINABALU: The SM La Salle computer lab received a boost with the addition of 15 new computers and the upgrade of existing softwares totalling RM48,000 to improve ICT learning.

The school also received a further RM30,000 to improve its Junior Campus’s Resource Centre, provision of teaching aids and facilities to support the students’ development programmes, among others.

SM La Salle Parent-Teacher Association chairperson, Datin Lucy Irene Yong in handing over the contributions to the school’s excellent principal, Mary M. Komuji yesterday, said the PTA wished to see students benefit most from these.

“The PTA is pleased to work with the school to bring learning facilities up to speed and in line with the Education Ministry’s aim to integrate 21st century skills in learning,” Lucy added.

PTA deputy chairperson, Norkiah Shalatif, senior assistant principal, Rahnah Fong, ICT teachers Lim Hoi Yuen and Suhaili Ahmad and students were present.

The contributions were made possible through several fundraisers including a bazaar and education carnival and the recent LaSallians Take The Lead Cross Country organised by the PTA and supported by the school, School Board, Alumni, the public as well as financial contributions from generous individuals and corporate donors.

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Parents’ association wants action against abusive teachers

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

SHAH ALAM: The association representing parents of children in Chinese schools is calling on the Education Ministry to act on teachers who exhibit violent behaviour.

Wong Foh Sang, president of Jia Zong, said despite multiple cases of teachers using violence on students, the ministry has taken no action.

“Teachers will become daring if the ministry does not handle these situations accordingly,” he said outside the Selangor Education Department following the submission of a memorandum detailing cases of student mistreatment over the last two years.

The handing of the memorandum and protest by some parents came following a case of a Year Five pupil in Ijok, Selangor, who was said to have been verbally and physically abused by her teacher on Wednesday.

The pregnant teacher allegedly insulted and hit the pupil early this week over homework, but had blamed it on her hormones.

Other than hitting the pupil, the teacher also overturned the pupil’s table and mocked her for coming from a broken family.

Tee Lay Goon, the pupil’s mother, said the actions of the teacher had left emotional and physical scars on her daughter.

“Hitting her and overturning a table is bad enough, but she also taunted my daughter for not having a father.

“Not having a husband is my business, not my daughter’s fault. The teacher cannot use this to belittle my daughter,” said the mother of three who noticed red marks over her daughter’s body after she came out from the shower.

Tee claimed that the school headmistress had also warned her daughter “to keep her mouth shut” regarding the matter.

Two of the school’s senior assistants brought the teacher to Tee’s house to apologise later that evening.

“The reason the teacher gave me was that she is pregnant and hormonal fluctuation led to her losing her temper.

“The teacher is an adult. If she is unable to control her emotions, then it’s best for her to not be a teacher in case she causes harm to other children, too,” Tee said, adding that her daughter had been sent for a medical check-up and she had lodged a police report.


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    NUTP plans code of ethics for parents

    Sunday, September 18th, 2016

    PARENTS overreacting to complaints by the child and rushing to school to confront his or her teacher, sometimes physically, is no laughing matter.

    To offer them a better approach, the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) plans to draw up guidelines for a Code of Ethics.

    Newly-elected NUTP president, Kamarozaman Abd Razak, who assumed his new role at an exco meeting last Saturday said: “With the code of ethics, parents will have to follow a standard operating procedure, such as setting up a meeting with the principal, instead of going directly to a teacher to voice their complaints.”

    Kamarozaman clarified that this move is not designed 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.

    “There are various codes of ethics for teachers, but none for parents. But these codes exist in other countries, so we can use them as a guideline 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 three weeks ago at a meeting between both parties.

    “I understand why they want to do this, as parents these days can be quite a handful,” said a mother of three, Ellen Kiong. “But I also want to know what the guidelines entail.”

    Kiong said she had seen parents getting upset with teachers when their kids fall and scrape a knee during playtime in school.

    Another mother of three, Sagayah Mary Puttagunta, said: “I don’t think we need a Code of Ethics. We’ll only be wasting paper!”

    She elaborated that parents these days are more hands on and involved in their child’s school because there is a need to.

    “We don’t get circulars from the government telling us about a new ruling, so we have to find out on our own,” she said.

    Abdul Wahab Kadir, who has one school-going child, also does not support the idea for a Code of Ethics for parents.

    by OOI MAY SIM.

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    Schools Urged Against Holding Special Assistance Payment – PIBGN President

    Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) — The National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council (PIBGN) has appealed to schools against withdrawing the RM100 special assistance provided by the Ministry of Education.

    PIBGN president Associate Prof Datuk Mohamad Ali Hasan said schools had previously withdrawn this assistance giving reasons that the money was needed for payment of PTA fees and other costs incurred by the school.

    “The money can ease the burden of parents especially those affected by the recent floods. Some of the students have no uniforms to wear as they were damaged or washed away,” he told Bernama here today.

    He was commenting on a statement made by Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan requesting schools in the state to not hold payment of the RM100 special aid provided by the ministry.

    Earlier on the ministry had received reports of several schools in the country not handing over the money to students.

    Mohamad Ali said schools should be flexible on this matter in the wake of rising cost of living and financial problems faced by families who had been affected by the floods with some left homeless.

    In addition, PIBGN hoped that the ministry would waive PTA fees for all schools affected by the floods to ease the parents’ financial burden, he said.

    “Government-linked companies (GLCs) are also urged to provide financial help or volunteer their services to help in school restoration works and purchase school equipment which have been damaged in the floods,” he said.

    Meanwhile, National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) President, Hashim Adnan said parents should also cooperate with schools to ensure their children take care of the textbooks provided by the ministry.


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    Parents have role, too

    Sunday, July 8th, 2012
    PLATFORM FOR IMPROVEMENT: What is the role of parent-teacher associations today? Do they contribute towards enhancing the quality of schools and the education of their children? Are parents even interested? Chandra Devi Renganayar finds out.

    THE Education Act 1996 stipulates that one of the key objectives of a parent-teacher association (PTA) is to provide a forum and service for the welfare and development of students.

    It also states the association is to act as a platform for parents and teachers to discuss issues pertaining to their children’s education.

    These objectives, however, appear to have taken a back seat.

    Parents sitting in PTA committees now focus on raising funds to upgrade school facilities, said Nik Elin Nik Rashid, a past committee member of several PTAs.

    She said in some schools, PTAs are nothing more than “showpieces”, set up to meet the requirements of the Education Act.

    “How effective a PTA is depends on the principal. If the person is accommodating and welcomes views from the parents, then the PTA will be involved in matters concerning education.

    “In most cases, however, the principals and teachers don’t want to engage parents on issues related to their children’s performance as they are afraid it would interfere with their job.

    “They fail to realise that by working with parents, they can better meet the needs of the students.”

    C.K. Teoh, a former PTA committee member of a school in Klang said many parents shy away from speaking up for fear their children will be victimised by the teachers.

    He said some teachers take advantage of a clause in the Education Act which states the PTA cannot interfere in a school’s administration.

    “They prefer PTAs to play a diminutive role such as raising money for school activities. They want PTAs to focus on beautifying the school rather than equipping it with better learning materials.

    “Parents are there to merely endorse what the headmaster and teachers have decided.”

    by Chandra Devi Renganayar.

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    Stamping Out Teen Smoking

    Thursday, February 9th, 2012

    Teen Smoking Rates Decline, but Quitting Is Still a Challenge

    Sixteen-year-old Haley A.’s New Year’s resolution is to not criticize other people. As admirable as that goal may be, Haley’s mother wishes her daughter had made another resolve: to quit smoking. But the teen is indifferent to the idea. She enjoys smoking, and at five or six cigarettes a day, does not believe she is addicted to nicotine.

    “I think if I had something to motivate me, I could stop really easily,” Haley says. “For me, it’s a boredom thing. Whenever I’m bored, it’s something to do.”

    The honor roll student who says she’s the only smoker in her circle of friends is bucking a national trend. Monitoring the Future, a new survey released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, shows teen smoking in grades 8, 10, and 12 is declining “at a vigorous pace.” This is a direct contrast to the early 1990s, when researchers saw a dramatic increase in the number of teens lighting up. Among eighth-graders, smoking rates fell from 21 percent in 1996 to 12 percent in 2001; and among tenth-graders, from 30 percent to 21 percent. Among high-school seniors, smoking rates dropped from 37 percent in 1997 to 30 percent in 2001.

    The study attributed the decreases to the demise of the Joe Camel ad campaign, the increase in anti-smoking ads, and the jump in cigarette prices in most states.

    “Young people are price-sensitive in their use of cigarettes,” says the study’s principal investigator, Dr. Lloyd D. Johnston of the University of Michigan. “When the price goes up, it is less likely that (kids) will proceed to greater use.”

    Parents, Not Just Media, Need to Send “No Smoking” Signals

    What about the influence of parents? While the latest survey didn’t ask teens to describe parental influence, anti-smoking activists insist that what moms and dads say — or don’t say — can have an enormous effect on teens. In other words, parents shouldn’t just breathe a sigh of relief over the new decline in smoking rates and think TV ad campaigns have more influence than they do.

    The National Youth Tobacco Survey, taken every other year for the federal government, has found significant racial and ethnic differences in the ways that parents deal with smoking. Researchers say that Hispanic parents, even if they smoke themselves, are less likely to allow teens to smoke in the house. The rules appear to have the effect of discouraging teen smoking altogether, not just smoking at home, because Hispanic teens smoke at lower rates than white teens do.

    Haley A.’s mother also has established a no-smoking rule at home, but the teen says there has been little discussion of the issue.

    “She knows that I know about the consequences,” says Haley. Although the teen doesn’t particularly want to quit, she says she might be motivated to kick the habit if the penalties were severe enough. “I think if I was grounded every time I got caught smoking or if my phone got taken away, then it would definitely make it harder to keep smoking.”

    Do’s and Don’ts for Parents: Keeping Teens Smoke-Free

    These suggestions for parents come from Lyndon Haviland, executive vice president of the American Legacy Foundation (a public health foundation created as part of the 1998 settlement agreement by the states with the tobacco companies):

    1. Do take nicotine addiction seriously. “When I talk to parents, I sometimes hear, ‘It’s only tobacco’ or ‘They’re just experimenting,’” Haviland says. “It’s critical to understand that teenagers do become addicted, and it’s critical to intervene. For one thing, research shows that cigarettes can be a gateway to use of other drugs and alcohol.”
    2. Don’t assume teens know the dangers. While the latest teen smoking stats are promising, there are still warning signs hidden behind the headlines. The Monitoring the Future study showed that 43 percent of eighth-graders still do not believe that there is a great risk associated with a-pack-a-day smoking.
    3. Do talk about (immediate) health consequences and the cost. Teens tend to believe they’ll never get pregnant or die in a car crash, so it may be a waste of time to talk about “someday” dying of lung cancer as a result of smoking. Instead, Haviland and other experts advise parents to focus on short-term health and economic effects: “You get a lot of sore throats because you smoke.” “If you want to run cross-country next semester, you’ll have an easier time if you quit.” “Your teeth are starting to get stained.” Or focus on the money they’re spending: “Gee, you could probably afford your own car if you weren’t spending so much on cigarettes!”
    4. Don’t underestimate your own influence. “We’ve talked to teens who say, ‘If my mom and dad really cared, they’d push me on it,’” Haviland reports.
    5. Do talk to your child’s healthcare provider, athletic coaches, and guidance counselors. The more caring adults who know your child smokes, the better, Haviland says. “You’re surrounding your teen with support for cessation behavior. There is nothing wrong with saying to a soccer coach, ‘My daughter will be playing on your team in the fall and I want you to know that she began smoking over the summer.’”
    6. Don’t turn cigarettes into a “forbidden fruit.” No-smoking rules are fine, but only if they are premised on the dangers associated with cigarettes, not just “Those are my rules and you must obey.” Make sure you tell your teen how much you admire and respect his or her decision not to smoke, or to quit.
    7. Do look for help. The American Lung Association has a comprehensive program for teens called “NOT.,” — “Not On Tobacco.” Check their website for details at Or visit This site has a calculator to help teens (and adults!) calculate the savings they reap when they kick the habit.

    by Katy Abel.

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