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Monday, June 16, 2008

How To Use Download Interface

Don't know how to use download interface?

1.  Click on the link.
2.  Click on 'Request Ticket'.
3.  After the page loads, click on 'Download'.
4.  Save document on your PC.

Download Links For PTP Self Access Module

Please try out the exercises in the module to help prepare for the Penilaian Tahap Profisiensi 2008.

Beginner Module
Advanced Module
Intermediate Module

If you have a problem downloading, please sms me and I will email you the modules.

Good luck!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I've Survived the PTK3 DG44 Course!

I've just returned from my PTK3 DG44 course and my first priority was sleep.  But now I'm okay and ready to share info.

First off, whoever tells you you don't need to memorize info for the PTK3 level of exam either has never sat for the exam or has photographic memory.  I had to memorize the Twelve Pillars (Tonggak12), 16 moral values (nilai2 murni), civil servant ethics code, education ministry ethics code, steps in TQM, and ALL the govt vision aims objectives policies ... (hint: acronyms help).  I only wish I'd done this BEFORE I went for the exam course.

Second, the key word for this course is APPLICATION.  They don't want to hear about the latest discoveries, theories or how long your bibliography pages are.  They want to know how you translate govt policy into a plan of action. 

Third, don't take the assignment (15-25 pages) lightly.  First thing to do is understand the question.  Next is prepare an answer that fulfils all requirements. I'd advise you to have more than four points.

Fourth, practise your public speaking skills in both English and Malay before you go for the course.  Otherwise, you'll  r e g r e t  it.

Fifth, if you don't have a regular diet of vitamin pills or whatever, start a month before.  This doesn't apply to those disgustingly super healthy ones.  Personally, I took a cocktail of vitamin C, spirulina and memory pills. The old brain doesn't remember things like it used to.  But I didn't fall sick at all and actually had to dispense some vit C to a friend.

Sixth, practise your best handwriting... the examiners complained about unreadable writing. 
Personally, I discovered that my hand was more used to keyboards than pens.  And you'll find yourself writing about 15 pages during the exam.  And I'd put that as a minimum.

Seventh.  Never used a notebook before?  Don't know what's powerpoint?  Better find out...

Eighth, when you go for the course, think corporate.  They will evaluate you from check-in to check-out on your ketrampilan which I take to mean behaviour and dressing that befits middle managers.

Ninth, KNOW the mark scheme for all evaluations and GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT.  Even if you disagree.

Tenth, work with friends and coursemates.  Sharing can only boost the knowledge you have but if you're selfish with what you know and you keep it to yourself, others will not share with you either.

Now the most difficult part...waiting for the results.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Administrators and The Grump Factor

One of the things that really irritate me is people making snap judgments about my friendliness and my work ethic.  They see me as friendly and quickly make the assumption that it means I'm going to cut them a lot of slack at work. 

HELLO!  Anybody home in that empty vessel you use to carry your hair??!

Now I'm beginning to understand why a lot of the administrators in school feel that they have to be serious and grumpy.  There are LOTS of people out there who feel that if there's a chance to slack, they have to grab the opportunity with both hands.  I'm still undecided about whether or not I need to be a grump (snapping left and right) to be an effective administrator.  My dad (who retired as Chief Inspector of schools) thinks I don't need to go around scolding people to get things done. And I agree.  All I should need to be is be a serious and straightforward administrator.

But I do agree that some people don't UNDERSTAND things unless it's said to them in slightly threatening shades of tone and expression.  That really really p***** me off. 

*Hmm, that should make being mean easier, right?*

But I'll never be mean in class.  It's a place to have fun and discover new stuff. 
I'll be cajoling, insistent, humorous, loud, slightly-gross-when-required and physically-in-your-face...but I won't be mean.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

SPM and STPM Exam Tips and Trial Papers

Looking for SPM and STPM exam tips and trial papers?  It may be a bit late in the day but well, we've got two more weeks for the final sprint!

Check out this URL

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Kalendar Persekolahan 2008

The 2008 School Calendar is now available at

Thanks to Ho from PPK for this info.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

PhD Hopefuls: The Writing's On The Wall...

It's rock solid official... if you're hoping to do your PhD with the govt footing the bill, your deadline is AGE 40. 
For those who are doing their PhDs now with that coveted scholarship, you lucky people...
For those who are close to 40, HURRY UP!
For those who are big-eyed and still with sparkles in your vision, plan carefully.

The circular's on the MOE website.  Sad sad sad...

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Job Vacancies at The Institut Pendidikans

Want to be a lecturer?

Head on over to and start filling in those forms!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wanna Work Overseas As an Education Attache?

Pengambilan Pegawai Perkhidmatan Pendidikan Siswazah Untuk Berkhidmat Sebagai Atase Pendidikan (Promosi) Di luar Negara Tahun 2008-2009

If you like the idea of working in Dubai, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City or Beijing
If you have been in service for at least 10 years and spent 5 of those years as a PPPSiswazah
If you're under 50 years of age
If you can speak English
If you can speak Arabic for posts in Dubai or Mandarin for posts in China
If your LNPT has never dipped below 90% for the past three years
If you have strong capabilities in management, promotion, database, finance & accounts, ICT

Head on over to and download the info.  If not for yourself, for a friend.

But the deadline for applications is 30 June.  So hurry hurry hurry....

Monday, June 11, 2007

Tawaran Kursus Bahasa Jepun Untuk Guru

Program Guru Bahasa Jepun - Ijazah Pertama untuk guru lepasan Maktab atau Diploma.

Did you know that Japan is an electronics heaven?