Monday, October 30, 2006

Malaysian Education Reform Forums in the UK: Do Foreign Students’ Views Matter?

Yet another forum to come out with a resolution to reform the current education system, courtesy of an e-mail received from a Little Bird.

First, a preliminary warming-up session in Cardiff:

Cardiff Regional Open Forum

“Sesi Percambahan Minda Mengenai Dasar Pelajaran & Pengajian Tinggi”

Topics to be discussed & debated:

1) Pelan Induk Pembangunan Pendidikan Di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan : Ke arah Pendidikan Berkualiti

2) Sistem Persekolahan Menghadapi Cabaran Globalisasi

3) Hala Tuju Pengajian Tinggi Negara : Di antara Realiti dan Cabaran Masa Hadapan

4) Sistem Jaminan Kualiti Negara

5) Ke arah Kecemerlangan Institusi Pengajian Tinggi Negara: Satu Pandangan Kritis


A resolution needs to be achieved as the outcome of the forum, which is:

Merangka Resolusi Ke arah Penambahbaikan dasar Pendidikan Negara

Date : Tuesday, 31st October 2006

Venue : Refactory, Trevethick Building (Engineering Building)

Time : 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Chairperson : Rashdan Harith

Contact Person

- Rashdan - 07877185607

- Ayie
- 07890655353

- Eric - 07894229886

All Malaysian students & professionals are invited.


How to get there?

1) As you reach the end of Queen’s Street, walk down Newport Road & turn left to West Grove street. Trevethick Building is on your left.

2) If you’re from the Student Union, walk down the road, and go through Senghennydd Court (ask your friend for the gate code), go across the flyover and the Trevethick Building is literally 5 minutes from there.

3) Google Earth: 51º 29’
03.38” N, 3º 10’ 09.15” W.



Everyone is highly encourage to attend this forum to voice out your our concern & opinions towards the education system in Malaysia, and means of improving it.



The outcome of the discussions & resolutions from regions all over the UK & Ireland will be submitted to UKEC, and will then be passed on to the Minister of Higher Education, Dato’ Mustapa Mohamed & the Minister of Education, Dato’ Hishamuddin Tun Hussein on Thursday, 2nd of November 2006 in Nottingham.


Then, more follow-up sessions in Nottingham, with more lawatan sambil belajars by ministers and IPTA VCs, under the expenses of taxpayers' money, of course:

ATUR CARA SESI PERCAMBAHAN MINDA
MENGENAI DASAR PELAJARAN DAN PENGAJIAN TINGGI
BERSAMA PELAJAR-PELAJAR PASCA-SISWAZAH DI UNITED
KINGDOM, PERASMIAN NOTTINGHAM GAMES 2006


2 November 2006 (Khamis)
Tempat :
C14 Lecture Theatre
Pope Building
University Park Campus
University Nottingham

Tajuk Sesi Percambahan Minda

1700 - Pelan Induk Pembangunan Pendidikan Di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan : Ke arah Pendidikan Berkualiti oleh Y. Bhg. Dato' Dr. Salleh bin Hassan, Pengarah Bahagian Perancangan dan Penyelidikan Dasar Pendidikan, Kementerian Pelajaran

- Sistem Persekolahan Menghadapi Cabaran Globalisasi oleh Puan Hajah Noor Rezan Bt. Bapoo Hashim, Pengarah Bahagian Sekolah, Kementerian Pelajaran

- Sesi Soal Jawab

1823 - Solat Isyak

1900 - Makan malam


2000 - Majlis Perasmian Sesi Percambahan Minda Mengenai
Dasar Pelajaran Dan Pengajian Tinggi Bersama
Pelajar-Pelajar Pasca-Siswazah Di United Kingdom

- Ketibaan tetamu kehormat
- Bacaan doa
- Ucapan TYT Pesuruhjaya Tinggi Malaysia ke United Kingdom
- Ucapan YB Menteri Pengajian Tinggi
- Ucapan YB Menteri Pelajaran
- Perasmian Bersama oleh YB Menteri Pelajaran & YB Menteri Pengajian tinggi
- Sesi Dialog
- 2200 - Tamat sesi hari pertama

3 November 2006 (Jumaat)
Tempat:

Great Hall
Trent Building
University Park Campus
University of Nottingham

Sesi Perbincangan Panel II:

0900 - Hala Tuju Pengajian Tinggi Negara : Di antara Realiti dan Cabaran Masa Hadapan Oleh Y. Brs. Dr. Mohd. Padhil bin Hashim, Setiausaha Bahagian Perancangan dan Penyelidikan, Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi

0930 - Sistem Jaminan Kualiti Negara Oleh Y. Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hassan Shahabudin, Naib Canselor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

1000 - Ke arah Kecemerlangan Institusi Pengajian Tinggi Negara: Satu Pandangan Kritis Oleh Y. Bhg. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Dzulkifli Abdul Razak Naib Canselor, Universiti Sains Malaysia

1030 - Sesi Soal Jawab

- Solat Jumaat

- Jamuan

- Solat Asar

Pembentangan Kertas Maklum Balas oleh Pelajar Pasca Siswazah

1420 - Kertas 1

1440 - Kertas 2

1510 - Kertas 3

1530 - Sesi Penggulungan 1:
Merangka Resolusi Ke arah Penambahbaikan dasar Pendidikan Negara

1640 - Solat Magrib

Minum petang


Pembentangan Kertas Maklum oleh Pelajar Pasca Siswazah

1720 - Kertas 4 :

1740 - Kertas 5:

1810 - Kertas 6:

- Solat Isyak


Sesi Penggulungan 11:
Merangka Resolusi Ke arah Penambahbaikan
Dasar Pengajian Tinggi Negara



1900 - Sesi Penggulungan II : Merangkan Resolusi ke arah Penambahbaikan Dasar Pengajian Tinggi Negara

1930 - Makan malam

2000 - Resolusi Bersama Sesi Percambahan Minda:
Dipengerusikan Bersama oleh Y.B. Menteri Pelajaran
dan Y.B. Menteri Pengajian Tinggi

2100 - Majlis Penutupan Sesi dan Penyampaian Sijil

4 November 2006 (Sabtu)
Tempat:
Sport Centre
University Park
Campus
University of Nottingham


0900 - Majlis Perasmian Nottingham Games oleh Y.B. Menteri Pelajaran

1149 - Solat Zuhur

1230 - Makan tengah hari

1401 - Solat Asar

1400 - Perjumpaan dengan pemimpin pelajar

1629 - Solat Maghrib

1830 - Penutup Nottingham Games oleh Y.B. Menteri Pengajian Tinggi

1930 - Majlis Sambutan Hari Raya


With the current climate of 'ASLI=Rubbish study', 'Kami sokong' and 'Don't question by noble intentions', do you think any opposition or radical views will be taken into account?

You want foreign views, ministers and VCs? Why not try looking at papers by your beloved PM's SIL's alma mater first, for example like this:

Lying alongside this relatively positive agenda of cultural and religious tolerance in the Moral Education curricula, however, is a rather more insidious agenda of, for want of a better term, political indoctrination. From the first year of primary school, pupils are taught that they have a moral obligation of ‘respect and loyalty (setia) for leaders, king and country’ (Ministry of Education 2000b, Tahun 1: 26). In year six, the field of ‘self-development’ contains a element dedicated to ‘gratitude’ (berterima kasih), in which pupils are taught that ‘national leaders are the pride of the people’; prescribed activities include writing ‘thank you letters’ to national leaders and writing poems on the theme of ‘the people’s support for their leaders’ (Ministry of Education 2000b, Tahun 6: 12 & 15). In form four of secondary school, under the section on ‘trustworthiness’ (amanah), pupils undertake activities themed on the slogan ‘clean, efficient and trustworthy’ (bersih, cekap dan amanah) – one of the BN regime’s main campaign slogans of the past two decades (Ministry of Education 2000a, Tingakatan 4: 10).

By secondary school, the Moral Education curriculum contains an entire field of study devoted to ‘patriotism’. Activities undertaken here include ‘discussing ways of showing gratitude to the government for its efforts to develop the nation and the people’ (Ministry of Education 2000a, Tingkatan 4: 23). In examining ‘freedom of speech’, pupils are encouraged to discuss the ‘bad effects’ (kesan buruk) of political demonstrations, clearly aimed at the massive reformist demonstrations of 1998, which were universally criticised by the compliant and fettered newspaper industry (Ministry of Education 2000a, Tingkatan 4: 30). Indeed, it is noteworthy that in a curriculum much of which is devoted to promoting the use of information technology as a learning aid, pupils are here specifically instructed to use the (government-dominated) newspaper industry as a source for their discussions, rather than the Internet, which proved to be one of the main vehicles for the dissemination of the reformist agenda (Abbott 2001; Brown 2004).

The whole education system in Malaysia was and is designed to make the students to be compliant (a very familiar word now) to the ruling government. You talk until the cows come home (for example like the Zahid Report vanishing in thin air now), it still will not change. Period.

Ammended: Try 'lihat kuman-kuman gajah-gajah (like Kit and Tony&Kian Ming) di kelopak mata sebelum lihat gajah kuman di seberang laut' first (from the Malay proverb: "Gajah di kelopak mata tak nampak, kuman di seberang laut nampak" meaning "Sweep you own backyard first").

What say you, back home there?

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