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No Replacement Holiday For Teachers Involved In GE14

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PASIR SALAK – There is no regulation allowing teachers appointed as election workers, including for the May 9 polling day to have a replacement holiday on the following day, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said. He said these teachers should apply individually to their schools if they want to take leave on May 10.…

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National Education Transformation Assured Under BN Govt

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KUALA NERANG – The people must continue giving their mandate to Barisan Nasional (BN) government to ensure that the education transformation agenda and the national agenda can be implemented for future generations. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said education should not be gambled with as it was closely connected to a nation’s progress, and…

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Schools Used As Polling Centres Can Apply For Replacement Holiday

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KUALA NERANG – Schools used as polling centres for the 14th general election are allowed to take replacement holiday on the day prior to polling day, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid. This, he said, was based on a circular, “ Surat Pekeliling Ikhtisas (SPI) Bilangan 2 1995: Persediaan Bagi PRU”, which allowed school…

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Level Of Education Of Orang Asli Improving – Mahdzir

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KUALA BERANG – The level of education of the Orang Asli children has been improving in line with the community’s awareness on the importance of education for their future, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid. He said the well-equipped and comfortable schools including hostels built by the government nationwide had also attracted them to…

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Do Not Drag BN Into Cambridge Analytica Issue

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KULIM – UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir should not drag Barisan Nasional (BN) into the controversy linking the latter with data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Mahdzir, who is also Kedah UMNO liaison committee deputy chairman and Education Minister, said as…

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Unicef Report Not True – Mahdzir

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KUALA LUMPUR – A report on the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) study that children from the Public Housing Programme (PPR) areas in Kuala Lumpur suffer from malnutrition is not true, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the ministry had never received any report from teachers on pupils who are stunted and could not…

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PPSMI: Only Empty Promises Of Pakatan Harapan

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KUALA NERANG – Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid today lambasted Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) promise to reintroduce the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) if they win in the 14th General Election. He said this was a part of Pakatan Harapan’s empty promises, when ironically, the policy that was introduced by Tun Dr…

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MOE Welcomes Suggestion To Build New Tahfiz Schools

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PADANG TERAP – The Ministry of Education welcomes the government’s proposal to build new Tahfiz schools that are capable of offering academic and skill opportunities to its students. Its minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the present Tahfiz schools focussed more on the memorisation of the Al-Quran which made it hard for students to secure…

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10 More Form Six Colleges To Be Set Up Nationwide

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KUALA BERANG – Ten Mode One Form Six Colleges will be set up nationwide within two years, making the total 20, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid. He said the colleges would be operating at the existing buildings and no new building would be built for the colleges. “For example, the Hulu Terengganu Form…

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Mahathir Can Promise The Moon Because He’s In The Opposition

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KUALA TERENGGANU – UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said today Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was making an empty promise when he said he needed only two years to settle the problems that he claimed were caused by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Mahdzir, who is the Education…

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No Urgency To Build More SJKC For Now

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KUALA NERANG – There is no urgent need to build more National Type Chinese School (SJKC), says Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid. He said building new schools in both urban and rural areas should be based on the growth of the local population density. “To construct a new school, we should look at the…

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Educators Must Toe Line When Politicking – Mahdzir

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PUTRAJAYA – Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid has reminded educators involved in politics against breaking the rules binding the civil service. He said as civil servants, they were bound to certain rules in the civil service, especially on matters which were opposed to government policies. At a press conference after delivering the ministry’s New…

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4.65 Million Students Enter School This Year

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KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 4.65 million students have registered at 10,200 primary and secondary schools nationwide for the 2018 school session as at Jan 8, according to Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid. He said of the total, 2.66 million were primary school students and 1.99 million others were secondary school students, including…

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Education Ministry Approves Dual Language Programme For Anothet 126 Schools

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PADANG TERAP – Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid today announced that his ministry had approved another 126 schools across the country to implement the Dual Langauge Programme (DLP) this year. Mahdzir, who is also Padang Terap MP, said the approval was given as the schools concerned had met all the criteria outlined by the…

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Mahdzir Advises Mahathir To Cease Criticism Of Leaders

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KUALA NERANG – Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid today advised Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to cease what he described as the latter’s political antics of verbally attacking the country’s leaders and tarnishing the government’s image. The 92-year-old Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman should repent in consideration of his age and having…

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Over 50,000 Pupils To Sit For SBP Entry Test This Year

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PENDANG – More than 50,000 Standard Six pupils will sit for a special online test introduced by the Education Ministry for the first time for entry into Form One at fully-residential schools (SBP) next year. Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the test would be conducted from Dec 11 to 15 at more than 200…

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Low Attendance At Rally Shows People Fed Up Of Opposition

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PADANG TERAP – The low attendance at the Opposition rally in Petaling Jaya yesterday proves that the people are fed up with their propaganda. The rally at Padang Timur which began at 4pm had targeted some 100,000 people but only 25,000 people attended the rally, as announced by the organisers. “The people are fed up…

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Don’t Put Too Much Pressure On Primary School Pupils

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KUALA TERENGGANU – Textbooks provided by the Ministry of Education for primary school pupils are sufficient for their educational needs, said Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid. He said primary school pupils, aged between seven and 12, should be given the opportunity to enjoy school life rather than being deluged with academic pressure. “The textbooks are…

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No Plans To Change Or Drop UPSR – Education Minister

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KOTA KINABALU: The Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) is still relevant in the country’s education system and will be maintained so long as it can adequately assess student performance. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said through the UPSR format using the School-based Assessment (PBS) which started last year, students are not only assessed on…

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Do Your Best – Mahdzir Tells UPSR Candidates

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KOTA KINABALU: Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid has advised students sitting for the UPSR examination to keep calm and do their best. He said that the candidates, teachers and parents had already done all that they could to prepare for the exams. “I hope all of you (students) will be able to answer all…

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Ministry Did Not Instruct School To Give Students 2 Days Off

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PUTRAJAYA – Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the notice issued by a secondary school informing that students had been given a two-day break because their teachers were away for a General Election briefing, was not a directive from the ministry. Commenting on the notice which announced that remove class students in both morning and afternoon sessions…

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Talks On Trainee Teachers’s Living Cost Allowance Still In Early Stage

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BUTTERWORTH – The Education Ministry is still in talks with the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) on listing the cost of living allowance of trainee trainers as a loan for next year’s intake, said its minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid. He said any decision by the government would be announced later and, as of…

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PPD And School Management Must Be Proactive In Tackling Bullying Issue

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KUALA NERANG – The District Education Offices and school managements must be more proactive in handling the problems of bullying to prevent the problem from deteriorating, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid. He said such efforts included having discussions and meetings together with their respective district police chief to identify the hotspot areas with…

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Early Childhood Education Needs Improvements

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KUALA NERANG – Early childhood education will continue to be the government’s agenda to further enhance the national education system in these challenging times. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the National Early Childhood Education Committee has been given the responsibility to plan a holistic education system. “The National Early Childhood Education Committee has…

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Grade ‘E’ In UPSR Does Not Mean Failure

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KUALA LUMPUR – Students who get grade ‘E’ in the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) have not failed, but rather, they have not attained the minimum level of mastery of a subject in the classroom learning process. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the grade ‘E’ obtained by the students showed that they have…

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School Heads Must Be Proactive In Identifying Teacher Stress

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KUALA NERANG – Secondary and primary school heads need to be more proactive in identifying signs and symptoms of stress or depression suffered by teachers, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid. He said it was necessary to ensure that early counselling assistance could be given to these teachers, thereby preventing them from acting aggressively…

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MOE Plans To Allow Students To Use ICT Devices In Schools

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Education (MOE) plans to allow students to use information and communication technology (ICT) devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones in schools. Its minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the use of ICT devices for teaching and facilitation (PdPC) in class would be according to the time and…

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PPR In Kuala Nerang Ready Next Year – Mahdzir

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KUALA NERANG – Construction of the People’s Housing Project (PPR) near Taman Belimbing here is scheduled to be ready next year, Padang Terap Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said today. He said the project caters for those with income of not more than RM3,000. “The project is an initiative by Prime Minister Datuk…

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More Than 100,000 Student Involved In Dual Language Programme

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KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 139,197 or 2.9 per cent of primary and secondary school students are involved in the Education Ministry’s Dual Language Programme (DLP). Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said they were students from 1,216 schools, comprising 587 primary, and 629 secondary schools across the country. “DLP, which was introduced last…

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Ministry Targets 100% Of Scholl Textbooks Using Recycles Paper

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Education Ministry targets all school textbooks to be using recycled paper within five years. Its minister Datuk Seri Mahadzir Khalid said Malaysia’s population totalled over 30 million, with five million of the number comprising students from the pre-school to the primary and secondary school level. Surely a big quantity of textbooks…

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