At least 80% of schools should be upgraded to high performance level to ensure that parents can send their children to any government school of quality.
Prof Dr Sufean Hussin from Universiti Malaya's Department of Educational Management, Planning and Policy, Faculty of Education, said at present, only 13% were high-performance schools.
However, he believed most schools could become high-performance ones within five years if the teachers, parents and the community were committed to making the Malaysia Education Development Blueprint 2013-2025 a success.
"It is a challenge for us to ensure that we increase the percentage of high-performance schools through effective teaching and learning techniques."
He said this to Bernama after presenting a paper on "Overall Challenges in the Implementation of Education Transformation for the Future of Malaysia" at the National Education Transformation Seminar 2014 at Universiti Malaya, today.
Citing Finland, Sufean said parents were not worried when sending their children to any school as almost all the schools in that country were of high performance.
He also said the government should increase the number of support service providers such as technicians, and laboratory and resource centre assistants to ensure the learning system was effective.
"They (support service) are the frontliners who assist teachers in the teaching and learning process," he said.
The two-day seminar is aimed at generating strategies towards realising the national education blueprint and identifying issues which influence the quality of teaching and learning. – Bernama, May 9, 2014.