Friday, June 29, 2012
SOCIAL MOBILITY: Najib says success due to combination of meritocracy, social justice
PUTRAJAYA : THE government’s education strategy in combining meritocracy and social justice under the 1Malaysia concept has successfully elevated the social status or social mobility of many Malaysians.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the success was part of the government’s focus on developing human capital and intellectual capital in the National Transformation Plan.
“One of the government’s achievements is creating a substantial social mobility situation.
“We see how social mobility can occur in one generation where the children lead a better life than their parents because of the eduction system,” he said at a meeting with professors and associate professors from public institutions of higher learning in Selangor at Seri Perdana here yesterday.
Najib said the achievement was a result of the subsidised education provided by the government.
“Ninety per cent of the cost of higher education is subsidised by the government.”
Najib said the challenge for these institutions now was to increase the number of postgraduates.
At the meeting, Najib received a seven-point memorandum from the Malaysian Academic Association Council.
Later, Najib launched the 1Malaysia Interactive People’s Tuition (iTR1M), which provides free tuition to students from poor families in Selangor sitting the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah, Penilaian Menengah Rendah and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examinations.
He also announced a RM2 million funding for iTR1M, which is an initiative by the Malaysian Teachers Foundation Berhad (YGMB).
The project began on June 18 and will go on until October.
It involves 30 secondary schools and 77 primary schools, with the participation of 10,000 students and 350 teachers. Tuition classes will be provided face to face and online for those who have received their 1Malaysia netbooks.
YGMB will eventually expand the iTR1M programme nationwide.