IT contains many strategies that will rejuvenate the country’s education system.
The Preliminary Report Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, aims to provide an accelerated learning pathway for high performing students to complete the UPSR and SPM in five and four years respectively. Its target is also to boost the Bahasa Malaysia and English Language proficiency levels of school-goers.
The report also looks at upskilling English teachers and transforming teaching into the profession of choice. These strategies have been carefully crafted to transform the education system.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who launched the preliminary report on the blueprint last Tuesday, said the weaknesses in the present education system had to be acknowledged, and Malaysians cannot be in denial, if the country is to move forward.
He said the education system had to be revamped to produce thinking and innovative students to meet future needs.
“In the new economy, the thrust is knowledge, innovation and technology,” he said. “Our system must meet these needs. We must prepare our children for jobs that do not exist today,” he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had outlined the blueprint’s 11 areas of reform or “shifts” which will be implemented over the next 13 years in three phases or “waves” during the launch (see chart below).
The blueprint aims to produce students with six key attributes - knowledge, thinking skills, leadership skills, bilingual proficiency, ethics and spirituality, and national identity.
Muhyiddin who is Education Minister, said the changes would be carried out in three stages: from 2013 to 2015; 2016 to 2020; and 2021 to 2025.
He added that the ministry would hold “open days” for the public to scrutinise details of the plan and offer further feedback.
The blueprint is also available online via the ministry’s website at www.moe.gov.my.
“I believe that when this plan is brought to the Cabinet and finalised in December, it will be an education blueprint that is full of the rakyat’s(people’s) hopes and dreams,” he said.
Muhyiddin was reported to have said that the “open days” were scheduled to be held sometime next month.
Source: The STAR Online Home Education Opinion Sunday September 16, 2012