By Diana Rose
LAPOK: Malaysia’s current education system is in for a thorough review and the detailed proposals will be completed by year-end.
“I am not satisfied with our current education system. There are lots of thing that need to be done especially on the quality of education,” said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at SMK Tinjar, about 130km from Miri here yesterday.
“We need to have a total review of our education system in order to upgrade its quality.”
Addressing a crowd of about 2,000 people, the majority of whom are teachers and students, he said it was pertinent that the current education system be reviewed in order to produce qualified highly proficient human resources to fill in the 3.3mil jobs by 2020.
These jobs entail highly skilled and qualified human resources, said Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister.
He said that last week, he tabled the initial findings of his ministry’s study on the education system and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had supported the ministry’s initiative.
“We will table the complete detailed report by year-end,” he said, adding that the report would look into, among other things, producing quality teachers and finding ways to narrow the education gap between rural and urban areas and, above all, producing quality students who are creative, innovative and with high comprehension level.
“We don’t want rote learners. We need creative teachers to produce creative students who have high creativity, inovativeness, and comprehensive minds,” he said, adding that the proposal would also look into training teachers during school holidays.
Muhyiddin said the ministry had appointed nine working groups to look into various aspects of the study.
At the same time, they had hired a panel of international consultants to benchmark the standard of our education system so that it would be compatible with international standard.
He said once the study had been done, it would be followed by a series of national education dialogues with stakeholders throughout the country.
“This process will gather the voice of stakeholders and their opinions on how best to improve our education system,” Muhyiddin said.
“I would like education stakeholders in Sarawak to participate in the dialogues.”