To establish a nation that is socially conscious, ingrained with high moral and ethical values, progressive & scientific in its outlook, and more importantly, a Nation that takes care of its people.
The transformation in the education system requires us to invest our energies in two key directions
- Wawasan 2020 (Vision 2020)
- The nation’s aspiration should be an education system, wherein Schools focus on educational upliftment of individual communities and universities work toward development of knowledge based societies.
- The aim of education is to fashion and nurture individuals that serve their community.
- Varsities are not just for the selected few.
- Intellects should be public-owned, and the teachers should be revered as “adiwira” (heroes).
- Direction #1 – Reinvigorating the passion for learning
- Education is key to solving most of the problems in a society.
- “It takes a village to raise a child” – So, Everyone has to become a teacher in their own capacity, and not rely on just those “professionally trained” teachers.
- Education is a dialog, and dialog needs to be reciprocal and continuous.
- The journey of education does not entail some “destination”, but is a “journey”.
- Teachers can learn from their pupil too, and not just the other way round. The process of learning is indispensable for both teachers and learners.
- Education should allow our children to attain their potentials, instil the qualities of respect and right judgment – viz., Humanise the humans – Membaca, Menulis, Mengira dan Manusiawi (3+1M)
Direction #2 – Improvement in quality of Education
- The concept of learning should not be limited to the four walls of a classroom. Learning is now a ubiquitous and integrated activity, which encourages an inquisitive mind, aligned with the industry, and together they works towards a solution of various VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) issues.
- Upgrades in technological infrastructure – Block-chain, AI, IoT (note the Malay translation: Pensejagatan Internet. Much better than Internet Benda!).
- Focus should not be on just STEM, but on whole STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)
- Acknowledgement of the English language – a relevant add-on value.
- Autonomy & Accountability: Autonomy to the schools to run their own programmes in conjunction with third parties participations (PIBG, Alumni, NGO, private institutions etc.). This would give a more practical solution and ease of implementation.
- Other initiatives include:
1. Upgrades and renovations of schools with poor infrastructure.
2. Reduce workload of teachers by redistribution of administrative duties to non-teaching workforce.
- Inclusive learning process (elimination of class segregation based on academic achievement, OKU, zero-rejection policy, SBP for B40, among the few).
- Restoring the academic standing of Institutions of higher learning (encouragement of dialog culture, debate, forums, and other programs of intellectual nature)
- Ethics! (Producing more visible and ethical publications)
- Grants disseminated should encourage knowledge transfer.
- The reduction of red tapes in the university promotion system (automated signing up for promotion)
- Better networking system among Malaysian public libraries.
- Internationalisation of Higher Education (Public university also as International student hubs)
- The abolishment of KPI system that is of a one-size-fits-all nature._
- Empower the alumni
- Investment in marketing & mobility
- Recognition of vocational colleges to the same grade as TVET institutions.
- Collaborations between TVET institutions and Tahfidz institutions to equip Tahfidz students with technical knowledge
Final words from Dato :
“This is not a one man’s show; it should be a collective effort. EDUCATION FOR ALL!”
Summarised and translated by:
Syaheerah L Lutfi, Ph.D, USM