Water supply needed for SK Rancangan Sepupok

This is a government school and it has never enjoyed treated water supply since its opening decades ago. The school is located in a Barisan Nasional stronghold constituency of Bekenu under YB Rosey Yunus and their parliamentarian is YB Tuan Haji Ahmad Lai.

It is sad to note the failure of the Education Ministry in providing treated water to this school despite its short distance from Batu Niah bazaar – the home of the famous Niah Caves.

Does the failure have anything to do with the school being in a Dayak majority area? To the residents of Rancangan Sepupok – it is!

A month ago, the Education Minister declared open a new multi-million dollar school in sub-urban Miri and here, just 100km from Miri, lies a school that probably never appear in the ministry list of schools requiring urgent assistance.

Read the full news report here.

Updates from Facebook on 24 Feb

Lukanisman Awang Sauni Hello Mr James, Fyi, Tahun Lepas, YB Hj Mat Lai berjaya membawa projek paip air dibawah kementerian luar bandar, sehingga rumah selan di skim sepupok. still on going projek, this year we will try our best to bring this project up to sk sepupok. BUT we need kerjasama semua pihak..Kertas cadangan sudah di hantar kepada Kementerian Luar Bandar.

Makluman projek bekalan air ke kpg tiris sehingga rumah entri sudah bermula.

Lukanisman Awang Sauni untuk isu sk sepupok sudah beberapa kali YB membawa perkara tersebut ke dewan parlimen dama ucapan pengulungan dan soalan lisan parlimen.

saya merasakan kerjasama juga perlu dari pihak kementerian pelajaran , pejabat pelajaran, D.o, S.A.o dan lain.

Thank you so much mr james highlight this issue to others!

New Education Minister new policy

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Source: The New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet has decided that the medium of instruction for Maths and Science will revert to Bahasa Malaysia in national schools and mother-tongue languages in national-type schools from 2012 onwards.

The reversal of the Teaching of Math and Science in English (PPSMI) policy will be done in stages, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said on Wednesday.

He however added that there will be greater emphasis on learning the English language.

English literature will be re-introduced, as will subjects on grammar and composition.

Beginning 2012, students in Year One and Year Four in primary schools, and Form One and Form Four in secondary schools, will learn Math and Science in Bahasa Malaysia.

The change will not affect those in Form Six and Matriculation.

The two subjects will be taught in two languages until 2014 for other students, he said.

“The gap between rural and urban students has widened since PPSMI started.

“Only 19.2% of secondary teachers and 9.96% of primary teachers were sufficiently proficient in English,” he said, explaining the Government’s decision to revert to the old system.

On efforts to emphasise the learning of English, the number of English teachers would be increased by 13,933 — retirees would be hired, as well as foreigners if need be.

Primary schools will also increase English classes by 90 minutes a week.

There have been calls from various groups for the policy to revert to before 2003, when the subjects were taught in Bahasa Malaysia in national schools, and either in Chinese or Tamil in national-type schools.

The issue has seen a rare alliance between Malay and Chinese educationists, who are against the switch, although there are also calls by many parents and entrepreneurs for English to be maintained.

How long will the current Education Minister hold his portfolio? Hopefully he will be there beyond 2012 to see the flip-flop issue happening.

Educational Talk for rural Ibans

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Last Saturday (14 March) we held an educational talk for the residents of Cr. Selan ak Undau longhouse at Sepupok, Niah. The talk was facilitated by members of RumahDayak.com, who invited speakers from the Dayak Association Miri, Malaysian Palm Oil Board and the Special Studies Group. The event was supported by members from RuaiKitai.com and PEGARI Iban Production.

We would like to thank the speakers; Mr. Alexander Isut (President, Dayak Association Miri), Mr. Martin Entamin (Vice President, DAM), Mr. Elluson Ludan (Secretary-General, DAM), Mr. Seli Mohamat (MPOB Miri), and Mr. Mathew Benson (Headmaster, SK Lutong).

The talk was the first one ever organise by any NGO at the longhouse and was an eye opener to its residents especially the students and parents.

Here are some of the photos that I took during the event.

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Mr. Mathew Benson motivating the students.

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Earlier, Mr. Martin Entamin lead the talk with his Wawasan 2020.

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Mr. Alexander Isut delivering his talk – Savings for Education.

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A section of the parents listening to Mr. Elluson Ludan.

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Mr. Elluson Ludan delivering “Roles of Parent in Promoting Education”.

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Mr. Seli Mohamat from MPOB delivering – Career in the Palm Oil Industry.

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A word of thanks from the village head, Cr. Selan ak Undau.

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Closing speech by Penghulu Bau.

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Souvenir for the speakers.

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PEGARI Iban Production donated some reading material for the longhouse’s library.

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We also managed to visit Cikgu Juan’s longhouse and met the father of Micheal Nangkai, who is currently with Shell in Houston, Texas. Micheal’s dad was selected as the Model Parent of the Year for Miri Division in 2007.

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Thank you to all the residents of Rh. Cr. Selan for the warm hospitality.