Saturday, June 11, 2016

Almaty-Tashkent-Khiva : 3 - 9 June 2016

I was invited as one of the three candidate opponents for PhD viva voce for Tashkent State Pedagogical University on the 9 June 2016 (Thursday). The other two were from Uzbekistan. The session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Sharipov Shavkat Safarovich, the Rector of the Tashkent State Pedagogical University. Beside the 3 opponents there were 21 Conferment Committee Members which comprise professors from various universities in Uzbekistan who were also attended the session. The format of the viva voce was presentation by the candidate then followed by Q&A by the committee members. Once they were satisfied the opponents summarised their comments. Prior to the viva voce, opponents had read the dissertation and gave their feedback to the candidate for correction and improvement. I was the 3rd panel who gave my comments and conclusion. After my speech, the committee members cast their vote independently and secretly whether the candidate eligible for the conferment of PhD degree. The result was unanimous to confer the degree to the candidate.
Prof. Dr. Sharipov Shavkat Safarovich,  Rector of the Tashkent State Pedagogical University

L-R : Prof. Makhprat (Interpreter), me, Chairman of the Committee Members, Maksudjan (candidate)

On 6 June 2016 (Monday) I was invited to Central Institute of Teacher Retraining in Tashkent for courtesy visit. This is the second time I visited this institute as I was here in 2012 with IAB's delegation. The Rector and his senior officers were at the main entrance for my reception. I was brought directly to four training rooms to see the on-going training programs. All  participants were school headmasters from various parts of Uzbekistan. I was allowed to interact with the participants and most of them were interested to know about Malaysia particularly its education system. I was in four different rooms with different topics were being taught, i.e. Pedagogy, Patriotism, Economic Education and Basic English. Uzbekistan has now implemented new policy in their education system whereby English is one of the new emphasis.

At the end of my visit, I was invited to a special meeting with all the lecturers for a sharing of knowledge and experience session. In this special dialogue, most of the questions posed by the lecturers were on Malaysian system of education with special interest on professional developments for educational leaders.
With lecturers of the Central Institute

On 7 June 2016 (Tuesday) I was in Khiva for school visit. Khiva is an ancient city which was about 1 hour fly from Tashkent. I was accompanied by Mr. Farkhod from Central Institute of Teacher Retraining, Tashkent. In Khiva, officer from regional office brought us to one of the Music School. We were presented with mini concert by students and teachers. After the concert we were brought to various classrooms to watch how music lessons were taking place.

One of the performances

Then we were brought to another school. This is an academic school which practice K9 system. I was brought to various classrooms and also exhibition room which exhibit the history of the school. There were no students in the school as they were on long summer holiday.
At the entrance of 9-Umumiy O'rta Ta'lim Maktabi

On 4 - 5 June 2016 I was in Almaty to meet my friends at KIMEP University. The meeting was focussing on a project that has yet to be completed.

With Aisham and Dr. Maganat at KIMEP University, Almaty

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Bandung, Indonesia. 29 - 30 April 2016

The conference website
I was honoured to be invited as keynote speaker at the International Conference on Mathematics and Science Education which was held at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia Bandung on 30 April 2016. My topic was 'Mathematics and Science Education : Trends and Challenges"

Delivering a keynote speech

Q&A Session: On my left Prof. Dr. Kenenth from National Institute of Education, Singapore and the moderator from UPI
Our delegation was invited by the Dean of FPMIPA Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia Bandung for one hour meeting. The meeting was mainly discussing the future collaboration between UPI and IPGKTB particularly on joint organisation of conference, research and publication.
Round table meeting : FPMIA and Science Department IPGKTB. Dr. Fatimah, the Dean, chaired the meeting
 At 3.00 pm Rushdi and I were invited by FPMIPA's Dean Council to attend their annual meeting. (The Coucil comprise of 13 deans from various provinces in Indonesia). Prof. Kenneth from National Institute of Education, Singapore was also invited. Again the main agenda of this meeting to was initiate a cooperation between the Council with IPGKTB and NIE.
Meeting with the Deans of FPMIA from 12 universities in Indonesia. 

Beside attending the conference my delegation and I took the opportunity to visit Sekolah Dasar Laboratorium UPI which is located in UPI campus. The school was established and managed by UPI. 
With Headmaster of Sekolah Dasar Laboratorium UPI

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Professional Visit to Germany. 22 -26 February 2016

Ministry of Education, Berlin

Platanus School Berlin
Platanus School is a private school which implement dual-language program in all of its curriculum. The medium of instructions are German and English which run concurrently in every subjects. The irony of private schools in Germany is that the salary of teachers are paid by the government.
Platanus School, Berlin

Managing Director of Platanus School

Presentation by Head of Department, Teacher Training Dept, Institute of Technical Education, Frankfurt
Germany Education System emphasise on the balance of vocational/technical education with academic achievement. Its main aim is to produce competent workforce to fulfill their world class industries.
With H.E. Dato' Zulkifli Adnan, the Ambassador of Malaysia to Germany (2nd from left), Berlin

Prof. Hans from Technical University of Berlin
Almost all universities in Germany are research university whereby 'research-oriented learning' is a culture among the professors and the senior lecturers. Moreover the professors are not motivated by money or job promotion instead they are more interested in the work or research they are engaged in.
A token for Dr. Siegel from MSEAM

Monday, February 15, 2016

Phnom Penh

7 Feb 2016

Kg. Kenchong, Phnom Penh

I was honoured to be invited by the school board to officiate the opening ceremony of the new School Library of the Kg Kechong Primary School. This school library was funded by the Alumni of Tun Fatimah School.

Kg Kenchong Primary School was mooted by a group of IPGKTB lecturers which include Ustaz Rafuan, Ustaz Harun, Dr. Razak and many more. The school was established in 2010 with 3 classrooms but now it has 6 classrooms.
Officiating the opening ceremony of the School Library. The establishment of the library was funded by Tun Fatimah School Alumni. In the middle is the Chieftain of the village. On the far left is Ustaz Rafuan, a key person in establishing the school and the library
Ustaz Rafuan and his team had been working tirelessly in collecting funds and procuring a piece of land in the village. Now he could proudly stands at the school which has 5 full-time teachers and more than 200 pupils.
A signature of the official opening of the school library

A Group picture. Sitting (L-R): Ustaz Harun, Ustaz Rafuan, Me, Village Head, Dr. Razak, Ustaz Hafizan
Those at the back are teachers of the school

Some of the school children attending one of the programs held at the mosque 

Delivering a donation from Malaysian community to the school headmaster

Ustaz Harun lecturing on pedagogy for the teachers

A typical house which are common in this village

Dr. Razak with teacher and students

Students browsing books in the new library

Monday, December 21, 2015

4th RCELAM 2015: 16 - 19 November 2015

Keynote Speaker 1 : Emeritus Prof. Dr. John MacBeath, Cambridge University, England.

Keynote Speaker 2 : Tan Sri Yahaya Ibrahim, Malaysia

Keynote Speaker 3 : Emeritus Prof. Dato' Dr. Ibrahim Bajunid, Malaysia
Presenter from India : Prof. Dr. Kannapan Jayaraman

Presenter from Kazakhstan : Dr. Maganat, KIMEP University, Almaty
Prof. Dr. Ramlee Mustaffa from UPSI, Malaysia

Presenter from Pakistan : Ms. Shabana Tunio

Presenter from Malaysia : Ms Inas Zulkipli

L-R: Zanal (IAB Northern Branch Director), Emeritus Prof. Dato' Dr. Ibrahim, Emeritus Prof. Dr. John MacBeath, Dato' Dr. Amin Senin (Deputy Director-General of Education Malaysia), Serina (IAB's Director), Abd Razak (IAB Genting Highlands Branch Director), Lew Yeok Leng (IAB Sabah Branch Director), Me

With colleagues from Maldives Visal and Ahmed (3rd & 4th from left), and Suzana RCELAM Secretariat.


Ahmed Mohamed*[1], Visal Moosa[2], Sazali Yusoff [3]


Schools entail instructional leadership where several people interact from diverse cultures. This research attempts to explore the relationship between organizational culture, instructional leadership and trust among teachers in schools of Maldives. The instruments used were School Culture Survey (Gruemert & Valentine, 1998), Principal Instructional Management Rating Scale, PIMPRS (Hallinger, 1987) and Trust Survey (Scott, 1981) which are Likert-type scale with 1 to 5 points. The School Culture Survey has six dimensions; Collaborative leadership, teacher collaboration, professional development, unity of purpose, collegial support and learning partnership. The PIMPRS has three dimensions, whereas the Trust Survey is uni-dimensional instrument. A total of 145 teachers were selected conveniently for the study.  The data were statistically analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The result showed that one dimension of School Culture – “professional development” - was significantly correlated to three dimensions of instructional leadership. Also, “collaborative leadership” and “unity of purpose” dimensions of school culture were significantly correlated with two dimensions of instructional leadership. The findings indicated that dimensions of school culture – “collaborative leadership” and “collegial support” – were significantly correlated with Trust. The other two school culture dimensions – “teacher collaboration” and “learning partnership” - did not influence significantly to both Instructional Leadership and Trust. However, the study revealed that all dimensions of instructional leadership were significantly correlated with trust. Based on the statistical results, implications of the findings were discussed in the context of school culture, leadership and trust. Consequently, suggestions for future research were also explored.

Key words: school culture, leadership, trust

* Corresponding Author:
[1] President of ‘Principals’ Association of Maldives’, Maldives
[2] Vice-president of ‘Principals’ Association of Maldives’, Maldives
[3] Institut Aminuddin Baki (IAB), Ministry of Education Malaysia 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus. 26 - 27 Nov. 2015

I was given the opportunity by Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus to deliver a speech at a Seminar which was held in the university campus. The seminar was attended by Deans, Directors, Professors, senior lecturers and post-graduate students. The title of my speech was 'Academic Visibility, Trust and Leadership'.

Delivering a speech on Academic Visibility, Trust and Leadership

Q & A session

Moderated by Prof. Dr. Nedeme, DirectorCenter of Excellence and Societal Research and Development Center Near East University

Audience include Directors of Institutes/Centres, Lecturers and post-graduate students

Exchange of token of gift

A report by the university can be read at this link :

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Training for Educational Leaders from 14 Countries

1 June 2015 - Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program (MTCP) at Grand Lexis Hotel Port Dickson

Participants from Malawi, Vietnam, Maldives, Cambodia, Thailand, Myammar

Participants from Uzbekistan, Timor Leste, Phillipine, Indonesia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Solomon Island, Bhutan

Lecturing on Contemporary Educational Leadership Theories