Posts Tagged ‘Education’

12th International Tamil Internet Conference

August 14th, 2013
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Anyone interested to attend? It starts tomorrow and ends on 18th August. Venue: Universiti Malaya.

Their official website: http://ti2013.infitt.org/my/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/infitt

SJKT St Joseph to go online for new school campaign

June 14th, 2013
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Looks like the school board has decided not to waste time waiting. As for me, I had informed Deputy Minister P Kamalanathan, and according to him “Have been informed sir @mpoobalan am waiting for more details and will seek clarification as well.” (ref here).

Hopefully the school’s predicament does not become another disaster for MOE and MIC.

 

Giving way: St Joseph was built in 1924 on wooden stilts. Today, it still stands on the same wooden stilts.

Giving way: St Joseph was built in 1924 on wooden stilts. Today, it still stands on the same wooden stilts.

THE board of governors of an 89-year-old Tamil primary girls school in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur will start an online campaign to push the government to build the promised new school.

SJK (T) St Joseph’s board of governors chairman Alice Fatimah said as a start, they would initiate a petition and obtain signatures from parents of children studying in the school as well as the public.

“We will also set up a Facebook page to create awareness on the campaign,’’ Alice said.

She expected that things would get moving after the school’s Sports Day on June 15.

“We will call for a meeting with the board to discuss details and mobilise the parents,’’ she added.

Alice said the board felt that relying on politicians alone to resolve the issue was not enough.

There isn’t enough space for proper storage, not even for school files.
There isn’t enough space for proper storage, not even for school files.

“We have had many politicians visit the school each time the matter was highlighted in the press, but nothing ever got done,’’ she said.

In January during the distribution of RM100 school assistance by then Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, parents had requested for a new building with proper facilities.

Following this, Saravanan announced the Government had allocated three acres of land in the Batu Muda people’s housing project (PPR) where the school would be relocated to.

He said the land belonged to the Education Ministry, and that it was ideal because it could accommodate a football field too.

Alice said there had been no news since.

Meanwhile, the Batu MIC division and its youth wing leaders have pledged to offer assistance and support for the online campaign.

Batu MIC division chairman Ramanathan Chinnu and youth chief D.R. Pala Kumaran have expressed their willingness to help the school board initiate the online campaign.

“This is a problem that involves the community and concerns the future of our children,’’ Pala said.

“I will push the authorities to speed up the procedures to secure the land promised to the school,” added Ramanathan.

St Joseph was built in 1924 on wooden stilts. Today, it still stands on the same wooden stilts. The school does not have a canteen, field, library, science lab or computer room.

Its pupils sit under trees during recess and have been doing their sports activities by the roadside.

In January, StarMetro reported that the owner of the land had asked the school to relocate.

The partially-aided school has five classrooms, 135 pupils and 15 teachers.

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2013/6/10/central/13219197&sec=central

SJKT St Joseph still standing on stilts built in 1924!

June 7th, 2013
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This is the SECOND time this school’s misery is published in newspaper. Already once in January, and before that in 2011. So that’s 2.5 years. Already. Nothing to be surprised as the school remains the same as in 1970s, and standing on the same stilts built in 1924. Another 11 years it will centenary celebration for the stilts.

Before GE13, MIC’s Dato Saravanan visited and mentioned about relocation.  6 months down the lane, still waiting for decision. Will forward this to newly minted Deputy Minister of Education P Kamalanathan to see how things are progressing.

No canteen, no field, no computer lab, no science lab. AND still does well in UPSR.

Do you believe these parents will vote for you?

89 years old: St Joseph was built in 1924 on wooden stilts. Today, it still stands on the same wooden stilts. The school does not have a canteen, field, library, science lab or computer room.

89 years old: St Joseph was built in 1924 on wooden stilts. Today, it still stands on the same wooden stilts. The school does not have a canteen, field, library, science lab or computer room.

PARENTS of children attending an 89-year-old Tamil primary girls’ school in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur are calling on the Government to make good its promise to build a new school for them.

SJK (T) St Joseph’s board of governors want to know what progress has been made on a pledge that they be relocated.

In January during the distribution of RM100 school assistance by then Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, parents had requested for a new building with proper facilities.

Following this, Saravanan announced the Government had allocated three acres of land in the Batu Muda people’s housing project (PPR) where the school would be relocated to.

He said the land belonged to the Education Ministry, and that it was ideal because it could accommodate a football field too.

“Saravanan told us an announcement would be made before the general election,’’ school board chairman Alice Fatimah said. However, they have not heard anything since.

“Every day they (parents) ask me to update them on when we are getting the land. Their children’s future is at stake,’’ she said.

“We want the authorities to come clean about their plans for our school, especially when there are rumours that something else is being planned for the land.

“We will go to Putrajaya to see the Prime Minister if we have to.”

She reiterated that they were only asking for what had been promised.

Alice said St Joseph would be holding its annual Sports Day on June 15, and the school authorities needed to look for sponsors to bring pupils to the venue.

We face this problem every year. Since we have no school field or proper facilities, we have to beg for sponsors to provide us with a venue to carry out activities such as Sports Day.

“This time, we are holding the event at La Salle Sentul, but we still need funds to transport the children there.

“In April, we organised a Science Day for the children but we could not afford to hold it at a different venue. We had no choice but to cram over 100 pupils into the assembly area.

“This is not the way to educate children, we clearly need a more conducive environment for them,’’ she lamented.

All this can be settled once and for all if the Government builds the school,’’ said Alice, who was formerly the St Joseph’s parent-teacher association (PTA) chairman.

Former PTA deputy chairman Kobi Subramaniam said there were rumours the land had been allocated for another project.

A parent who only wished to be identified as K. Menaka said she studied at St Joseph in the 1970s.

“It was tough back then, with no facilities, but nothing has changed for my 10-year-old daughter who is studying here now,’’ she said.

Parent M. Shankar said with so many Indian representatives in the government, someone should take the responsibility to solve the problem.

“Enough is enough, it is time for action and we want this matter resolved once and for all,’’ Shankar said.

St Joseph was built in 1924 on wooden stilts. Today, it still stands on the same wooden stilts. The school does not have a canteen, field, library, science lab or computer room.

Its pupils sit under trees during recess and have been doing their sports activities by the roadside.

According to Alice, the school receives some funds from the Education Ministry from time to time to repair the leaking roof and termite-infested building.

“Clearly, long-term solutions are needed for the well-being of these children,’’ she said.

In January, StarMetro reported that the owner of the land had asked the school to relocate.

Due to uncertainty over its future, the school authorities were not able to proceed with renovation plans on the ageing structure.

“It would be pointless to keep renovating when in the end, we do not know what the future holds,’’ Alice pointed out.

The partially-aided school has five classrooms, 135 pupils and 15 teachers.

Those interested in helping the school can call Alice at 012-305 9615.

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2013/6/7/central/13207439&sec=central

Look mom, I got a degree!

April 17th, 2013
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Five election candidates has been accused (by the opposing side, of course) of holding academic qualifications from dubious universities. They are:

1. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Kohilan Pillay (candidate for Puchong) – Masters in Commercial and Industrial Economy from the Western Pacific University, US. [There’s actually two uni with same name, one in California and another in Hawaii. Wonder which one Kohilan studied at].

2. Port Klang Authority chairman Teh Kim Pooh, (Klang) – DBA from New Port University, US. (Same uni as Perlis Menteri Besar got his doctorate from). [Newport University’s website does not exist. Doesn’t that sound weird?]

3. AB Wahab Ibrahim (Taman Medan) -doctoreate from Irish International University, UK. [This is a well known notorious one. Check their website http://www.iiuedu.ie/ and also read this Malaysian court judgement – http://kl.kehakiman.gov.my/sites/kl.kehakiman.gov.my/attachments/S-23-50-2006.pdf

4. Ching Eu Boon (Pandamaran) – doctorate from St George University International. [website doesn’t exist http://www.stgeorgeuniversity.edu and not to be confused with St George’s Uni]

5. Lee Ban Seng (Kajang) – degree from Rutherford University.[ world famous case – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutherford_University]

Person number 5 said he’s degree is from American Liberty University, not Rutherford. This ALU is recognised in California (https://app.dca.ca.gov/bppe/view-school.asp?schlcode=3014471) but not in another state in US, Oregon (http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/oda-degree-authorization-academic-unauthorized-Invalid.aspx). Weird huh?

In any case, readers can check
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unaccredited_institutions_of_higher_education

For US universities, one can check at http://www.chea.org/

Try search google for the above universities and you can make interesting conclusions.

Do note, that in many cases these universities will claim they are unaccredited/new university/online learning/distance learning type, thus not in the accredited list.

Full Article:

Five Barisan Nasional candidates for seats in Selangor are holding fake degrees, alleged DAP election strategist Ong Kian Ming.

“It is disappointing that the candidates listed academic qualifications from universities which issue bogus academic degrees for a payment,” he claimed.

Among the names mentioned is Selangor Gerakan chief A Kohilan Pillay, who is also the deputy foreign affairs minister.

Kohilan is slated to contest for the Puchong parliamentaryseat and had listed in his biodata that he obtained a Masters degree in Commercial and Industrial Economy from the Western Pacific University in the US.

Ong alleged that Western Pacific University was found to be a degree mill, and it was closed down by the authorities some time back.

“Even more shocking is that Kohilan is our caretaker deputy foreign affairs minister! It is a disgrace if Kohilan had indeed ‘bought’ a degree to bolster his credentials,” he said.

Ong also accused Teh Kim Pooh, BN aspirant for the Klang parliamentary seat, of obtaining his doctorate in business administration from the New Port University in the US.

“In 2009, an English daily had said that New Port University is a degree mill. This is the same university our caretaker Perlis menteri besar Isa Sabu got his doctorate as well,” he claimed.

Teh is also the Port Klang Authority chairman.

Others accused of holding fake degrees are AB Wahab Ibrahim (Taman Medan), Ching Eu Boon (Pandamaran) and Lee Ban Seng (Kajang).

Ong alleged that the Irish International University, where Wahab obtained his doctorate, was raided by the British authorities in 2008 for being a bogus varsity.

He added that St George University International, where Ching obtained his doctorate, was also claimed to be a degree mill.

“And it is the same case with Lee, who obtained his degree from the Rutherford University,” he claimed.

The DAP leader said although election law does not require a candidate to hold paper qualification, the candidates’ integrity could be questioned if they had to “buy” their degrees to cheat the electorate.

“If these candidates are willing to dupe voters about their academic qualifications, what other areas would these candidates be willing to lie about, including in areas of public interest such as management of public funds and the proper use of public resources?”he asked.

BN reps dismiss allegations

Contacted later, Kohilan said: “Ask DAP to show proof. If not, I’m going to sue them.”

Teh also dismissed the allegations, saying DAP was playing up an old issue to discredit his candidacy.

“It’s a non-issue and if DAP wants to harp on it, then go ahead,” he said.

Explaining the matter, Teh said that he did pursue a doctorate from 1999 to 2002, which involved taking up 12 subjects and completing three theses.

“I even produced my certificates and theses to the court during a trial. Even my former supervisor in the university was willing to take the stand. Tell DAP to check on that first,” he said.

Lee, on the other hand, said there was an error in his biodata.

“I received my degree from America Liberty University, not Rutherford University,” he added.

FMT could not reach Wahab and Ching for comments despite several attempts.

source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/04/17/bn-hopefuls-have-bogus-degrees/

PTPTN – 1 loan, 3 banks?

March 28th, 2013
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And we thought technology makes thing easy 🙂

As far as I know, with the introduction of compulsory SSPN, you have to go to either Maybank, Bank Islam or Agrobank. While BSN is in charge of issuing PIN number. Not sure about the CIMB requirement, maybe the college or PTPTN puts the money there. Yeah, why not just give it to one bank, or better still, allow any bank for any of the services. It can be an hassle to get PIN number from BSN as there are not many branches around. Perhaps we should look into issuing e-PIN via ATM or online banking.

 

I WOULD like to highlight the hassle that we parents would have to go through for a simple PTPTN loan application.

My son entered college after the SPM results and would like to apply for a PTPTN loan.

We were told that the process to apply were as follows:

> Go to Bank Simpanan Nasional, pay RM5 for a PIN code/number;

> Next, go to Maybank to open a PTPTN special account;

> After Maybank, go to CIMB bank to open a savings account; and

> Only after that can we apply online for the PTPTN loan.

Could it be made easier?

Could the whole process be administered by one party only, say, CIMB bank.

Why make parents run around for a simple loan application?

Could the authorities look into this and simplify the application process?

We are living in an IT age, please give us a helping hand.

CBK

Puchong, Selangor

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/3/28/focus/12898318&sec=focus