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Willing To Change For Education Progress

Last update: 17/08/2010
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Noor Rezan, advocating for changes among educationists. Pic: Mohd Nasarudin Adib
By Siti Zubaidah Abdullah

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 17 (Bernama) -- The willingness to change among educationists is the initial step towards achieving progress in the country's education system as mapped out by the National Key Result Areas (NKRA).

The Education NKRA is the platform and initiative to improve the students performance in schools apart from providing them with the access to better education quality.

To make the transformation a success, educationists must be willing to make sacrifices in order to meet challenges in the nation's education sector under the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP).

Education Deputy Director-General (Educational Operations Sector) Datuk Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim said the educationists' willingness to make changes and accept new challenges to deal with issues that cropped out in schools would bring success to all plans mapped out under the 10MP.

"The teachers should be better (in all aspects) than their students. For example they should not think that after 30 years of teaching the English Language subject, they need not bother to how to handle the computers. The teaching method of today is vastly different from that in the past", she said.

NEW APPROACH

"Before, we managed to educate students with the old approach but now the method is different as if we do not know how to handle the computers, then we must learn. Children today are good in computers and they know more than us", she told Bernama in her office here.

For that the teachers must be prepared to change as the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) helps them to improve classroom teaching, said Noor Rezan.

"Teachers must be open-minded and be aware that children of today are well-versed in the internet and that is why giving notes by writing on the blackboard can make them to feel bored.

"Teachers, particularly those in the secondary schools, should be ahead of their students as the children have computers at home apart from the existence of cybercafes where they can surf the internet. Teachers who still rely on textbooks will remain in the rut," she said.

According to Noor Rezan, there should not be 'one-way traffic' in the classroom and teachers should be asking their students questions in order to find out whether they understand what is being taught.

REWARDS

She also called on the teachers not to be interested only on the rewards but also to focus in improving the students' performance to produce the High Performance Schools (SBT) in line with the country's effort to achieve developed status by the year 2020.

Noor Rezan said the ministry is eyeing to have 30 SBTs next year apart from focusing its attention on all schools in order to transform those that have yet to achieve SBT status into high performance schools while that already with SBT status would further improve.

Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is also the Deputy Prime Minister said based on the ministry's Key Performance Index (KPI), there are 20 SBTs and plus the 30 SBTs next year the total number of SBTs by 2012 nationwide would be 50.

Muhyiddin also said the ministry, under its NKRA, is eyeing to have 100 SBTs.

Last January, Muhyiddin announced the 20 SBTs nationwide that include 14 secondary schools and six primary schools. Ten of the secondary schools are boarding schools while the rest are day schools.

LINUS PROGRAMME

On incentives for headmasters and teachers, Noor Rezan said it is to boost them to achieve better performance for their schools.

"The success of a school does not only depends on its teachers but also from the support from parents. Teachers who are committed in dispensing their tasks will be rewarded with incentives.

"Apart from the outstanding teacher's award, there are others such as that for innovative teacher and scholarships for further studies abroad as well as promotions for teachers who shine in their performance".

On the Literacy and Numeracy (LINUS) programme, Noor Rezan said the programme is geared towards ensuring all Malaysian children without learning disabilities to be able to read and write Bahasa Malaysia, and do basic mathematics by Year Four.

Beginning this year, all Year One pupils will be screened three times a year - in March, June and September - to identify those who do not meet the required reading, writing and counting standards.

The ministry has set aside an allocation of RM400 million for the LINUS programme for 2010-2012.

"So far we have trained 15,500 facilitators and rehabilitation teachers for the programme," she added.

-- BERNAMA