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Elephant strolls through school canteen in Sabah


MO,1/3/2018, KOTA KINABALU: The unexpected appearance of an elephant caused panic among teachers and students of SMK Telupid when it sauntered through their school canteen on Thursday morning. Beluran police chief Supt V. Shivananthan said the incident, which happened at 6am, was the second case this year involving elephants trespassing into inhabited areas in Sabah’s interior Telupid district.

“This morning, an elephant went into the SMK Telupid canteen in search for food, shocking students and teachers,” he said. On Feb 28, about 10 elephants entered the compound of the Beluran police station after the herd got through the fence, he added.

No one was injured in either incident. Meanwhile, wildlife rangers have their hands full trying to locate the elephants following reports of them wandering into the police station and school. Wildlife Rescue Unit veterinarian Dr Diana Ramirez, who is part of the team trying to relocate the elephants back into the forest, said they have been trying to keep the herd away from humans and residential areas for the past month.

“We are still trying to capture more and get the herd away from humans,” she said. She said they managed to capture four elephants – believed to be the more aggressive ones – about a week ago and these would be translocated soon. It is estimated that there are about 20 elephants which are terrorising villagers and wildlife rangers as well as destroying plantations and property.


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Aid for new school term


MO,25/2/2018, TENAGA Nasional Bhd (TNB) brought cheer to 106 SK Janda Baik pupils with new school uniforms and bags. The students were given the school necessities under the ‘Program Ceria ke Sekolah’, which is a continuation from its ‘Back to School’ programme that started in 2013. To date, about 13,000 pupils from 800 schools have benefited from the programme. SK Janda Baik headmistress Rosmawati Abd Rahman said there were 106 recipients from the school.

“Eighty-three of them were chosen from those eligible for the ‘Rancangan Makanan Tambahan Sekolah’ programme and another 23 are living at charity homes. The recipients also include Orang Asli pupils. “It means a lot for the children to get new school uniforms and other necessities as this would boost their morale to strive harder and excel in their studies.” One of the parents, Zalina Mat Daud, 43, said the aid lessened the burden of parents, especially those with many schoolgoing children. She said two of her children, Muhammad Asyraf Haikal Norisam, 11 and Nur Syafiah Norisam, 10, received the aid.

“I have seven children. Usually, my family would only buy one pair of school uniform for each child at the beginning of the school term and we would buy another pair in the middle of the year,” she said. Zalina, a housewife, said with this aid, parents were able to save on the cost of school uniforms, which could be used for other educational purposes. She said this programme made the public feel closer to TNB, which not only focuses on the business of providing electricity to the public, but cares for the community as well.

It was a memorable day for SK Janda Baik pupils to have TNB employees visit them and teach them about electricity safety and cost-savings, as well as provide aid for selected pupils. The pupils participated in a fun-filled session, which included a talk by TNB representatives, who reminded them on the proper safety measures to be taken when dealing with electricity. These measures include not to trespass into TNB areas or alter wiring without help from experts, not to touch electrical items with wet hands and not to change lightbulbs without switching off the electrical supply. One of the pupils, Siti Khadijah Ghazali, 11, said she learnt a lot from the session.

She said it was beneficial to know more about how to save electricity as some pupils might take it for granted, thus escalating the electricity bill. Khadijah, a recipient of the aid, said she was motivated to excel in her studies with the aid from TNB. “I want to be a good example to my younger sister.” Another pupil, Muhammad Aiman Arief Zabidi, 11, said he found the talk to be informative as it taught them about safety measures. We need to learn about this because it could save lives and prevent us from injury.”

Aiman, who received the aid, said he looked forward to studying hard this year to prepare for his Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) next year. “I am happy that TNB cares about us. I will excel in my UPSR and pray for success after giving my best in the examination.”

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Preventing loneliness Veja/ShutterstockTen-year-old Christian Bucks was nervous about his move to a new school for first grade, so he and his mother came up with a solution: Buddy Benches, aimed at bringing together kids who are lonely, new to town, and who typically have nobody to play with at recess and before and after school. […]

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That school bullying video? It happened in Singapore – Nation

PETALING JAYA: A widely-shared video of a student being abused inside a classroom did not happen in Malaysia.

The Education Ministry said the incident happened in Singapore on Feb 9.

The ministry, said its deputy Datuk Chong Sin Woon, takes bullying very seriously.

Whenever such clips surface, immediate action is taken to investigate the incident, he said.

Describing the incident as a “severe case of bullying”, Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan urged netizens not to spread the video.

“This happened at Westwood Secondary School in Singapore.

“Please don’t spread this video and claim that it happened in Malaysia.

“Before forwarding anything, it would be wise to authenticate its veracity to avoid confusion and misinformation,” he added.

A group of students from Westwood Secondary School were filmed punching, kicking and throwing chairs at a classmate in a video that then went viral, Singapore’s The Straits Times reported on Feb 18.

In a video posted on Facebook page Fabrications About Singapore on Feb 15, a student can be heard egging his friends on to “teach” one of their classmates a lesson.

Two students were filmed throwing chairs at a boy who was seated at his table in a classroom and using his mobile phone.

The boy reacts in shock when a chair hits his head.

A student then slaps the boy, before throwing a series of punches and kicks at him.

Soon after, the student overturns the boy’s chair, shoves him to the floor and continues to rain punches on him.

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Teacher goes viral after ‘vandalising’ school wall

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MO,22/2/22018, PETALING JAYA: Vandalism is usually associated with the damage of public property, but it is a different story for one teacher in Johor who was showered with praise for doodling on the walls of her schools. Sarah Muhammad Fauzi’s doodles, which are drawn with a whiteboard marker on the walls of SK Sri Pulai Perdana, Johor Baru, are not her first but she is undaunted in repeating the act of “vandalism”.

The English language teacher said she purposely likened the action to a form of vandalism, but that there is meaning between the lines.”It is not a form of vandalism with an intention to damage school property – it’s more of an outlet for me to express my feelings. That’s the way I calm myself. “I know students will pass by there when I’m busy doodling, so I insert messages in English to attract their attention,” she said

The 30-year-old had aimed to perfect the wall doodle in a month, but due to a lack of time will take longer to complete. The three-metre doodle was scribbled spontaneously with no specific theme, as it was done for fun. The educator, who hails from Penang, often uses unique approaches during learning sessions to stoke interest in her students about the English language subject.

“I’m the type that’s easily bored, so I wanted to create something new for them. I don’t see this as a talent, but more of a hobby,’ said Sarah. She added that she did not expect her post, which was uploaded on Sunday evening (Jan 18), to go viral and receive 3,013 shares and more than 11,000 likes. Netizen Liza Masrina Ibrahim commented: “So beautiful! Congrats, not every teacher would be willing to take on extra responsibilities in addition to their existing work. You are one of them.”


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One Teacher’s Brilliant Strategy to Stop Future School Shootings | Reader’s Digest

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RimDream/ShutterstockA few weeks ago, I went into my son Chase’s class for 
tutoring. I’d e-mailed Chase’s teacher one evening and said, “Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you’re sending home 
is math—but I’m not sure I believe him. Help, please.” She 
e-mailed right back and said, “No problem! I can tutor Chase after school […]

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Florida high school gunman due in court charged with 17 murder counts

PARKLAND: A 19-year-old who had been expelled from his Florida high school was due in court on Thursday, charged with 17 counts of murder, after authorities say he opened fire at the school, unleashing one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

The ex-student, identified as Nikolas Cruz, walked into the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Wednesday and opened fire on students and teachers, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. Police believe he acted alone.

Cruz was expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon for a bond hearing, faced with 17 counts of premeditated murder, said Constance Simmons, a spokeswoman for the state attorney’s office.

Cruz was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and had multiple ammunition magazines when he surrendered to officers in a nearby residential area, police said. He loved guns and was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons, police and former classmates said.

The shooting in a community about 45 miles (72km) north of Miami was the 18th in a U.S. school this year, according to gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, continuing a troubling pattern that has played out over the past few years.

It was the second-deadliest shooting in a U.S. public elementary or high school after the 2012 massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

The deadliest school shooting in U.S. history was at Virginia Tech in 2007, when 32 people were killed.

The Florida shooting stirred the long-simmering U.S. debate on the right to bear arms, which are protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Schools across the country have installed electronically secured doors and added security staff, but few legislative solutions have emerged.

“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behaviour,” U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Thursday. “Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”

Trump, who ordered flags to fly at half-staff in a sign of mourning, plans to address the nation from the White House at 11am EST (1600 GMT), a spokeswoman said.

“There’s more questions than answers,” Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Paul Ryan, said in an interview with Indiana radio station WIBC. “I don’t think that means you then roll that conversation into taking away citizens’ rights.”

A law enforcement officer is assigned to every school in the Broward County district, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High board member Donna Korn told a local newspaper. The sheriff’s office also provides active shooter training and schools have a single point of entry, she said.

“We have prepared the campuses, but sometimes people still find a way to let these horrific things happen,” Korn said.

The first victim of the attack was publicly identified on Thursday as Aaron Feis, an assistant coach on the school’s football team and a school security guard who was shot while shielding students, the team said on Twitter.


Hundreds of panicked students fled the building, running past heavily armed, helmeted police officers while others huddled in closets.

Parents raced to the school of 3,300 students and a nearby hotel that was set up as a checkpoint to find their children.

“This has been a day we’ve seen the worst in humanity,” Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said Wednesday.

The assailant wore a gas mask as he stalked into the school carrying a rifle, ammunition cartridges and smoke grenades, then pulled a fire alarm, prompting students and staff to pour from classrooms into hallways, according to Florida’s two U.S. senators, who were brief by federal authorities.

Cruz had recently moved in with another family after his mother’s death in November, according to Jim Lewis, a lawyer representing the family and local media, bringing his AR-15 along with his other belongings.

The family believed Cruz was depressed, but attributed that to his mother’s death, not mental illness.

“They didn’t see any danger. They didn’t see any kind of predilection this was going to happen,” Lewis told CNN.

Cruz may have left warning signs on social media. Buzzfeed reported that a person named Nikolas Cruz left a comment under a YouTube video that read “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” The man who posted the video was alarmed and contacted the FBI, Buzzfeed reported.

Reuters was unable to immediately confirm those details.

Colton Haab, a 17-year-old junior and member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at the high school, said he realized the alarms were not a drill after hearing several shots fired and learning that three people had been shot.

“That for me changed it to an active shooter scenario,” he said. Haab rushed to his ROTC room and helped usher several dozen students inside, barricading them behind curtains made of Kevlar, a material used to make bullet-proof vests.

“We grabbed two pieces of two-by-four, a fire extinguisher and a chair,” Haab said. “If he was going to try to come in the room we were going to try to stop him with whatever we had.”

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Najib’s pledge to build Islamic religious boarding school in Permatang Pauh to become reality soon


MO,8/2/2018, BUKIT MERTAJAM: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promise to build the first Islamic religious boarding school in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency will become a reality soon. Umno Permatang Pauh division chief Datuk Zaidi Mohd Said said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid had informed him that the Finance Ministry had approved a RM50 million allocation to construct the school.

“This clearly shows that the Umno president is a man of his word when he fulfilled the promise to build the Islamic religious boarding school during his working visit to Penang last August. “During the visit, the prime minister had announced an allocation of RM45 million to build the Islamic religious boarding for this constituency. “We are grateful that the desire to see religious education become a success in this area will be accomplished. We have been told that the allocation for the school had been approved, and the amount approved was more than what had been promised previously,” he said after opening the Seberang prai Polytechnic Auto-tech Techno Incubator workshop.

Zaidi said the Education Ministry is in the midst of opening a tender to search for suitable contractors to implement the project, which is expected to be completed by 2021. “Apart from that, we also hope to introduce 21st century education once the school is opened. “This means that all the items in the classroom will be equipped with modern and up-to-date educational equipment,” he added. He thanked the government for understanding the needs of the people in the area.

The school will be built in Mengkuang, Penanti. Last August, Najib, during a feast with the people of Permatang Pauh, had announced that the government would build an Islamic religious boarding school in the Seberang Prai Tengah (SPT) district. In his speech, Najib had said that it was time for the people of Permatang Pauh to move ahead towards development and progress, and that they should no longer be left behind.


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SMK Proton City starts school session today


MO,5/2/2018, TANJUNG MALIM: A total of 295 students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Proton City started their first school session here this morning. The secondary school was officially opened today, after it was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Saturday at the National Automotive Cluster (NAC) event.

The RM29.9 million school, built in 2016, and can also accommodate about 1,200 students. It is equipped with sophisticated infrastructure and facilities. State Women Development, Family, Community Welfare, Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Rusnah Kassim officiated the school session and school song while the school badge was launched by state Education Department director Datuk Mat Lazim Idris.

Also present were Muallim district education officer Saipol Baharin Sulaiman and the school’s principal, Mohammad Abdul Aziz Mohd Salleh.

Rusnah said: “I hope the facilities at this school, especially the university-level library, will benefit the students and teachers to instil reading habits. “The school’s background is breathtaking too, as it is closed to the Titiwangsa Range. Such view will help to create a conducive learning and teaching session,” she said.

“Previously, most of the parents here had to send their children to schools in Tanjung Malim which located about 8 kilometres from here, but now we have SMK Proton City.” she said in her speech.


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