PUTRAJAYA: Three years after it was implemented, the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 is showing tangible results.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the First Wave (2013-2015) of the blueprint had managed to increase student enrolment, reduce the urban-rural divide and ensure 100% literacy and numeracy rates within the first three years of schooling.
“It was not an easy feat as it involved many different agencies and administrative levels at the states.
“However, to ensure that our children receive quality early education, we will continue intensifying efforts to achieve our target of 100% enrolment in the Second Wave (2016-2020),” he said when launching the 2015 annual report of the blueprint here yesterday.
Also present were his two deputies, Datuk P. Kamalanathan and Chong Sin Woon.
Mahdzir said pre-school enrolment had increased to 84.5% in 2015, up from 80.2% in 2012, while that for primary school reached 98% in 2015.
“These rates have exceeded the universal enrolment rate of 91% as reported by the United Nations Development Programme in 2015,” he said.
The ministry, said Mahdzir, had also successfully narrowed the gap between the academic achievements of rural and urban schools.
“I am happy to announce that we have surpassed our target (of 25%) to reduce the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah achievement gap between urban and rural schools by up to 36%,” he added.
He said 99% of pupils mastered Bahasa Melayu and Mathematics by the end of Year Three while English literacy increased to 94.11% in 2015 compared to 78.3% in 2014 for Year Three pupils.
To better prepare students for the future, Mahdzir said it had been incorporating higher order thinking skills questions and school-based assessments into classroom teaching and learning, with 268,589 teachers having been trained so far.
At the same time, the ministry is also taking steps to ensure that teachers are well-trained to handle matters related to “21st century learning”.
Among the measures are the Repositioning of Teachers’ Core Duties initiative to ensure that they can focus on the teaching and learning processes.
The level of community and parental involvement in schools, said Mahdzir, had also increased.
The percentage of parents involved in major school events like registration day, Parent-Teacher Association meetings and sports day increased to 74.6% in 2015 from 57% in 2013, he added.
“Clearly, we have laid a solid foundation for developing holistic students capable of ushering the country into an era of global recognition.
“All these is possible by providing access to quality education as promised in the blueprint.”
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