Wednesday September 12, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: National Education Dialogue Panel chairman Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Wan Mohd Nordin is pleased that several issues, including national unity and universal values, have been addressed in the preliminary report of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
“At the town hall meeting in Penang, parents were concerned that the national unity element was lacking in schools and that teaching of values was not given enough emphasis.
“These issues have now been addressed,” he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, in his speech at the launch of the blueprint, said the pedagogy of both Islamic Studies and Moral Studies would be revised to include more role-play, simulation, discussions and projects.
He added that it might be possible for Muslim and non-Muslim students to share the same classroom when universal values were taught.
A total of 7,039 recommendations were put forward by nearly 12,000 participants at the nationwide education dialogues.
Wan Zahid said teacher quality issue was another “hot topic” highlighted during the dialogues.
“Many parents complained that their children were not being taught by the best teachers while teachers said they were overburdened with administrative work,” he added.
International panel member from Singapore Dr Lee Sing Kong said teacher training institutes should establish certain basic standards when recruiting new teachers.
“In the revamp of the education system, the teachers must be adequately trained to teach the new curriculum,” said the expert in teacher development.
Meanwhile, Education director-general Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud said the 11 areas or reform or “shifts” in the blueprint were “realistic and achievable targets”.
Former deputy Education director-general Datuk Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim said the shifts “had hit the nail on the head”.
“Execution is key in ensuring that the targets in the blueprint are met. There must be continuity in the initiatives taken, even if there are leadership changes,” she said.