KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 — Malaysians in general have high regard for our local education system, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
Muhyiddin (picture) made this statement in light of a recent survey by Introspek Asia, which revealed yesterday that 55 per cent of Malaysian adults believe that our education system is comparable to other countries, while 35 per cent said it is “better than that of developed countries”.
“This finding is interesting as it reflects a positive attitude among a majority of Malaysians toward our education system,” he said today in his keynote address at the Asian Strategy and Learning Institute’s (ASLI) 16th Malaysian Education Summit here.
“I believe our teachers and educators who have done so much to uplift the standard of our education deserve a pat on the back for their good work,” he added.
However, Muhyiddin added that the finding alone, “must not lull us into complacency”.
“We have to come to grips with the stark reality that current challenges confronting our nation today require us to reassess the priorities of our education system and realign them with the present national goals,” he said.
“We need to ask the most crucial question of whether immediate improvements are needed in order to meet the pressing challenge of moving our nation forward in a highly competitive global world,” he added.
Muhyiddin said our curriculum, teacher training, school quality, school leadership and the whole education delivery system “right from top managers at the Ministry of Education down to the teachers in the classroom” have to be constantly re-evaluated to ensure our education system will produce “world-class human capital”.
He also announced that a series of national dialogue will be held nationwide in coming months “to receive feedback from the public on how we can best improve our education system”.
“This exercise is history in a sense that for the first time after more than 30 years, our education will undergo a thorough review to improve its quality and raise its standard,” he said.
“It is also historic that the government is embarking on a national exercise to gain public feedback on the education system in an open and inclusive environment,” he added.
Muhyiddin said depending on the final blueprint produced and if required, this may entail considerable structural changes in education delivery, or re-examining current policies, or streamlining operational practices or others.