Crucial for schools to have multicultural setting

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Institute of Ethnic Studies principal research fellow Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria said the move was timely as schools needed a higher benchmark to produce competitive graduates.

“For this, schools must also be culturally appealing and more non-Malay teachers must be hired.”

Jayasooria said a multicultural environment was crucial to help students mix with students from other backgrounds.

“School is where they start knowing about the outside world and, therefore, this initiative is important.”

He also expressed hope that the government would take the idea into consideration to prevent people from losing confidence in the education system.

“We can be as good as any private or international school and for that to happen, the blueprint must reflect a multicultural framework.”

He said the move would produce more competent leaders.

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