Hindu Sangam president Mohan Shanmugam dismayed over Education Ministry’s ignorance of Ponggal festival which is more cultural than religious.
Mother of two Rita Jong says while she does not agree with all of former education minister Maszlee Malik’s decisions, she admits some changes made by the ex-minister were timely.
The resignation of the controversial Maszlee Malik as Education Minister underlines a greater problem faced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad since GE14 – he can’t seem to rely on the fresh faces to get things going.
Education Ministry has yet to call for fresh tenders to provide Internet connection for over 10,000 schools next year, despite pledge after terminating 1BestariNet and Frog VLE in July.
Education Ministry secretary-general Datuk Mohd Ghazali Abas says the move was to ensure YTL Communications’ commercial consumers are not affected as he reveals hidden cost among reasons for stopping 1BestariNet.
Exams may be necessary in education but there should be less emphasis on results and more on project-based tasks to pique a child’s interest, draw their creativity and develop higher order thinking skills.
YTL Communications Sdn Bhd has accused the Education Ministry of breach of contract and not acting in good faith by terminating 1BestariNet and Frog Virtual Learning Environment (Frog VLE) services offered by the company to over 10,000 schools nationwide.
As new Internet service and learning platform system in Malaysian schools begin today, YTL Communications managing director Datuk Yeoh Seok Hong and FrogAsia executive director Lou Yeoh say they will continue to provide services to over 10,000 schools for free for the next six months and that its 1BRIS towers will remain active as per their contract with the Education Ministry.
Tomorrow marks the end of the 1BestariNet and Frog virtual learning environment (VLE) in 10,211 Malaysian schools and the beginning of another nightmare for teachers and students.
First Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik’s said students will wear black shoes to schools starting next year. Now he says there will be a one year grace period before ruling is enforced. The issue lacks facts, justification and does not look good on the decision makers.