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Open Dialogue on Malaysian Education 2019

Bridging the Gaps Within: Empowering Education for the Future Generation

 

In conversation with:
YB Dr Maszlee Malik, Minister of Education, Malaysia and
YM. Datuk Dr Syed Ali Tawfik al-Attas,
Former Director General, 
Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM)

Thursday, 14 February 2019
 

Education remains the most powerful tool in the building blocks of any progressive nation. The Malaysian education system has long been plagued with issues surrounding proficiency of English as a second language, low enrolment of students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects – what it now dubbed by YB Dr Maszlee as STREAM with the inclusion of reading and arts, overall quality of education, and issues surrounding race relations that leads to national unity. These pertinent issues were again highlighted by Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed where he emphasized the need to revamp the Malaysian school curriculum focused on overcoming these issues. YAB Tun further urged that the objective of the national education policy is not only about merely imparting knowledge to children but also about shaping better characters. 

This emphasis was also taken in YB Dr Maszlee’s recent mandate speech where the Minister of Education highlighted the need for new education policies to be value driven. While these new policies reduce the amount of examinations that Malaysian students are required to take, the metrics of which they are measured are yet to be holistic and achieve global standards, with Malaysia still faring poorly in PISA rankings and graduates’ employability remains low. 

The need to balance between producing employable school leavers and graduates, and creating progressive citizens remain the biggest challenge for our education system. The implementation of policies to bridge these gaps is pivotal in empowering our future generations.

This Open Dialogue aims to provide the platform for discourse on the current state of our education system, the implementation of its policies and bridging the current gaps within to empower our young generation for the future.


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