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Problem in teachers’ training, not pre-school

SHAH ALAM: The Parent Action Group for Education (Page) feels the decline in the standard of education in the country cannot be solved by improving pre-school levels.

The group’s chairman Datin Noor Azimah Adbul Rahim said it was the teachers’ training and not pre-school that was the problem.

She was commenting on Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala’s answer to a question by Tan Sri AK Nathan of Eversendai Bhd about the decline in the standard of education in Malaysia at the Global Malaysia Series.

Idris was reported to have said that the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) had sought to increase the level of pre-school education to address this issue.

“Pre-school is not a problem yet. He’s not answering the question. The problem is Year One upwards. I think the root of the problem is teachers’ training and the entry requirements to enter teacher training colleges,” she told theantdaily.com.

While Azimah acknowledges that the entry requirements are being addressed in the National Education Blueprint, she feels that more needs to be done in reviewing and revamping the training of teachers.

“This is the root of the problem as every time the government comes up with policies, the implementation is then found to be lacking.

“Until this is addressed, we will not see an improvement in the standard of education,” said Azimah.

Sonia Ramachandran The Ant Daily News 31/08/2013
Tags: teachers, training
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