Experts: Education Reforms Good
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
New Straits Times, Malaysia (Online)
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia's undertaking to reform its education system is a bold move that will change the country's future if it is implemented properly, said international education experts.
Two of the international panellists on the 12-member independent review panel commented on the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 after a discussion with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday.
Singapore's National Institute for Education director Dr Lee Sing Kong said this was an exercise that had been conducted systematically and it articulated a clear outcome with precise goals.
"The reforms outlined a clear understanding of where Malaysia is now and where it wants to be.
"A coherent implementation is needed to ensure the blueprint's success."
He said the panel members had held various face-to-face and video-conferencing discussions while carrying out the education review.
The panel, made up of local and foreign experts from various sectors and led by Professor Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, provided advice and expertise in evaluating the education system.
Apart from the panel, a nationwide dialogue was also held to gather feedback from thousands of teachers, parents and students, from April to July.
South Korea's former education minister Dr Byong Man Ahn confessed that he envied the government's efforts to revamp the whole education system.
"The project itself is wide enough to cover every important aspect of education and the methods that have been put in place for this project is very detailed," he said.
Byong said such reforms were never carried out in his country and he would monitor Malaysia's progress.
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