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A Question to the Minister of Higher Education

Dear Readers & Well wishers

theSun on 26th June 2009 reports that the Minister of Higher Education said: ‘ “Marks fixing” by universities is unacceptable and should be investigated by the respective universities”.

My query to the legally qualified Minister of Higher Education:

“If the University itself  SANCTIONED SUCH “Marks fixing”/Marks manipulation, IT (THE UNIVERSITY) WOULD NOT INVESTIGATE ITS OWN WRONGDOING”  The Minister of Higher Education should apply the principle “One should not be the judge of his own cause” . Therefore  USIM & MMU which practised “Marks manipulation” TO MY DETRIMENT should not be THE  judge of THEIR own causes/misdeeds…..!

Allow me to produce here the Ministry of Higher Education’s official reply to my complaint of my victimisation (8 months after I complained, in USIM’s favour) because I refused to manipulate marks:

 “Senat USIM telah bertindak wajar atas kapasitinya selaku authority tertinggi dalam hal ehwal akademik dan mempunyai hak untuk memohon markah pelajar dinilai semula”

 

Pada perenggan 4 surat tersebut, pihak KPT menulis:
“Setelah mengambil kira kesemua aspek perbincangan antara saya, Puan dan juga Pengurusan USIM, saya mendapati bahawa tidak timbul sebarang salah laku dari aspek perundangan berhubung kes Puan.”

 

Please find below my first complaint to the Director General Of Public Universities Ir Radin Umar on 10th June 2009:

On Tue, 6/10/08, my real name@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: my real name@yahoo.com

>
Subject: Dihukum tidak efficient kerana enggan manipulasi markah
To: radinumx@mohe.gov.my, dg@mohe.gov.my
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 8:02 AM

 

  

Askm Dato’

 

Saya my real name, Pensyarah Di USIM. Saya telah dipaksa memanipulasi markah pelajar dan meluluskan pelajar kerana hanya dua pelajar lulus. Saya tidak mengubah markah kerana saya telah memberi markah dengan adil mengikut skema jawapan dan telah membuat kelas tambahan sebanyak 6-8jam sebelum peperiksaan untuk memperkasa pengetahuan pelajar.

 

Saya telah menerima surat daripada Dekan Fakulti Syariah & Undang2 menyatakan fakulti kecewa kerana saya enggan bekerjasama “memanipulasi markah” (my understanding, the exact wordings were “melihat/menyemak semula secara menyeluruh kaedah dan sistem penilaian yang dilakukan”.)

 

Dekan juga menuduh saya tidak efficient dalam pengajaran saya.

 

Dato’, saya mohon bantuan pihak Dato’ kerana saya dihukum kerana enggan memanipulasi markah pelajar agar ramai lulus  kerana ianya tidak beretika. No telefon saya ialah my hand phone number.

Terima kasih.

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Varsities must probe ‘marks fixing’ claims-Tan Yi Liang theSun June 26 2009

Tan Yi Liang

KUALA LUMPUR: “Marks fixing” by universities is unacceptable and should be investigated by the respective universities, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin said.

“I think any attempt to fix marks is totally unacceptable. We cannot accept such things because it is against professionalism. We hope, if there is any complaint over such matters, an investigation will be conducted by the relevant university,” he said yesterday.

He said autonomy is important for the universities.

“This is because one aspect of our efforts to bring excellence to our universities is to give them autonomy, and one matter in which they can have full autonomy is in academic matters. It is not for the government to check and interfere, because at the end of the day it will be linked to their reputation.

 “We believe that all universities will act to ensure that this does not happen,” he told reporters after opening the annual National Higher Education Conference.

 On the matter of a Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) lecturer who was allegedly forced to resign after refusing to pass students who had failed her course, he said it is not the role of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency to police universities for such incidents.

“The role of MQA is to ensure the quality of the courses offered. It does not cover students who sit for exams.”

Such issues are for the universities to handle themselves, he said.

“If there is any plagiarism or cheating or poor standards, it is for each university (to handle) because at the end of the day it will affect their reputation.”

He said investigations into the USIM issue have been completed and it is up to the parties involved to act on them.

“As far as the ministry is concerned, we want to see that such a thing does not recur, and if it does, the matter must be investigated,” he said.

Asked on the rating system for Malaysian higher education institutions (Setara) being extended to private institutions, Khaled said the evaluation, which had been limited to public universities, was welcomed by private universities that had been invited to take part for the first time.

“The invitation to all universities have been given out, and private universities have come back and indicated they are ready to be part of the Setara evaluation,” he said.

He said a committee of representatives from public and private universities had been formed for the evaluation.

“The Setara system of ratings is not a system that seeks to punish or find fault but to see where improvements can be made,” he said.

Earlier, in his keynote address, Khaled said the higher education sector is essential for national development.

He said the sector is important for progress and development of a country, and especially important in a country like Malaysia which is transforming into an innovation-based economy.

He said the industry generated an estimated RM1.5 billion per year from some 921,000 students last year.

Proficiency in English takes time

Proficiency in English takes time
R. Manirajan

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 18, 2006): Efforts are being made to improve proficiency in the English language of public university lecturers but this is not something that can be achieved overnight, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said today.

“Many of the new generation of lecturers are educated in the Malay medium of instruction, unlike universities like UIA (International Islamic University Malaysia),” he told reporters after opening the university’s National Career Carnival 2006.

He was asked to comment on recent news reports, including the statement by Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, that many lecturers in public universities lacked proficency in the English language.

Najib said the government could conduct language enrichment programmes for these lecturers but noted that “it can’t be done overnight”.

“This is a transition period for the lecturers and at the same time, we do not want to see a decline in the learning of the Bahasa Malaysia language among them,” he said.

During the press conference, Najib declined to comment on the objection, raised by some MPs and Umno Supreme Council members, to the proposed merger of Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd and The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Bhd (NSTP).

“I will talk about it when the time comes,” he said.

At the opening of the career carnival earlier, Najib reminded undergraduates to equip themselves with the right qualification, skills and attitude to ensure their employment upon graduation.

According to Bernama, he called on them to explore the possibility of self-employment and not to be overly dependent on the government for jobs.

“If you have the right qualification, right skills and attitude, you will find jobs anywhere (including outside Malaysia).

“And do not ever have the notion or thinking that the government or the country owes us a job. This mindset has to change,” Najib said.

He also urged them to constantly improve their skills.

“Getting a degree today is not enough. If you are a doctor, don’t just be a general practitioner, be a specialist and do not just think of mere knowledge or mediocrity but to be the best,” he added.

Commenting on unemployment among graduates, the deputy prime minister said the Cabinet had directed the Public Services Department to expedite the process of filling the 32,000 vacancies in the public sector with graduates.

However, he pointed out that this alone would not be enough to solve the unemployment problem among graduates, and said they should also look to the private sector for jobs.

Najib also said the government had provided a number of funds to encourage Malaysians to start their own businesses either locally or overseas.

“Self employment is a big domain and I do not think we have explored it fully,” he said.

Updated: 07:49PM Mon, 18 Dec 2006

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EXAM SUBJECTS: An SPM cap may not be the best way:NST


EXAM SUBJECTS: An SPM cap may not be the best way:NST

By LIONG KAM CHONG, Seremban

 

 

2009/06/23

ALL students sitting the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination can take a maximum of only 10 subjects from next year. The rationale for the decision is to ensure that students have more time for extracurricular activities (“10-subject limit for SPM starts next year” — NST, June 18). I find the argument too simplistic. Either the Education Ministry officials have not thought through the issue thoroughly or they have lost touch with reality. Let’s probe deeper.The announcement on capping the number of subjects will most likely bring about the unsolicited decision by all, if not most, SPM candidates to take 10 subjects from next year.In all these years, the number of students taking more than 10 subjects has been far smaller than the number of students taking fewer than 10 subjects. The Education Ministry has estimated it to be about 10 per cent.

So, if all or most students are to take 10 subjects next year, in essence, there will be more students taking more subjects (from fewer than 10 to 10) than students taking fewer subjects (from more than 10 to 10).

If the ministry’s rationale holds water, we will have a situation where more students are “taking more subjects” and, therefore, more students will have less time for extracurricular activities.

As for students not having enough time for extracurricular activities, I suggest we go and visit during, before and after school hours those cybercafes, shopping malls and eateries that are near schools to gauge the real situation on the ground.

The students you meet there are most likely those taking fewer than 10 subjects for SPM this year.

There will also be Penilaian Menengah Rendah students who take only seven or eight subjects. Fewer subjects does not necessarily translate into more time for extracurricular activities.

Now, school extracurricular activities include mainly sports and games, uniformed units, clubs and societies.

Any teacher will tell you that for students to be effective and performing in any of these activities, they need to start young, probably right from Form One or even earlier.

For example: to be a King’s Scout, you need to be a junior scout when you are in lower secondary.

To represent the state in swimming or athletics, you need to start training even before you are in secondary school.

No one becomes a champion in Form Four or Form Five without going through the rudimentary training in earlier years.

So, if “more time” is needed for extracurricular activities, do we also cap the number of subjects to be taken at Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah and PMR level?

There are some who may be more active and performing while in lower forms but fizzle out when they need to face the SPM examination, but they are not those who take more than 10 subjects in SPM.

What should worry the ministry is, how do you get schools to have a larger base of students truly engaged in meaningful extracurricular activities right from Form One in the case of secondary schools and maybe from Year Two in primary schools?

How do you make extracurricular activities more appealing to pupils? Why is the present system of administering extracurricular activities less than effective?

A top SPM student, who has also won a Public Service Department scholarship, has this to say: “I was really involved and learned more from extracurricular activities in my three months with the National Service than in all my five years in secondary school.”

It is food for thought for our officials in the Education Ministry. Capping is neither the way to produce Ivy-League scholars nor the way to produce Olympic champions.

 

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