Tuesday, August 31, 2010


SELAMAT HARI KEBANGSAAN... Happy Birthday Malaysia... !!
It's 31st August 1957 that Malaysia got it's independence from the British. Don't ever, ever change that date. It is history and you cannot rewrite history... If you want to change it, you have to go back to that date and ask the Tunku to change it.
Can you??
Case closed....

I would like to wish all Malaysians (if you call yourself, one), Selamat menyambut  "Hari Merdeka". If you don't have the spirit, consider yourself  OUT... It's plain simple!!
Have a nice day....

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Visitor From BELIZE....

I had another surprise visitor today, in my DessMaths blog...
And...it's from Belize city, Belize.... To be frank, I've never heard of this country before. Not until today...
Let's see what Belize have to offer...

Belize (formerly British Honduras), is a democratic constitutional monarchy in Central America. Belize has a diverse society, comprising many cultures and languages. Although Kriol and Spanish are spoken among the population, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. Belize is bordered by Mexico to its north, by Guatemala to its south and west, and by the Caribbean Sea to the east.
With 8,867 square miles (22,960 km²) of land and a population of only 333,200 people (2010 est.), Belize possesses the lowest population density in Central America, and the third lowest in the Americas. However, the country's population growth rate, 2.21% (2008 est.), is the highest in the region. Belize's abundance of terrestrial and marine species, and its diversity of ecosystems give it a key place within the globally-significant Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
Belize is culturally unique among its Central American neighbors. It is the only nation in Central America with a British colonial heritage, although as a part of the Western Caribbean Zone, it shares this heritage with the Caribbean portions of other Central American countries. Despite this, Belize considers itself to be a Central American nation affiliated with both the Caribbean and Latin America.

Here are some beautiful pictures of Belize...
Thank you for visiting my blog, who ever you are, from Belize.. At least, I have the opportunity to go through the internet in search of facts on your country, Belize... Do drop in again...
Have a nice day....

Friday, August 27, 2010

Just For Thoughts..., No Offence..

I found this article in the net this morning.., and I think it's not a crime to put it in my blog, of course with the original writer's name mentioned....
We need to look at it at a more rational way..., just for thoughts.
Mind you, this is NOT a political blog, but a blog for students and teachers to ponder and wonder what's going on around us... We are supposed to educate students of Malaysia and not pollute them with hidden agenda by certain groups of political extremists...  Just let them learn "Sejarah"....

How Come Asking Someone To Go Home Is A Racist Remark?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Indonesia..., Don't Overdo Please...

INDONESIA !!  Calm down... Cool down....!!  Don't overdo it.....
There is a limit to get angry... Do respect your "serumpun" brothers and sisters..
Get your facts right !!
No one will benefit from what you are doing. Both Malaysia and Indonesia will lose... No more friendly ties. No more Malaysian tourists going to Jakarta, Bandung and Medan. No more Indonesian maids finding jobs in Malaysia. No more Indonesian working and making a fortune in Malaysia...
Just think about it !!!
The stamping and burning of the Jalur Gemilang will just create greater tension. We don't do that here in Malaysia !!
Cool down or there will be another "konfrontasi" between the two countries, just like in the 60's...
We don't want that to happen, do we??

I picked up this news from Bernama:

Indonesian groups step up anti-Malaysia protests 

JAKARTA: Demonstrations by certain groups of people against Malaysia continued Thursday, with the protesters, estimated by the police to number 600, spitting on and burning Malaysian flags as they taunted Indonesian policemen guarding the Malaysian embassy here.

Shouts of "Ganyang Malaysia!" (Down with Malaysia!) were heard as the demonstrators protested against what they claimed to be encroachment by Malaysian authorities in Indonesian waters in the vicinity of Bintan in the Riau Islands on Aug 13.
As emotions ran high, some of the demonstrators hurled stones and slippers at the policemen who prevented them from approaching the main gate of the embassy in an attempt to enter the premises.
One of the demonstrators was arrested by the police for throwing a bamboo pole at the security forces. The pole had been used to fly an Indonesian flag.
In the Aug 13 incident at the Malaysian-Indonesian border in the vicinity of Bintan Island, Malaysian marine police detained three Indonesian maritime and fisheries enforcement officers after those Indonesian authorities arrested seven Malaysian fishermen for trespassing.
Malaysia maintained that the fishermen were in Malaysian waters when they were detained by the Indonesian authorities.
All the officers and fishermen were released by both sides on Aug 17.
The demonstrators Thursday demanded an apology from Malaysia and asked the Indonesian government to recall its ambassador to Kuala Lumpur.
Eventually, leaders of the group managed to calm down their members.
Since Aug 13, several aggressive demonstrations have been staged by small groups of between 20 and 40 people, who damaged the name plaque of the embassy, and climbed the main gate and gate pillars to stand on them.
The damage to property at the embassy was caused by demonstrators from the Laskar Merah Putih group.
The most demeaning act by the demonstrators was the hurling of human faeces into the compound of the embassy by members of the Benteng Demokrasi Rakyat (Bendara) on Monday.
It was reported that a small group of Indonesian tertiary students had staged a demonstration outside the Malaysian consulate in Bali.
Meanwhile, for the second consecutive day, the residence of the Malaysian ambassador in Patra Kuningan, southern Jakarta, remained under tight police security following a threat to hurl faeces into the compound.
Bendera and its affiliate group called Pemuda Pemudi Anti-Malaysia had reportedly intended to commit the act at 10am Thursday but did not execute the plan.
The stretch of road in front of the ambassador's residence has been closed to traffic since Wednesday, and police have stationed several of their men in the vicinity. - Bernama

Again...Cool down Indonesia....
Have a nice day...


Congratulations MEXICO !!
The most beautiful woman in the world is a Mexican.........!!
Styled with grace and elegance, the most beautiful young women in the world, oops, the universe, competed for the coveted Miss Universe crown these last two weeks in Las Vegas. And , Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrette won.

Have to go to Mexico....
Have a nice day....

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

AT LAST......

Woods divorce final

August 24, 2010 - 9:31AM
The world's No. 1 golfer, Tiger Woods, and his Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, divorced on Monday following the torrid sex scandal that engulfed Woods late last year.
Woods, reputed to be the world's wealthiest sports star, and Nordegren, a former model and nanny, issued a statement confirming the divorce, which had been widely anticipated for months after his public confession of infidelity in a blaze of publicity.
The couple were at the Bay County Circuit Court in Florida when their marriage was dissolved.
"The marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken," read a court document published by the celebrity website TMZ.
The joint statement by Woods and Nordegren through their lawyers made no mention of any monetary settlement involved in the divorce and the attorneys declined to comment on the existence of any such settlement.
The statement said the divorce judgment provided for shared custody of their two young children and asked for privacy for the family.
"We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future," said the joint statement, which was also posted on Wood's website, http://web.tigerwoods.com.
Woods, who has won 14 major championships, returned to the game in April after losing up to $35 million in sponsorship revenue as his private life unraveled over allegations that surfaced in late November and December about affairs between him and several women.
The revelations surfaced after a bizarre middle-of-the-night car accident at the couple's luxury Florida home where Woods crashed into a tree and a fire hydrant. Nordegren told police she smashed the car's back window with a golf club to get him out.
In February, he apologized publicly for cheating on his wife and underwent therapy. "I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated," Woods said at the time.
Woods and Nordegren have a 3-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son.
"While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us," the statement said.
"The weeks and months ahead will not be easy for them as we adjust to a new family situation, which is why our privacy must be a principal concern."
Woods' golf game has been erratic since his return to the sport. He has yet to win this year after nine starts on the U.S. tour and he conceded before the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational he had been unable to practice as much as normal.
After revelations of his martial infidelities, he lost endorsement deals with companies like Accenture Plc and AT&T Inc.
Other sponsors like Procter & Gamble Co's Gillette, Berkshire Hathaway Inc's NetJets unit, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA's Tag Heuer and TLC Vision, shifted away from using Woods in marketing, but did not end their contracts with him.
With his divorce being finalized and golf tournaments keeping him on the road for at least a week at a time, Woods has tried to see his two young children whenever possible.
"Life has changed," he said. "I haven't practiced as much as I used to, nor should I. My kids are more important."
The greatest player of his generation, Woods has lost the aura of invincibility he once enjoyed over his golfing rivals since his double life was exposed at the end of last year.
He has not won anywhere in the world since the Australian Masters last November.
- Reuters

This news was taken from Reuters...

Well, Tiger Woods..., you can now concentrate on golf. That's what you do best !!!
Have a nice day...

Friday, August 20, 2010


Being a multi-racial country, Malaysia has a lot of things to benefit from the different lifestyle.
The three biggest group of race, the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians, have been living together for more than 50 years. That is a long, long, time period... There were no clashes of identity, although a little bit of hiccups do happen once in a while here and there.. But, Malaysians have learned to adapt to live with each other..
As a teacher by profession, I deal with Malaysians with different culture and style of life from my school days until now... And, I would like to share my experience and knowledge to all of you on this simple issue of understanding each other's way of life.. There are sensitive things that you should avoid when you speak to people of different races..
Learn to understand...

1.  The Malays:  Malays are soft hearted people by nature. They are easy to befriend and make friends with. If you offend them, just apologize. They are very easy to forgive and to forget. If you happen to disagree on certain issues when having a discussion, never touch on "ancestors" or their "family".  There is a saying in Malay that says "Pantang datuk nenek..." meaning "Don't ever touch on my ancestors, or you will pay for it..".

2.  The Chinese:  Chinese are very talkative by nature. They sometimes quarrel during meals. In schools, they always like to talk and talk while teachers are teaching. It looks like a mark of disrespect to the teacher teaching in front of the class, but that's their nature. And when you scold them, they just keep on talking...
Never mention the word "Die' or "Death" when scolding them. Chinese by nature, do not like to discuss about death. It is a terrible mistake if you say " Lu mau mati ka?" , or worst still.. "Lu pergi mampus la..". You will land in hot soup if you say that...

3.  The Indians:  Indians cannot stay still. They like to move around and do work. That's their nature. If you want someone to help you do your work, find an Indian guy. He is ever willing to help you...  But, don't ever mention about "broom". Yes, penyapu !! Don't say or take the broom and try to hit them with it. It's a complete insult to them..

4.  The Malaysian Thais:  Quiet group of people. Some are active, some not. Can joint and mix any ethnic group.  But don't touch on their "father's name". Don't call them names... Don't make fun of their names.. Thais don't like it..

If you have children who have all four criteria in them, then your children are Malaysians !!
If all Malaysians have all four criteria in their hearts, then the concept of 1Malaysia will succeed...

These are the few tips from a seasoned teacher to young teachers to follow... You have nothing to lose...
Learn to understand.....
Have a nice day....

Monday, August 16, 2010


The three lucky Malaysians, Ezzatul, Daeng Dhamiry and Hazirah..

After 10 months of intensive Mandarin classes in three places, finally, 3 out of 4 Malaysian students from the 2008 SPM batch, made it to Beijing.
Three places.. It started with 2 months in University Technology Petronas (UTP) in Tronoh, Perak. Then, it was at INTEC, Shah Alam for 6 months and finally 2 months at the University of Malaya.
Three students... It was originally 4. One guy drop out..

All three will take Petroleum Engineering at the prestigious China University of Petroleum, in Beijing.
And...of course.. sponsored by our very own, Petronas.. Thank You PETRONAS !!  Thank you very much to the chief advisor of Petronas, the greatest Prime Minister Malaysia had..., Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad...

Good Luck to all three:

Study Hard and Smart ...and make Malaysia Proud !!!

Have a nice day.....

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Somebody asked me about the recent intention of the Ministry of Education to do away with the UPSR and PMR. Then, the "School Based Assessment" will be introduced to replace those exams. In fact, I was approached by the school management to fill in the forms, a survey, done by the Ministry of Education, on this issue, last week...
The question is: "Are all teachers Angels?".
Based on my 30 years of experience in schools (I have taught in 8 schools, so far..), I would say "All teachers are human.." And as human, teachers do make mistakes.. Full stop!!

So, will the "School Based Assessment" be relevant? Again, I say "NO"

When teachers are not angels, the assessments will not be... Mind you, there are teachers who hold grudges to certain students who irritate him/her during classes. She will make life miserable for these kids in school..
When I was in school "X", a couple of years ago, there was this teacher who was very fierce with male students. She had just had a broken relationship with her fiance, and he hated men. She would "kill" all male students at the very least of a mistake made by these students. And she would campaigned in class that "men cannot be trusted"... She taught Geography in the lower forms and you can just imagine the feelings of those male students getting low marks in their "Folio" papers...
Then, there was this other teacher in school "Y". She teachers geography too... She was in charge of the Taekwondo society in school and when she gets angry in class, she would kick all the chairs and tables around..., just to show to all the kids that don't messes up with her!! So, the students study Geography because of fear in class, not knowledge...

You see.., teachers are no angels... It would be a big disaster in schools if the UPSR and PMR being substituted by the so-called 'School Based Assessments".
I have someone who agrees with me:

Sunday August 15, 2010

Some teachers are not angels

I REFER to the letter by the Corporate Communication Unit of the Education Ministry in response to a reader who warned that teachers may hold too much power if exams are abolished.
As a teacher for about 30 years, I am tickled and yet disappointed by the optimistic but rather naïve reply.
The argument offered by the Corporate Communication Unit is that “good values and integrity have been adopted in the teaching training programmes at the Institute of Teacher Education” and that “in schools teachers are reminded to adhere to values and ethics of public servants in carrying out their daily tasks and duties”.
Hence, “the practice of moral values free of corruption, malpractice and abuse of power are strengthened and continued in the work of a teacher.”
To put it simply, the ministry believes that teachers are perfect beings who have been programmed to behave in the way they are supposed to.
Mind you, not only teachers, as the letter went on to include all civil servants: “A public servant is always reminded to comply with the procedures and guidelines of conduct and acceptance of gifts in the public service as stipulated in the Pekeliling Perhidmatan Bilangan 3, 1998.”
However, it would be naïve to think that just because such a directive has been issued, it will effectively wipe out corrupt practices in the public service. Does it mean we can now boast of an incorruptible civil service?
Coming back to the classroom, the teacher is literally the king or queen wielding great power. The teacher can make life miserable for the pupils if he or she wants to. In fact many pupils, especially the monitors, are exploited by their teachers.
They carry out tasks which are supposed to be done by the teachers themselves, such as filling in marks in reports cards, marking the attendance in the register and closing the register at the end of each month, tabulating data required by the Education Department, and even marking objective test papers.
Instead of teaching, some teachers just get the monitor or someone with good handwriting to write copious notes on the board for the class to copy. Clearly, such teachers have already abused their power. I dread to think what would happen if more power is vested in them.
I have also known teachers who give lucrative tuition to their own pupils and even give tips so that they can do well in their school tests and annual examinations. Besides, if the answers required are subjective in nature, what is to prevent the teacher from being more generous in awarding marks to selected pupils?
With the implementation of the key performance index (KPI), wouldn’t every teacher want to make himself or herself look good by being more generous with marks? It is also not uncommon for pupils to beg for a few more marks in order to pass or to get better grades.
Pupils will think of all sorts of ways to please their teachers. Although the bribe may not be money, there are many ways pupils and parents can “reward” teachers, especially now that teachers are allowed to be active in politics.
It is certainly wishful thinking for the ministry to hold the view that there is no compromise in teaching methods and ethics if school-based exams replace public exams. Having been in the teaching profession for about three decades, I wish I could agree.
Kuala Lumpur.

Thanks, Helen... We are in the same wavelength...

Have a nice day...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

SPEEDING FINE - The Saman Ekor...

Today, the government announced that motorists blacklisted by the Road Transport Department for not settling their summonses, including saman ekor, can breathe a sigh of relief, at least until February 2011.
The cabinet yesterday decided that this action against motorists with outstanding summonses will be deferred to Feb 28, allowing those already on the list to renew their road tax and driving licences. Before today, motorists have to settle their summonses before their road tax and driving licences can be renewed...., including me!!

Is that a good move?? I will let others comment on this issue...
I found one in the newspaper today:

Three cheers for saman ekor


IN one month, the exodus out of the cities will start as millions go back to their hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya. The roads will be filled to the brim, the users will break traffic rules, there will be many who will flout the law and drive at breakneck speed, endangering their lives and those of others.

For the unfortunate few, relatively speaking that is, there will be grief at Hari Raya. Statistics show that over 200 lives will be lost during the festivities and many more injured. Thousands, who should be celebrating the end of Ramadan, the fasting month, will instead go into mourning.
Politicians at this time will exhort their constituents to be extra careful on the roads and reduce the fatalities, as if their exhortations will bear fruit. But at the same time, some of them endorse relaxing traffic rules and their enforcement, the only thing that offers deterrence to those who endanger lives on the roads.
It is a horrifying shock to me that there are quarters who are opposed to the imposition of traffic summonses via the post (the celebrated saman ekor) and that the Government is actually considering doing away with them. If they are caught on camera for an offence, what other evidence is needed?
When the rates of accident and fatalities on the roads in Malaysia are among the highest in the world, it is terribly, terribly difficult to understand how one can justify turning back a 10-year-old practice that has been successful in identifying 10 million offences!
I can understand that some of the offenders are peeved that the first time they know about the summonses is when they attempt to pay their road tax. Then they discover they have been blacklisted for not paying up for the past traffic offences.
But that must not imply that the process – and a very effective one at that – for catching traffic offenders be scrapped in favour of one that requires a summons to be issued on the spot by police and enforcement officers.
Strangely, the solution proposed by Umno Youth, whose leader Khairy Jamaluddin described saman ekor as unfair and did not give the right to motorists to defend themselves in court, was to scrap it.
Scrapping it means that the motorist or traffic offender has to be caught red-handed committing an offence by an officer who is in a position to stop or apprehend the offender and then issue a summons.
That is not only impossible most of the time, it is open to substantial abuses such as corruption. It causes traffic jams and poses a danger to motorists and other road users.
The effect of human intervention is also to favour some people and come down hard on others while there will be no such thing under an automatic, automated system which will catch all offenders irrespective of who they are – from the mighty politician to the lowly rakyat.
We must keep the existing saman ekor. If there are administrative deficiencies, we can easily sort them out by other means rather than scrapping them.
Countries throughout the world rely on this system to keep their road users on the straight and narrow. It is particularly useful in nabbing unsuspecting speeding offenders and speeding is one of the major killers on our roads. We must not compromise safety standards.
Complaints that offenders did not know about their offences are valid but the majority of them are likely to be excuses. It is incumbent upon vehicle owners to provide the right address on their registration cards. If they have, they would have received the summonses.
The police should only have to prove that they have posted and delivered the summonses to the addresses on the registration cards within a specified time period, say three months. This can be in the form of registered letters or courier services. If this is done, the public has little or nothing to complain about and must pay up.
For road safety to improve, there must be enormous deterrence for bad behaviour. Road users must be severely, fairly and uniformly penalised for traffic offences and there is really nothing better than saman ekor.
To do away with saman ekor is to contribute to the high rate of deaths on Malaysian roads and hobble the already overloaded police and other enforcement officers. It will set the clock back many years and deal a deadly blow to our efforts to reduce road kill.
It will be an insult to those who have died and will die on the roads during festive times, coming at this time when many make their way back to their kampung for Hari Raya.
Instead of cheering the saman ekor system, which has brought to book millions of traffic offenders and offered a real deterrent to road offences, we are now at the ludicrous crossroad of deciding whether to continue with the system.
It is testimony to the effectiveness of saman ekor that so many people are complaining about it – it is really beginning to hurt. Isn’t that what deterrence is about?
Three cheers for saman ekor!

My comment:
I agree 100% with you, Mr. P. Gunasegaram...

Have a nice day....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bring Back The English Medium..


What's wrong with studying Maths and Science in English? Unpatriotic? Or politically motive...
We are facing a huge problem here... While most of us are moving forward to achieve the "Vision 2020", the Education Ministry is moving backwards.. Sorry, but that's a fact !!
Almost everyday, this issue is being critisized in the media... And one funny guy don't want to listen....
School textbooks for Maths and Science in Bahasa Melayu are on the making (again!!) and it seems that the first group of MBMMBI will commence next year, 2011. It will be year 1 in the primary school.
Let's see what Tun Dr. Mahathir said yesterday:

Wednesday August 11, 2010

Dr M backs English language

PETALING JAYA: Mastering the English language will not make one less patriotic, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“People should accept the fact that English is currently the language of knowledge,” he said.
He said the Internet came with various languages but English was still the main language on websites.
Dr Mahathir, who initiated the change to use English for teaching Science and Mathematics, said the two subjects should be taught in English as most of the information and research were written in the international language.
“You cannot rely on someone to translate the latest information for you as it changes every minute.
“If you master the language, you can acquire the information by yourself and search for the information that will benefit you,” he said in a talk on Impact of Technology on the Future of Higher Education at a hotel here yesterday.

World Respect For Malay Language If Malaysia Successful, Says Mahathir.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 (Bernama) -- Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the Malay language will only be respected by the world if Malaysia is able to achieve a higher level of success.
He said to build a great nation, Malaysians must first be open-minded to embrace technology to gain knowledge and information in various languages, especially English, before Malaysia could put the Malay language as the language of knowledge and be respected in the eyes of the world.
"As much as we want to be proud of our own language, we must realise that others may not see the importance of studying the language if it is seen as not useful to them.

"In order to do so (for the national language to be recognised), Malaysia must be successful and must have access to knowledge, which are mostly available in English...then others will learn our language," he said in his public lecture on the "Impact of Technology on the Future of Higher Education" in conjunction with Open University Malaysia's (OUM) 10th anniversary, here Tuesday.

Dr Mahathir reiterated his stand that learning English as well as other languages did not mean that someone was not patriotic of his mother tongue.
"Learning English does not mean we are being unpatriotic. We learn other languages to gain knowledge because we want to be highly respected...once we have the knowledge, we can make use of it to better ourselves, no matter in what language it is," he said.

Citing the Greeks, Chinese and Arabs, Dr Mahathir said as they reached their pinnacle, more people became interested to study their language, especially to understand their civilisations.
"In the world today, education is the most essential factor in building a successful nation," he said.
He urged higher learning institution students to be more creative and make use of modern technology to develop better systems that could benefit more people with easier access to knowledge and information.

The "MAN" had made it very clear us that PPSMI is the correct choice. MBMMBI is three steps backward!! You still want to argue?? Lets wait and see 2020...

Have a nice day....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dark Skies over Kangar..

For the past few days, it has been raining day and night in Kangar... It's wet everyday...
Caught these photos this morning..

Dark skies over Kangar..
Paratrooper seen here...
Dermarians taking their SPM Trial Exams in the school hall...
Zarrin @Oyen taking a sip...

Good Luck guys for your Trials...
Have a nice day...  

ETS to run this Thursday..

Picture taken from The Star.

Malaysia's first Electric Train Service (ETS), will be commercially launched this Thursday. The train with a maximum speed of 160kph will run between Ipoh, Perak, and Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
A one-way trip is expected to take 3 hours..
The ETS will begin its run with 10 trips between Ipoh and Seremban with a promotion rate of RM30 one way. It would take only two hours from Ipoh to KL with an average speed of 110kph and up to 160kph maximum.
The ETS will stop in Batu Gajah (my hometown), Kampar, Tanjung Malim, Kuala Lumpur, KL Sentral, Bandar Tasik Selatan and Nilai in its Ipoh-Seremban route. The journey will start at 4am everyday and ends at 10.00pm in a 5 trips per day. This will be increased to 8 runs in November.
Plans includes extending the service to Padang Besar and Johor Baru by 2013.

Have a nice day....

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Many favour corporal punishment to curb truancy and indiscipline among schoolchildren.
 Picture taken from NST, Sunday 8th July 2010, page 24.

Day by day we hear voices and shows of indiscipline in schools. Students skipping school, smoking in school toilets, bullying, and worst still, gangsterism is on the rise.....
Are teachers being too soft? Or, are their hands being tied...
The answer is Both !!
As long as their hands are tied, teachers have no power to take action. This simply means students have the power to do whatever they like..
Don't blame teachers for the decline in school discipline.. Parents make it worst.. Parents tend to take sides when involving their children.. Indiscipline parents creates indiscipline students... Simple as that. And as long as the canes are not back..., the indiscipline in schools will stay as it is now....

Below are some of the comments made public in the newspapers today...

Teachers too soft?: Fear and pain will bring order

SAMUEL YESUIAH, Seremban, Negri Sembilan

THE students of today put those of yesteryear to shame with their boldness and violent nature.
Students today are more boisterous and rebellious because they are more aware of their rights and the limitations of the teacher.
The teacher is bound by rigid guidelines and rules when enforcing discipline. Caning, the most feared punishment in the old days, is forbidden today and can only be used by the headmaster under specific conditions.
In the old days, every teacher kept a tight leash on the students. Today discipline is handled by some specialised teachers only.
Widespread student indiscipline today tells us that the education system needs to be revamped. Having students who are not academically inclined is a waste of human potential and a nerve-wracking experience for more bookish students and teachers.

These students should be sent to vocational or technical schools where they can learn some skills.
The short-term treatment to tackling indiscipline in schools is to bring back the cane.
Public caning will reduce disciplinary problems in schools. Fear and pain will bring them to their senses.
Psychology and counselling may not work with these hardcore students, only stern disciplinary action can change them.

Teachers too soft?: Any ideas to discipline children?


TEACHERS work hard to create new teaching materials and to open up the minds of students. But imagine students talking and making jokes in class. Some make funny faces or smile when the teacher is discussing a serious matter. How do parents expect teachers to keep these students in line? Some parents suggest counselling. Will this work?
In some schools, there are students who form gangs and get into fights. These cases are on the increase because other students tend to follow the bad example of their peers.
Can parents, who complain about the way their children are being disciplined in schools, keep them in check on their own without the help of teachers and school disciplinary boards?

It's a worldwide problem


INDISCIPLINE among schoolchildren is a problem worldwide, not just in Malaysia. Don't just blame "our system". It's part of the pervasive modern, high-pressure and materialistic culture we live in. It is clear that parents have abdicated their responsibility. I support maintaining corporal punishment to control undisciplined children, but it should not result in any long-term injury.

"Spare the rod and spoil the child" is an aphorism that will always be applicable. By extension, that's why we have jails.

Teachers too soft?: They helped to mould us with care

AZALEE, Kuala Lumpur

I REMEMBER when I was in Year 5, we had this Mathematics teacher who was the fiercest teacher in the school. He used to cane those who skipped class and who didn't do their homework.

They made us what we are today because teachers care and want us to be the best in what we do.

Have a nice day......