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Travel Ban On 433,000 PTPTN Loan Defaulters To Be Lifted

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PUTRAJAYA- The names of about 433,000 National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan defaulters will be taken out of the no-fly list soon. Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said his ministry was working towards lifting the travel ban on these defaulters in stages from May 24 to June 15. He added that PTPTN had previously…

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Dr Maszlee: Education Blueprints Will Continue But Subject To Mid-Term Reviews

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PUTRAJAYA- Both the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 and the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) will be continued, says Dr Maszlee Malik. The new Education Minister said, however, that the blueprints will undergo mid-term reviews. “The evaluations are part of the efforts to strengthen the implementation of both blueprints and ensure they are understood by…

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Let Dr M’s Decision On Education Portfolio Stand, Says Senior Lawyer

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PETALING JAYA- Malaysians should not persuade Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to change his mind about not taking up the Education Minister portfolio, says senior lawyer Datuk Roger Tan (pic). It would be a good legacy that the Prime Minister leaves behind, so that his successors would not use that excuse in future to helm other…

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Malaysian Education Blueprint To Be Continued

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PUTRAJAYA- The Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 will continue with some modifications based on the national and international requirements, said Education secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad. He said the modifications would enable the blueprint to be more flexible. “As of now, the blueprint will continue,” he told reporters when asked if the plan was still relevant…

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Australia Taps Into Malaysian Expertise

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Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia will help Australia boost its capacity to respond to mass disasters by hosting forensic science students from Western Australia for a two week intensive course. Murdoch University forensic science lecturer Dr Paola Magni worked with head of UKM Forensics Dr Raja Zuha to organise the important strategic initiative that will assist budding…

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PM: Education opportunities for children in Chow Kit

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KUALA LUMPUR – Good education will be available for the needs of street children and those who are marginalised in Chow Kit, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Prime Minister said that the Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih’s (SBJK) seven-storey academic building will be ready in November next year while the hostel block will be…

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Rimbun Education Programme Should Include Schools In Rural Areas

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PUTRAJAYA – The Rimbun Education Programme (REP) should be enhanced and expanded to more schools in the rural areas to benefit more target groups, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk P.Kamalanathan. He said the Education Ministry supported new ideas and new programmes in collaboration with corporate bodies which enabled the students to be exposed to various…

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How Zuckerberg And Chan’s New Private School Mixes Healthcare And Education

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EAST PALO ALTO, California: Toothaches or asthma can cloud the minds of children who are eager to learn, but a new private school started by Dr Priscilla Chan and her husband, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, might be just what the doctor ordered. In East Palo Alto, a city with minorities and families living in poverty…

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Decision On UPSR Continuation To Be Made 2017

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will announce next year if the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) will be abolished and replaced with a school-based assessment system. Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said a study is underway to determine if the examinations for Year Six pupils would be continued. “We will announce the decision next year…

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Germany To Spend €5bil On Digital Infrastructure For Schools

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BERLIN: Germany plans to invest an extra 5bil (RM23.21bil) over the next five years to equip more than 40,000 schools and colleges with faster internet, wireless access points and tablet computers, the Education Minister said. The investment plan, which still needs to be agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet, is another sign that Germany is…

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Alias Ahmad Appointed Education Ministry Sec-Gen

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PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad has been appointed as the Secretary-General of the Education Ministry, effective from Sept 3, taking over from Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad who is on mandatory retirement, said Chief-Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa. Prior to the appointment, Alias, 58, was Secretary of the National Security Council,…

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Provide Air-Conds In Classrooms, Parents Urge Govt

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PETALING JAYA: Parents want long-term solutions such as air-conditioned classrooms to safeguard the health of their schoolgoing children against haze. Managing director Edward Neoh said the Government should seriously look into installing air-conditioning units in all classrooms so there would be no need for schools to close during severe periods of haze. Many parents were…

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Education Ministry Wants Review Of Security In Schools

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JOHOR BARU: The Education Ministry wants all state directors to review the contracts of security companies appointed to keep schools and children safe. Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (pic) said some schools hired guards who do not have the basic knowledge or skills in providing security. Mahdzir said the ministry has discussed the issue at…

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Idris Jala: Malaysia No Longer In Middle-Income Trap

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is no longer stuck in the middle income trap, given the steady growth of its gross national income (GNI) in recent years and improving fiscal position. Performance Management & Delivery Unit ( Pemandu) pointed out that Malaysia’s GNI at US $10,570 per capita last year is now only 15% away from the…

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DLP to Expand To All Schools

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SHAH ALAM: The implementation of the Dual Language Programme (DLP) will be expanded to all schools under the Malaysia Education Blueprint, says Chong Sin Woon. The Deputy Education Minister said increasing efforts to enhance English literacy among students would be given priority under the Second Wave (2016-2020). “To prepare for this, the ministry has been…

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Computational Thinking Skills In School Curriculum Next Year

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PUTRAJAYA: Computational thinking skills will be integrated into the primary and secondary schools curriculum starting January 2017. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the move was to expose Malaysian youths to digital technology and produce future digital makers. “This integration will benefit an estimated 1.2 million students from 10,173 schools nationwide next year,”…

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Chong: You Will Cherish Malaysia If You Know Your History

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BENTONG: Understanding history is vital to appreciating the beauty of Malaysia, says Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon. “When you look at a finished product, you don’t see anything special.But when you observe the process of how it came to be, then you appreciate it,” Chong said at the 100th anniversary of SJK (C) Khai…

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Cross-Cultural Education Key To Better Unity

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PETALING JAYA: Young Malaysians can be taught to not look through race-coloured lenses with the introduction of cross-cultural subjects at schools and educational institutions, said 1Malaysia Foundation Trustee Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic). He added that children should be allowed to grow together so they are able to get to know, understand and appreciate…

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ASEAN+3, EAS Partnership Crucial To Boost Education – Mahdzir

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PETALING JAYA: Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said Wednesday it is crucial for ASEAN+3 to establish a partnership with East Asia Summit (EAS) countries to expand cooperation in education beyond the ASEAN region. This can help build capacity and human capital and strengthen regional competitiveness among the ASEAN member countries and others, he said…

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Penang: Too Late Now To Revise Cost Of Studies

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GEORGE TOWN: It is too late for the Works Ministry to help review the cost of the studies for the proposed undersea tunnel and the three paired roads. This is because the agreement was signed on May 9, 2013, and studies on the paired roads are completed while the tunnel study is 83% complete, said…

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Study Loans Up To RM25,000 For TVET Courses – MCA

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KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA invites the public who require financial support to pursue Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to join the 2016 Malaysian TVET and Higher Education Fair which will be held on May 28 and 29 in Viva Home, Kuala Lumpur. MCA Youth Vocational Education Bureau Chairman, Lau Chin Kok said Koperasi Jayadiri…

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Perlis Raja Muda Encourages People To Enhance Knowledge To Drive Economy

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ARAU: The Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail said the people need to strive to deepen their knowledge for self-development and to drive the economy and empower the race and country. He said in the strive for knowledge, the element of personality and skill enrichment was also necessary to churn out a…

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TVET: No More Seen As Second-class Education – Khairy

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PUTRAJAYA: The image of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) is no longer viewed as second class education, but rather the opposite, namely a career path for the nation’s youth, says Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin. He said, previously, TVET was often viewed negatively – only for youths who were backward, in that they…

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Johor Foundation To Provide RM25mil Aid To Students Annually

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JOHOR BARU: The Yayasan Raja Zarith Sofiah Negeri Johor will be channelling some RM25mil in funds every year to assist some 5,000 students annually to tackle the rising cost of education. Its chief executive officer Datuk Ghazali Mohd Yusoff said that the foundation, through its Zarith Sofiah’s Initiative for Education Financial Assistance (ZSIEFA), has embarked…

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Only 20 Per Cent Students Interested In Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

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KOTA SAMARAHAN: The percentage of students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) dropped to 20 per cent in 2014 from 44 per cent in 2011, said Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau. He said the number showed a significant decline compared to the target set under the…

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Tunku Kurshiah College Now Offering IB Diploma Programme

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By Nur Natasha Aida Ismail NILAI: Tunku Kurshiah College (TKC) has finally earned itself recognition to conduct IB Diploma programmes after two years of hard work to provide facilities that meet the standards set by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). In March 2016, TKC became the second elite college after the Malay College Kuala Kangsar…

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Unicef Malaysia To Release Study On Children With Disabilities

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KUALA LUMPUR: The findings of a comprehensive study by Unicef Malaysia into children with disabilities will be released by the end of this year, said Unicef Senior Child Protection specialist Phenny Kakama. “A study is currently underway to understand the knowledge, attitudes and practices within communities regarding children with disabilities in Malaysia. We are looking…

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Mara Offers 50% Discount On Student Loans

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PETALING JAYA: Several thousand Mara student loan borrowers, who signed up for their loans before 2010, have been offered a welcome reprieve. Effective immediately, they have the option of getting a 50% discount on their current outstanding balance. But to enjoy the discount they must pay off the balance 50% within a one year period.…

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University Alumni Urged To Share Learning Experience, Expertise

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PETALING JAYA: University alumni are called upon to share their learning experience and expertise to help develop education in the country. Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching said there were ways for the alumni to help improve the various aspects of university development including proposing brilliant ideas. “When we say help, it…

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Training Mainstream Teachers To Handle Special Students A Boost For Inclusive Education Programme

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KUALA LUMPUR: Equipping mainstream teachers with the skills to identify students with special needs will not only allow schools to handle them better but will also boost the government’s inclusive education programme, according to educators. The Education Ministry’s inclusive education programme aims at integrating children with learning disabilities into mainstream schools by placing them in…

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