On Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025


September 14, 2012

On Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025

by Dato’ Dr Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid@http://www.nst.com.my

September 11, 2012 in Malaysia was an anticipated event, marked by the launch of the preliminary report Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, promising “Three Waves of Changes”.

The blueprint is the roadmap to transform Malaysian education and to ensure that the nation has one of the best systems of education in the world. In the interest of the future, the Education Blueprint hopes to foster the coalition of the willing across the political divide.

Malaysia’s educational strength is the cumulative developmental strength of the system as a whole, infrastructure and all. In terms of leadership at the political level, the strength is the cumulative strength of political leaders who continue to champion the cause of education through their careers.

The Prime Minister has been the Minister of Education. The Deputy Prime Minister has also championed education throughout his career. The education system now has a critical mass of educators who are specialists in the major fields of education. Professional educational associations, teachers’ unions, parent-teacher associations and other non-governmental organisations have responded to educational concerns seriously.

Now there is the alignment of political will, professional will and societal will to ensure that future generations have the best education possible. The basic model of educational planning focus is “access, equity, and efficiency”. Malaysian educational planners are mindful and have added two other important foci, “quality and unity”.

The elaborated model used by Malaysia now is “access, quality, equity, efficiency and unity”. The mindfulness is evidence that we do adopt and adapt according to the realities, priorities and stages of development of our society.

Also, the thrust on public accountability is explicitly recognised. The attributes and aspirations for every student focus on the following: bilingual (and preferably trilingual) proficiency, mastery of relevant and mature knowledge, dynamic thinking skills, robust leadership skills, ethics and spirituality, and national identity.

Educational development is always a matter of focus and refocus, targeting the moving target of development, creating opportunities for every person to benefit from what the educational system offers across the life-span.

The earlier and immediate past Educational Development Plans 2001-2010 and Educational Development Master Plan (2006-2010), together with policy initiatives not in the plans, are still being implemented.

In continuity of the earlier road map, the Education Blueprint suggests 11 thrusts (symbolic of Sept 11!) as follows: 1. Equal access to quality education of international standard; 2. Ensuring every child is proficient in Bahasa Malaysia and English; 3. Developing values/virtues-driven Malaysians; 4. Transforming the teaching profession as a profession of choice; 5.Ensuring high-performing school leaders in every school; 6. Decentralising decision-making to solve local problems, 7. Leveraging information, communication and technology to scale up quality learning; 8. Transforming ministry delivery capabilities and capacities; 9. Enhancing partnership with parents, community and the private sector; 10. Maximising student outcomes for every ringgit of investment; and 11. Increasing transparency for direct public accountability.

The blueprint is a preliminary blueprint. Society has been assured that the government welcomes feedback and other significant ideas to further formulate policies and enhance practices.

In this spirit of openness, the feedback given after the launch must be addressed as seriously as before formulating the blueprint for the launch. Also, there must be an open mindset that ideas after the launch can be of equal or greater significance than the framework of policy ideas contained in the preliminary blueprint. If mindsets are closed after the preliminary launch and the promise of transparency and receptivity not honoured, then we lose the opportunity to be the best that our citizenry can be.

Good ideas are hard to come by. Therefore, when good ideas are presented they should not be hurriedly glossed over and dismissed. Educational development, as development in other areas of society, can never be final and absolute.

There are always new challenges from within the society and externally. New challenges demand new thinking and new solutions with the accompanying resources. There are also the challenges of renewal, of replicating best practices, confronting new issues and concerns and generating new initiatives for excellence.

Educational changes must occur as there are changes in knowledge, in science and technology, in economic and cultural domains. Underlying all educational challenges are the challenges of thought leadership, knowledge creation, development of human potentialities and institutional and system capacities.

3 thoughts on “On Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025

  1. Any change of education policies must not be involved with politicians. Let the educationists put forward their expert advice that put the nation to compete or equal to the international standards and that will churn out more experts in different fields of study. The present system of putting Bahasa Melayu as the national language is to form unity of different races but why do we leave out English schools that built up the nation that brought down from the British systems. Today, we have many unemployed local graduates who can’t string two sentences together. Are we moving in the right direction after 22 years under the former PM of Dr.Mahathir?
    ___________
    I am glad you are Mitt Tomney, not Mitt Romney.–Din Merican

  2. “Any change of education policies must not be involved with politicians. ”

    Saya setuju 101% kenyataan ini. Sistem pendidikan kita memang tak dapat lari daripada kongkongan politik. Pendek kata apa2 saja dasar yang dibentuk dalam sistem pendidikan kini hendaklah mengikut selera dan cita rasa parti yang berkuasa.

    Jadi,bila pengubal2 dasar cuba nak bandingkan dasar pendidikan kita dengan Britain dsbnya, saya ketawa.

    Hanya di Malaysia saja bila seorang guru itu tegur kerajaan atau puji pihak sebelah sana,dia dikasi ‘warning’ dan diugut pula akan ditukar ke kawasan pendalaman.

    Malah, dalam negeri2 yang dimana pihak berkuasa menjadi pembangkang – Penang,Selangor & Kelantan – kerajaan negeri dihalang melibatkan dengan sekolah2 dan MB/KM dilarang dijemput untuk aktiviti2 sekolah.

    Bukan setakat tak kena jemput, nak masuk ke kawasan sekolah pun tak bagi. Lebih malang bila kerajaan negeri memberi sumbangan seperti komputer dsbnya, semuanya disimpang dalam stor. Tak tahu apa pula dosa komputer dan alat2 yang diberikan itu?

    Malah kawasan sekolah pun tak boleh digunakan,tapi tak menjadi masalah kalau mesyuarat cawangan UMNO diadakan di dewan sekolah,pagi petang,siang malam.

    Dari segi perlantikan Pengetua/Guru Besar, diutamakan kalau calon itu adalah pendokong parti pemerintah.

    Malah nak pilih Pengarah Pelajaran Negeri pun ada kriteria2 tertentu,baru boleh dilantik dengan syarat calon itu direstui dan dipersetujui oleh Menteri Besar negeri tersebut.

    Ada banyak lagi masalah2 lain berkaitan dengan pengurusan dan pentadbiran yang rata2 dikawalan ketat oleh ‘orang2 yang berkuasa’ di Putrajaya.

    Pendeknya,gomen boleh perkenalkan berpuluh2 ‘blueprint’ pendidikan,tapi bila isu2 pokok yang saya sebut diatas tak ditangani,’blueprint’ will remain “blue” sampai bila2. Jadi tak guna kita cakap pasal ‘a vision of the education system and student aspirations that Malaysia both needs and deserves.’

    Kalau betul2 mahukan pencapaian aspirasi yang tinggi,bebaskan kawalan pendidkan daripada lanun2 yang bertenggek di Putrajaya!!!

    Cukuplah pandangan saya setakat ini dulu…wasalam.

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