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New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
New education plan is about quality over quantity
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  • 1. `New education plan is about quality over quantity' Date: 08-10-2013 Author: Mustapha Kamil BALI: Malaysia wants its investment in education to focus more on quality returns rather than mere output, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said here yesterday. Answering a question at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Forum here yesterday, Najib said the Malaysia Education Blueprint emphasised the learning of Science, Mathematics and English. Najib was a panel member at the dialogue on "Investing in infrastructure and human capital" with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. "We invest heavily on education and have decided to focus on the learning of Science and Mathematics. We also realised that to compete internationally, our people must master the English language as when we switched to a fully Bahasa Malaysia education system in the 1970s, we lost some of our international competitiveness." The blueprint also seeks to ensure all schools have the same facilities and for Malaysia to be in the top league of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. ( END ) Source : New Straits Times Aiming to be among top education systems Date: 15-12-2013 Author: Tharanya Arumugam KUALA LUMPUR: THE Education Ministry is striving to improve Malaysia's ranking in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and expects it to be higher in 2015, said newly appointed Director-General of Education Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof. He said a higher ranking was achievable with the implementation of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 launched on Sept 6. "I will go down to the ground to ensure all plans under the Blueprint are effectively carried out by those responsible to do so," he said. He noted that his priority was to execute the plans under the Blueprint to be among the top one-third of the best education systems worldwide by 2025. "PISA rankings help us identify our position in the global education context. It measures the ability of our students, aged 14 years and above, in Science, Mathematics and reading at a global level," he said. Last year, 5,700 students aged 14 years and above sat for the assessment. Malaysia ranked 52 out of 65 countries, scoring 421 in Mathematics, 398 in Reading and 420 in Science. Malaysian students scored below average in the results released on Tuesday, with only a slight improvement in Mathematics. The global average score was 494 in Mathematics, 496 in Reading and 501 in Science, and Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea were the top five countries. Khair said the rankings indicated that Malaysian students needed to improve their skills in analysing and in higher order thinking skills. "Moving forward, there is a need to emphasise Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). We have been focusing on content based teaching and learning, and not so
  • 2. much on application and thinking skills. "Secondly, it could be also be due to the way lessons were being carried out, where focus is placed on finishing the syllabus," he added. "Students here were used to content-based learning, in which they memorised the content of the syllabus." PISA focuses questions that test for higher-order thinking skills such as application and reasoning. Malaysia's national assessments, on the other hand, have a heavier slant towards questions that test for content knowledge. He said higher order thinking skills was among the specific skills and attributes that students would need to thrive in tomorrow's economy and globalised world. "We want to make sure that when students leave our education system, they can quickly adapt." He said, however, that there were schools participating in the assessment with scores equal to that in Shanghai. "Hence, we are going to conduct a second round of analysis, to identify how these schools gained high scores." He added that the good scores could be due to the school environment and surroundings, where students were encouraged to communicate, collaborate, and express themselves in class. Besides that, he said, the school teachers and headmaster would have played a significant role in championing creative and innovative learning inside and outside classrooms. Parents too would have extended their support to their children, he said. "The schools may have great leadership, a creative thinking headmaster and teachers who do not solely rely on the curriculum and textbooks, but go a step ahead in utilising gadgets and additional learning materials to tutor students. "The ministry will look at these schools as role models, and would strive to implement similar teaching and learning methods in schools nationwide." The ministry, he said, was also working on improving thinking skills-related initiatives and teachers' skills to improve the education system. "According to studies, the most vital criteria to produce quality students is to have quality teachers, strong leadership, and curriculum. "We have intensified teacher's training, where we provide training and teaching modules that stress on application, understanding and thinking. "We will be closely monitoring and evaluating the progress of the initiatives in the Blueprint. "Secondly, we want to ensure all our programme managers and about 300 officials from district to state level exert strong control over the initiatives implemented in all schools under the close monitoring of all 138 District Education offices nationwide." In 2009, Malaysia participated in PISA for the first time and scored 404 in Mathematics, 414 in Reading and 422 in Science. PISA is administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) every three years in both OECD and non-OECD countries and offers students questions in the main language of instruction in their respective countries. ( END ) Source : New Straits Times
  • 3. Thumbs up for our education plan Date: 13-09-2013 Author: Hamidah Atan LONDON: THE Malaysia Development Education Plan 2013-2025 has earned praises from United Kingdom's captains of industry who described it as an enabler in producing quality and wholesome professionals. Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who spent close to two hours meeting top executives of British companies and universities two days ago here, said he was happy that they were impressed with the education plan. "A representative from Reading University and others congratulated Malaysia for launching the education master plan which they believed could strengthen educational collaborations between Malaysia and the UK. "They also believed that by starting pupils from primary schools, this plan can produce quality and wholesome students, not just for Malaysia but the UK as well." The government will take bold measures to facilitate a major, transformative shift in the country's education system and policy, Muhyiddin, who is also deputy prime minister, told the Malaysian media yesterday. "I think criticisms (against the education plan) are common and we are taking them as a challenge." The education plan, he said, was an important document for the country's education system to be on a par with developed countries. "I discussed with the prime minister about two years ago on the need to review the education policy and he agreed. We received the feedback and input from thousands of people." Under the education plan, which Muhyiddin launched recently, universal access and full enrolment of all children from preschool to upper secondary school by 2020 was one of the targets. In terms of quality, the Malaysian education system hopes to be in the top third of countries in international assessments, such as the Programme for International Student Assessment and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study in 15 years. The ministry also aspires to halve the current urban-rural, socio-economic and gender achievement gap by 2020 in terms of equity as well as to further maximise student outcomes within the budget levels while the government will maintain the current level of investment in the education system through efficiency. The ministry is also hoping to create an education system that gives children shared values and experiences by embracing diversity. ( END ) Source : New Straits Times Blueprint will transform education, says Muhyiddin Date: 07-09-2013 Author: Rahmat Khairulrijal; Tharanya Arumugam; Tasnim Lokman; Balqis Lim KUALA LUMPUR: THE Malaysia Education Blueprint unveiled yesterday will be the catalyst to a comprehensive transformation of the country's education system to produce a generation of all-rounded pupils and educators. The blueprint, unveiled by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday, will also be the backbone of the nation's overall national transformation programme.
  • 4. It will also bridge gaps in the academic achievements of urban and rural pupils, as well as iron out disparities caused by socio-economic and gender factors. The entire education system will see significant transformation by the end of its 13-year course. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in his preface in the blueprint, said Malaysia required a transformation of its entire education system to meet its high aspirations in an increasingly competitive global environment. He said this would require a new perspective so that students could develop skills needed to face the needs of the 21st century. To this end, he said, the government had crafted the blueprint, providing a comprehensive plan for a rapid and sustainable transformation of the country's education system through to 2025. "By building on the range of initiatives introduced as National Key Result Areas, it sets out the fundamental changes required. "From how we approach student learning, the way we recruit, train and reward our teachers and principals right through to how the Education Ministry itself operates, it lays a process for that change." At the launch yesterday, Muhyiddin urged all quarters to give their full support to the blueprint. In allaying concerns voiced by disgruntled factions over the implementation of the blueprint, Muhyiddin said the blueprint was formulated with the interest of the future generation in mind. "Overall, many have expressed their support for the blueprint," he said, adding even the Chinese education group, Dong Zong, which previously voiced concerns over Bahasa Malaysia curriculum in vernacular schools, supported the plan. Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the government had taken the middle ground to accommodate the needs of those who wanted to retain the curriculum of vernacular schools. However, to enhance pupils' proficiency in the national language, Muhyiddin said the contact hours for Bahasa Malaysia classes in vernacular schools would be increased from 180 minutes to 240 minutes a week. Muhyiddin said the government never intended to abolish vernacular schools or the learning of mother tongue languages, as these were part and parcel of the country's culture. "If there are those who say we are abolishing mother tongues, it is untrue." Part of the plan to produce better pupils include the infusion of Higher Order Thinking Skills-type questions into the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia exams which will require pupils to use analytical and evaluational skills. Enrolment for disabled, special needs and Orang Asli pupils is aimed at 100 per cent by 2025. International standardised tests will also be included to gauge pupils' achievement in language learning, Mathematics and the Sciences. The teaching profession will also be strengthened, with one of the highlights being to only allow the top 30 per cent of graduates to become educators. The government has also lined up a series of commitments to provide access and better infrastructure. For example, all schools will have basic infrastructure requirements, starting with Sabah and Sarawak, by 2015. At a function at Universiti Malaya later yesterday, Muhyiddin said the government had spent RM200 billion, or roughly 16 per cent of the federal Budget, on primary to tertiary education. He said this was in line with the goal under the nation's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to have more than 3.3 million skilled workers by 2020. "Sectors such as tourism, medical, agriculture and oil and gas are growing in our country and we need more trained workers to meet the
  • 5. demands of this expansion. "We want to produce more experts and with that, the government is providing many educational opportunities for the people." Implementation A SPECIAL entity comprising talented officers from within and outside the Education Ministry will monitor the progress of the Malaysia Education Development Plan 2013-2025. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Education Implementation and Performance Unit (Padu) will apply corporate management methods in overseeing the plan. He also said an annual report and status of achievements would be made available to the public. "The setting up of special entity like this has never been done by the Education Ministry in any of its previous plannings," he said. Muhyiddin said the government would continue to engage all the stakeholders and hold dialogues at the end of each of the three waves during the plan's implementation. ( END ) Source : New Straits Times `Support education blueprint' Date: 05-09-2013 Author: Ili Liyana Mokhtar; Koi Kye Lee KUALA LUMPUR: THE support of all stakeholders is crucial to the successful implementation of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, which will be launched tomorrow. This is to ensure the nation's education system is on a par with those in developed countries such as Finland, Singapore and China. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said among the areas emphasised in the blueprint were teachers, school leaders, school quality, curriculum and assessment, command of multiple languages, post-secondary education opportunities, parents and communities, resource efficiency and effectiveness, as well as the education delivery system. "The blueprint was drawn up with precision and care, with contributions from international and local educational experts. "It is a comprehensive education plan that will bring big improvements to the country's education system," he said in TV3's Soal Jawab programme with Media Prima executive director (news and editorial operations) Datuk Ahmad A. Talib yesterday. Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said among the suggestions taken into account during the formulation of the blueprint was strengthening the teaching profession. "We took into account the administrative burden of teachers, where it has been said that teachers not only teach, but also handle administrative matters. "Steps, such as providing a total of 10,000 administrative assistants in phases to schools, are clearly stated in the blueprint to ensure that teachers can focus on teaching." He also said 70,000 English teachers have sat the Cambridge Placement Test, while another 5,000 have completed their training to improve language proficiency. "This is to ensure we provide the best quality teachers for our students." Muhyiddin added that the blueprint promoted active participation by parents and the community to enhance schools' and students' performances. "Most successful schools that I have visited overseas have a strong
  • 6. network of parents and teachers, with the community dedicated to providing quality education for students. "This is why we plan to strengthen the role of Parent-Teacher Associations in schools and perhaps, provide funds for them in the next budget so that there will be more active involvement." He urged parents to change their mindset in regard to their children's education and not think that educating their children was the sole responsibility of schools. "Schools should be seen as a place where all parties can come to an understanding for the benefit of the students. "This can be achieved when schools make parents and the community feel that their presence is welcomed." Muhyiddin said the ministry had recently launched tool kits to help parents and schools mould successful and well-adjusted children. The blueprint is based on points raised during the National Education Dialogue, which was held between April and July last year. Based on comprehensive studies and pilot projects conducted in multiple phases, the blueprint is a combination of what is most effective to achieve the desired transformation in the education system. Muhyiddin will launch the blueprint at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The final draft was based on the ministry's detailed study on revising aspects of the current system to make improvements, as well as feedback from more than 11,000 parents, teachers and students, among others. With meaningful learning, students are expected to develop knowledge and thinking skills, language and cognition with bilingualism, ethics and spirituality, leadership skills and a robust national identity. On Sept 11 last year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had launched the early report of the Malaysia Education Blueprint, which focuses on six attributes - knowledge, thinking skills, leadership, bilingual proficiency, ethics and national identity - which can be achieved through different approaches, depending on each student's standards and capabilities. Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching said the launch of the blueprint would go ahead as planned despite objections from several Chinese education groups. At a function in Putrajaya yesterday, she said the ministry had organised several meetings with stakeholders and ironed out misconceptions on the blueprint. Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association), a vocal critic of the blueprint, responded that it would adopt a "wait and see" approach on the blueprint's contents before proceeding. Additional reporting by Lavanya Lingan ( END ) Source : New Straits Times Set to bring about big leap in education Date: 02-09-2013 Author: Kalbana Perimbanayagam PUTRAJAYA: THE Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 will encapsulate quality and holistic empowerment of teachers, students and the education system. Education director-general Tan Sri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud said the final report of the blueprint would be launched on Sept 6 by Deputy Prime
  • 7. Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister. Ghafar said the blueprint, which was drawn up with precision and care, was based on each phase of study conducted by the ministry. "It is set to bring about a big improvement to the country's education system. "Based on the points raised during the National Education Dialogue, which was held between April and July last year, the ministry conceptualised and drew up the education development plan for the Malaysia Education Blueprint." Based on comprehensive studies and pilot projects conducted in multiple phases, he said the blueprint is a wholesome combination of what is most effective to achieve the desired transformation in the education system. Muhyiddin will launch the blueprint at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. On Sept 11 last year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had launched the early report of the Malaysia Education Blueprint, which focuses on six attributes - knowledge, thinking skills, leadership, bilingual proficiency, ethics and national identity, all which can be achieved through various approaches depending on the pupil's standards and capabilities. "Experts from various fields, as well as Unesco have complimented the blueprint. So far, it has been well received and trial runs conducted have been successful," he said. Ghafar said apart from the input obtained from articles, blogs and letters from the mainstream and social media, the ministry had also considered 153 suggestions from non-governmental organisations, associations, institutions, educationist and the public, including students. The recommendations were submitted during the three-month long National Education Dialogue sessions, an initiative by the government to gather suggestions from stakeholders on a large scale on ways to enhance the education system. The final draft was based on the ministry's detailed study on revising aspects of the current system to make improvements as well as feedback obtained from around the country from over 11,000 parents, teachers, and students, among others. With meaningful learning, pupils are expected to develop knowledge and thinking skills, language and cognition with bilingualism, ethics and spirituality, leadership skills, and a robust national identity. Ghafar said the final report would be followed by the formulation and development of the new education strategic plan. "The ministry will also evaluate and conduct more studies on the implementation of the 11 initiatives at each stage, to determine its effectiveness, acceptance and to determine the challenges which might crop up with time." Among the areas emphasised in the blueprint are teachers, school leaders, school quality, curriculum and assessment, command of multiple languages, post secondary education opportunities, parents and communities, resource efficiency and effectiveness as well as education delivery system. ( END ) Source : New Straits Times No change to education blueprint
  • 8. Date: 30-08-2013 PUTRAJAYA: The government will not bow to pressure from critics of the Malaysia Education Blueprint, said Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin, who is also deputy prime minister, said the government was committed towards implementing the Education Blueprint to enhance national unity. Malay Consultative Council secretary-general Dr Hasan Mad said this was said by Muhyiddin during a meeting he chaired yesterday. Hasan said Muhyiddin had stated that there was no reason for any quarters, including Dong Zong (the United Chinese School Committee's Association of Malaysia) to reject the new education policy because it covered the interests of all races and would further spur national unity. "The deputy prime minister has given his commitment that he will not bow to any pressure as there is no reason for him to do so." He said representatives from 10 non-governmental organisations attended the meeting and handed over some resolutions which had been agreed upon during the National Education Congress held in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. "This is our stand -- that the Malaysia Education Blueprint be implemented. We do not want the government to bow to Dong Zong who represents only a small group with its own personal interest. "We know they will stop at nothing to make sure the policy is not carried out as they are getting support from politicians who are capitalising on the matter for their own gain." Last Tuesday, the congress unanimously agreed to support the education blueprint, urging the government to implement it and use the Malay language as the main medium in schools to instil national unity. The resolutions also called on the government to reject the setting up of Chinese secondary schools and to identify Chinese private colleges that failed to adopt the national education curriculum. ( END ) Source : New Straits Times All set for a transformation in education Date: 24-08-2013 Author: Hashini Kavishtri Kannan; Tasnim Lokman PUTRAJAYA: THE education system under the Malaysian Education Blueprint (2013-2025) to be launched next month will strive to deliver quality education and produce pupils of international standards. National Education Dialogue Panel chairman Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Wan Mohd Nordin said one of the outcomes in the blueprint was for schools to be empowered to carry out teaching methods and systems which was deemed best for their pupils. "The Education Ministry has realised and accepted that education can't be centralised to achieve education excellence among pupils whose capacity and capabilities are different. "Pupils have unique characteristics, and schools must be empowered to promote teaching systems and methods to cater for their pupils," he added. He said the blueprint, which focuses on six attributes - knowledge, thinking skills, leadership, bilingual proficiency, ethics and national identity - could be achieved through various approaches depending on the pupil's standards and capabilities. Headed by Wan Zahid, the National Dialogue on Education 2012 was held in
  • 9. several locations throughout the country since April to help conceptualise and draw up the development plan for the Malaysian Education Blueprint. The ministry took into account proposals from 153 letters and memorandums from various non-governmental organisations, associations, institutions, educationists and the public. The recommendations were submitted during the three-month long National Dialogue on Education sessions, an initiative by the government to gather suggestions from stakeholders on a large scale on ways to enhance the education system. "This was the first time in the world that a government had invited views from the public on a large scale to come up with a development plan for national education. "It was aimed at consolidating and enhancing the quality of all schools, including national and vernacular schools, mission schools and government-aided religious schools," the former director-general of Education said. The blueprint is scheduled to be launched by the Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, next month. The education transformation will be carried in three waves to ensure the education system was on a par with that of developed nations, over the course of the next 13 years. The first wave, which would be the implementation of the blueprint, will focus on teachers and core student skills. The second wave will be building upon progress after wave three, between 2020 and 2025, would give schools complete autonomy to handle their own administration. Wan Zahid added that to bear a successful outcome, the ministry needs to maintain simplicity in implementing the new policies. "Simplicity is the mother of success. "Therefore, implementation should be made comprehensible not only by educationists but also by pupils and their parents." He said the blueprint must have ownership, as it should be owned by those who wish to see the nation's education system be world class. When asked what he would want to see in the education system in Malaysia in the next 10 years, he said; "To have pupils who are intellectually and academically compatible". ( END ) Source : New Straits Times Fighting for education for all Date: 28-08-2013 Author: Rueben Dudley ON Aug 20, the Irish government honoured Malala Yousafzai with the "Tipperary International Peace Award" in a ceremony in Tipperary, a province of Ireland. Malala is the schoolgirl from Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province, who was shot in the neck and head by a Taliban gunman aboard a bus while returning from school on Oct 9 last year. Her only "crime" was campaigning for the right to education for all, especially for girls. Miraculously, and with the timely help of Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, Malala survived the Taliban's attempts to silence her. The award, a crystal dove of peace, was the latest in a growing list of international honours for the teenager, as courageous as she is humble. The award was in recognition of Malala's courage, determination and
  • 10. perseverance to promote the fundamental right to education for every child; her efforts to give women and girls in Pakistan access to education and the impact she had on so many people worldwide. The ceremony started with the song The Flower of Pakistan by a group of children from the Roman Catholic Holy Rosary College, which received a standing ovation from the audience. Distinguished previous recipients of the prestigious award included Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton and Benazir Bhutto. On July 12 this year, on Malala's 16th birthday, the United Nations designated that day as Malala Day, which was marked with the first ever youth takeover of the UN General Assembly in New York. Malala delivered an address in perfect English that impressed the more than 500 youth representatives from nearly 80 countries, UN delegates and millions of TV viewers worldwide. She called on the international community to focus on promoting universal and free access to quality education for all children and youth. Malala urged "greater global emphasis on the wellbeing of the most vulnerable sections of society, including women and children" and supporting opportunities for everyone, without discrimination or hindrance, to become worthy citizens in society. Rueben Dudley, Petaling Jaya, Selangor ( END ) Source : New Straits Times `Go all out to improve education' Date: 22-08-2013 Author: Azura Abas; Koi Kye Lee PUTRAJAYA: PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has urged Education Ministry staff to continue doing whatever is necessary to boost the quality of the nation's education system. "I will give you my full support. Do your work to ensure the success of the National Education Blueprint," he said at the ministry's Hari Raya open house yesterday. Present were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, and his wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman; Education Minister 11 Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and their deputy ministers Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching and P. Kamalanathan. More than 5,000 people turned up at the open house and they were treated to a sumptuous spread including satay, rendang and lemang. It was reported that the government would launch the National Education Development Masterplan 2013-2025 on Sept 6. The master plan is aimed at improving the quality of national schools to make them the first choice of every Malaysian. It also strives to give every child the opportunity to get quality education and to boost unity. Experts have said that if Malaysia focused on the implementation of the master plan, the country's education system would improve and be in the top 30 per cent in the world. Earlier when speaking to reporters at the Prime Minister's Department's open house, Najib said Putrajaya's new "Endless Possibilities" campaign was part of the nation's branding plan. He said that it would not replace the 1Malaysia slogan introduced four years ago. "Malaysia is going to promote this." The Endless Possibilities badge was pinned on the prime minister's right lapel yesterday and the 1Malaysia logo was on his left lapel. It was reported that the Endless Possibilities campaign had started
  • 11. earlier this year but the launch is scheduled to be on Sept 17. Ministers were said to have been briefed on the matter. The Endless Possibilities button badge is a endless spiral of intertwined Ms and Ys in red, yellow and white on a blue background. ( END ) Source : New Straits Times MALAYSIA ON RIGHT TRACK TO TRANSFROM EDUCATION SYSTEM - WAHID OMAR Date: 10-12-2013 Author: / NSF NSF GR WAHID-EDUCATION PUTRAJAYA, Dec 10 (Bernama)-- The Government is on the right track with its current initiatives, particularly via the Malaysian Education Blueprint, to transform the education system into high gear. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar said the blueprint addressed many issues, including the deterioration of the quality of education as virtued by the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) which was identified in the blueprint. We already participated in Pisa from 2009, and the blueprint looked at the results up to 2011, and we have seen the deterioration (quality of education)," he told the media after launching the Malaysia Economic Monitor December 2013 edition: High Performing Education here today. Abdul Wahid said, from the government perspective, it was imperative to continue focusing on the execution of various initiatives which were already identified in the blueprint. According to the 2012 Pisa, of the 65 countries, Malaysia ranked No. 52 for Mathematic, Science (53) and Reading (59). The World Bank has suggested three priorities, namely, moving more decisions to schools, information to parents on school and student performance, and improving the quality of teaching. -- BERNAMA NSF NSF GR GET RID OF NEGATIVE PERCEPTION ON TECHNICAL EDUCATION - ABDUL TAIB Date: 30-11-2013 TAIB-TECHNICAL SAMARAHAN, Nov 30 (Bernama) -- The expansion of the industrial sector
  • 12. in the state should eliminate any misconception on the future of students who continue their studies in the technical field. Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said society must rid itself of the misconception that job opportunities were limited for a student took technical studies as the state economic landscape had changed. "There are still students who are hesitant about opting for the technical field as a first choice with the assumption that opportunity is limited. This is not true. In the past it was true as the industrial sector in the state was only at 10 percent, now it has gone up to 26 percent. "Furthermore, more job opportunities in the technical sector will also emerge via projects in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy," he said in his speech when opening the 2013 Sarawak Education Expo 'A Journey of Progress' here, today. Also present was assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's office (Technical Education Promotion) Datuk Len Talif Salleh. Abdul Taib said, looking at the expansion in the industrial sector, students must take the opportunity, prepare themselves and target their achievements in the future. In the meantime, Abdul Taib also praised the move taken by agencies such as the Sarawak Foundation to spend RM30 million for higher education aid and promoting technical education among students in Sarawak. Meanwhile, Len Talif, who is also Sarawak Bumiputera Economic Coalition Fund (TEGAS), said the promotion implementation performance by TEGAS was something to be proud of when it approached 125,000 students from Form Three to form six statewide to encourage them to take up technical studies. --BERNAMA NBA2 AZ AO UNESCO DG COMMENDS M'SIA FOR INTRODUCING EDUCATION BLUEPRINT Date: 09-11-2013 Author: FROM NURULHUDA CHE DAS / NCD NAK HA UNESCO-COMMENDS PARIS, Nov 9 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 is an ambitious agenda to foster inclusive and equitable development of education as the basis for higher economic growth, said United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) director-general Dr Irina Bokova. "Education is a basic human right that is essential to individual dignity, but it also brings sustainability to all development, as a force for positive
  • 13. transformation and for economic success. "This is the spirit of Malaysia s National Education Blueprint 20132025," she said at the Gallery Walk of the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 at Unesco's headquarters here Friday. The gallery walk was hosted by Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister. Commending Malaysia on the initiative, she said the Blueprint launched in September also put Malaysia as a good example and that it could be applicable and useful for other Unesco member countries. "We in Unesco, we believe in this, we believe that it is achievable, that is why such examples are important for us to show that it can be done if there is focus and the right resources," she said. Bokova said she was pleased and proud that Unesco contributed to the Blueprint through the Education Policy Review launched in 2011 by the Ministry of Education, to enhance the quality of education and to prepare the children and youth of Malaysia for the needs of the 21st century. She noted that the Policy Review was a unique process, involving all key actors, to craft an independent assessment and set of policy recommendations to be followed by support to their implementation through capacity development and innovative approaches. "Drawing on this experience, education policy review is now one of the priorities of Unesco in its education work. I can only thank the government of Malaysia for the learning opportunity this has been for the organisation. "Many countries today are looking to Unesco for its independent and quality advice, for support to capacity-building, to greater equity and quality in education. This has been a learning opportunity for all countries. "This will be taken forward through the joint support of Unesco and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and I look forward to further requests from other member states," she said. Bokova said Malaysia had rich experiences to share and a horizon of good practices that can be useful for other countries. "And this is also Unesco s role, to provide a platform for the sharing of experience. To be meaningful, to be sustainable, development must be equitable and inclusive. It must be balanced and holistic. "Education is the most powerful way to integrate all dimensions of this agenda," she said. She also saw the strategic importance the government of Malaysia attributes to education in its national development when visiting Malaysia last May. "I was deeply honoured to visit Malaysia and to meet with Prime Minister Najib Razak (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak), and to lead a discussion of contemporary challenges of economic growth and also education. "This visit took place also on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the International Centre for South-South Cooperation for Science, Technology and Innovation, a leading Category Two Centre under the auspices of Unesco," she
  • 14. said. -- BERNAMA NCD NAK HA M'SIA WILLING TO ENGAGE WITH IIEP ON EDUCATION BLUEPRINT MUHYIDDIN Date: 07-11-2013 Author: From Nurulhuda Che Das / NCD LES AO MUHYIDDIN-IIEP PARIS, Nov 7 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is willing to engage with the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) to execute the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 in the most efficient and effective manner. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Education Minister, said the engagement was not for the whole spectrum of the plan but in a certain sub-sectoral level of it. "IIEP can come in to assist us not for planning anymore because we have planned it, but on how to execute those things in the most efficient and, of course as good as possible way so that we can see the results at the end of the day," he said at a meeting with IIEP director Khalil Mahshi at the institute, here Wednesday. Also present were Muhyiddin's wife, Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman, and Malaysian Ambassador to France Tan Sri Ismail Omar. The IIEP, a centre for training and research specialised in educational planning and management, was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 1963. It is supported by grants from Unesco and by voluntary contributions from member states and others. Muhyiddin said there were also possibilities of partnership and collaboration between IIEP and Institut Aminuddin Baki (IAB) in Pahang in certain areas especially in research and training. "I would agree that we should raise the contributions, maybe US$50,000 (RM159,041) annually from US$5,000 (RM15,904) annually before this, but conditional upon IIEP collaborating with IAB closely," he said. Speaking to Malaysian journalists after the meeting, Mahshi said he was impressed with the efforts undertaken by the Education Ministry in order to develop quality education in the country. "There is also a possibility of signing a Memorandum of Understanding on areas of collaboration, where we can provide our experience, but we also would like to learn from the experience of Malaysia especially in the educational sector," he said. -- BERNAMA NCD LES AO
  • 15. CROSS LEARNING ACTIVITIES AT EDUCATION MINISTRY MUST BE BOOSTED - MUHYIDDIN Date: 16-11-2013 Author: / VSS JM HA MUHYIDDIN-LEARNING SHAH ALAM, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today called for the creation of numerous cross learning activities at the Education Ministry to further boost the lifelong learning culture. The Deputy Prime Minister said the effort must be carried out through the sharing of resources whether from the perspective of finance, energy or infrastructure. "With wise and prudent sharing of resources, we can maximise output and simultaneously minimise implementation costs of life-long learning," he said when closing the 2013 National-Level Life-long Learning Carnival (My3L) here. Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said, through the Blue Ocean strategy which focused on innovation, creativity and productivity, the ministry was able to generate ideas and plan new approaches in exploring opportunities to expand lifelong learning effectively. He said towards this end, efforts and collaboration between ministries, government agencies and private sector must be enriched through numerous programmes and activities including corporate social responsibility programes and voluntary services. Commenting further, Muhyiddin said in order to complete formal education, by 2020, the government targeted to boost participation in lifelong learning to 50 per cent of the populace. "This is because the existing formal education system cannot accommodate the production of skilled manpower which is greatly needed by the country to achieve high income, developed nation status," he said, adding that the level of participation in lifelong learning at national level in 2010 was 10 per cent. He said life long learning was crowned as the third pillar in the human resources development in the country, hand-in-hand with the schooling system and tertiary education. "It is also capable of providing value-add to society, especially workers who are also critical contributors to national productivity and development," he said. He said to date, 15 ministries solidly supported the lifelong learning culture while 32 polytechnics and 86 community colleges offered numerous programmes and activities. He said cumulative participation in short coursess under the Life Long Learning concept at the community colleges since their establishment till last year had exceeded a million people. Muhyiddin also said there was need to identify learning requirements of residents in urban areas as projections showed 60 per cent of the world's population would be living in cities by 2030.
  • 16. Earier, Muhyiddin had witnessed signing of memorandums of understanding between the Community College Studies Department and four smart partners of the Education Ministry including MMC-Gamuda and Huawei, among others to develop education and training programmes that were mutually beneficial. He also launched an online directory on Life Long Learning at the same event. -- BERNAMA VSS JM HA MALAYSIA EDUCATION BLUEPRINT IN LINE WITH UNESCO 'EDUCATION FOR ALL' GOALS Date: 03-10-2013 Author: / FBR KIA MO MUHYIDDIN-UNESCO MELAKA, Oct 3 (Bernama) -- The Malaysia Education Blueprint launched on Sept 6 is an initiative that is in line with Unesco's strategy to achieve education for all, says Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said Malaysia had taken various initiatives to widen access to education and to achieve educational equity, as well as to raise the quality of national education. "Through the Malaysia Education Blueprint (2013-2025), I'm hopeful and serious in the efforts to ensure students are given quality education regardless of their level and background," he said when launching the Malaysia Unesco Day 2013 celebration at Dataran Memorial Kemerdekaan, Bandar Hilir, here, today. Also present were Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Idris Haron and director of the Unesco Regional Office in Jakarta, Prof Hubert Gijzen. The celebration will be held for four days starting today and features various activities such as cultural performances, music and traditional games. This year, Malaysia also celebrates its 55th year of membership in Unesco. Muhyiddin, who is also the Malaysian National Commission for Unesco president, said Malaysia was now listed as a contributing country through the Malaysia-Unesco Cooperation Programme (MUCP) to assist member countries, particularly the less developed to achieve the global body's objectives, especially involving education for all. "I am confident that through the MUCP, Malaysia and Unesco will work together to help countries in need from Africa, the Asia-Pacific region and the small island nations," he said. Muhyiddin said through the MUCP, Malaysia could also share local expertise and the country's best practices, especiallly in Unesco's fields of competency. Since Malaysia joined Unesco in 1958, he said, it had played an active and significant role in Unesco's activities and was part of the Unesco
  • 17. Executive Board five times, as well as chosen several times to participate as suborgans of the world body. Muhyiddin said Malaysia was committed to upholding the aspirations and commitment of Unesco in struggling for peace and prosperity through its fields of competency. For example, he said, in line with Unesco's effort to eradicate gender inequality, Malaysia had formulated the National Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women (2009-2014) as a guideline for the implementation of the programme to integrate women in national development. "In 2004, the government announced the policy of having 30 per cent women holding top posts in the public sector. The impact from this policy is that the figure rose to 31.7 per cent in 2012 compared to 18.8 per cent in 2004." Muhyiddin said the government had also announced the same policy for the corporate sector, thus proving its commitment to empowering women's role in national development. He also said that sharing of information and knowledge through information communication technology (ICT) had the power of changing the people's economy, hence the government had launched the National Broadband initiative on March 24, 2010 to expand broadband coverage. "Until August 2013, broadband usage rose to 67 per cent from 56 per cent in 2010. The encouraging increase covers 6.3 million households nationwide compared to 4.7 million in 2010," he said. -- BERNAMA FBR KIA MO MALAYSIA STRIVING TOWARDS QUALITY EDUCATION - MARY YAP Date: 02-10-2013 Author: / NO NO MO MARY-LANGUAGE MELAKA, Oct 2 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is striving towards quality education, including enhancing English Language proficiency so as to be on par with the international level, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching. She said among the Education Ministry's efforts was through extra activities such as public speaking, games and songs. "There are opportunities and room for learning English through indirect means such as this English Unity Carnival," she told reporters at the launching of the national-level Karnival Perpaduan Bahasa Inggeris 2013 at the Melaka International Trade Centre, here, today. The two-day inaugural carnival organised by the ministry, is attended by more than 350 students from throughout the country competing in seven
  • 18. categories including debate and action songs. She said the carnival was part of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2026, recently launched by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. "This event, participated by mainly primary school students, gives prime attention to the learning of English in a fun and interactive way," she said. Yap, who was happy with the enthusiasm of the participants and parents' cooperation, announced that the event would be held yearly. -- BERNAMA NO NO MO MALAYSIA EDUCATION BLUEPRINT IS PROVEN, TESTED Date: 12-09-2013 Author: Rohani Mohd Ibrahim / RMI KHY GR BLUEPRINT-TESTED KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) -- The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 announced last week will serve as a fruitful transformation plan as its implementation has been tested and proven with the success of 13 trust schools. Independent Review Panel on Education chairman Tan Sri Professor Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said trust school, from his point of view, was an existing example of a 'transformed school'. "The issue people always ask me is, will the blueprint work? And I can confidently say it will work. Because trust school is a model of school which has already been transformed over the last two years. "Without the trust school, it is difficult to convince people how the blueprint is going to roll out, without model and without experienced people. "We are fortunate that trust schools have already been there," he said when met at the Bernama headquarters here yesterday. Dzulkifli, who is vice-chancellor of AlBukhary International University, and Science University of Malaysia (USM) vice-chancellor from 2000 to 2011, said there were 13 trust schools which witnessed the blueprint being preimplemented. Five of the trust schools are in Sarawak, five in Johor and three in Kuala Lumpur. Dzulkifli said this when asked to comment on the Malaysia Education Blueprint which was announced last week by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister. "After two years of the trust schools being launched, now we can see the major changes. (The) Culture of learning in the trust school was changed to see our students become the 21st centuries learners.
  • 19. "Students of trust schools are more confident and articulate. For example, when the deputy prime minister visited one of the trust schools in Gelang Patah on Sept 5, he was led through the school by students, and not the school leadership team," he added. Dzulkifli said with the transformation in the Malaysian learning system implemented in trust schools, Malaysian students experienced similar learning style with students in the United Kingdom, Australia and United States. "There are major intangible achievements by students of trust schools in their level of confidence, leadership skills, the way students collaborate with one another in the classrooms, and the way they question their teachers and communicate with their teachers through a programme called 'Students Voice Group'," he said. He added that trust schools were not just indicative of a string of A's and percentages but also a student's human skills. "If you obtain a first-class honours, that's fine. But the moment you get into the job market, people don't talk about your first-class honours, anymore. People talk about what kind of first-class honours you are. "You can be a first-class honours but if you can't even open your mouth (to express something in the proper perspective), I think you are out. So, we are looking at the total make-up of the students, which is so different from the socalled conventional schools. "In trust schools, we don't just celebrate 5As or 4As but we celebrate a student's achievement as a person," said Dzulkifli. Therefore, he said, the modules in the blueprint had already been tested through the establishment of trust schools and now, it was just a matter of how to implement them in schools. "The blueprint modules are all well-tested modules, not modules that we are going to try. I don't think we take that kind of a risk. "Students are not guinea-pigs. All these modules are designed by profesionals and it worked. Our role now is how to implement them," he added. Dzulkifli said the trust school was an idea initiated by Khazanah Nasional Berhad in a kind of public-private partnership. "If we want to do a transformation and let the education ministry handle it alone, it will probably, be difficult. This is because Malaysian schools have a model that has been running for ages, and to get the schools to change overnight, I think it is not going to be easy." Dzulkifli said the idea of trust school was basically for a school to work with Khazanah Nasional Berhad and see how the school could be transformed by negotiating with the ministry. He said trust school allowed concerned parties to make changes to the curriculum and other aspects of existing schools to see some tangible changes. "The schools that we choose as trust schools are a variety of schools
  • 20. such as rural school, urban, vernacular (Kangkar Pulai Tamil school), national school and minority (Orang Asli school). "Everybody (students in all schools) will get the same experience, not like now, the experience they have is different in separate schools," said Dzulkifli. He said the system in schools now was, 'we drill the students to get 5As but after the students get 5As, that's it'. "With the transformed school or trust school, if they learn properly, they will get 5As. If we pressure the students, they will perform but at the end of the day, I don't think they will learn. "The challenge now is, how they learn, and performance will follow soon. The idea now is not to just talk about schooling but learning. With transformed school, lifelong learning becomes a Malaysian's second nature and part and parcel of life," he added. -- BERNAMA RMI KHY GR GERAKAN STATES SUPPORT FOR MALAYSIA EDUCATION BLUEPRINT Date: 13-09-2013 Author: / TAJ AEO MO GERAKAN-BLUEPRINT KUALA TERENGGANU, Sept 13 (Bernama) -- Gerakan today stated its support for the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 released by the government recently. Its acting president, Datuk Chang Ko Youn said the party hoped that the education blueprint tabled by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, could take the national education system forward. "The attitude of the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) in questioning the blueprint is wrong. "Among others, they question the move of increasing the time allotted for Bahasa Malaysia at national-type Chinese schools (SJKC) from 180 minutes to 240 minutes. Questioning this is unacceptable." He said this after opening the Terengganu Gerakan annual delegates' conference, here, today, in response to Dong Zong's reaction to the education blueprint. Chang said the blueprint was drawn up to strengthen the usage of Bahasa Malaysia, including raising the proficiency of Chinese pupils in the national language. "Currently, most Chinese pupils who enter secondary school are not proficient in Bahasa Malaysia, hence they will face problems. "It'll be the same when they enter Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia or any other public universities which requires them to be
  • 21. proficient in Bahasa Malaysia." He said the blueprint was indeed good but it should not affect teaching of the Chinese language in schools. The Gerakan leader said Dong Zong should be worried about English Language as it was a threat to Chinese Language while Bahasa Malaysia was not. Chang said he understood that the government had no intention of destroying the Chinese language or eroding its teaching as China's economy was expanding rapidly, besides it being the world's second biggest economic power. -- BERNAMA TAJ AEO MO

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