Monday, July 16, 2012
REVAMP: Prime Minister to launch new national education blueprint next month
KUALA LUMPUR: PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to launch the new national education blueprint next month.
This follows the three-month-long review on the education system, which was just concluded on Saturday, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the closing of the 6th Annual Malaysian Student Leaders Summit held yesterday at the Intercontinental Hotel here.
In answering a question from the floor, Muhyiddin said the review focuses on nine areas, among them on teachers, infrastructure and the role of parents and the community in education.
The government will hold several open days after the launch to engage the public on their feedback.
Muhyiddin did not discount the possibility that moral studies may undergo a revamp based on results of the review.
To a question on whether the top government leaders would engage opposition leaders in debates on national policies, Muhyiddin said what was more important was for the government to engage the people.
“Debates are useful but we have avenues for this sort of thing. The Parliament is the highest institution in the country where debates between the government, opposition and backbenchers are always ongoing.
“This isn’t about taking a rostrum on either side, which isn’t beneficial because it is more on rhetoric, politics and one upmanship.”
He said the government was more keen to engage the people at ground level to explain to them about policies and what they’ve done so far.
Muhyiddin also responded to a question on the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English.
He explained that the policy on Upholding the Malay Language and Strengthening the Command of English (MBMMBI) did not put the agenda to improve the command of English on the sidelines.
“The standard of English among our teachers is just not up to mark. We did a national survey and although we found that urban schools did better because they had English educated parents, spoke English at home or spoke more English than other languages — when you go to suburban, rural and remote schools, (the command) of English is zero.”