Education NKRA has raised the nation’s pre-school enrolment rate to 77.2% and Literacy and Numeracy rates to 97.5% and 98.6% respectively.
Education is at the core of a nation’s development.
It is the catalyst in preparing a generation of people for the globalised future.
As Malaysia aims to become a developed and high income nation by 2020, the Government Transformation Programme’s (GTP) Education National Key Results Area (NKRA), under the guidance of the Education Ministry, has put into motion a plan of action to meet this objective – to ensure that the very foundation of education is established from the pre-school stage.
The objectives of the NKRA are to increase pre-school enrolment, ensure all children have acquired basic numeracy and literacy skills after three years of primary-level education, develop High Performing Schools and to significantly improve the performance of head teachers and principals via performance management.
The Education NKRA’s ambitious goal of raising the bar of excellence in the education system has been an arduous task but all the effort put in promises to reap bountiful gains.
Addressing the myriad of challenges faced at the pre-school, primary and secondary levels, and by providing equal opportunities to all Malaysians, the role of the NKRA is indeed a critical one.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin, who is also the Education Minister, said: “We have been met with more than our fair share of challenges along the way, such as the disparity between rural and urban schools, in rolling out the programmes.
“The lessons we have learned have only made us more determined to push our transformational efforts forward to solidify our foundation and create a generation of people who are able compete effectively in the 21st century workplace.”
Two years on, the results have been encouraging and laudable.
Last year, 3,089 pre-school classes were built, with enrolment rates currently at 77.2%, as compared to 72.4% in 2010.
Literacy and numeracy rates among Year Two pupils reached 97.5% and 98.6% respectively while the number of High Performing Schools increased from 20 in 2010 to 52 last year.
The Education NKRA also rolled out new initiatives which improved the overall administrative function of the education system.