Union: Education blueprint shows Govt responsive to views of the people

Wednesday September 12, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/9/12/sarawak/12009745&sec=sarawak

By SHARON LING
sharonling@thestar.com.my

 

KUCHING: The Sarawak Bumiputra Teachers Union (KGBS) has hailed the National Education Blueprint (2013-2025) as a timely and comprehensive move.

Its president Ahmad Malie said the launch of the blueprint by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday showed that the Government was responsive to the views of the people in various dialogue sessions.

“We are confident that the blueprint has taken into consideration all views which were put forward prior to the launch.

“As such, we hope the public will be able to accept the blueprint without prejudice,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Ahmad also welcomed the Education Ministry’s proposal to allow stakeholders to provide further feedback in order to come up with a comprehensive plan which would fulfill the needs of the people.

“We hope the public will make use of this opportunity to provide their feedback,” he added.

The blueprint to overhaul the nation’s education system is based on public feedback via the National Education Dialogue Panel, which received 7,039 recommendations and 156 memoranda from 12,000 participants during its nationwide roadshow launched last October.

It outlines 11 shifts required to transform the education system to be on par with developed nations over the next 13 years.

As part of the blueprint, the ministry will conduct comprehensive “stock-takes” in 2015, 2020 and 2025, in which all stakeholders will be able to provide input.