Tuesday, October 26, 2010

History Subject 'must pass' from 2013 onwards

Wow...! If you want to get SPM certificate, then you must pass Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah by 2013. Fortunately, I born earlier than you all. Otherwise, I may have to re-sit my Sejarah papers in order for me to get SPM certificate. This news certainly not welcomed by students and parents. Perhaps, the most beneficial group is Sejarah's tuition teachers. More and more students will engage in Sejarah tuition to get examination tips. Let's read others opinion on this issue.

Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, chairman of The Parent Action Group of Education, PAGE
  • “[Page] is of the view that this is yet another politically-motivated decision to appease and please Umno delegates at its general assembly, without any thought given to recent policy decisions that have been made by him on education thus far,” Noor Azimah said in a statement.
  • She argued that Muhyiddin should have instead declared English a must-pass subject, as this would have “perfectly complemented” the MBMMBI (To Uphold Bahasa Malaysia, To Strengthen the English Language) policy set to come into effect next year.
  • Noor Azimah said the decision to make passing History compulsory also did not gel with the government’s determination to move away from rote learning and overemphasis on exams, which some critics have blamed for Malaysia’s lack of innovation.
  • “By now making history a must-pass subject, he is not only re-burdening the students but instead further magnifying ... the stress of not obtaining the SPM certificate because the student did not pass History, as opposed to Bahasa Malaysia which is justifiable!”
  • She warned that unless History was enhanced by incorporating world history and given “serious housekeeping”, the move to make it a must-pass subject was unlikely to pay real dividends.
Loh Seng Kok of MCA
  • urged the Education Ministry to review and mend what it called an “imbalanced” account of the nation’s history in existing textbooks favouring one race and religious civilisation before making the subject a “must pass” in school from 2013.
  • “MCA has received feedback (or complaints) from parents that the History textbook syllabus tends to predominantly favour a particular race and religious civilisation, while using derogatory terms of ‘pendatang asing’ [foreign immigrants] on other races,”
  • He stressed that the history taught in schools must be objective, rational and impartial to reflect the contributions of the different races and religious groups in the making of multicultural Malaysia.
  • The MCA man said the new syllabi created should be free from influence of any one political group and urged History authors not to “introduce new terms which hint of racial supremacy or inaccurately suggest that vernacular schools impede national unity”.
Tony Pua of DAP
  •  claimed that the government’s sudden interest was likely to be selective — emphasising Malay rights provisions and conveniently neglecting others.
  • Pua said that the onus was on Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to form an independent advisory and review body to conduct a complete “overhaul” of the subject before it is made compulsory.
  • “We fear that this new measure is a blatant attempt to indoctrinate our students with a narrow and biased interpretation of our Federal Constitution and our country’s founding history.
  • “We call upon the DPM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to first convene a independent advisory and review body comprising of representatives from the Bar Council, eminent retired judges as well as renowned academics on the history of Malaya,”
My OpinionDo not politicise SEJARAH. Make this wonderful subject as a tool to unite all Malaysians.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Malaysian BOLEH.....Top in Cambridge University

Tuesday October 19, 2010, The Star
Malaysian is top law student at Cambridge University

PETALING JAYA: A 23-year-old Malaysian has emerged as the top student in his final-year law examinations at Cambridge University. Tan Zhongshan obtained a first-class honours in the Bachelor of Arts (Law) in June this year at Queens’ College, which is part of the university, one of England’s oldest and most prestigious.

Queens’ College dean Dr Martin Dixon said Tan definitely stood out among the students there. “He is probably the best Malaysian student I have seen in the last 10 years,” said Dr Dixon, who taught Tan on Land and Equity for two years. “He is the most able, dedicated and one of the most likeable students I have taught in more than 20 years at Cambridge.” “He works really hard, has great insight and intuition. He is a problem-solver, listens well and learns,” he said.

Tan was modest about his achievements. “It was a pleasant surprise as it is hard to predict the end results,” said the Ipoh-born, who has been in Singapore since August. On his secret to success, he attributed it to “consistent work and a detailed understanding of the subjects”.

The classical guitar player is not done yet. He will pursue his Bar exams, expected to be completed by end of 2011, in Singapore. “I will also join the Singapore Legal Service in January,” said Tan, who was awarded an Asean scholarship by Singapore’s Ministry of Education after completing his A-Levels at the Temasek Junior College there.

No doubt our Malaysian students were talented and gifted. To my disappointment, our multi-talented students have chosen other countries to serve for. Why our government is so passive to lure our best brain to work here? Shouldn't they be offered a scholarship at the first place to retain them? Singapore acted fast with their attractive Asean scholarship to import the best brain and the result is Singapore progressing very well in every aspects. The next strategy adopted by Singapore government is to offer Tan Zhongshan citizenship and providing a platform for him to showcase his expertise. Our country not only exporting commodities products but we are also top exporter of human talent. Malaysia Boleh.........

What is the use of Talent Corporation with the purpose of luring Malaysian's talent back when we are not able to retain our available talent?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Orang Kurang Upaya without arm can play piano.....sure or not....!

Armless pianist plays with toes to win ‘China’s Got Talent’
October 11, 2010, The Malaysian Insider News

BEIJING, Oct 11 — An armless pianist who plays with his toes has won the first series of China’s version of the internationally popular television talent show, “China’s Got Talent.” Liu Wei, 23, who lost both his arms aged 10 when he was electrocuted during a game of hide-and-seek, defeated 7-year-old standup comedian Zhang Fengxi at the final on Sunday at the Shanghai Stadium, the Shanghai Daily reported.

The pianist, from Beijing, who taught himself to play the piano at age 18, impressed the audience with his performance of “You’re Beautiful,” singing and using his feet to play the piano. He also reported won over the judges by commenting: “At least I have a pair of perfect legs.” At the award ceremony, Liu was invited by Taiwan singer Jolin Tsai to be a guest performer on her world tour which gives him the chance to perform in Las Vegas for three months.

Liu Wei did not give up his life despite of losing his two arms. He accepted the reality and moved on. He used his only perfect legs to start over again and learn how to overcome all obstacles that hinder him from attaining success. His struggles and adversities make him firm, strong and steadfast. Let us emulate Liu Wei's attitude especially for those who are physically perfect. Nothing is impossible.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Chemistry Form Four: Chapter 9 - Contact Process

A brief summary of the Contact Process:

  • Solid sulfur, S(s), is burned in air to form sulfur dioxide gas.
  • The gases are mixed with more air then cleaned by electrostatic precipitation to remove any particulate matter.
  • The mixture of sulfur dioxide and air is heated to 450 degree Celcius and subjected to a pressure of 101.3 - 202.6 kPa (1 -2 atmospheres) in the presence of a vanadium catalyst (vanadium (V) oxide) to produce sulfur trioxide, with a yield of 98%.
  • Any unreacted gases from the above reaction are recycled back into the above reaction.
  • Sulfur trioxide is dissolved in 98% (18M) sulfuric acid to produce disulfuric acid or pyrosulfuric acid, also known as fuming sulfuric acid or oleum.
  • Water is then added to the oleum to produce 98% of sulphuric acid.
Attention:  If the sulphur trioxide is added directly to water an acid mist forms which is difficult to contain because the reaction to form sulphuric acid solution is very exothermic!

Click below video for further explanation of Contact Process.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

PMR replaced with school-based asessment by 2016

Sunday October 10, 2010, The Star
No more PMR exam

PETALING JAYA: The national education system is set to undergo a major change in 2016 when the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) public examination for Form Three students is replaced with school-based assessment. The change will also see the syllabus for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination for Year Six pupils improved, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said his announcement comes after two roundtable sessions.

Other developments:
> The Malaysian Examination Syndicate will be roped in to run the school-based PMR assessment;
> Parents have voiced fears that such an assessment will be taken less seriously by students;
> Teachers want extra help to run the school-based PMR assessment

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Schooling Date for 2011

Thursday October 7, 2010, The Star

School term to start on Jan 3 next year

PETALING JAYA: Students will go back to school on Jan 3 in all states except for those in Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, where classes start a day earlier (see chart). The Education Ministry website on the school calendar for 2011 stated that there will be 210 school days next year. Students will have 78 days of holiday next year, which is the same as this year.

Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said schools can apply for four days of cuti peristiwa (occasional holiday), which need not be replaced. School heads explained that schools can also apply for cuti ganti (replacement holiday), which is subject to approval by the respective state Education Depart­ments. The year-end break will start on Nov 19 next year for all schools, except for those in Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu which start a day earlier

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

PMR on already....!

Wish all Form 3 students able to score A in all subjects. Enjoy your examination and study hard & smart.

Do not sleep
Do not nervous
Do not get sick
Do not make mistake while exam.

God Bless You.