Ensuring a generation of leaders with vision

INSTITUT Aminuddin Baki’s role in uplifting the country’s education standard is thrust into the limelight under the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

In the Fifth Shift of the Blueprint, Institut Aminuddin Baki (IAB) is responsible for ensuring that leaders exhibiting high performance will be placed in each school. Under the First Wave of the Blueprint (2013-2015), emphasis is given to improvements to the system via changing programme implementation methods.

In this period, a key focus is increasing the quality of leadership in schools, in line with one of the initiatives to improve the quality of national education through leadership and management upskilling.

“This initiative is a huge responsibility for IAB,” said Dr Zainal Aalam Hassan, IAB’s newly minted director.

In an interview after his third month into the job, Dr Zainal said with the completion of the First Wave, IAB is now focused on delivering things that will make the Second Wave (2016-2020) of the Blueprint a success.

Dr Zainal outlines five challenges that school leaders will face when they try to usher in changes under the Second Wave.

The first would the optimisation of resources in the drive to embrace innovations and creativity in educational technology.

“The government has put in a solid foundation through the Blueprint so that our education can be on par with developed countries. In the Second Wave, the challenges for school leaders have become tougher. They need to have a competitive mindset, and work to increase their knowledge and skills, especially in information and communications technology (ICT). Great school leaders are those that dare to step out of their comfort zones to master new skills, especially communications. The explosion in the ICT sector has changed the leadership landscape,” said Dr Zainal.

The second challenge will be on expanding the level and diversity of community involvement in supporting the learning ecosystem.

“The Ninth Shift of the Blueprint stipulates that the involvement of parents, community and the private sector needs to be expanded, and their respective roles strengthened. The learning ecosystem of the 21st century has changed the concept of education from one that is school-based to one that is much more broader based. In recent learning ecosystem, learning can take place anywhere and anytime. “Research by the Centre for Social Organisation of Schools in the United States found schools that involve community groups reap various benefits, include reduction in truancy, higher rates of homework completion, and better grades. In this regard, the ministry is working towards enlarging the net so that the level of parental and community involvement can be heightened. At the moment, there is an imbalance in the level of involvement between the community and the private sector,” said Dr Zainal, who is firmly convinced that societal involvement can bring wonders to a school’s environment.

by  MENG YEW CHOONG.

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