Only the Best for Education Blueprint

Only the Best for Education Blueprint

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

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The Malay Mail (Online)

High-performing systems used as benchmarks for plan to be unveiled today

INTERNATIONAL consultants for the National Education Development Master Plan said yesterday that high-performing education systems from around the world were used as benchmarks in drawing up the plan.

Singapore’s National Institute of Education director, Prof Lee Sing Kong, said there were several consistent features from these systems that were emulated.

“One of them was to ensure the quality of teachers and also in the area of school leadership competencies,” he said at a press conference here.

“However, while these two components form great contributing factors to the performance of an education system, it is important that the system itself be able to support the professional work in schools."

Lee said the government must look at initiatives to be implemented in these two areas detailed in the new education blueprint, to be unveiled today.

''While the blueprint may be excellent, what is important is to ensure implementation is carried out well,'' he said.

The vice-chairman of South Korea’s Presidential Advisory Council on Education, Science and Technology, Dr Ahn Byong-man, praised the plan for being “huge, yet detailed”, saying that even the South Korean government had never attempted such a plan.

“I have to confess that I envy what your country is doing now,” he said.

“The project itself is broad enough to cover all important aspects of educational reform and the term is long enough to think of all the intellectual questions and scientific approaches to reach the goals set."

Ahn is South Korea's former minister of education, science and technology.

Lee and Ahn were among several international consultants who provided input on the drafting of the master plan over the last six to eight months.

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, said the education plan, to be implemented in three phases from 2013 to 2025, addressd nine areas of the education system which would see a major overhaul.

These included the strengthening of the curriculum system and improving the competency of teachers.

He also said that critical analysing skills of students needed to be enhanced, while a greater emphasis would be placed to ensure the quality of teachers.

Muhyiddin said that only top performing students and those with a keen interest in teaching wouldl be able to pursue teaching careers, while the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) would be abolished.

Others at the meeting were Andreas Schleicher, the OECD head of indicators and analysis division of the directorate of education, and Michael Fullan, who is the special adviser in education to the Canadian education minister.

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