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Malaysian students below par, "Let us acknowledge that we have to accept this as a fact" ~ Muhyiddin

Big money but little progress in education


SHAH ALAM: Malaysian students are surprisingly not on par with their foreign counterparts although the nation has one of the biggest allocations for education, Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

He said 21% of Budget 2015 was invested in the education sector from pre-school right up to university level.

“The amount allocated is the same or even more than some foreign countries, including developed countries like the United States.

“What has become an issue is why our students’ performance still isn’t as good as those in developed nations, despite the huge amount of funds being pumped into education,” he said before launching SK Seksyen 7’s school carnival.

Muhyiddin, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said it was no secret that Malaysian students were at the bottom third of international examinations such as Programme for International Student Assess­ment (Pisa) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

Pisa is administered by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) every three years on 15-year-olds in both OECD and non-OECD countries and offers students questions in the main language of instruction in their respective countries. Each round focuses on one area of either Reading, Mathematics or Science.

The assessments have been conducted since 2000, with Malaysia taking part for the first time in 2009.

Based on the mean score for Pisa 2012, Malaysia placed in the bottom third, ranking 52nd out of 65 countries

Admitting that he was shocked at the findings, Muhyiddin said he had to accept the facts.

“Let us acknowledge that we have to accept this as a fact,” he said, adding that a solution needed to be found.

“If people say the Malaysian education system isn’t good, look at the outcome,” Muhyiddin said, adding that many Malaysian students have become professionals such as doctors and engineers.

The STAR Home News Nation 14 Mar 2015

SHAH ALAM: Malaysian students are surprisingly not on par with their foreign counterparts, despite the nation having one of the biggest budget allocations for education worldwide, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin: Malaysian students surprisingly below par


"Let us acknowledge that we have to accept this as a fact,"

"What has become an issue for us is why  our students' performance still isn't as good as those in developed nations, despite huge funds pumped into the education sector," said the Education Minister.

Muhyiddin, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said that 21% of the 2015 Budget was invested in the education sector, from pre-school up to university level.

He added the amount allocated was the same or even more than some foreign countries, including developed countries such as the United States.

He added that it was no secret that Malaysian students were at the bottom third of international examinations such as Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

Admitting that he was shocked at the findings, he said he had to accept the facts.

"Let us acknowledge that we have to accept this as a fact," said Muhyiddin, adding that a solution could be found to have students who are on par with others in developed countries.

Tags: education, pisa, timss
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