Report on initiatives to churn out highly-skilled human capital to be ready by year-end. He said the report was expected to be completed by the year-end and would take into consideration feedback from all concerned in the efforts to create a high- quality education system in the country.
BARAM: THE Education Ministry will prepare a detailed report on initiatives to be taken to raise the competency of teachers in line with the need to churn out highly-skilled human capital, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said here yesterday.
Speaking at a press conference after attending a Special Meeting With Educators and the Community at SMK Tinjar, here, Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said he was still dissatisfied with the level of achievement under the existing education system.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin being greeted by a woman playing a traditional musical instrument at Long Peluan yesterday.
With him is Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu. Bernama pic.
"If we look at the level of competency (of Malaysian teachers), based on the international benchmark, there is still a significant difference (compared) with the other countries."
He said that to complete the report, nine working groups had been created to study the areas of education to be given emphasis.
Several dialogues on national education would also be held and the stakeholders would be invited to give their opinions, he said.
The minister said that the country was facing competition from other countries and it was most important for all educators to raise their skill.
In his speech earlier, Muhyiddin said the national education system must always be updated so that it suited the current and future needs of the country.
He said although the existing education system had helped the country significantly, especially in eradicating poverty, the current focus was to churn out highly-skilled human capital with an analytical and creative mind.
"In order to train our children to be more analytical and creative, our teachers must also be more analytical and critical."
At the function, Muhyiddin announced an allocation of RM2.8 million for various physical improvement projects for nine primary schools here, besides approving RM3 million for the improvement of the water supply system at SMK Tinjar.
He also handed aid from the Poor Students Trust Fund (KWAMP) worth RM25.4 million for 13,495 students in Sarawak.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan, who is also the Baram member of parliament, were present at the function.
On another matter, Muhyiddin said component parties in the Sarawak Barisan Nasional that are beset by internal squabbles would have to sort themselves out quickly in the interest of BN unity.
Without mentioning the two parties that are in crisis, the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), Muhyiddin said they had to find the best possible solution to end their crisis quickly.
"They may be an important component of BN but the overall interests of BN are paramount."
Muhyiddin is on a two-day visit to Sarawak. He started his visit on Friday.
Earlier, in a meet-the-people session at the Penan settlement of Long Bruang, Muhyiddin said people living in the deep interior of the state, like the Kayans, Kelabits and Penans, were not forgotten and would not be left out in the mainstream of development.
He said Sarawak's rural areas had tremendous potential to be developed and the government's current policy was to bring development to these areas so the people need not go to the towns to seek jobs.
"The Penans have been exploited by people who are uneasy with the development the government has planned for them."
The deputy prime minister said the Penans were the same as other Malaysians and were entitled to all the benefits the government had for the people in the country.
Muhyiddin also disbursed the 1Malaysia's People Aid (BR1M) before visiting the Penans' handicraft centre, the settlement's community centre and officially commissioned a solar project there.
From Long Beruang, the deputy prime minister and his entourage took a short drive to visit the nearby Kelabit settlement of Long Peluan.
Source: The New Straits Times General 26 February, 2012