KUALA LUMPUR: Students preparing for their upcoming Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination had a fun and knowledgeable session during the English Workshop, held here today.
Organised by the education unit of New Straits Times, Newspaper in Education (NIE) programme, the two-days’ workshop conducted over the weekend, helped participants to prepare more for their English examination papers.
They were given detailed insights on answering techniques for information transfer, directed writing, continuous writing, reading comprehension and summary writing, as well as to understand novels and poems.
The workshop was conducted by Jacob Matthew, an experienced English teacher of 28 years, who successfully captured the participants’ attention with his interactive sessions.
Fifth-former, Khadeeja Az-Zahra Jaizal Kamar from Kolej Yayasan Saad, Melaka, said the session had helped her to be more creative in her essay writing and ways to elaborate on it.
“The sessions held were interesting as we learnt new vocabularies to be used in our essay. I believe this will help me to write a more creative and interesting essay.
“The teacher taught us on mistakes commonly made by students in their examination. Although we knew that grammar errors were normal in essays, but with the detailed insights, we can now avoid making the same mistakes,” said Khadeeja.
Luqman Hakimi Mohd Fahmi, 17 from SM Hafiz, Klang said such workshops would help students to prepare for their examinations as the short hours of lessons in school might not be adequate to cover every topics.
“This workshop has taught me to understand better on the knowledge needed to score well on the English test.
“I had learned a lot on idioms to be used for my essay. Many of my friends wanted to join the workshop, but were too late in registering for it,” said Luqman.
Among the group of fifth formers, Nur’Izzah Mohd Khairul Sahrie was the only 16-year-old, who decided to join the workshop as an early preparation for her SPM examination next year.
Izzah, a student from SM Agama Persekutuan Bentong, who travelled from Cameron Highlands to attend the workshop, said an eleventh hour preparation for the examination would not be able to improve her question answering skills.
“My dad found out about the workshop through newspapers and encouraged me to attend it. He was even willing to send me here.
“The workshop has helped me to understand various ways to answer certain segments. It prepared me psychologically as it gave me more confident to answer examination questions.
“Although I have long way to go before I could take my SPM examination, early preparation, such as this, will help me to improve on my command of the English language,” she said.
She hoped that similar workshops would be done at various states to allow more students to attend it.
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Guidelines on Qualifications and Requirements for Recognition of holders of Australian and New Zealand Law Degrees to become Qualified Person under the Legal Profession Act 1976.
All matters pertaining to the qualifications and requirements for admission to the Bar in Malaysia are governed by the provisions under the Legal Profession Act 1976 (the Act). To be eligible for admission, a candidate must satisfy all requirements as are provided in the Act which may be broadly categorised as follows:
- academic requirements
- practical requirements
- formal requirements
As to the academic requirements, this is satisfied if a candidate can show that he/she is a 'qualified person' within the meaning of section 3 of the Act. Under the Act, 'qualified person' means any person who:
has passed the final examination leading to the degree of Bachelor of Laws of the University of Malaya, the University of Malaya in Singapore, the University of Singapore or the National University of Singapore;
is a barrister-at-law of England; or
in possession of such other qualification as may by notification in the Gazette be declared by the Board to be sufficient to make a person a qualified person for the purposes of the Act.
Such person must then satisfy the practical and formal requirements before he/she may petition for admission.
In exercise of the powers conferred by para (c) above, the Legal Profession Qualifying Board (the Qualifying Board) has declared various qualifications, thus making a holder of any one of those qualifications a qualified person under the Act. Indeed, all law degrees (LL.B) from Australia and New Zealand, which are at present recognised for the purposes of the Act, have gained recognition through various Gazette Notifications made under para (c) above.
For the recognition of Australia and New Zealand law degrees, the approach taken by the Qualifying Board in the past is to determine the university whose LL.B degree is to be recognised and to specify additional requirements to be satisfied before the holder of that LL.B degree is deemed to be a qualified person for purposes of section 3 of the Act. This is then declared by notification in the Gazette.
At present a person who has passed the final examination leading to the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from 14 universities in Australia and 5 universities in New Zealand, as listed in the relevant Gazette Notifications, and who is qualified to gain admission as a barrister or solicitor in New Zealandand in the case of Australia, in the State in which the university is situated, and having passed the requisite subjects prescribed by the respective Barristers/Solicitors Board or its equivalent, is a qualified person for the purposes of section 3 of the Act.
In 1994, the Qualifying Board decided to review the recognition of all qualifications under the Act including the present position of the LL.B degrees from Australia and New Zealand. This review was necessary taking into account the changes that have taken place since those qualifications were first considered and the recent trends and practices in legal education and training of lawyers. The Qualifying Board also felt that it had to specify its own requirements in order to conform to the new Malaysian needs in achieving and maintaining the required standard for admission to the Malaysian Bar and to provide for a uniform criteria for admission.
In March 1995, the Qualifying Board announced a new set of Guidelines for holders of LL.B degrees from universities in the United Kingdom (U.K.) to qualify to enter the Malaysian Certificate in Legal Practice examination (CLP) with the view of admission to the Bar. The Qualifying Board has now decided to introduce new Guidelines on the academic requirements for holders of Australian and New Zealand law degrees which are outlined below:
Guidelines on the New Academic Requirements
These Guidelines shall specify the requirements and criteria before a law degree from Australia and New Zealand is deemed to have satisfied the academic requirements and making a holder of such a law degree a qualified person for the purposes of section 3 of the Act. These new Guidelines are contained in Part One and Part Two.
It should be emphasised that these new Guidelines are applicable only to those who intend to use such law degrees to qualify for admission to the Bar in Malaysia and not to bar any person from acquiring such law degree for other purposes.
These Guidelines are introduced after careful study and discussions since 1994. In particular, they take into account of the following:
a special report commissioned by the Qualifying Board on law degrees in Australian and New Zealand;
visits and discussions the Qualifying Board had with the relevant authorities in Australian and New Zealand;
changes that have taken place in the area of legal education and training of lawyers in Australian, New Zealand and Malaysia; and
the need to streamline all academic qualifications which are being used for purposes of admission to the Bar in Malaysia.
These Guidelines consist of TWO parts:
Part One : New academic requirements and criteria to be satisfied before the holder of a law degree is deemed to be a qualified person under the Act.
Part Two: The qualifying degrees. The list of universities and their respective law programmes recognised by the Qualifying Board.
1. Entry requirements
2. Duration of the law degree
4. Twinning Programmes
5. Joint Degrees
7. Modes of Study
8. Branch Campus
9. Mature Student Entry
|1. Entry requirements|
|Candidates must have obtained the minimum grades as the entry requirements into the law programmes which are as follows:|
|2. Duration of the law degree|
|4. Twinning Programmes|
|If the law degree is conducted through twinning or other collaborative arrangements between universities in Australia and New Zealand and local colleges in Malaysia, such programmes must satisfy the following criteria:|
|5. Joint Degrees|
|Where two or more different and distinct disciplines or branches of learning are combined and studied in one degree programme, that degree is a joint degree for the purposes of these Guidelines.|
Such joint degrees are recognised under these Guidelines only if the duration is extended to 5 years or more.
|7. Modes of Study|
|A law degree is accepted only if it involves full-time study either wholly at a university in Australia and New Zealandor partly at a local college in Malaysia and partly at a university in Australia and New Zealand under a twinning arrangement as in (4) above.|
|8. Branch Campus|
|A law degree which is acquired from any university through its branch campus located in Malaysia or elsewhere SHALL be given the same treatment as though it is granted by the parent university in Australia or New Zealand.|
|9. Mature Student Entry|
|IN LIMITED CASES, mature students may be admitted to pursue a law degree. Such students :|
|Rules 1 to 9 above shall NOT apply to a candidate who has joined any of the universities listed in Part Twofor the law degree programme before 1 May 1999.|
The Qualifying Board hereby declares that effective 1 May 1999, only the universities and their respective law degrees as listed below are recognised as qualifying degrees enabling the holders of the law degrees to sit for the CLP examination for purposes of Part One of these Guidelines and with the view of admission to the Bar in Malaysia:
|The above list shall be reviewed from time to time and the Qualifying Board may add to or vary the list if it considers necessary to do so. Fresh applications for recognition may also be considered by the Qualifying Board from universities not included in the list. |
These Guidelines were issued by the Qualifying Board on 30 April 1998.