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Education targets being met

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

PUTRAJAYA: Three years after it was implemented, the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 is showing tangible results.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the First Wave (2013-2015) of the blueprint had managed to increase student enrolment, reduce the urban-rural divide and ensure 100% literacy and numeracy rates within the first three years of schooling.

“It was not an easy feat as it involved many different agencies and administrative levels at the states.

“However, to ensure that our children receive quality early education, we will continue intensifying efforts to achieve our target of 100% enrolment in the Second Wave (2016-2020),” he said when launching the 2015 annual report of the blueprint here yesterday.

Also present were his two deputies, Datuk P. Kamalanathan and Chong Sin Woon.

Mahdzir said pre-school enrolment had increased to 84.5% in 2015, up from 80.2% in 2012, while that for primary school reached 98% in 2015.

“These rates have exceeded the universal enrolment rate of 91% as reported by the United Nations Development Programme in 2015,” he said.

“I am happy to announce that we have surpassed our target (of 25%) to reduce the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah achievement gap between urban and rural schools by up to 36%,” he added.

He said 99% of pupils mastered Bahasa Melayu and Mathematics by the end of Year Three while English literacy increased to 94.11% in 2015 compared to 78.3% in 2014 for Year Three pupils.


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Towards a world-class education

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

A LOT of effort has been expended to enhance the quality of teachers during the First Wave (2013-2015) of the Malaysia Education Blueprint (2013-2025), which the Education Ministry said has met its initial milestones.

In an interview ahead of the release of the Blueprint’s 2015 Annual Report here yesterday, Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said: “In the first year of the Education Blueprint, we put in place a solid foundation on which we will build over the next 12 years. What I can say is that the ‘meter’ or indicator has been moving in the right direction.”

In the ministry’s second annual report on the Education Blueprint released last year, it highlighted several early “quick wins” such as the increase in literacy and numeracy levels among those in Level 1 (Tahap 1) as well as increase in performance from states like Kedah and Sabah under the District Transformation Programme.

“However, we must realise that the Education Blueprint is a long-term plan, and has objectives with certain delivery timeframes. Before we look at the execution of the Education Blueprint, we need to understand the document, and the process that led to its creation.

“Unlike other previous plans, the Education Blueprint covers the entirety of the national education system based on studies by the World Bank, Unesco, local universities and international rankings such as The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA),” said Dr Khair.

He added that the last time a comprehensive study on the education system was done was more than 30 years ago.

He was referring to the 1979 Cabinet Committee Report on Review of Implementation of Education Policies (also known as the Mahathir Report – as per Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was appointed Education Minister in 1974).

The Education Blueprint, said Dr Khair, contains input from many layers of society collected through the National Education Dialogue, roundtables, as well as from the mass media. The inputs were then presented for critique by subjecting them to nine laboratories.

“Cognisant that capacity and competency building of the system takes time to build, the ministry has sequenced the transformation under the Blueprint to take place in three waves, with 2015 marking the end of the First Wave. More than 7,000 suggestions were submitted for discussion during the National Dialogue, other than recommen­dations from various stakeholders, and these were translated into initiatives for transformation.

“The ministry is focused on implementing all these, all the while keeping in mind three main outcomes, which were achieved with rigorous and frequent monitoring, where each programme manager under the respective divisions is tasked to see the initiatives through. Issues that cannot be resolved at the division level were escalated to higher levels to be solved in the quickest manner, demonstrating that the ministry is very serious in executing what it promised in the Education Blueprint.”


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Towards better preschool learning

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

AS the Malaysian Education Blueprint enters its second phase, more focus and emphasis will be given to the quality of preschool education.

As such, the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Council will be holding a series of forums which will look at the quality of preschool management, teachers, implementation of national preschool curriculum standard, parent-school interactions, as well as safety, health and nutrition.

The first forum started on March 26 in Kuala Lumpur and will be subsequently held in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu on April 23 and 30 respectively.

“There has been an increase in preschool enrolment from 81.7% in 2013 to 84.6% in 2015 and the ministry aims for such enrolment to hit 90% this year,” said Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan after opening the first ECCE forum recently.

Kamalanathan said that the National Preschool Quality Standard (SKPK) will be used by all schools across the country in order to bridge the gap in quality early education between rural and urban schools.

“SKPK ensures all urban and rural preschools in the public and private sector achieve a quality minimum standard,” he said.

SKPK is a self-assessment tool launched in 2013 to measure quality.

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IBSE To Achieve An Inclusive And Equitable Quality Education, Promote Lifelong Opportunities For All

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 (Bernama) — A forum on ‘Embracing The Future And Improving The Quality Of Evidence-Based Science Education’ was organised by the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre (ISTIC) for South-South cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO in collaboration with the office of the Permanent Delegation of Malaysia to UNESCO.

Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) which encompasses collaboration, teamwork and a bottom-up approach must be treated as a priority area in the education of developing countries, it said in a statement.

On the other hand, the quintessence of IBSE is knowledge building via exploration, experimentation and discussion. Through its framework, science education is tailored to be learner centred rather than teacher centred.

In this regard, students’ or learners’ autonomy is highly encouraged.

As a result, students versed in this pedagogy are more inquisitive, learning the ‘why’ and ‘how’ and not just the ‘what’. Students also can practise IBSE to be more active involved in the construction of knowledge by having a two-way communication with their teachers.

The forum was moderated Datuk Seri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, President of the UNESCO Natural Science Commission. The speakers were: Dr. Souad Abdelrazig Mohamed Saeed, Federal Minister of Education Sudan also as ISTIC Governing Board Member; Dr. Nadia Alhasani, Dean of Student Life, The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi also as ISTIC Governing Board Member; Dr. David Jasmin, Director of the La main a la pate Foundation; Yuri Belfali, Head of Division, Early Childhood and Schools, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD; Julia Heiss, Programme Specialist, Section of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship, UNESCO; and Datuk Dr. Samsudin Tugiman, Director of ISTIC.


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Education Ministry To Implement ‘MyTadika’ Program To Improve Preschool Education Quality

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

PUTRAJAYA, March 16 (Bernama) — The Ministry of Education is set to implement the ‘MyTadika’ program in May, to monitor and improve the quality of management and education in private preschools and kindergartens nationwide.

Private Education Division deputy director Ahmad Lotfi Zubir said a ‘task force’ comprising 15 officers from the ministry will work with 120 officers in District Education Offices (PPDs) nationwide, to regulate preschools and kindergartens from all aspects, including management, curriculum delivery, health and safety.

“Officers from the task force will go down to the ground and monitor and guide (preschool and kindergarten) operators to improve the quality of management and education, to comply with at least the minimum standard set under the SKPK (National Preschool Quality Standard),” he said.

There are currently around 7,283 private pre-schools and kindergartens registered in the country.

“It’s not an easy job for this task force, however, we hope the team will create a good relationship, and at the same time pass on the latest information to improve the quality of early education in this country,” he told reporters here, today.

Ahmad Lotfi said the Education Ministry would also implement an online SKPK self-assessment module to monitor and improve the quality of preschool education.

SKPK, which was implemented since last year, has five domains – management quality, teachers’ quality, quality in implementing the national preschool curriculum standard, quality of cooperation with parents, and the quality of safety, health and nutrition, he said.

Giving an example, he said last year, 5,540 of the 6,298 preschool and kindergartens had filled the SKPK, and 21 per cent failed to reach the minimum level.

“The Ministry of Education hopes operators of preschool and private kindergartens fill in the SKPK to enable the ministry to monitor and improve quality, from time to time,” he said.

With the self-assessment module, he said the ministry would cooperate with the Early Childhood Care & Education Council (ECCE) to help preschool and kindergarten operators in improving the quality of their management and curriculum.

Ahmad Lotfi said the Ministry of Education, ECCE, and Education Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU) will organise forums in three locations – Kuala Lumpur (March 26), Kuching, Sarawak (April 23) and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (April 30) – to explain the SKPK assessment instruments.

“Preschool and kindergarten educators will understand the SKPK and the domains it contains, in addition to the procedures for accessing these instruments online, to use them effectively,” he said.


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Sabah Education Department Outlines 12 Areas Of Focus This Year

Friday, February 19th, 2016

SANDAKAN, Feb 17 (Bernama) — The Sabah Education Department (JPNS) outlined 12 areas of focus this year to improve the academic achievement of the primary and secondary school pupils.

The areas of focus are improving students’ performance in public examinations, Literacy and Numeracy 2.0 Programme (Linus), 21st-century learning, District Transformation Programme (DTP), strengthening the leadership and management of schools through the Malaysian education quality standards and improving Band 1 and 2 schools.

Six more are strengthening the quality management system in JPNS and among District Education officers, reducing truancy among pupils, developing sports and co-curricular activities, improving the mastery of Islamic basic education among primary school pupils, strengthening the management and handling of public examinations and enhancing educators’ teaching through psychological and counselling programmes.

JPNS director Datuk Jame Alip said the areas of focus were in line with the second wave of the Malaysian Education Development Plan.


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Classroom Education Research Is Needed: Education D-G

Monday, September 7th, 2015

LABUAN, Sept 5 (Bernama) — Education conferences and researches conducted by state education departments nationwide have achieved positive outcome in improving and developing teaching and learning in the classroom.

Education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusuf said the initiative under the National Education Blue Print strategy continued to be carried out for the betterment of school authorities and students.

“As teachers, we need to know what is actually happening in the classrooms; what learners are thinking and why they are reacting in the ways they do; what aspects of the classroom we should focus on to develop our teaching most effectively; how we should change in these aspects and what the effects of such a change are,” he said.

He said this at a press conference after closing the 4th Labuan International Conference on Educational Research (LICER) 2015 here Saturday.


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Malaysian Education Blueprint Focuses On Quality Of Graduates – Idris

Monday, August 24th, 2015

MELAKA, Aug 23 (Bernama) — The Malaysian Education Blueprint for Higher Education or PPPM (PT) plays a major role in improving the quality of graduates produced by public tertiary institutions, says Higher Education Minister, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said it was important to improve the quality of graduates to ensure they could meet the market needs, so as to take the country to a higher level of development.

“With the 10 shifts in the plan, problems and issues (on quality of graduates) can be managed, for instance, with the integrated CGPA (cumulative grade point average) drafted in the plan to make the programme more holistic.�

“The plan also encourages the involvement of industries in providing work experience to students and having industry leaders visit universities to give lectures and so on,” he told reporters, here, Sunday.

Earlier, he launched the Higher Education Ministry: Soaring Upwards Roadshow at the Melaka International Trade Centre, here, which saw a briefing on the ministry’s Higher Education Blueprint for about 200 students from the state’s public universities and institutions of higher learning.

On April 7, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the PPPM (PT), which outlines the direction of the nation’s higher education for a period of 11 years, from 2015 to 2025.

The PPM (PT) introduces 10 shifts which focus on: producing holistic, enterprising and balanced graduates; talent excellence; embracing lifelong learning; graduates of technical and vocational education training (TVET); financial sustainability; governance empowerment; providing ecosystem for innovation; global excellence; globalised on-line learning; and the transformation of higher education delivery.

Idris said the people should not have the view that overseas universities were of much better quality than local universities because Malaysia had some of the best universities in the world.

He cited Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia as among the 100 best universities in the world.


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Blueprint demands for teachers

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

The exercise to transform education will see the cikgu play a more critical role in and out of the classroom.

EDUCATION is the pillar of nation building. Without the implementation of a comprehensive education system a country would be regarded as having failed in carrying out its responsibilities to the people. In view of that, transformation in education needs to be implemented for Malaysians to be able to compete internationally.

To strengthen the education system, the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 was launched by former education minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The bluprint objective is to improve the education system. By doing so, we will be on par with other countries and excel academically at international level.

In order to transform the country’s education system, there is no denying that the role of teachers is of utmost importance.

This is because teachers are the ones who play an effective part in educating the young.

Hence, the teacher’s role becomes more complex and challenging in realising the blueprint goals.

Commitment and effort to improve the quality of education now become the main responsibility of teachers, in order to produce quality students for the nation’s future. Let me reiterate that teachers, play a significant role.

Global standards

Teachers need to have an understanding of what transpires through education transformation.

This involves having a clear vision on what needs to be changed towards quality education. It also involves grooming the students to excel not only at national level but at international level too.

Teachers need to equip themselves with holistic pedagogical skills, explore the use of various learning models that utilise technology to inculcate higher-order thinking skills, and enhance students’ learning.

To achieve this, teachers need to challenge themselves to think creatively and critically.

They need innovative ideas which can be transferred to the students when they teach them in the classrooms.

The Education Ministry is making every effort in providing training to help teachers master these skills, in line with the blueprint objectives.


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Results of Education Blueprint show signs of improvement

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: It has only been two years since the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 was implemented, but the results are promising.

Schools ranked as Band 6 and 7 – the worst-performing in the nation – has gone down from 1.39% to 0.96% last year. The number of schools listed as Band 1 and 2 under the Education Ministry’s ranking system has gone up from 31.0% in 2013 to 36.8% last year.

Also, under the blueprint, 1,191 schools were identified as English hotspot schools as their students scored below the national average for the subject.

Besides enlisting the help of agencies such as the US Embassy, the intervention programme to increase language proficiency saw 10,502 being trained as English teachers.

These are just some of the major improvements in the Malaysian education system, according to Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the launch of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2014 annual report.

“I am proud of the commitment by not only the education fraternity but also parents, the local community and the private sector in making the blueprint a reality,” he said.


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