THE results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) in 2009 showed Malaysia in the bottom third of 74 participating countries.
In the recent Pisa 2012 results, Malaysia was ranked 52 out of 65 countries.
According to a 2011 World Bank report, Malaysia’s expenditure on education as a percentage of total government spending at 16% was almost double that of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average of 8.7%.
It was higher than the average for the economies of Hong Kong (12%), South Korea and Singapore (11%).
Malaysia spends a lot on education but have we achieved the desired results?
What is the quality of our teachers? Do we have world-class teachers?
Recently, a local Chinese news portal reported that some teachers had hired professional thesis writers to write for them.
There are also reports that some teachers are unable to teach the subjects they majored in but studied to become graduate teachers just to get higher pay!
Many teachers have poor command of the English language.
Some of them spend more time giving private tuition than teaching in schools with a few even giving special tips to tuition students just to attract more business.
We need dedicated teachers to help us become a country with world-class education.
There is abundant talent in our country but we are wasting it.
We need innovative teachers who can unleash the great minds of tomorrow!
Concerned Parent Seremban Negeri Sembilan The STAR Online Home News Education 15/12/2013