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TIMSS 2019: Malaysian students achieve advanced benchmark in Maths, Science

For the first time, Malaysian students achieved a score of more than 700 points which is the advanced benchmark of achievement for Mathematics and Science in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019.


The Ministry of Education said in a statement today that TIMSS 2019 classifies students into four levels of achievement, namely advanced (625 points), high (550), intermediate (475), and low (400).


For TIMSS 2019, apart from the paperTIMSS, the international benchmarking study conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Education Achievement (IEA) also introduced computer-based assessment, eTIMSS.




It said a total of 25 paperTIMSS students and 65 eTIMSS students achieved a score of more than 700 points for Mathematics with the highest individual score for paperTIMSS was 799 points while 764 for eTIMSS.


“In terms of percentage, six per cent students obtained the advanced benchmark in paperTIMSS for  Mathematics and four per cent in eTIMSS, an increase of three per cent for paperTIMSS and one per cent for eTIMSS compared to TIMSS 2015,” according to the statement.


For Science, 13 paperTIMSS students and 23 eTIMSS students achieved a score of more than 700 points with the highest individual score for paperTIMSS was 778 points while 747 points for eTIMSS.



“This is the highest individual score in Science since Malaysia’s participation in TIMSS in 1999,” according to the statement.


MOE said four per cent students obtained the advanced benchmark in paperTIMSS for Science and three per cent for eTIMSS, an increase of one per cent for paperTIMSS and unchanged for eTIMMS compared to TIMSS 2015.


TIMSS 2019 was held between Oct 16 and Nov 1, 2018, involving 9,637 Form Two students from schools nationwide.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency

UTeM wins second place in International Website Contest

The Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) wins second place in the Global Student Branch Website Contest 2020 organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently.

UTeM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Raha Abdul Rahim said the university’s team comprising four students took home prize money worth US$500 (RM2058) and participation certificates.

“The achievement of the team known as ‘IEEE UTeM branch” shows that the university continues to enliven effective learning culture as well as instill creative and innovative learning concept among its students,” she said in a statement here today.

According to the team’s supervisor, Electrical Engineering Faculty lecturer, Assoc Prof Dr Chong Shin Horng said the team took two months to develop the website, starting from the application stage to adding, arranging and updating information in the website.

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru won the online competition, which was participated by 25 institutes of higher learning worldwide while Universidade do Porto, Portugal secured the third place.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Expedition to fly Jalur Gemilang on Gunung Tahan

KUANTAN Seventy participants of the Rescue Training and Risk Studies on Mountain Areas programme, which began today, have one ultimate goal, that is to hoist the Jalur Gemilang at the peak of Gunung Tahan on Malaysia Day.

Pahang Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) director Wan Mohammad Zaidi Wan Isa said that besides the firemen, the expedition also involves personnel and officers from the police and Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (Perhilitan) as well as media practitioners.

He said that the main objective of the programme was to test participants mental and physical capabilities and endurance as a preparation to conduct rescue operations in mountainous areas, but what makes this programme more special was that it was held close to the Malaysia Day celebration.

“The team is scheduled to begin hiking tomorrow and arrive at the peak on Wednesday, Malaysia Day. Therefore, the participants will raise the Jalur Gemilang on the mountain peak as a symbol of the celebration.

“Besides that, the programme also serves as a revision platform for the security forces personnel and creating a good relationship with all agencies involved,” he told reporters at the flagging off ceremony at the Pahang JBPM headquarters here, today.

Also present were Pahang police chief Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri and state Fire and Rescue Operations Division assistant director Ismail Abdul Ghani who is also the expedition leader.

Wan Mohammad Zaidi said that the programme would also allow the team to oversee and study hiking risk in Gunung Tahan as the track would be open to the public on Tuesday (Sept 15).

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Online learning for all primary, secondary students in Kota Setar – Muslimin

All students in primary and secondary schools in Kota Setar, Kedah will undergo online learning and teaching sessions (PdP) following the enforcement of the administrative Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in the district.

Education Deputy Minister II Muslimin Yahaya said school administrators and teachers have been directed to conduct online learning until the affected schools are reopened.

“The schools have been asked to assist students who have no Internet access and suitable devices for online learning. Teachers may send worksheets to students’ house or their parents can obtain them from the schools,” he told reporters at the launching of Selangor’s Northern Zone Community Fire Team here, today.

He was asked to comment on the government’s directive that education institutions would be closed during the duration of the administrative EMCO in Kota Setar.

On the issue of duka lara (unhappy) teachers, Muslimin said the ministry had solved about 60 per cent of the cases since 2016, by transferring them to schools closer to their families.

He said the ministry had set a number of criteria to ensure the process would be fair to all teachers who applied for a transfer.

“Single teachers must serve at least 90 months (in a school) before they can apply. Those who are married need at least 60 months. Merit relating to medical reports and others will also be given priorities,” he said.

Muslimin said Kelantan recorded the highest number of applications with about 5,000 applications to return to the state compared to 100 applications to move out, while Johor was among the lowest.

“We also suggested that those who want to return to the peninsula (teachers from Sabah and Sarawak), they can transit for some time in Johor (before applying to transfer to other states),” he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

KKBU students paint murals in appreciation of COVID-19 frontliners

GEORGE TOWN In conjunction with the national month celebration this year, students of Kolej Komuniti Bayan Baru (KKBU) have taken the initiative to paint murals of frontliners in appreciation of their sacrifices to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

KKBU Student Representative Committee vice-president Siti Nor Nabila Ishak, 19, said she and nine of her friends took two weeks to complete the mural painting on the wall of a college building.

“In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we treasure the service of frontliners as they have worked hard to take care of us,” she told reporters when met at KKBU during the Merdeka @ Komuniti Programme organised by the Northeast district Information Department (JAPEN) today.

The final semester student majoring in Therapy, Beauty and Spa added that she and her colleagues were looking forward to paint murals on any space provided as a way to showcase their creativity.

In addition to using paint, the mural was also adorned with used tyres, betel nut trunks and hibiscus plants of various colours around the mural space.

Meanwhile, lecturer and acting head of General Studies Unit at KKBU, Hasnah Hassan said the college welcomed the idea of producing murals which also received the cooperation of JAPEN to build teamwork among students.

“This committee was formed at the beginning of the year when COVID-19 hit the country, so it is quite difficult for us to organise any programme. Today’s programme is an opportunity for them to be involved as well as contribute something as a tribute to our national heroes,” she said.

Apart from the presence of officers from JAPEN, the programme was also participated by the Penang National Security Council (MKN) assistant director, Mohamad Hasbi Ash-shiddieqy Ahmad who also gave a briefing on the management of COVID-19 entitled Roles and Responsibilities Together.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Mercy Malaysia sets up handwash kiosks at 32 schools

IPOH The Raja Permaisuri of Perak, Tuanku Zara Salim today officiated the inauguration of the handwashing kiosk, an initiative of Mercy Malaysia in collaboration with Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank), to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The launching ceremony of the Handwashing Kiosk Project for selected schools in Malaysia took place at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tasek Damai here.

Mercy Malaysia president Datuk Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus said his team selected 32 schools nationwide for the first phase of this project to raise awareness of COVID-19 and inculcate a new culture for students.

“About 17 handwashing kiosks have already been built, while the rest are still waiting their turn. In Perak, a total of 10 schools were selected for these kiosks to be built,” he told reporters after the opening ceremony.

Among the schools listed for the first phase of the project include SMK Rembau, Negeri Sembilan; SMK Simpang Renggam, Kluang, Johor; SMK Telok Mas, Melaka and SMK Tengku Mahmud, Besut, Terengganu.

Elaborating further, Dr Faizal said the construction of the kiosk differed according to the suitability of the location. It involved a cost of about RM4,000 to RM7,000 ,including sinks, water pipes and soap cradles.

He said the construction cost was sponsored by Maybank, and he hoped that more parties would come forward to provide sponsorship so that the project could be expanded.

“The schools were selected based on several criteria including a large number of students and locations in high-risk districts of COVID-19 infection, among others.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Former Perak MB Zambry appointed MAHB chairman

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has appointed former Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir as its non-independent non-executive chairman, effective Aug 12, taking over from Tan Sri Datuk Zainun Ali.


Zambry, who is Pangkor Assemblyman (2004-present) and former Perak Menteri Besar (2009-2018), holds a PhD and a Masters degree from Temple University, the US and a Masters degree and Bachelor of Economic (Hons) degree from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).


He also attended the Harvard Leadership Programme at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.




He has served as Professor in Practice at Putra Business School, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Adjunct Professor at the Department of Political Science, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), chief executive officer (CEO) of Mind Institute, as well as CEO of Centre for Leadership and Development Studies.


Zainun, meanwhile, resigned from the position after the close of Bursa Malaysia’s trading hours today.


She was recently appointed as one of four commissioners and deputy chairman of the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC). She also sits on the Advisory Board of the United Nations (UN) Global Judicial Integrity Network.



“The Group and its Board of Directors would like to express its appreciation and gratitude to Tan Sri Zainun for her invaluable contribution during her tenure with the company.


“During her tenure, she has acted in the best interest of the Group at all times and has been most meticulous in ensuring that the highest standards of corporate governance and integrity are upheld throughout the Group.


“Tan Sri Zainun has played a steering role in helping Malaysia Airports overcome the KLIA network crisis in 2019, as well as has been instrumental in the discussion of Malaysia Airports’ new Operating Agreement with the Government,” MAHB said.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency