WELCOME to DESS DAHASRY of MALAYSIA..

Thursday, April 29, 2010

PHOTO SESSION....

Three days in a row, from 8.00am to 10.00am...
Just for two hours a day...
The photo session was on for the school magazine...
Thanks for the services, photographers.., our very own Dermarians....

The PKBM Cadets...relax mood...
 "I cannot wink my right eye, sir..." says Wan Adeba....
 The KRS cadets...
 Watch out!!    I have a Blue belt......
It's the moon.., at 7.15am....
"Oh, Bulan...."  lyrics by Yuna.... in her song "Dan Sebenarnya".

Have a nice day.....

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

TEACHERS - World of Sacrifices....

Sacrifices...
Time, money, family...you name it.....
Those are in the "world of Teachers....."

1.   TIME:
It's your free time, I'm talking about... Your resting time... Teachers finish their working hours at 2.50pm everyday and by 4.00pm, they are already in school for sports activities...Until 6.30pm, sometimes 7.00pm.
They go back at 12.10pm on Fridays, but have to return to school at 3.00pm for the weekly Clubs and Societies activities until 6.00pm
Saturdays and Sundays are not spared either... There are more activities such as Silat, Taekwando, Brass bands and Orchestras...., camping and so on....
Sports too... You just cannot escape !!
If the sports season is over, it's the  "extra classes" time.. From 3.30pm to 5.30pm.. Everyday...

2.  MONEY:
When you become coaches to the school team, a part of your salary will be spent on the school team. That's for sure.. I used to spent RM1000 a month on my athletes during my coaching days... I don't regret it. Just to tell you the truth... You cannot claim those money spent..

3.  FAMILY:
Half of my family's time are spent on my students. I'm lucky because my wife is also a teacher. She understands... I have to run in between time to entertain my family, such as shopping or to have meals at eateries... My kids get used to my everyday life as a teacher...

Here's one more I got from the papers today...

27th April 2010

There goes teachers’ off days on Saturdays

THE Government’s decision to implement five working days in a week was well received by civil servants in the country. The ultimate aim was to forge a closer family relationship in line with the Government’s initiative of creating a caring society.
The Public Service Department issued a circular on July 1, 2005 to all the ministries under its jurisdiction on this and teachers, who are part and parcel of the civil service, were also covered by it.
However, the Education director-general (D-G) in another circular dated July 20, 2005, appealed to teachers to carry out activities on Saturdays on a voluntary basis. This was done after taking into consideration programmes that had already been planned at the beginning of the year and also other mitigating factors. Teachers followed the appeal whole- heartedly, thinking that it was only a short-term hiccup.
However, this was not the case. Teachers are now being called on to carry out activities nearly every Saturday without fail, citing the D-G’s directive. The incredulous argument is that the NUTP has given its blessing and so teachers have no excuse, but to follow.
The introduction of j-QAF teachers in primary schools has created an additional burden to classroom teachers. The j-QAF teachers have to carry out a programme called Kem Bestari Solat four times in a year on a Saturday for each standard. If there are six, then the programme has to be carried out 24 Saturdays a year. The task is not only handled by the j-QAF teachers but normal classroom teachers are also compelled to help out.
Teachers have also to be in school on the second and fourth Saturdays to assist in co-curricular activities. They have got to attend in-service training at least seven times in a year, usually held on Saturdays.
In addition, teachers are expected to be in school on Saturdays on Sports Day, Prize Giving Day, PTA AGM and for other activities. In a nut shell, teachers have to sacrifice all their Saturdays because of some overzealous principals and, district and state education officials.
But the irony is that these officers have their Saturdays off with their families. The school principals get their Saturday breaks too.
Women make up a large percentage of teachers in schools. Most are young and have just started their own families. They have children and their salaries aren’t enough to hire maids. They rely on baby-sitters or nurseries.
Even then, these facilities are not available on Saturdays and they have to fend for themselves.
If the Government is true to its slogan of “People First”, it should find an amicable solution to the plight of these teachers.
We are also citizens of this country. Do not let them, be a disillusioned lot. We appeal to the Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to help solve the woes of the teachers.
We have strong faith and high hopes that this matter will be resolved soon.
TEACHER RIGHTS,
Klang. 

Have a nice day....

Monday, April 26, 2010

TEACHING - Low Class Profession..??

 TEACHERS.......
A lot has been said lately about the treatment given to teachers in schools.... Gone are the days where teachers get the high class treatment by the government. Funds are missing or is it that the allocation for the Education sector being cut off? Several privileges have been taken out:
1.  No more mileage claim for teachers. You are lucky if you get one..
2.  No more air tickets (in West Malaysia). Not even taxi. Only express bus ride..., even if you are the Principal of a school.
3.  No more 4 or 5 star hotels for seminars (if any)... Only budget hotels...
4.  No more courses to attend to.  Just stay in schools...
5.  No more photostat services in schools. Write everything on the board...
6.  RM 4 allocated for each teacher if they have to attend courses from morning to evening.. This means a cup of tea and something cheap to eat for the tea break, once at 10.00am and the other at 4.30pm in the afternoon, and no lunch. The alternative is to have a lunch session in the afternoon and no tea breaks...
7.  ........bla, bla ,bla......

One came out in the NST today.....

Courses for teachers: Provide at least rice and 'ulam'

2010/04/26
JEREMIAH TAN, Kuala Krai
letters@nst.com.my
EVERY year, teachers are asked to attend courses at the district, state or national level. Lunch is served without fail.




However, this is not the case this time around.

Teachers have been asked to buy their own lunch. Imagine if there were no stall or shop in the vicinity. It would inconvenience everyone.

The teachers would also waste time and money looking for eateries.

I wonder why the authorities decided on this. Is it because the government is short of funds? Is it because teachers do not deserve a meal?

This is a big question mark hanging over those who have to attend courses.
Recently, a teacher, who is a state facilitator, had his mileage claim reduced by RM500. The reason given was a lack of funds. Surely this is not right.

Teachers are not asking for five-star meals.

It's also not too demanding for the ministry or department to serve a simple meal of white rice and ulam.

We are told the economy has recovered and is continuing to grow.

However, if those who go for courses cannot be given simple meals, it would be hard for many to digest what they are hearing.

Hm..............
Have a nice day, anyway....

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Debaran AF 8 - 6

Results of the 6th Concert - Akademi Fantasia 8 - held yesterday..
The three worst polls gathered by the students through SMSes at 9.00pm was NAD, IWAN and DAUS.
Its still undecided yet.... Still got time...

** BN won Hulu Selangor Parliament seat (P94) by 1725 majority...(on TV now)

The student who goes out this week is.....: NAD...expected.!!

Have a nice day....

Derma's CAMP FIRE....

Just got back from our school's Camp Fire... 120 students from various clubs and uniform bodies. There were 10 groups of 12 students each. Last year's students came to help out the Camp Fire session with activities such as "Spell it Right", mind games and a few other activities.
The Camp Fire ended at 12.00 midnight.

Once in a while, it's nice to have such activities in school....

Have a nice day....

Saturday, April 24, 2010

AF 8 - 6th Concert - Live Comments...

AKADEMI FANTASIA 8 - 6th Concert.

It's the 6th week, the 6th Concert tonight, with 8 contestants left....
Also Live on TV is the Man U vs Spurs (EPL)... Half time: 0 - 0. 
Another 10 minutes to go...
BTW, congratulations to the SMK Derma's debate team for defeating Victoria Institution (VI), KL, in the National Debate Competition in KL, in the first round, this morning...Good job, Adam.., best speaker !!


9.00pm: Live telecast begins...Variety show by all the students. Song: Pak Balik Pak (traditional folk song). Meanwhile, it's 1 - 0 to ManU at Old Trafford. Goal by Ryan Giggs in the 58th minute...
9.11pm: 1st on stage tonight: AIN. Song: Jujur (Ella). Comments: Nice...Good job..Good voice control.. B+.
9.18pm: 2nd on stage: IWAN. Song: Aku Cinta Kau Dan Dia (Dewa): Indonesian taste..Sounds like an Indonesian band singer.., effortless attempt.. Just B.

** It's 1-1 at Old Trafford (70th minute) Goal by Ledley King..

** Now it's 2-1 to ManU. Goal by Nani in the 81st minute. (9.27pm Malaysian time).

9.30pm: 3rd on stage: NAD. Song: Jikalau Aku (Ezlynn): Trying her best to impress. To me, just another of those normal singers.. Just B.
** It's 3-1 to ManU. Goal by Ryan Giggs in the 86th minute..
9.38pm: 4th contestant: MAULANA. Song: Bila Rindu (Ruffedge): Unplugged concept. A little slips here and there in his voicing..OK,  a  B+... Adlin giving the GREEN  light !!!
** ManU 3 - Spurs 1. Full Time.
9.50pm: 5th on stage: SHAHIR. Song: Kau Yang Satu (Ramli Sarip): Nervous.., very obvious.., hands shaking!! Just a B to me...
9.59pm: 6th on stage: ADIRA. Song: My All (Mariah Carey): No problem to her... A Star in the making...Good vocal..Very good singer.  A.
10.11pm: 7th contestant: DAUS. Song: Selamat Malam (Faizal Tahir): Boring.. Nothing.. C.
10.18pm: Last on stage: FARINA. Song: Mainan Jiwa (Rini): Interesting and full of character.. B+.


Difficult to decide who will go out tonight...
Maybe DAUS, based on his poor performance tonight....


See yer tomorrow night at 9.00pm....
Have a nice day....

Friday, April 23, 2010

THE FIRE DRILL.....

Date:  23rd April, 2010.
Time:  10.15 am

Kring !!!!..................................................................
The long sound of the Bell.....
It's the fire drill......
Everyone rushes to assemble on the school field......
Some were walking....
Almost all were jay-walking...
Taking their own sweet time.....
Nobody was running......
And it took 7 minutes to get everyone down.....

The first few to be on the field......
 The representative from The Fire Department is here.......
 The crowd is getting bigger......
 Our only Mr. Singh is safe.....
 Assemble according to your classes, please......
 That's the whole school....All  700 plus of them.....
The Pep Talk...by one of the Fireman....
 The Teachers of SMK Derma.... Where are the Men ???
We have time for the "1Malaysia" shot !!!!
You guys were too slow.... Let's do it again tomorrow !!!!
 "I didn't finish my ice cream, Sir!!....(third from Left).

Have a nice day......

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The "Plant 26 Million Trees" Campaign.

Just got back from the official launching of the "Plant 26 million trees" campaign in Sungai Batu Pahat, in Perlis.
All government departments in the state, including schools attended the campaign, which was launched by the Chief Minister of Perlis...
SMK Derma sent 40 students and 4 teachers, with the Principal, Puan Noorlia Mohd Zain attending the function as well...
The Campaign banner...26 million trees.....
The Plan....where you plant your trees....
 Giving away the seedlings....
 Getting the tools and things for the project....
The School Principal and students of  DESS (Derma English Scondary School) ready to work..
This is our tree...Derma English Secondary School (DESS).....
Watering our plant...first by the Principal, Pn Noorlia Mohd Zain...
 The Dermarians with "our" tree.....
Each one of us planted a tree....
 How do I look..??
 Wooh...Just finished our job.....

Full of activities....

Have a nice day.... 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The STANDARD SPORTS....

This year, there are only 3 events in the Standard Sports:
The 100m dash, the Long Jump and the Shot Putt.  The 400m cannot be carried out because one corner of the 400m track could not be used due to construction work of the new 4-storey building.

The 100m Dash ....,the gals...
The 100m dash....., the guys...
 Preparing for the Long Jump.....
 Ready for the Jump.....
 That's the Long jump pit......
 Waiting for their turns to jump......

Today's the first day....There's another day tomorrow.., the shot putt..

Have a nice day....

Monday, April 19, 2010

ENGLISH MEDIUM, Anyone?

It seems that the same topic is being discussed in the papers everyday... These few "Letters to the Editor" in the local daily caught my attention today....

Let PTAs, parents make the decision

2010/04/19

I AGREE with those who have written to the NST calling for the reintroduction of English-medium schools, as this is the only way our children will not be left behind in a borderless and competitive world.


It's true that some politicians pacify the hardcore but misguided nationalists. However, on the quiet, they ensure their own children are educated in private, international or foreign schools.

It is no secret that even ministers graduated from English-medium schools left behind by the British, until the change to the Malay medium in the 1970s.

While the Education Ministry and politicians walk a tightrope to pacify nationalists without falling off and killing their political future, perhaps the ministry should leave the decision to democracy.

The ministry should leave the decision on whether a school switches to English-medium or otherwise to the parent-teacher association, or a referendum should be taken by parents who have children in a school.

If the majority in that school want the medium to be English, so be it.
The ministry could also insist on a confidence vote of at least 80 per cent and let parents themselves decide.

There is little point in trying to do this covertly, such as allowing only private schools to run English-medium schools or classes. Government schools, at the end of the day, are seen to be second-class to private ones, only because the medium of instruction in the latter is English.

The government must move quickly to resolve this issue, lest the country is left behind by the rest of the world.

Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong were virtually handed a first-class education system by the British.

However, our children's future and this nation's competitiveness are now being jeopardised.

You cannot get a job anywhere in the world or even in the private sector in Malaysia if you cannot articulate your thoughts, vision and responsibilities in English because this is the technological language of the world.

We started off at an advantage after independence and, after 52 years, we have lost the edge.

Before we are branded as a "has been" in the sands of time, the government must endeavour to do the right thing. Our children should not be the victims of misguided nationalism.

The government should offer the choice of English-medium schools to those who want to secure their children's future.


Z.K.

Not Unpatriotic..

2010/04/19

I CONSIDER Malaysia fortunate for having been colonised by the British.



Unlike other colonial masters, the British left behind a highly- structured public administration, an orderly system of government and, above all, the English language.

Citizens of non-Commonwealth countries struggle to be proficient in English as the language is alien to them. But not Malaysians schooled before the adoption of the National Education Policy, when Bahasa Malaysia came to be used as the medium of instruction.

The present generation views English as an alien language and has difficulty mastering it despite the efforts of the Education Ministry.

Worse still, there are some who consider English a colonial language that should not be learned if one considers oneself a true Malaysian.

Once upon a time, we put the British to shame with our Queen's English.
Today, we have to import British teachers to teach us Queen's English, as proposed by the ministry recently.

The rationale, perhaps, is that the court jester speaks better English than the young Malaysians of today.

Indeed, due to nationalistic sentiments, we are now behind other Commonwealth countries where English is concerned. Even the Scandinavians speak better English than us.

We have to be realistic that in the borderless world, English is the accepted lingua franca.

It is a universal language and not identified with the British anymore.

One is not unpatriotic for speaking Queen's English, as exemplified by our prime ministers past and present.

Our problem today is how to create a level playing field where urban and rural students can be proficient in English while not compromising on the National Education Policy. It is a tough act to juggle.

Certainly, half a loaf is better than none. But a half-baked solution will not solve the problem either.

For those who can afford it, there are international schools to turn to. But those who can't afford it have to make do with what is available. After all, some have argued that the Sekolah Kebangsaan have produced scientists and professionals and that we are on the way to achieving developed-nation status by 2020.


HASSAN TALIB
Gombak

p/s:
For the sake of our kids, I really hope the government will consider these views from the public...Amin...

Have a nice day...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

MALAY SULTANATE BEGAN IN 1278 ??

Oh, ho.. Rewrite your history books, please.. Something came out.....

2010/04/18  NST.

MALACCA: The Malacca Malay Sultanate began in 1278 and not in the 1400s, as discovered by a state-appointed research team.



Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the year (1278) was chosen based on the Raja Bongsu version of the Malay Annals or the "Sulalatus al-Salatin" (Raffles 18).

Following the discovery, the research committee, chaired by Malacca Islamic University College vice-chancellor Prof Emeritus Datuk Wira Dr Mohd Yusoff Hashim, agreed that Malacca began as a political entity, known as the Malacca Malay Sultanate, in 1278.

He said the findings of the research was tabled to the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Malacca Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob at his office in Ayer Keroh here yesterday.

The research, headed by Prof Dr Abdullah Zakaria Ghazali from the Department of History, Universiti Malaya, started in June last year.

Ali said a seminar would be held this year to further discuss the matter. -- Bernama

History teachers..., have a nice day...

Debaran AF 8 - 5.

Results of yesterday's Akademi Fantasia 8 - 5th concert:

The worst performance yesterday was IWAN.

The student who goes out this week is.... NOBODY !!!!
Nobody goes out this week.....

Have a nice day.....

HARUMANIS...Pride of Perlis, Pride of Malaysia.

Local Perlis' Mango, the "Harumanis" is set to make its debut in Japan, today... It's the first Malaysian fruit to break into Japan's imported fresh fruits market.
Wah....thumb's up to Perlis...
I paid a visit to the Harumanis' orchard this morning and sure is..., there's not many fruits left.. It seems that Japan is importing 3.05 tonnes of Harumanis this season. Mind you, the Harumanis is only available once a year, i.e. in April and May each year. That makes it a rare delicacy...


So, if you are planning to have a taste of this rare mango, come to Perlis in April or early May...
Don't worry, there's a lot more leftovers sold at the "Night Markets" ...
The ones exported to Japan are the 'Premium' grades. Grades A, B and C are still available...

Have a nice day....