Malaysia’s New Education Blue Print


September 12, 2012

Malaysia’s New Education Blue Print: A New Beginning

by http://www.malaysiakini.com (09-11-12)

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin unveiled the country’s new education blueprint today, a process which began last October when the government embarked on a national dialogue with the aim of revamping the education system.

Members of the public will be able to view the blueprint during open days in the next three months. The final plan will be presented to cabinet in December.The full blueprint can be downloaded here.

Salient points

Language

  • All Year 1 to Year 3 students to undergo Literacy and Numeracy screening (Linus) twice a year in both English and Bahasa Malaysia (currently Linus tests are done only for BM).
  • After-school remedial classes for Years 4-6 (to phase out ‘remove’ classes for those with problems with English and BM after Year 6 by 2017).
  • All English teachers must pass Cambridge placement tests within the next two years.
  • Accelerated pathway for high performers: 5 years (instead of 6) for UPSR and 4 years (instead of 5) for SPM.
  • Compulsory English Literature module in secondary school.

International standards

  • Benchmark mathematics and science tests on the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) and Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (Timss).
  • NONE11 years of compulsory schooling (up from 6 years); by 2020, all school leavers have SPM or equivalent qualification.
  • All special needs students in equipped special schools by 2025.
  • Each child to learn a third language by 2025 (starting with Chinese, Tamil and Arabic). Spanish, French and Japanese will be offered later.

Values

  • Each student must take part in community service.
  • Some Moral Studies and Islamic Studies lessons will be conducted jointly, where there are shared values. Islamic and Moral Studies will also focus on core values of other major religions by 2017.
  • Include private school students in Rancangan Integrasi Murid Untuk Perpaduan (RIMUP).

Teaching

  • Raise entry bar to teachers’ training, with the aim of having only the top 30 percent of graduates become teachers from 2013.
  • NONETeachers to be assessed annually by principals, with input likely by peers and parents
  • Fast track careers; high performers can be promoted from DG41 grade to DG54 in 25 years.
  • Those who underperform to be redeployed to non-teaching tasks like co-curricular activities, discipline or administration.
  • High-performing principals for rural or low-performing schools; New Principal Career Package, which includes coaching and on-boarding programmes, to be rolled out in waves in 2013.
  • Teachers to do less administrative work and more teaching.

Schools

  • Greater flexibility to schools for budget allocations and implementation of curriculum, starting from high-performing schools.
  • 100 percent schools to have basic infrastructure by 2015 (starting with Sabah and Sarawak).

ICT

  • 4G Internet for all schools by 2013 for pedagogy.

Ministry

  • NONE2,500 staff members moved from state education departments and the head office to district education departments.
  • State and district education departments to have greater budgeting and personnel autonomy.

Parents

  • Parents can access online monitoring of students’ progress.
  • 500 more Trust schools.

Transparency

  • Annual report to gauge if blueprint targets have been met, starting 2013, be available for public consumption.
  • Comprehensive review of the blueprint in 2015, 2020 and 2025.

Funds

  • Focus funds on critical areas, like teacher training and cutting funds to non-critical programmes.

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Comment: I congratulate the government for coming up with this  new Education Blueprint. It is not perfect, but it is a very credible effort. I give the government  the credit when it deserves it. Let us hope others do the same and cooperate to make it a blueprint for all Malaysians.

We have three months to make our views known to the Ministry of Education before the final report is tabled to the Cabinet for approval. Since education is intellectual capital development, we must read this blueprint carefully and then offer constructive suggestions.

After we do that, let us hope the bureaucrats at the Ministry of Education will listen and incorporate them in the final blueprint. Here is an opportunity for the government to listen to stakeholders (pupils and their parents and guardians).–Din Merican

26 thoughts on “Malaysia’s New Education Blue Print

  1. The local councils also have their master plan (5 to 20 years) in place, but what happen thereafter ? Loads of rubbish and bullshit that only look good on paper. Merely written out of imagination without recognizing the reality and our ability to execute it. We have too many blueprints which only make us bluer. As long as they failed to train teachers with quality, the education will remained low and the train is heading to destruction.

  2. Shortcomings of the Preliminary Malaysia National Education Blueprint 2013- 2025

    I laud both the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dato’Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdu Razak and the Rt. Hon. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin who is also the Minister for Education for their motivation, tireless efforts and initiatives to come up with a better education policy to replace the current very much attacked policy which is construed as being a weak one and also the people in MOE who have been working very hard since April this year firstly, to organise the National Education Dialogue that took the team led by former Education Director General Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Wan Mohd Zahid bin Wan Mohd Noordin, the National Education Dialogue Panel Chairman to 16 locations throughout the country including Sabah and Sarawak to conduct the Townhall Series of the National Education Dialogue and to prepare the impressive and attractive Preliminary Report – Malaysia Education Blueprint 2103- 2025 in both Bahasa Malaysia and in English which we all, who were present at the launch, were presented a copy each.

    The first impression I get of the launch of the Malaysia National Education Blueprint 2013 – 2025 is the seriousness given by the government to education due to the fact that both the PM and the DPM were present at the event and the ‘off-the-cuff’ statement made by the former who is also the Minister of Finance is that he expects the expenditure for education in this country given the new plans, policies, syllabus and systems to be put in place and implemented as stated in the blueprint will be much higher than previous years and as the minister in charge, he will approve it. This was followed immediately by a loud applause from all present. The PM also made another ‘off-the-cuff’ statement commenting on his pet subject, English literature, which will be introduced from next year and given the situation now, he said, “If you can’t teach them Shakespeare, the full version, try the abridged version first and if that is also too difficult then, start with the books by Enid Blyton”. This was also followed by a loud applause from the audience. It is most pleasing to note the emphasis the Prime Minister placed on English language knowing that this is the right way for our people to progress. He had earlier reminded the people, in no uncertain terms, to always use and uphold Bahasa Malaysia as this is our national language.

    There are many aspects in the blueprint which are commendable but nothing is new, it is more like something old that are sent back to the people in new package.

    Given the high-spirited way the PM talks about English language, about its importance, about the need to be good in it and about its usefulness, I would at least expect PPSMI to be re-instated as the re-introduction of English medium schools or national integrated schools may be too much to ask for but it was not going to be. It is generally acknowledged that PPSMI may not be for all as it’s more for students whose command of English is good, except for some oddball hardcore PPSMI supporters but, the demands for PPSMI are still very high and the numbers are quite significant, comprising people from all communities, and for those who want to do mathematics and science in either Bahasa Malaysia or in a vernacular language of the students’ choice; MOE must cater for them too. The big demand for PPSMI should be reason enough for MOE to re-instate it. There are already enough of other strong reasons given the members of the public over the years for MOE to consider to re-instate PPSMI and that no mention of PPSMI being re-instated in the blueprint also gives us the impression that the PM and the DPM may not be ‘at one’ in this matter. Is there a compromise here and done at the expense of a large group of interested parties including the many students throughout the country (denied what they have asked for and what they deserve)?

    National schools will not be the school of choice for many and many, if not all, of the objectives in Shift One of the education transformation plan, i.e. ‘Provide equal access to quality education of international standard’ will ever be achieved. More parents living in Johore Bahru and as far as Kluang and Batu Pahat will send their children to study in schools in Singapore and more parents will send their children to study in private international schools and private schools and more children will be home-schooled. Also, many more Malay and Indian children will enroll in SJK(C) schools. On pages 7-15 to 7-18, ‘Enhancement of unity in schools’, the blueprint discusses at length the subject on unity, how to foster unity and how to enhance it but with young people segregated since young into the many different types of schools available in the country, including private international schools, private schools, Arab schools, Tahfiz, etc., the permitted situation will make the implementation of government agendas such as to achieve unity (perpaduan) and making the young people and the people of the future generations true Malaysians and to embrace the true Malaysian spirit more difficult, maybe impossible even.
    The Prime Minister also mentioned in his speech about the unique school system that Malaysia has been having for many years, probably the only country in the world that has many school systems, i.e. the many different types of schools we have here in the country viz. national schools, national type (Chinese) schools, national type (Tamil) schools, agama schools, mission schools, private schools and private international schools. The last two are not under the ministry’s jurisdiction but the ministry’s private school’s division issues the licenses for those schools to operate in the country. There are no restrictions or limits placed on the number of local students enrolled by these schools. I am not sure whether he wants us to be proud of this uniqueness or otherwise but he did mention it with gusto. I mentioned this because, in a multi-racial and multi religious country, garnering unity (perpaduan) among the people is of high importance. We have this many national school system since 1957 and this has proven that difficult for our government to create unity amongst the people, it is actually doing exactly the opposite. The people are, from the age of seven, segregated into different communities. No amount of efforts, campaign or even force (which have not been tried) applied will result in moulding unity among the diverse people of this country. I and many others thought that unity (perpaduan) is best started in schools by putting young boys and girls of different races and religion in the same class and schools and let them mix. I have suggested a solution for this by introducing the national integrated schools systems, both primary and secondary, and offer all that students or what parents want their child or children to choose in their education, nothing that are being offered now is denied. Ironically, unity (perpaduan) is not among the eleven shifts to transform the national education system even though it is widely discussed in the blueprint. Has this been overlooked?

    We may have citizens in future who are citizens in name only by virtue of being born in the country to parents who are Malaysian citizens who may not know how to sing the national anthem, how to speak Bahasa Melayu, not know how to speak our national language, not know what is Rukunegara, may not be loyal citizens or citizens with nationalistic and patriotic spirit. The first thing they hear about trouble looming, we will see them packing their bags and leave. Do we want these types of people as citizens?

    Shift No. 2 of the blueprint states, ’Ensure every child is proficient in Bahasa Malaysia and English language’, this is an excellent paradigm shift and I believe this will be undertaken by enhancing the recently introduced (MBMMBI) programme. I do not have any doubts at all about the efficiency of our teachers to teach and guide students to achieve the former aim but, knowing what the MBMMBI programme is like and, I can also expect what the enhanced MBMMBI programme would be like, what it entails and without either re-instating PPSMI, re-introducing English medium schools or put in place the national integrated schools proposal, I and many others, a huge chunk of the rakyat, do not see how the aim, ’to be proficient in English language’, i.e., the other aim of Shift No. 2, can be achieved. So, in 13 to 15 years starting from 2013, after the new national education transformation plan is put into place, the poor command of English language among our students including our undergraduates and graduates and all the problems that come along with that, will still be the same or even worse and we all wonder how many great opportunities we would all be losing and how far further down the slide the situation will be. We can already sense the many more ‘goofs’ and ‘debacles’ happening as a result of this decision and some, not surprisingly, will be ‘goofs’ and ‘debacles’ repeated over and over again because, we notice that, MOE does not seem to learn from the past mistakes they made. You can see me in five to ten years from now, if I am still around, and waiting for me to say, “I told you so, didn’t I?” But why gloat or regret it, it won’t make things better. So, if I am still around and if you come to see me in five or ten years from now, I will not say to anyone of you that but what you may hear from me is my great feeling of loss and regret because I was not able to get people to make the right change meaning, I have failed. I have failed to do the right thing for people of the younger generation and the generations to come!

    The policy and decision makers may also not be around anymore in five or ten years from now and so, the wrong decision made today and its repercussions will mean little or nothing at all to them.

    Members of the public, including me, have for years criticised the country’s poor education policies and systems, flip-flopping from one to another leaving many frustrated and our young people, some are our very own children, have become victims of those failed policies and systems. Almost two generations of young people suffered and calls to the government to make changes to check the decline in standards where in the late 70s and earlier, we had one of the best education systems in the world and for the government, since the mid-80s, changed that for an inferior one baffles many. Now that a golden opportunity has come our way, the fact that the government is still not going to make the changes that meet the demands of the present and the future, of the people and the country again baffles me.

    Personally, given the time taken, the people involved, the efforts put into preparing the blueprint and the hype it has created, not to mention the cost incurred, I do not consider the blueprint as something that is ‘par excellence’ and this is very much contrary to the view given by one of the three international panel members, the former Korean education minister, Mr Byong-Man Ahn. It is not mediocre either but it is just an average one and it won’t make things better for us, the people and the country. Nothing, to me and to many of us, in there, is new or something that I and the others have never heard of before and say, if the same blueprint becomes the final blueprint, I and the others are still doubtful of its successful implementation, given the poor record of MOE in implementing new systems and policies in the past, in spite of the assurance given by one of the independent national education transformation plan panel members, Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah binte Syed Hasan Shahabudin who is also the UKM Vice Chancellor, who told me after the launch that this time there will be a delivery systems unit that will monitor the implementation of the new policies, syllabus, curriculum, activities and plans as per the blueprint which will be placed at all state and district education offices and manned by qualified and experienced staff, it still isn’t enough to convince me and many others that policies will be implemented effectively. There are far too many ‘Little Napoleons’ within and without the whole system, including some politicians, and nothing seems to be done to remove these people who were proven to be creating plenty of obstacles before, and the situation would still be the same now and in the short-term, middle-term and the long-term future.

    I and many others (all are stakeholders) are extremely disappointed that the two main issues that have been discussed and talked about umpteenth times since about eight years ago, which have become very big issues in themselves, i.e. PPSMI and the re-introduction of English medium schools, are not given any consideration for inclusion in the blueprint at all. We know that the government is not expected to come out with a populist type of blueprint that may be wrongly construed as a General Election’s lure but surely, knowing how important English language is as acknowledged by someone none other than the Prime Minister himself, a better and more concrete decision should have been made on English language vis-à-vis the national education policy. There’s no need for me to stress on the critical situation of this point because I and many others have written numerous articles and letters, in particular PAGE, led by their ever venerable and outspoken president ,a good personal friend of mine and fellow activist, Datin Noor Azimah Rahim, who have been called by many unkind names by her adversaries such as PERKASA and language nationalists (Pejuang Bahasa) in particular which were published by mainstream newspapers as well as alternative online newspapers on the subject of the importance of English language. However, the fact that neither of these proposals is included in the blueprint as solutions to check the slide of the standard of English language of our students including many university undergraduates and graduates can also be seen as pleasing one party at the expense of the other. I can already feel the ‘drift’ and hear the noisy and loud victory cries and jeers of some people and followed by their loud applause celebrating their ‘win’.

    These people, to me, are more interested in pushing their own agendas and are even willing to relegate the importance of national development and they may not realise how much the country would lose and how far behind some more the country and the people will be because of the wrong decision made and also because the present leaders are more bent on pleasing them than making the right decision that will benefit the majority of the rakyat. So, if this is not a lure for ‘GE13’ for some people, what else is?

    During lunch, I was seated with some officials from the Ministry of Education and we had some discussions about the blueprint and the weaknesses in the country’s education system. One of the items discussed, which later turned to be an almost heated argument, is the teacher/student ratio which at 1:13, I think, is inaccurate and it does not represent the actual countrywide situation especially in schools that are located in towns and high density areas. I believe, the ratio, which even the Minister of Education brags about, include crowded schools in towns and high density areas and schools that have more teachers than students in rural areas in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak. What, I think, would me more accurate and would reflect the actual situation is to assess the two situations separately; have one ratio for crowded schools in towns and high density areas and one for rural schools. In an attempt to support my assumption, I also told the people who were on the same table, that a very senior official from MOE has not too long ago, declared that 59% of the time, teachers were ‘absent’ from class. If the teacher/student ratio is 1:13, this should not happen. The official who was talking to me said that MOE has already done that and it has the two ratios but when I asked what the ratios are, she told me that she cannot reveal the figures and when I insisted (in a raised voice), she told me that she had forgotten the figures so, is she speaking the truth or was she bluffing and does MOE actually have the figures or not? I believe, when talking to members of the public, officials from MOE must not take us, members of the public, for a ride because, we will eventually know whether they speak the truth or lying and if we later discover that the official has lied, it won’t be good either for her or for MOE.

    I do hope the prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the minister, other ministers, politicians, policy makers, administrators and the people in MOE would look again at the preliminary report of the Malaysia education blueprint again very carefully this time and re-study all the arguments that support them and those against and re-consider to include all the important components I mentioned above to be made part of the new education policies in order for us to have an excellent national education transform plan and to meet all the aspirations, missions and objectives to raise the country’s standard and become a 1st World country and for the people to enjoy a high income.

  3. By the way, upon being recently appointed as a non-academic member of the Council of Deans (English language) I am indirectly involved in preparing the intensive English language programme for IPTA undergraduates, a continuous programme which all IPTA graduates will undergo to improve their command of English so that when they leave after they graduate from the respective IPTAs, their English will be as good as their command of Bahasa Melayu (Bahasa Malaysia).

    Generally, students in Malaysia go through thirteen years of education before they enter university and they are all taught English language as a subject. However, due to the poor syllabus, poor method of teaching and the lack of good English language teachers, which are the normal complaints that we all hear all the time since the country’s education policy switched to the current policy since the 70s, the general standard of English of our students is considered very poor.

    Now, it is the universities (IPTA) that have to handle the problem and shoulder the burden which should not be the case had the Ministry of Education ensured that a better English language syllabus, sufficient qualified teachers and proper emphasis on English language were given at national primary and secondary schools very much like the earlier days when our students’ command of the English language were at par with the best in the world. If this was the case, local students now need not go through the proposed six month intensive English language programme before starting their degree courses but unfortunately, due to many not having a good command of English and some even with zero English proficiency, they have to go through an intensive crash course and it is hoped that as they go along at their respective faculties, they will use more English in the course of their studies and their day-to-day life, their proficiency will increase and be as good as those who are in MUET’s Band 5 or Band 6.

    The continuous intensive English language programme for IPTA undergraduates is expected to be conducted until such time, schools can come out with students who’s command of English is good enough and acceptable by all the IPTAs and that is expected to happen between 12 and fifteen years from next year, However, it looks like, if not much changes are made to the Preliminary Malaysia National Education Blueprint 2013 – 2025,IPTAs may have to continue conducting the continuous intensive English language programme for a longer indefinite period.

  4. Since i ain’t an expert in ‘education’, i’ll leave the specifics to more qualified commentators. I think the Devil is in the details – somewhere and somehow, and the implementation will fall so short of expectations that it will be the equivalent of suffering from ‘Koro’ (genital retraction syndrome).

    Enough of pandering to rabid extremists from all sides of the ‘Language’ conundrum. While the stated aim is a bilingual (or good grief, multilingual) educational system, nothing is further from the truth. In reality our kids are growing up mono-lingual with smatterings of bastardized Malay, Manglish, Mandarin (with loss of the rich diversity of Sino dialects) and Tamil (why not Hindi or Bengali?). Nothing new.

    Emphasis should be on vocational, technical and scientific subjects at secondary level – which obviously is necessary for advancing an innovative and technically competent/savvy populace, Obviously too difficult to comprehend for ‘Literature’ minded pea-brains. We don’t need more lawyers, economists, historians, computer geeks, fashionistas, celebrity chefs, advertisers and what have you. Even doctors are passe’, seeing the amount of rubbish that graduate nowadays, just because their parents could afford it and insisted that their kids have an ‘honorific’ before their names. Most of all we have to kill all the ‘middle-men’ or half-baked fixers/lobbyists who are nothing more than well dressed Mat Rempits/Minahs and Machais.

    What happened to Industrial Arts? What we need are hoardes of well trained engineers (not only space and aeronautical bumbling bees), technicians/mechanics who can tell the difference between a screw and a nut, financial experts – especially those trained in forensic accounting, social workers trained in spousal/child abuse, psychologists, agronomists, geophysicists, environmentalists, dieticians, pharmacists blah, blah, blah…

    Pea-brain Politicians be damned – we can’t abide by them, and they should keep their bloody paws off a holistic education system.

  5. Why not revitalize the ‘Mission’ Schools?
    We are not talking about the missionary position, but heck – they managed to produce weirdos like semper, dato and yours truly. Even our head what’s-his-name is a product of a coupla dedicated ‘Brothers’. Of course, i don’t think any Sekolah Rendah or Madarsah of repute would wanna be associated with the leaders of Perkasa and similar Establishments. Or would they? If so Pedagogy, is also a veterinary science.

  6. First item for the blueprint: Bring back the rotan. The rotan will make a man out of the weirdos. I have to thank the rotan and the Scottish HM for his skills and talent in swinging the rotan for making me who I am today.
    The HM favorite words “Bend down sonny” not to be confused with Bendover Singh. It’s not the pain but the humiliation in front of hundreds of your school mates.

  7. What went wrong in our post 1980′s education system are well examined and so are its proposed remedies. But the “culprits for the so-called policy missteps” have not been sufficiently exposed as there is (like it or not) a pervasive fear of reprisal. Until the source of this fear is removed, no matter how many blueprints are adopted, its implementation will be far less than desired as there will always be political opportunists and little Napoleans lurking around. I would like to be more optimistic but both my two feet are not on firma terra on this issue. Arguably Malaysian education is most politicised in the world.

  8. Rotan? Capital idea! Carrying a chair while standing on a chair outside the classroom would also be ‘nice’. Or getting ‘shot’ on the head with the blackboard duster for attention deficit. Or filling up school shoes with water, for failing to bring bottles to wash art brushes. I’m sure there’s no end of our beloved teachers ingenuity. You guys may like to share some, ‘cuz this discussion on ‘Education’ ain’t going nowhere, except Utopia (a happy No place).

    Only problem is that nowadays, we have quite a few pistol totting entitled parents, who regard the fruit of their loins as irreproachable deities, like themselves. Unlike our parents who would say that we deserved it. Don’t forget, these modern day pirates and spoilt brats even tote smart phones with camera and will record every slight. Unlike us who had to rely on small pencil sharpener mirrors to peep under the lady teachers skirts.. Nowadays they wear purdahs and chastity belts! Yup. Those were dangerously lethal days..

  9. Living dangerously has it rewards. It makes us a better person. Todays kids are spoilt rotten, nothing held back and parents dote over them until they can’t even fend for themselves. These gizmo kids wouldn’t survive the slightest hardship. At the same time they miss out on the adventures. Wonder what kind of story will they tell their grandkids.

    Ah yes, carry chair while standing on the chair, having your cheeks pulled and slapped a few times, and carrying bricks on outstretched hands for an extended period of times. Some of us became heroes mah. Horny and curious but look at us today, we stand tall and not BTNed

  10. Hahaha CLF! Yours truly was also a public caning veteran… but I was one of only 8 from my school that made it to 6th Form in King George V in Seremban and then to UM…

    Education is so simple, just depoliticize it, cakap dan bikin Najib, but you can’t even toe your own advice, in your speech today you already politicise NEB…

    Just teach what people want to learn in the most logical language and there you have the answer… apa mahu susah susah bikin blueprint lah ini lah itu lah…

  11. semper fi, by any chance you talking about Mr. McGregor of BBBS PJ? the rotan did discipline me. if it can be used for criminals nowadays why not for the school kids? I’ve been attacked by flying dusters and chalk pieces, spent considerable time standing on chairs and writing impositions. yes, that made me what I am today.
    streaming out the students earlier into arts and technical science and skills should also be considered. skilled workers are a rarity nowadays everywhere and they are our future.

  12. Yes, another world class 1 Malaysia education” Blueprint” prepared by the Consultant but 3rd class mentality to implement the system.

    Is there any clauses highlighted in the blueprint on the implementation to avoid the 3rd class mentality?

    1) Is there any discrimination to select the best student who are entitled for better class/school and shorten the overall duration from 10 year to 9 years?

    2) Is there any discrimination to interview the top scorer student who wants to pursue a good medical/engineering course?

    3) How they select, train and employ the best Teachers? How they do it?

    4) Is there any discrimination on promotion for capable Teachers?

    5) How they select the best Headmaster?

    6) Is there any discrimination on entry requirement to University? (STPM vs Metriculation?)

    7) Is there any discrimination on scholarship award?

    8) What had emphasized to improve the English syllabus? (Using BM for Math and science?)

    9) What to do with the existing rotten/useless teachers?

    10) Most important – What are the punishments to those personal who is in-charge of the selection and miss-used his/her power to discriminate a good student from getting a scholarship/university place? This event had happened for the past 30 years and no one is responsible/accountable for the discrimination thus resulting “BRAIN DRAIN”.

    The above answers are needed to implement an effective education “BLUEPRINT” rather than a repeated report from the past to manipulate the Rakyat like 1Malaysia slogan.

  13. Unfortunately no option given in the teaching of English in Science, Maths and that means the ruling elite of UMNO+Sultan and +BN rich keep sending their children to English medium private schools in order to maintain the status quo of keeping majority Malaysia dumb, having no option of moving out of their curse set by UMNO. Malaysia under UMNO+Sultan and their racist goons will make sure your child will have poor command of English…..while theirs gets scholarship to overseas. Remove UMNO to remove the Sham in Education……a country much bigger than Singapore and with all the wealth & natural resources BUT in 2012, Singapore GDP have Surpass the Entire Malaysia.

    No amount of education by UMNO is going to fix the GDP, poverty and corruption issues in Malaysia unless we Obliterate UMNO-BN….ABU!!

    Everything UMNO = Lies…..the sooner we get that, the better it will be for your children!!

  14. Hey, mine was a failed kamikaze Japanese samurai who was also trained in ninjitsu. Aims for the balls, with a rotan wielded like a nanchuck! Have you guys heard of the ‘clean and polish, all must work’ torture and why boys need to ‘shiver’ when they pee? Another day perhaps.

    Hah.. that’s what we need, instead of all those blue-prints. Them kids are already into all sorts of blue stuff, way before they can huff n puff until they’re blue in the face.

  15. Anyone worth the right amount of salt will tell you that parents have an important role in bringing up their children. I sent all my kids to ntional schools. Their command of English is as good as the Brits if not better. They speak other languages too.
    So stop compaining.

  16. The problem here is not one of self interest, syedtamim.
    The glaring inconsistencies and inability to reform the education system will cause Malaysia to dumb down so badly, that the fruit of your loins may one day be speaking English to the brick wall. Not many parents can speak any other language other than their own dialect. Lucky you! Nothing wrong with the agitation from PAGe unlike those clowns from Dong Zong or other chauvinistic/fascist hum-drums. English is rather neutral. Ask the Indians!

    While i personally don’t subscribe to the notion that any particular language is absolutely necessary for ‘competitiveness’, we have to admit there are not too many Carlos Slim’s out there. Yeah he speaks some English too.

  17. Anyone worth the right amount of salt will tell you that parents have an important role in bringing up their children. I sent all my kids to ntional schools. Their command of English is as good as the Brits if not better. They speak other languages too.
    So stop compaining.
    -By syedtamin
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    Totally agreed that Parent have an important role to bring up the children.

    This is why most affordable Chinese parent sends their children to private school (or pay more for tuition) to improve and command good English rather than follow the blind BN Gorn to study BM in Math and Science.

    Everyone know the national school’s weakness but we still champion for math and science to be taught in BM and make most of the Malay and minority Chinese (not affordable to get tuition or join private school) become stupid and unemployable in private sector.

    The blueprint will weaken the majority Malay and become beggar to the Government that need subsidy every year.

    When the subsidy increase due to bloated civil servant of 1.4 million (5% of the population now) and keep increasing from years to come. The nation will bankrupt with the yearly expenditure hitting 200 billion per year in 2020.

    The message to syed…….. If you stop complaining then the next generation will become beggar. I am not sure which race will be hit hard after the country had bankrupt but i am sure most Chinese had prepared to migrate if this event happen.

  18. I fully agree with the previous comment that teachers AND parents both have important roles to play. However, I believe that there are national schools AND national schools…meaning that not all are equal. This is the point. And it is hoped that the new education blueprint will improve on this. As mentioned by another, equally important in the implementation are the principles of transparency and merit in promotions (of teachers) and awards (to students). While credit must be given to the authorities for this effort (albeit belatedly), it appears that we have yet to depoliticize education as maintaining vernacular streams can’t aid in building a truly one nation. What’s important to the student, parent and country is that we educate our children well, that they speak and write our Bahasa Malaysia, English (the international language of science and commerce) and their own mother tongue. If standards can be raised in our national schools I don’t think the clamor by parents for vernacular schools will continue. Will the new MEB take this on?

  19. Dr wan zahid sent teachers of english to do a degree twinning programme in UK. They were teacher-training-college trained teachers ( with a certificate of teaching). At the same time our colleagues were also offered degree programme in local universities. The UK programme was for two years but sadly our local programme was to done in 4 years!! Weird!! Some of them were sent to UK with a specific degree course…primary curriculum design and they graduated and walla! They were sent to secondary schools to teach english!!! And now dr wan zahid is the supremo of the education blue print. He is famous for his blue prints …. his blue print while he was in kelantan lead im to be the DG Of MOE….

  20. Here’s a comment from one of my classmate in his facebook
    “1960 the year I took standard 6 examination, if fail that the end of my school life can’t go to form one, got a grade ‘B’ still not qualify for for form one, but one mth before school open, Govt allow grade B to proceed for form 1-3, otherwise I am a school drop out at the age of 12yrs old. Now my 1st grandson taking the standard 6 (UPSR) pass or fail still proceed to form 1-5, hahaha should be no pressure but I am wrong pressure much greater now, becos all aiming for 5 A.”

    I’m sure many from my generation share these feelings. BTW the writer of the comment is a retired self made millionaire. From a near drop out to a globe trotting well heeled retiree. Kudos to my friend.

  21. the standard six exam in 1960 was way much higher than what it is now. I did my std six in 1962 which included intelligence tests for admission to secondary school. our syllabus included civics, personal hygiene and pupils-own-language and a scripture class for pupils who were interested before school begin at 7.30. late comers had to stand outside and if you come late three times you’ll have to go and Mrs. Leong or Mrs. McGregor! -yes, the nostalgic thoughts of an old geezer!… that was school those days.
    to be contd…

  22. no blueprint or whatever will bear fruits unless we stop poisoning the young brains with religion and racism; these are tools of segregation.
    the grown-up brain is the product of parents and the schools influence on young children.
    the child is the father of man – Tagore

    vernacular schools don’t contribute towards bringing the various races together
    but I hear from some quarters that vernacular schools are playing a role now in giving quality schooling for pupils from the chinese and tamil families. the reason being the racial discrimination and negligence in the national schools. what choice do these parents have?

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