Education in Malaysia: Not up to standard!

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Malaysian Universities: Still NOT highly ranked..

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The 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results were released in December, 2013.

We may have thought that our students were below par when compared with students in Singapore but here is something more shocking (and MORE DEPRESSING)!

EVEN OUR RICHEST, MOST PRIVILEGED STUDENTS ARE FAR BEHIND THEIR REGIONAL PEERS FROM THE POOREST, MOST UNDER-PRIVILEGED SOCIO-ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS!

Malaysian Insider

Poor Singaporeans did better than elite Malaysians in student assessment, says DAP

January 25, 2014

Malaysia’s students in the richest 10% category fared worse than Singapore’s poorest children in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), revealed the DAP.

Citing a report by an analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the group behind PISA, DAP’s Zairil Khir Johari said the results showed that Malaysia is facing an alarming crisis in education.

“From the analysis, it is found that the average score of the elite, most privileged 10 per cent of students in Malaysia, is in fact lower than the average score of the poorest, most underprivileged students from many Asian countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and Macau,” said Zairil in a statement today.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/poor-singaporeans-did-better-than-elite-malaysians-in-student-assessment-sa

Malaysia Chronicle

Saturday, 25 January 2014 09:04

SHOCK! Msia’s MOST PRIVILEGED students do worse than Spore’s most UNDER-PRIVILEGED

Written by Zairil Khir Johari

The crisis in the Malaysian education system was confirmed in the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results, released in early December last 2013

According to an analysis of the PISA results by international online news portal The Huffington Post, the breakdown of mathematics scores by socio-economic background reveals that, by and large, the assumption holds true: the richer the students, the better the results.

This is unsurprisingly evident in Malaysia, where there is a noticeable gap in performance between the richest 10 per cent of students and the rest of the field. After all, these students have access to better quality teachers, more modern school facilities, extra tuition classes and so on. They are also most likely privately educated or enrolled in elite boarding schools.

However, the real barometer is in the comparison with other countries. From the analysis, it is found that the average score of the elite, most privileged 10 per cent of students in Malaysia is in fact lower than the average score of the poorest, most under-privileged students from many Asian countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and Macau (see Figure 1).

Figure 1: Regional Comparison of PISA Mathematics Scores by Socio-Economic Background

(Source: The Huffington Post)

Zairil Khir Johari, Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera

POLITICS IN OUR SCHOOLS: THE BARISAN NASIONAL WAY OF INSTILLING PATRIOTISM, DEFINED AS LOYALTY TO BARISAN NASIONAL.

Malaysian Insider

For patriotism, classrooms to display pictures of all leaders except from Pakatan

BY LOOI SUE CHERN AND TRINNA LEONG
January 09, 2014

Putrajaya has quietly told all schools to display the portraits of federal and state leaders in classrooms to instil patriotism, but those in Pakatan Rakyat-run (PR) states can only put up pictures of the state ruler or governor.

The Malaysian Insider learnt that a circular from the Education Ministry has been sent via the WhatsApp message platform or by visiting district education officers, saying schools are “encouraged” to put up photos of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Raja Permaisuri Agong, prime minister, education minister and menteri besar or chief minister.

A quick check by The Malaysian Insider revealed that some schools in Penang and Selangor have the portraits in some classrooms and along corridors.

Education officials have welcomed the unofficial directive but a parents’ group has said the Education Ministry is wasting its money and should instead focus on better training for teachers as suggested in the National Education Blueprint.

But education advocacy movement Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim disagreed with the move, saying the ministry should know its priorities.

“The Education Ministry was given a large allocation and they should put it to good use and focus on teacher training, which was what they highlighted in the national education blueprint,” she said.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/for-patriotism-classrooms-to-display-pictures-of-all-leaders-except-from-pa

In the triennial PISA assessments in 2009 and 2012, Malaysian students were placed in the bottom third for reading, Mathematics and Science.

MalaysianInsider

Why the huge discrepancy between PMR and Pisa maths failure rates, asks DAP

December 15, 2013

The debate on Malaysian education continues with DAP raising questions over the discrepancy in the failure rate for Mathematics between the 2012 Pisa assessment figure of 51.8% and the 2012 Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) rate of 6.3%.

Its adviser, Lim Kit Siang (pic), in calling for a genuine education transformation in the country, said the Education Ministry had to explain the glaring discrepancy as the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) showed that more than half of Malaysian students did not achieve basic proficiency in Mathematics while the PMR figures indicated otherwise.

He said the Pisa assessment for 15-year-olds showed that Malaysian students were three to five years behind their peers in Shanghai, South Korea and Singapore.

“What is obvious is an urgent need for education transformation. The reforms are needed to meet the objective of Malaysia’s education system of educational excellence for all, not a minority,” he said in a statement today.

Lim said only 1.3% Malaysian students were considered top performers in the 2012 Pisa, while 51.8% did not have basic proficiency in Mathematics.

Education reforms, he said, should benefit all students and not just the 1.3% top performers.

Why the huge discrepancy between PMR and Pisa maths failure rates, asks DAP

Malaysian Insider

Malaysians have good access to education but quality questionable, says World Bank

BY LEE SHI-IAN
December 11, 2013

While Malaysia has made strides in access to education for all children under the age of 17, the quality of education is questionable, the World Bank said today.

Summary of the article

World Bank country director for Malaysia Ulrich Zachau:
1. Malaysian pupils had performed well below their peers in standardised international assessments.
2. In the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) in which 65 countries participated. Malaysia came 52nd for mathematics, 53rd for science and 59th for reading.
3. The performance of Malaysian pupils has been below expectations.
4. Evidence also suggests that it has not been improving.

What he recommends:
1. Putrajaya introduce several institutional reforms, including improving the incentives and recruitment of teachers.
2. Moving decision-making closer to schools and parents.
3. Providing more information to parents so that they could demand a quality education for their children.

For the whole articlee, click on:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysians-have-good-access-to-education-but-quality-questionable-says-worl

OUR SCHOOLS WILL BE TAKEN ANOTHER STEP DOWNWARDS!

Already, our children and grandchildren have suffered from English Language instruction at school. One major cause is the inferior English Language teachers in our schools, teachers who majored in the language. Many are unable to instruct our children properly since they are themselves only slightly relatively better than their students.

Remember this in a Star report? It refers to English Language teachers, that is, those who majored in the language.

Star

Sunday June 2, 2013 MYT 1:43:15 AM

Majority of teachers not proficient in English

GEORGE TOWN: It has been revealed that two-thirds of 70,000 English teachers in the country failed to reach a proficient English level.

Education Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said it was one of the two major findings of a survey which required the teachers to sit for the Cambridge Placement Test.

“When we did the initial profiling of the English teachers in Malaysia, we found that two-thirds of the teachers did not meet the proficiency level,” said Dr Khair, who was one of the speakers at a forum held at the G Hotel here on Monday.

Majority of teachers not proficient in English – Nation | The Star Online

Now, this new Deputy Education Minister 1 Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching offers us English minor teachers!

NST

05 December 2013| last updated at 12:59AM

English minor teachers can teach language

TEACHERS with a minor in English can teach the language to overcome the shortage of teachers for the subject.

Deputy Education Minister 1 Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching said the ministry was concerned about the shortage and was taking measures to solve it.

“It is a challenge. We are deploying teachers who are not English teachers but have a minor in the language to teach the subject,” she told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

This is an earlier post:

English a must pass subject from 2016? Expect the policy to be rescinded before that, due to protests by various groups that see that as a threat to the paramount importance of BM, or see it as an obstacle to the advance of their race, etc…

Free Malaysia Today

English ‘must pass’ subject from 2016

Lisa J. Ariffin | September 6, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin also said that vernacular schools will receive equal support as public schools from the government.

UPDATED

KUALA LUMPUR: English will be made a mandatory passing subject for all students sitting for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) from 2016, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister announced today.

He said the government has placed emphasis on English to strengthen students’ grasp of the subject, with an intention of producing a globalised generation.

“English will be given emphasis and as announced earlier this year, it will be made a compulsory passing subject for SPM students by 2016,” Muhyiddin said today during the launch of the National Education Blueprint (PPPM) 2013-2025 here.

“To realise this, the ministry is currently in the process of increasing contact hours (between teachers and students) in classes so deeper immersion in the English language for the students,” he added.

Muhyiddin also said that English teachers will be made to undergo the Cambridge Placement Test (CPT) to gauge their knowledge in the language.

“The first batch of 5,000 teachers have participated in the training by the British Council. Nine thousand English teachers will undergo the same training in October,” he said.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/09/06/english-to-be-made-compulsory-passing-subject/

WE ARE AGAIN REMINDED OF HOW OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM FAILS OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN!

Look at the headlines of some of our media:

*OH OH! IT’S THE DUNCE CAP FOR M’SIA: No. 55 out of 65 in OECD PISA education survey (Malaysia Chronicle)

*Malaysia stuck at the bottom in student test rankings (Malaysiakini)

*PISA: Kedudukan Malaysia di belakang Vietnam dalam pendidikan mengejutkan (Malaysian Insider)

*Little to show for big bucks spent on education (Malaysiakini)

PISA isn’t about the Leaning Tower of Pisa though you may not be wrong to speak of Malaysia’s school system as a somewhat Leaning Tower of Learning.

PISA stands for Programme for International Student Assessment.

The PISA report is a triennial study conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) involving 510,000 15-year-old students from 65 participating countries worldwide.

WE GOT PEANUTS FOR THE BILLIONS OF RINGGIT INVESTED IN EDUCATION. 

Our PISA rank 0f 55/65 doesn’t quite inspire in us any confidence in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, does it?

Malaysia Chronicle
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Malaysia Chronicle
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 15:43

LAGGING & LACKING the knowledge of regional peers: Nurul, Rafizi call for RADICAL education reforms

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KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia must implement immediate “radical” reforms to its education system to ensure its youths beat their regional peers at the next global student survey by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), two federal PKR lawmakers said today.

Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli suggested that Putrajaya suspend its School-Based Assessment System (PBS) and improve it, taking into consideration the problems identified as reasons behind Malaysia’s slump in the latest PISA rankings.

He said schools should shift its focus to applications and the understanding of concepts when educating students, instead of emphasising on memorising facts without understanding the logic behind them.

“It was a shocking outcome, particularly as it proved that the quality and effectiveness of our education system clearly lags far behind Vietnam’s, a country torn apart by war, with an economy less advanced than ours,” Rafizi said in a statement here.

“Not only is Malaysia far behind Singapore, which is ranked second globally, we were shocked that schools in Vietnam had improved significantly past many other schools in developing nations and in Europe.

The latest PISA results would not sting so badly had it not come on the back of record investments ploughed into the Malaysian education sector in recent times.

Malaysia Chronicle
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:02

OH OH! IT’S THE DUNCE CAP FOR M’SIA: No. 55 out of 65 in OECD PISA education survey

Written by Zairil Khir Johari

The latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report has once again revealed dismal results achieved by Malaysian students, despite the Government investing billions of ringgit on education in the last few years

Lower than average results

In the latest 2012 edition, Malaysia placed 55th overall, cementing our position in the bottom fifth of 65 countries surveyed. To make matters worse, our students performed poorer compared to neighbours such as Singapore (ranked 2nd) and even Thailand (53rd), whose students fared better in all three categories (science, mathematics and reading) compared to Malaysia.

Although Malaysian students recorded a slight improvement in mathematics compared to the 2009 study, increasing their score to 421 from 404, it is still far below the 494 average score for OECD countries.

At the same time, our students’ reading abilities suffered the most, charting an embarrassing 398 (Thailand scored 441) compared to the OECD average of 496. In 2009, we scored 414.

It is a similar story for science, which saw Malaysian students recording 420 against the OECD average of 501, and again showing a decline from three years ago.

Zairil Khir Johari
MP for Bukit Bendera
DAP National Assistant Secretary

Full article:

Malaysiakini

Malaysia stuck at the bottom in student test rankings

12:35PM Dec 4, 2013

Malaysia remains stuck at the bottom fifth among 65 countries tested for mathematics, science and reading and also ranked poorer overall compared with its neighbours Thailand and Singapore.

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In the latest International Student Assessment (Pisa) results for 2012, Malaysia was placed 52nd overall. Thailand was ranked 50th while Singapore came in at second place.

China (Shanghai) topped the poll, which tested a sample 510,000 students worldwide, aged 15 and 16 years for their knowledge of mathematics, science and their reading ability.

Among Asian countries, only Indonesia ranked lower than Malaysia overall.

Pisa 2012 is the programme’s fifth survey and the focus this year was on mathematics.

Malaysia stuck at the bottom in student test rankings

Malaysiakini

Little to show for big bucks spent on education

MP SPEAKS The latest Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) report has again revealed dismal results by Malaysians, even though the government has invested billions of ringgit on education.

The Pisa report is a triennial study conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) involving 510,000 students aged 15 from 65 participating countries.

In the 2012 edition, Malaysia was placed 52nd, cementing our position in the bottom fifth of the countries surveyed.

Little to show for big bucks spent on education

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English a must pass subject from 2016? Expect the policy to be rescinded before that, due to protests by various groups that see that as a threat to the paramount importance of BM, or see it as an obstacle to the advance of their race, etc…

Free Malaysia Today

English ‘must pass’ subject from 2016

Lisa J. Ariffin | September 6, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin also said that vernacular schools will receive equal support as public schools from the government.

UPDATED

KUALA LUMPUR: English will be made a mandatory passing subject for all students sitting for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) from 2016, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister announced today.

He said the government has placed emphasis on English to strengthen students’ grasp of the subject, with an intention of producing a globalised generation.

“English will be given emphasis and as announced earlier this year, it will be made a compulsory passing subject for SPM students by 2016,” Muhyiddin said today during the launch of the National Education Blueprint (PPPM) 2013-2025 here.

“To realise this, the ministry is currently in the process of increasing contact hours (between teachers and students) in classes so deeper immersion in the English language for the students,” he added.

Muhyiddin also said that English teachers will be made to undergo the Cambridge Placement Test (CPT) to gauge their knowledge in the language.

“The first batch of 5,000 teachers have participated in the training by the British Council. Nine thousand English teachers will undergo the same training in October,” he said.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/09/06/english-to-be-made-compulsory-passing-subject/

Malaysian Insider

Side Views

The real state of education in Malaysia — Ranjit Singh Thind

March 16, 2013

MARCH 16 — As a Malaysian parent very much concerned with the state of education in this country in general and the education of my son in particular, I find the apathy displayed by the Malaysian authorities towards our education system revolting. At the same time, I am not bewildered or shocked by their actions. It is expected.

When Malaysia introduced the teaching of maths and science in English under the stewardship of our former prime minister in 2003, I was not ecstatic. My wife was but not I! Deep down, I knew somehow that this policy would not go far in its implementation. The reasons are obvious for even an imbecile to see.

First and foremost, there are three worlds colliding in Malaysia. These three worlds have been perpetuated to exist side by side by the political class for their own benefit and relevance. These three worlds are the Malay schools (national and religious), Chinese schools and Tamil schools. Each type of school has an agenda of its own with its vehement supporters (and detractors). Throw in the private and international schools, you have an explosive situation ready to burst….

The second obvious reason is the curriculum which is outdated. It is not challenging and does not stimulate thinking on the part of the students….

The third reason is the teaching staff in our schools, colleges and universities. Realistically, only a minority group of our teaching faculty in these institutions are truly teaching.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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THE World University Rankings Results 2012-2013

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LimKit Siang: An overhaul of the entire education system is now needed…

Harakahdaily, 06 March 2013

Mar 6: Education minister Muhyiddin Yassin is on record saying that Malaysia has one of the best education systems in the world, yet none of the country’s universities made it among 81 Asian-Pacific universities recently ranked as the world’s top 400 universities.

This observation was made by DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, lamenting that local universities are nowhere to be found in the top 400 universities according to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2012-2013.

Lim said it underlines another failure of prime minister Najib Razak’s much trumpeted transformation agenda.

Among the 81 Asian-Pacific universities is King Monghut’s University of Technology of Thailand.

Lim said an overhaul of the entire education system was now needed, but it can only be effective through political change.

“This is only possible if there is a new beginning for national renewal and regeneration in a change of Federal government in Malaysia – first time in the nation’s 56-year history in the 13th general election,” he added.

Lim calls for edu-overhaul after local varsities’ absence in ranking

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Top Asian universities 2012-13

Rank Institution Country / Region Overall score change criteria
27 University of Tokyo Japan
78.3
29 National University of Singapore Singapore
77.5
35 The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
75.6
46 Peking University China
70.7
50 Pohang University of Science and Technology Republic of Korea
69.4
52 Tsinghua University China
67.1
54 Kyoto University Japan
66.8
59 Seoul National University Republic of Korea
65.9
65 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
64.4
68 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Republic of Korea
64.0
86 Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2012-2013.

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According to PAGE chief Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, the Malaysian education system only teaches content knowledge, knowledge recall and rote learning, which unfortunately only make up a minor portion of TIMSS, unlike reasoning and problem solving.

TIMSS assesses fourth and eighth grade students (equivalent to Standard Four and Form Two students in Malaysia) over 63 countries in four international benchmarks since 1995.

Malaysian Insider

Malaysia’s slide in maths, science rankings unsurprising, says PAGE

By Zurairi AR
December 22, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 — Malaysian students will continue their slide into mathematics and science mediocrity if the current education policies do not change, an education lobby group has warned.

Parent Action Group for Education’s (PAGE) response came after the latest results last Wednesday revealed Malaysia had continued its alarming slip down the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) ranking over the years.

“We expected the results to be that … If we continue what we’re doing now, we’ll continue to do worse,” PAGE chief Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahimtold The Malaysian Insider.

Malaysia’s slide in maths, science rankings unsurprising, says PAGE

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Also read: Malaysia edging to bottom in maths and science, survey shows
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Singapore kids rank among the best in math, science

Yahoo! NewsroomBy Fann Sim | Yahoo! Newsroom – Tue, Dec 11, 2012

Check out the top 10 scoring countries below.

Top 10 scoring nations on the TIMSS study. (Yahoo! image)

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Singapore kids rank among the best in math, science

Yahoo! NewsroomBy Fann Sim | Yahoo! Newsroom – Tue, Dec 11, 2012

  • Singapore students are ranked as one of the best in math, science and reading literacy. (AFP file photo)

    Singapore students are ranked as one of the best in math, science and reading literacy. (AFP file photo)

Singapore primary four students rank as the best in the world in math and the second-best in science, a global study shows.

Also, secondary school 2 students in the country led in science and came in second internationally in math, according to the Trends In International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) that evaluates test scores in 63 countries.

Students in Hong Kong and South Korea also ranked very high in the two subjects.

The study sampled a total of 12,500 primary four and secondary two students between 2010 and 2011.

In the separate Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) that covered 49 countries, Singapore primary four students also showed strength in reading, ranking in fourth place.

Singapore kids rank among the best in math, science Yahoo! Newsroom – Tue, Dec 11, 2012

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Free Malaysia Today

Ranking for key subjects worrying, BN blamed

Syed Jaymal Zahiid | December 12, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s future could suffer as its students continue to score low in key subjects of science and mathematics, a situation the opposition blames on the government’s refusal to deal with its weak education policies hands on.

1 The latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 survey published online showed Malaysia scoring 440 points in Form Two mathematics which is the equivalent to eighth grade worldwide, trailing countries like Singapore who are among the world’s top scorers.

2 Malaysian 14-year-olds were found to have performed worse than Israel who chalked up 516 points, Lithuania (502) and Lebanon (449), but beat neighbouring Thailand, which scored 427 points on tests by a narrow margin.

3 Malaysia’s ranking in maths fell from 20th in 2007 to 26th last year while its science dropped drastically, from 21st to 32nd in the same period.

4 Malaysia is the worse performer among all countries between 1999 to 2011 with students achieving low percentage points in scoring full credits for what should be basic math and science questions.

Ranking for key subjects worrying, BN blamed | Free Malaysia ..

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Malaysiakini

DPM wants universities to make world top 100
  • Bernama
  • 8:59PM Nov 11, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin wants Malaysian universities to position themselves in the world top 100 in the next five years so as to make the country a preferred education choice among the locals to pursue higher education.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the government wanted to encourage Malaysians to pursue quality education locally as it would be more cost effective.

“In the next five years, I hope to see more of our universities ranked among the top in the world, then Malaysians don’t have to study abroad, don’t have to spend more money because it will be more attractive and cheaper to study in the country,” he said during a dialogue session with Malaysian students and professionals residing in Melbourne, Sunday in conjunction with his nine-day working visit to Australia.

- Bernama

DPM wants universities to make world top 100

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A senior Bumi legal practitioner who declined to be named, echoes the many concerns of employers. “I discern a trend whereby the local graduates are hesitant to speak in the English language, and even if they do, they could be incomprehensible. English is the lingua franca in Malaysia for commercial transactions. I see this as a result of too much attention being paid to the Malay language in the primary/secondary schools. “

“Secondly, local graduates are so used to being spoon fed that they find it difficult to do a bit of independent/creative thinking.

Malaysian Insider

Are Malaysian graduates doomed to mediocrity?

By Dina Zaman Editor-at-Large
November 04, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 — Almost everyone complains about them: wanting high pay but not willing to put in the hours. Hankering for instant fame but with little substance to show. Becoming famous for very little talent. Demanding for work-life balance just so they can party after 5pm, or be with their boy/girlfriend. And some bring their parents into the picture; parents call up would be employers to demand why their child’s demands are not being met. None of them want to work in the trenches — life is too short to work hard. So now Putrajaya has stepped in with funds to make the unemployable, well, employable.

Notwithstanding that, some blame the current economic climate for their jobless state. They aren’t shy about voicing their frustrations, and it must be serious, as the Government has taken steps to provide skills and training, and a website (http://www.mygemsportal.com.my/), so young graduates become employable. The Prime Minister launched the 1 Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M) sometime in June 2011. The government schemes help young graduates gain soft skills and internships with government linked companies. There are three components to the scheme. The first part, costing up to RM200 million, will be put to conduct part-time training in the evenings and weekends at selected training centres.

The second is another allocation of RM200 million for companies to provide training for their employees. The fund will come from the Human Resource Development Fund. The third scheme will see the Human Resource Ministry spend RM100 million to enable employees skills in various technical skills.

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Are Malaysian graduates doomed to mediocrity?

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The government has taken the initiative to enhance employment opportunities for graduates. It introduced SL1M.

What is SL1M? It stands for Skim Latihan 1 Malaysia and was launched in June 2011.

I checked out the one involving Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB).
A message on the website says, Skim Latihan 1 Malaysia Program is now closed.

OVERVIEW

SL1M-PNB Investment Bridging or SL1M-PNB IB is a special program organized jointly by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) and Malaysian government aimed at enhancing employment opportunities of graduates. Through the program, participants will obtain technical and product knowledge in investment, finance, and unit trust as well as transferable skills such as analytical skill, problem solving and effective communication, thus improving their personal development and marketable.
The participants will have the opportunity to complement their learning from universities with the right technical and product knowledge thus providing them better career prospects in financial services industry.
The participants will undergo 2 months intensive classroom training and 6 months industrial attachment with PNB or/and PNB Group of Companies. During the period of the program, successful candidates will be given a monthly training allowance of RM 1,000.

Skim Latihan 1 Malaysia – Permodalan Nasional Berhad
SL1M-PNB Investment Bridging or SL1M-PNB IB is a special program organized jointly by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) and Malaysian government aimed at enhancing …
www.pnb.com.my/sl1mCached

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GENTING MALAYSIA’S SKIM LATIHAN 1MALAYSIA PROGRAMME 2011/2012 (GENM–SL1M 2011/12)

GENTING MALAYSIA BERHAD (GENM) is a leading leisure, hospitality and entertainment corporation in Malaysia with a renowned global presence, boasting over 45 years of experience, and a string of international awards and accolades under its belt. GENM owns and operates Malaysia’s premier tourist resort destination, Resorts World Genting.

The GENM-SL1M 2011/12 is a project undertaken by GENM in support of the Government’s efforts to raise the quality and marketability of graduates, particularly those from less privileged families. The scheme provides selected graduates with an opportunity to develop their soft skills and competencies based on workforce needs as well as on-the-job training in various business functions relevant to their qualifications.

As part of its corporate social responsibility endeavours, GENM invites graduates who meet the criteria as detailed here to participate in GENM-SL1M 2011/12.

ELIGIBILITY

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Malaysian citizens age 25 years old and below.
  2. Degree holder with a CGPA of 2.5 and above from any tertiary institution recognized by Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) / Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
  3. Unemployed for at least six months since graduation or underemployed (current job does not match the degree qualification).
  4. Must be committed to continuous learning and self-improvement, with pleasant demeanour and good interpersonal skills.
  5. Conversant both in Bahasa Malaysia and English.
  6. Priority consideration will be given to applicants from low income families with household income not exceeding RM3,000 per month.

APPLICATION

All applications must be submitted online.

Genting Malaysia SL1M – GENTING MALAYSIA GRADUATES TRAINING …
Genting Malaysia’s Skim Latihan 1Malaysia Programme 2011/2012 (GENM-SL1M 2011/12) is a project undertaken by GENM in support of the Government’s efforts to raise …
www.rwgenting.com/SL1MCached

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SKIM LATIHAN 1 MALAYSIA – TELEKOM MALAYSIA (TM) – BATCH 2, 2012

16 April 2012
by : Centre for Foundation Studies (FOSEE)

SKIM LATIHAN 1 MALAYSIA – TELEKOM MALAYSIA (TM) – BATCH 2, 2012

We are proud to inform that Telekom Malaysia Berhad and the Economic Planning Unit has awarded Multimedia University (MMU) through the Centre for Foundation Studies (FOSEE) in collaboration with MMU Cnergy to conduct SKIM LATIHAN 1 MALAYSIA – TELEKOM MALAYSIA (TM) 2012 – BATCH 2 programme for 2012.

Skim Latihan 1 Malaysia (SL1M) Programme was launched on 1 June 2011 in support of the Government’s initiative to enhance the employability of unemployed graduates through exposure in the industry based on workforce requirements and to prepare them for future employment opportunities. Skim Latihan 1Malaysia (SL1M) – TM Graduate Employability Outreach programme (TM GEOP) or known as SL1M – TM GEOP, is one of TM’s Corporate Social Responsibilities initiatives towards developing the nation.

TM-GEOP is an intensive programme consisting of soft skills training for 2 months and on-job-training for 6 months. The primary focus of this programme is to enhance the level of the participants’ soft skills and technical skills via hands-on modules that incorporate simulated workplace challenges and tasks. The methodology used includes practical input followed by participant-centred tasks designed to be completed either individually or with other individuals.

At the end of the programme, the participants will have insights into challenges of the workplace and be better prepared to meet those challenges, thus making them highly employable. The programme also focuses on leadership and team mentality via modules designed to inculcate the aforementioned traits in the participants.

The eight modules prepared for SL1M:TM are designed to provide a comprehensive body of teaching and learning whereby input, practical tasks and assessments are geared towards providing an all-encompassing profile of the participants of this programme.

Details of the programme is as follows:
Date: 12 April 2012 – 31 May 2012
No. of Participants: 150 Participants
Venue: Centre for Foundation Studies and Extension Education (FOSEE), MMU Melaka Campus

The Pulse @ MMU – SKIM LATIHAN 1 MALAYSIA – TELEKOM …The eight modules prepared for SL1M:TM are designed to provide a comprehensive body of teaching and learning whereby input, …pulse.mmu.edu.my/index.php?sectid=1&artsect=19&artid=207 – Cached

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SL1M – MIMOS AcT (MIMOS Accelerated Talent) – MIMOS
MIMOS AcT stands for MIMOS Accelerated Talent Programme. This programme is designed in support of the government’s “1Malaysia Training Scheme” (SL1M) initiative …
www.mimos.my/career/growth-platforms/sl1m-mimos-act… – Cached

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Politics in Education: the Hidden Hand of pro-BN Government educators

THE TRUTH IS OUT!

Principal of SMK Seri Jementah in Segamat Janisah Sainon said,”The Jadual Spesifikasi Item (JSI) (Item Specification Table) said that question six should be about the Bersih illegal assembly so we followed what was given.”

Malaysiakini

‘Bersih question based on Edu Dept guideline’

  • Nigel Aw
  • 4:21PM Sep 28, 2012

The principal of SMK Seri Jementah in Segamat, has clarified that a question on the Bersih 3.0 protest in its Moral Studies SPM trial examination paper was based on a guideline provided by the Johor Education Department.

“The Jadual Spesifikasi Item (JSI) (Item Specification Table) said that question six should be about the Bersih illegal assembly so we followed what was given,” principal Janisah Sainon said.

NONEJanisah also confirmed that the examination paper (right) had originated from the school, after Malaysiakini sent her a photograph of the question paper.

“Yes, it is from our school but there is no right or wrong in this, she (the Moral Studies teacher) was only following the JSI.

“Now that this has become an issue, I also feel guilty, but we were only following instructions,” she said.

Janisah said some schools had only presented the question on illegal assembly in text format but her school had included a picture of the Bersih rally to make it clearer for students.

Earlier during the day, Janisah had said she was surprised that netizens had fingered her school over the exam paper.

“I just got to know this. I’m not sure if there is such a thing.

“I didn’t expect this… Are you sure it’s this school? I will have to check with my moral (studies) teacher,” Janisah had said.

Even so, she had stressed that politics has never been part of the school’s Moral Studies.

‘Bersih question based on Edu Dept guideline’

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Makaysiakini

Kit Siang: Exam question on police violence, perhaps?
2:14PM Sep 28, 2012

Will the education minister and his deputies tolerate trial SPM questions such as those on police violence during peaceful rallies or corruption? This is what the DAP wants to know.

“Can there be a SPM trial exam question: Is it appropriate for police to use tear gas, water cannon or physical violence against peaceful demonstrators?” quipped DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang.

Lim in a statement today reacting to the SPM trial exam question on Bersih, mused whether Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin or his deputies would approve SPM questions such as:

  • Is it appropriate for the police to use tear-gas or chemically-laced water cannon or physical violence against peaceful demonstrators… who want free, fair and clean elections?;
  • Is it appropriate for any government to misuse public funds for political party purposes especially in the run-up to a general election?;
  • Is it appropriate for voters in a general election to support candidates from  a political coalition which is responsible for Malaysia having the lowest Transparency International Corruption Perception Index ranking of No. 60 as well as lowest CPI score of 4.3 in 2012?; and
  • Is it appropriate for any minister or MP to go against national unity efforts… declaring that he or she is Malay first and Malaysian second?

“Of course not. There can be no shadow of doubt that if such questions had appeared in any school SPM trial examination paper, there would be an orchestrated howl of protest and condemnation in the mainstream mass media… followed by a witch-hunt,” Lim said.

Kit Siang: Exam question on police violence, perhaps?

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Malaysiakini

Guan Eng’s ‘racist’ remark part of STPM trial answers?
  • Kuek Ser Kuang Keng
  • 3:00PM Sep 28, 2012

Johor DAP claims the schemed answer to a question in the state-wide STPM trial examination describes Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s warning to schools in Penang not to subscribe to Malay mainstream newspapers as “racist and impeding integration among races”.

The party also cried foul over another examination question that listed “joining the opposition” as one of the choices to the question, “Which of the following will cause a person’s citizenship to be stripped?”

NONEState DAP youth chief Tan Hong Pin said the alleged answer scheme and questions were sent to him by an Internet user through email.

The essay question related to Lim required students to discuss, “The process of integration among races can be achieved through national education system, but various challenges have to be overcome to realise this objective”.

According to the alleged answer scheme shown by Tan, one of the answers to this question was: “The warning of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to 84 Chinese primary schools in the state to stop subscribing to Malay language mainstream newspapers is a racist action that impedes integration among races”.

“Does it mean that if the students do not answer this point, they would not be able to score? I hope the Johor Education Department can give a fair explanation. It should not become the tool of (any) political party,” Tan told Malaysiakini today.

The second question was a multiple-choice question which listed four answer choices – compromising to the enemy, joining the opposition, counterfeiting money and cannot speak Malay.

Although the correct answers were ‘compromising to the enemy’ and ‘counterfeiting money’, Tan said the choice of “joining the opposition” may mislead the students that it is wrong to join the opposition.

It is said both questions appeared in General Studies subject trial examination paper taken by all STPM students in Johor.

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Malaysiakini

Caught by surprise

However, this spotlight has now turned on SMK Seri Jementah in Segamat, after netizens claimed another Moral Studies trial examination paper with a similar question originated from the school.

NONEWhen contacted, the school’s principal Janisah Sainon said the allegation came as a surprise to her.

“I just got to know this. I’m not sure if there is such a thing.

“I didn’t expect this… Are you sure it’s this school? I will have to check with my moral (studies) teacher,” Janisah said.

However, she stressed that politics has never been part of the school’s moral studies.

“We don’t bring politics or race into our school. For moral classes, students are only taught good values. We don’t touch on any political party,” Janisah added.

Malaysiakini

No intention to politicise with Bersih question’

  • Abdul Rahim Sabri & Nigel Aw
  • 1:19PM Sep 28, 2012

SMK Aminuddin Baki in Johor Baru has denied playing politics after a photograph of the school’s SPM Moral Studies trial examination paper, describing the Bersih 3.0 protest as an illegal rally, was circulated on the Internet.

“We had no intention to politicise (this matter). We are not partisan to any political party.

“We only emphasise good values and about the damage that happened (in the rally),” the school’s principal Wan Hajasham Harun said when contacted by Malaysiakini today.

‘No intention to politicise with Bersih question’

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Malaysiakini

A photograph of the question related to the Bersih 3.0 rally purported to be from an SPM trial examination paper was recently spread on a Facebook page.

The question, believed to be for the Moral Education subject, featured two photographs of incidents which occurred during the April 28 rally.

“Is it reasonable for a citizen to participate in an illegal assembly?” the question read.

The answer given by the student – ‘not reasonable’ – was ticked as correct.

Earlier, a spokesperson of the national examination board told Malaysiakini that trial examination questions are set by schools or by the state education departments. Meanwhile, Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong confirmed that the questions were definitely not from ministry nor the examinations board.

‘Bersih question in SPM trial not a problem’

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Higher Education and Employability

The purist may not like it but the most important aspect of a tertiary education is its parcticalty: can a graduate find a full-time job?

If a small percentage cannot, it is an individual problem The individual is choosy, is unsuitable, etc.

However, when a large percentage is unemployed, that is a social problem. Society can’t create enough jobs,  many graduates are in the wrong fields, graduates are not proficient in English, or they are illiterate in terms of IT.

Malay Mail

Study: 40,000 graduates nationwide still unemployed

Saturday, September 22, 2012 – 17:36
Location:
KUALA LUMPUR

ABOUT 40,000 graduates in the country are still unemployed, based on the 2011 Graduate Tracking Study of the Higher Education Ministry.

Ministry deputy secretary-general (management) Datuk Omar Abd Rahman said they included those who failed to secure permanent jobs six months after graduation but usually were gainfully employed within two years.

Blogger’s Summary:

Public institutions of higher learning  21% unemployed
Private institutions                                      27% unemployed
Polytechnics                                                   28% unemployed
Community colleges                                    35% unemployed

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Study: 40,000 graduates nationwide still unemployed

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WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO WITH THE STPM?

Form Six rebranding in form or substance?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 – 17:16
Muhyiddin said the rebranding was necessary to show that Form Six was preuniversity … It is strange that the deputy minister has mentioned that they want to bring STPM

www.mmail.com.my/story/form-six-rebranding-form-or-substance

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Is the rebranding of STPM a change in form or substance?

DPM and Minister of Education Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that Form Six education will be rebranded to raise its image to that in line with other pre-university education like matriculationcolleges and science foundation centers.  Among others Form six classes will be held at separate centers and not in the same school where students sat for their SPM examination. Besides the above Form six students will be wearing a different uniform and having a different time-table for lessons and different teachers in a slightly different category (from the normal schools). Tan Sri Muhyiddin said the rebranding was necessary to show that Form Six was pre-university education and comparable to the ministry’s matriculation colleges and science foundation centres run by the local public universities.

Looking at all the past changes or transformation brought to the education system by the government, the comments and feedbacks says that our education is deteriorating and going downhill. Will the proposed changes add value to the Form six education? It may be another change in form and not real substance. First of all are there any credible and reputable educationists still in the education ministry? Education ministry is the most politicized one and a genuine educationist cannot be there and still credible. Good program may be introduced but are the implementers free from political encumbrances. The maths and science in English program was reversed to bahasa malalysia after 6 billion ringgit and lots of effort put in just because UMNO hardliners are not agreeable to it.

It is strange that the deputy minister has mentioned that they want to bring STPM comparable to matriculation and pre university level. STPM is a much more difficult and internationally renowned examination. Matriculation is an internal assessment recognized only by our ministry of education and local universities. Is the minister planning to lower the standard of STPM to matriculation level? Will the rebranded STPM still be recognized by reputable foreign universities?

Most of the non Malay students sit for STPM for obvious reasons while most of the Malay students move to matriculation and pre university courses. This racial divisive has to be redressed. I am sure the minister knows about this separate university entry path taken by Malaysian students. Besides, are the teaching staff well prepared and trained for the new method of delivery and assessment. Ill prepared teaching staffs were one of the main reasons for Maths and science program to fail. I am afraid this could be the weakness of the new teaching format and assessment for Form Six Examination. Since Form six examinations is now brought to same level as matriculation, why have 2 assessments? Why not all students sit for the same assessment? Let all pre university students sit for the same assessment which will be used for local university entry selection.

Senator S. Ramakrishnan

9/7/2012

Released by,
Zarina

(Assistant to Senator S. Ramakrishnan)
Pejabat Senator S. Ramakrishnan

H-6, 2nd Floor,
Bangunan Khas, Jalan 8/1E,
46050 Petaling Jaya,
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Phone: 03-79541830
Fax: 03 -79541831

E-mail:  amar800@hotmail.com

Blog: http://rama4change.wordpress.com/

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NST

6 July 2012 | last updated at 01:04AM

Thumbs up for Form 6 revamp

By YISWAREE PALANSAMY | yiswaree@nst.com.my

REBRANDING EXERCISE: Teachers and parents laud move to lift students’ pre-university image

A RESOUNDING “yes” and thumbs up.    This was the  response from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and education system observers in the country after Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced a rebranding exercise for   Form Six.

KUALA LUMPUR: “This is something we have been pushing for to enable our Form Six students to be given the pre-university students’ image, as well as to ensure standardisation of both the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) and the matriculation courses,” said National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council president Associate Prof Datuk Mohd Ali Hasan.

“I am all for this move. I hope it takes off soon,” he said yesterday.

Parent Action Group for Education chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the move would address the differing standards between the STPM and matriculation programmes.

“STPM has always been a highly recognised pre-university course and the move to revamp it will make it even more appealing to students.”

Noor Azimah said the more lenient dress code for STPM students was also another positive move.

“It will lift the rigid image surrounding the course and give it more sophistication.”

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan also expressed his satisfaction with the move.

“The independent learning system announced will expose the Form Six students to the environment of university students.

“NUTP welcomes this initiative as it gives our students the due respect and image, besides standardising our pre-university learning systems.”

Hashim said what was more important was that Form Six students could adopt a more mature outlook in self-presentation and thinking.

See also:
Sensible solution for STPM
From a prestigious pre-university exam survived by only the best to being a left-over option for the daring and desperate, the status and sense of appeal of the STPMthestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/3/11/… – Cached

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We have moved away from the policy of Malay for all levels of education. English is now used in higher education, even in government-owned universities. In private colleges and universities, English is the medium of instruction.

Now, some people want to make Malay the medium of instruction for ALL levels, including universities.

IT MEANS TAKING ONE STEP BACK TO THE PAST, TO EDUCATION AFTER 1969.

Free Malaysia Today

Proposal to make Malay language medium of instruction

June 18, 2012

The language is to be used at all levels of education from primary to institutions of higher learning.

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Education Dialogue has proposed that Malay language be made the medium of instruction at all levels of education from primary to institutions of higher learning.

Director-general of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Awang Sariyan (photo) said the proposal was made because national education emphasised the use of Malay language for unity

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Education Dialogue has proposed that Malay language be made the medium of instruction at all levels of education from primary to…

www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/06/18/… – Cached

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Free Malaysia Today

Not so 1Malaysia in govt education jobs

Athi Shankar | June 13, 2012

The statistics on the civil servants employment in the education sector in the country stinks of racism, according to Hindraf.

Citing the statistics, Sambulingam said out of 1,445 national secondary school principals in the country, 1,270 or 87.89% are ethnic Malays.

He said ethnic Chinese only make up 149 or 10.31% while ethnic Indians have mere 26 principals or 1.8%.

From the 2,893 officers employed in district education offices across the Peninsula, he said 2,823 or 97.58% were Malays, 43 or 1.49% Chinese and 27 or 0.93% Indians.

At state departments, he said Malays comprised 2,332 or 96.6% from a total of 2,414 education officers. Chinese are 47 or 1.95%, while Indians are 35 or 1.45%.

Not so 1Malaysia in govt education jobs | Free Malaysia Today
www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/06/13/not… – Cached

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Malaysian Insider

Education the most divisive issue in Malaysia, says Anwar

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
June 09, 2012

PETALING JAYA, June 9 — Unequal access to education is causing division among the different races in the country, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today, stressing the need for his Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) free higher education policy to be implemented.

“Education is the most divisive, contentious issue in the country.

“I think once and for all everyone should be offered free education, allowance, boarding… then it will no longer a racial issue, or a question of (whether) Chinese and Indians get access as everyone will get access,” he told about 1,000 who attended an economic dialogue.

Anwar  said this could be achieved by abolishing the need for repayment of National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) loans to students.

Education the most divisive issue in Malaysia, says Anwarmy.news.yahoo.com/education-the-most-divisive-issue-in

Education the most divisive issue in Malaysia, says Anwarwww.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/education

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