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Anything and everything about ICT in Education, especially when related to my Malaysian workspace...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Tougher To Become A Teacher Next Year

The News Straits Times carries this article today and what caught my eye was :

the focus would be on critical subjects such as Mathematics, Mandarin, Physical Education and English, for which there was a shortage of teachers.

So what happens when you don't have a 'critical subject' option?  Switch?  ICT is not on the list so now I am imagining an ICT optionist learning how to throw a javelin so he can switch options.  Hmm, the way you grip the javelin is actually similar to the way you grip the mouse.  Just change the angle... and the javelin goes between the index and middle finger.

Well, whatever it may be, there will no longer be guaranteed jobs for teachers beginning next year (and in fact, some graduates are already hanging around...). 

Thursday, May 04, 2006

EDICT Flight Details

Congratulations to Nurul Hayati and Siti... they've already collected their tickets to Kuching... tension kerani pejabat!  Belum sempat dia merekod tapi tak mengapalah... dah boleh ambil tiket tu.

All the West Coast tickets are with me... I will be in the office the whole day.  If I still have some tickets for teachers outside KK with me when the LAST teacher comes to pick the tickets up, I will give all of them to the 'lucky' teacher.  So look for him or her at the airport on Sunday. 

Your flight details are as follows:

MH637 7 May, 9.05 am
MH396 12 May, 9.00 am

MH637 22 May, 9.05 am
MH384 27 May, 9.00 am

Please book your hotel rooms (at any hotel in Kuching) on 11 and 27 May because you have to stay one extra night unless you can manage to find a seat on the day the course ends.

And yes, you can change your flight times (except for the destination).  The MAS officer who told Thiyagarajan that only SPA can do that was mistaken.  :(

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Tickets to Kuching Now Ready For Pickup

The tickets for Kuching EDICT courses are now available for pickup. 

For those on the West Coast, come to SPA on Friday afternoon to get your tickets.  East Coast people, contact your PPGs as soon as you can.

Bad news: You will all be returning to Sabah on the 12th of May... one day later. No seats available.  So please book hotel rooms for yourselves.  Claim later.  Although you can try to join waiting lists...

Or maybe this is good news?

Monday, May 01, 2006

Courses Will Be In Kuching

We just received the black and white notification that the courses in Sibu and Miri have been changed to Hotel Harbourview in Kuching.  So now we are changing all the flight tickets (to Sibu and Miri) to Kuching. If you have taken the tickets, please return them.  There should be no more changes in names and we cannot add new participants as the next two series are not new courses but continuation of the previous one.

For those of you who cannot or do not want to continue, please be informed that the office will require a letter from your principal stating the reason for pulling out. This is because by attending the first course, you have blocked the opportunity for other teachers.  It is also a waste of govt funds if you do not continue on to earn the certificate.  This is a very serious matter for the department and the ministry.

As soon as I have more information, I will be posting them up through the group and the blog.  Keep checking the net.  I won't be making phone calls anymore, okay?