By Saifulbahri Kamaruddin
BANGI, 9 April 2012 – The ongoing review of the national education system aimed at improving the country’s competitive edge will take in the widest possible views of the people.
A series of brain storming sessions to get feedback began at The National University of Malaysia (UKM) campus here yesterday with educational leaders and officers from the Ministry of Education brought in from all over the country. It would be followed by a series of similar dialogues with other stake holders, experts and the public.
Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is also the Education Minister said opportunities will be given to the widest possible for the feedback from the public as it wants input from as many sections of society as possible.
A web site for this was also launched yesterday which will also receive registration from those wanting to take part in the dialogues.
He said the review of the country's whole education system will take into consideration the challenges faced by the school system focusing on efforts to improve standards and narrowing disparities.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin said the process was not to identify or point fingers but to get the widest views which would be taken into consideration in preparing the blue print which will be referred to a national panel of experts as well as another panel of foreign educational experts before its announcement in October.
The national panel which is chaired by former Vice Chancellor of the Penang Science University (USM) Prof Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak which also include the UKM Vice Chancellor, Prof Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin was enhanced with an additional five members made up of Professor Tan Sri Kamal Hassan, Datuk Dr Adi Badiozaman Tuah, Professor Datuk Chuah Hean Teik, Associate Professor N. Rajendran and Dr Abdul Karim Rosline .
The Foreign panel comprises educational experts from Canada, Singapore, South Korea and the OECD (Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development).
Tan Sri Muhyiddin hoped the blue print would incorporate the possibility of encouraging school children to take up multi languages.
He also did not discount the possibility of implementing some of the recommendations even before the comprehensive blue print is launched.