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Administrators play vital role in shaping public universities – Mohd Zuki

PUTRAJAYA, — University administrators are the architects responsible for shaping their respective institutions’ administration towards realising the philosophy and values of knowledge as well as academic achievement, said Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali.

In his virtual keynote address to administrators of the country’s public universities, Mohd Zuki said that universities today should not only be seen as higher learning institutions but also as centres of knowledge and research, as well as wisdom and intellect that forms the nation’s culture and civilisation.

He added that universities should not be trapped by corporate culture as they are not corporate bodies whose only aim was to make a profit.

“Universities cannot be solely driven by their vision, mission and corporate values alone, and must also be governed by philosophy and the value of knowledge and academic achievement.

“Universities must adhere to the principles and the spirit of common sense that celebrates the diversity of knowledge, and serve as a strong bridge connecting the house of knowledge and research with others,” he said when officiating the 2020 Public Universities Administrators Convention online today.

Based on the records, a total of 93,638 (5.85 per cent) of civil servants in the country are public universities staff, and about 9,652 (10.3 per cent) of those are professional administrators.

The online convention is a collaboration between Malaysian Council of Public Universities Administrators Association (Masti), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) and Malaysian Public Universities Registrar Committee.

At the event, Mohd Zuki also launched the 3rd Masti special publication, which included 23 articles written by the administrators.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Rina Harun hopes smart classroom programme will be expanded

— The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry hopes that the Smart Classroom project can be expanded nationwide, to benefit more students from the B40 group.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun said through Smart Classroom programme, a classroom would be equipped with electronic equipment including a Central Processing Unit (CPU), projector and interactive whiteboard for the purpose of strengthening the learning and teaching proccess.

“I will bring the matter to the Ministry of Education’s attention so that this programme can be expanded and students can benefit from the use of the latest technology in classroom,” she told reporters after officiating the Smart Classroom programme for primary schools in the Titiwangsa parliamentary constituency, here today.

Rina said 19 schools under the Titiwangsa parliamentary constituency, which 50 per cent of their students were from B40 families, had been equipped with the Smart Classroom equipment worth RM2.85 million since last year.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Bunka Fashion Graduate University annual event goes virtual

KUALA LUMPUR Bunka Fashion Graduate University (BFGU), a professional graduate school in Japan, has released ‘Vol.3 Future Generation’, the main content of the online event “BFGU Online Festival ‘Redefining’.”

According to a statement, this is the first online presentation of ‘Bunka Fashion Graduate University Fashion Week’, attracting more than 4,000 visitors from the fashion industry every year.

The fashion show by BFGU’s Division of Fashion Creation is a collection of released brands in which a huge number of current young designers participated previously.

On the other hand, Division of Fashion Management majors also present research on sustainable fashion, an area acquiring more attention in the industry in recent years.

The content details of Vol.3 Future Generation include the fashion show by second-year Division of Fashion students in a digital video technique, and the conventional runway style is transcended.

In addition, there is a 360-degree panoramic shot of the works by the fashion creation majors using the VR camera ‘Matterport’. Viewers can see the works and videos created by graduate students in a 3D virtual tour.

BFGU is also going to release creations with 3D CAD using AR technology. Viewers are able to indulge in virtual experience that they will feel true and real.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

TNB donates school supplies to 30,000 B40 students

KUALA LUMPUR A total of 30,000 students from B40 families received donations in the form of school supplies from Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) through the Ceria Ke Sekolah (CKS) 2021 programme.

TNB chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said this time the programme involved an allocation of RM3 million involving 208 selected areas nationwide.

“So far, CKS 2021 has been conducted in Kelantan, Kedah, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Selangor, and Pahang involving 19,923 students with contributions worth RM2 million. For the programme, we give a contribution worth RM100 for each student in the form of school supplies such as stationery, uniforms, school bags and so on.

“For CKS at the TNB headquarters, a total of 420 poor students selected from three schools — Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Bangsar, SK Bukit Pantai and SK Bukit Bandaraya — received this contribution,” he told reporters at the CKS 2021 programme, here, today.

Mahdzir said this was part of TNB’s corporate social responsibility as well as showing the close relationship between TNB and the community through programmes like this.

“This programme will be continued next year, and we only recommend more for the children of TNB employees to be run by Pelitawanis, an organisation for wives of TNB employees.

“Throughout the programme implemented since 2013, many children — some 36,018 students — have received donations involving an allocation of RM7.5 million,” he said.

On TNB’s contribution during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mahdzir said TNB had contributed RM280 million to the government and hospitals.

“We handed over RM250 million to the government while another RM30 million was given to hospitals for them to buy related equipment to use during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he also said.

Meanwhile, SK Bangsar Parent-Teacher Association president, Mohd Yazid Mohd Yasin, said the donation could help relieve the burden of students from B40 families, especially during this pandemic.

“We know that some parents have lost their jobs and so on due to this pandemic, so this contribution can help parents from the B40 group, categorised as urban poor, in providing school supplies for their children,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Face-to-face school session to start on March 1

The face-to-face school session which was postponed earlier following the spread of COVID-19, will be commencing on March 1.

Senior Education Minister Senator Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said it involved pre-school, Year 1 and 2 classes while Year 3 to Year 6 sessions would start on March 8.

“Secondary school students in Group A states will start school on April 4 while secondary school students in Group B states will attend school on April 5 which is after the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 examination,” he told a media conference here today.

He said the decision to allow primary school pupils to start school session earlier was to allow pupils and teachers adapt to the new normal as well as the COVID-19 standard operating procedures.

Group A involves schools in Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu while Group B involves schools in Perlis, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

He said the school calendar would remain as issued earlier.

“The opening dates are adopted by all government schools, government aided schools, private schools and institutes registered with the Education Ministry (MOE).

“Schools not registered with MOE are urged to follow the school opening dates and comply with all stipulated SOPs,” he said.

He said vocational colleges would open on March 1 while international schools and private educational institutions, including tuition centres, would open on March 8.

Radzi meanwhile said that MOE had planned carefully and the approach was taken based on input and feedback from all parties.

Meanwhile, when asked on streamlining DidikTV when school session begins, Radzi said the content of programmes for school students would be expanded considering primary school pupils would be starting school earlier.

On Wednesday, (Feb 17) , Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launched DidikTV via channel 107 on MYTV, channel 147 on ASTRO and on ntv7 channel on UNIFI TV starting from 7 am to 12 midnight nationwide.

For parents who are worried about the COVID-19 numbers, he said it was the responsibility of MOE to provide access to education safely and at the same time did not want students to be left far behind in learning.

“If there is a problem of health, parents can inform the school. I am also seeking the cooperation of parents waiting for their children after school to comply with SOP outside the school compound such as physical distancing and so on,” Radzi said.

Commenting on the SPM 2020 examination which will start this Monday, he said the method of SPM implementation this year is very detailed so that students are safe with strict SOP when sitting for the examination.

“Usually, there is only one examination hall but this time we are providing alternative rooms if it is required by candidates.

“Apart from that, we also provide special rooms if students show symptoms of COVID-19 while isolation room and transit room are for the use of students,” he said.

SPM 2020 is scheduled to start on Monday and will end on March 25.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Start of home-based learning causing Orang Asli anxiety

The implementation of home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) across the country from tomorrow (Jan 20) has Kampung Orang Asli Kubang Badak and Tebong Stesyen Tok Batin, Besi Dulah, worried because of the lack of devices and Internet access for children in the two villages.

He said it will be hard for them because they will be relying on a parent’s mobile phone and sometimes they may have to share with their friends when their parents go foraging in the forest or to work.

“It is difficult to get a computer or laptop here. In fact, some people don’t understand how to use a computer,” he told Bernama today.

He said there are 15 Orang Asli children – eight primary and seven secondary school students — from 130 Temuan families living in these villages in the interior of Melaka, about 30km from Alor Gajah town.

He said that although you can get a broadband service at the Pusat Internet Kampung Kuala Sungga, about 4km away, some of the Orang Asli are shy to meet outsiders.

He said that when the movement control order (MCO) was imposed in March last year, groups of dedicated volunteer teachers came twice a week to hold free and informal classes at the Balai Raya Kampung Orang Asli Kubang Badak.

However, the 39-year-old said he doesn’t know if the classes will be held this year but would like the government to provide an appropriate learning method for the Orang Asli children.

“I really miss the teachers and my friends. It’s been a long time since I wore my uniform. Tomorrow I will have to borrow my mum or sister’s phone for learning so that I become smart and can go to university,” said Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tebong Year 3 student, Kartiaini Ramesh, 9, who wishes school will return to normal this year.

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced recently that primary and secondary school students will continue learning at home, while students sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Malaysian Vocational Diploma (DVM) will go back to school.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Kemas Kindergartens’ face-to-face school session postponed

Kemas Kindergartens’ face-to-face school session which is supposed to start on Jan 20 nationwide has been postponed to a date that will be announced later.

According to the Community Development Department (Kemas) in a statement today, it took note of the increasing COVID-19 cases and decided to follow the steps taken by the Education Ministry as a preventive measure.

“To ensure there are no dropouts among Kemas Kindergarten children, the Home-base Learning method set by the department will be used through the Learning and Facilitation (PdPc) implementation method,” he said.

On Saturday, the Education Ministry informed that the face-to-face school sessions starting on Jan 20 nationwide would only involve candidates sitting for major examination for 2020.

Meanwhile, Kemas explained that it gave conditional permission for Taska Kemas to operate if there was an application from parents who served as frontliners to send their children during the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

MCO has been enforced in Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah, as well as the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan from Jan 13 to Jan 26.

Kelantan and Sibu, Sarawak have now been placed under the MCO from Jan 16 to Jan 29

Source: BERNAMA News Agency