Tuesday, September 11, 2012

BN Proposal for reforms in Education

Prime Mininster Najib appears to present this as the "BLUEPRINT". It's yet to be published for public viewing. There'll be many pages ...more by the sound of it as they want much more money. In any case, you'd think we should have an omnobus of some kind for something as substantial as Education which should be the oversight body for something as Education before being finally debated in Parliament.

If you take pot shots at a few point of the principal clause leadership seems to be a big thing with BN. Why do all students need to be taught as Leaders? We want wholesome citizens who will need to be everything else in society. And national identity? Sounds like an UMNO Brigade Training Program.

If you look at the Third Wave it suggests giving "autonomy" to handle their own administration. This is an indecent statement surely to some good headmasters or principals now currently slogging it out in the ULU.

We'll probably hear lots more and pick them out for scrutiny. Many are going to tear this apart.

It sounds like an election gimmick.

National Education Blueprint: Key points

KUALA LUMPUR Tuesday September 11: The highly-anticipated National Education Blueprint (2013-2025), which was launched on Tuesday, outlines 11 shifts required to transform the national education system to be on par with and comparable to that of developed nations, over the next 13 years.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in unveiling the blueprint, said the transformation would be carried out in three “waves”.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak later officially launched the blueprint.

Najib accompanied by Muhyiddin arriving at launch of the NEB Najib accompanied by Muhyiddin arriving at launch of the NEB

As part of the blueprint, the Education Ministry will conduct comprehensive “stock-takes” in 2015, 2020 and 2025, in which all stakeholders will be able to provide input.

An annual report on the progress will also be published.

These are the key points of the National Education Blueprint:

  • Blueprint focuses on six student attributes - Knowledge, Thinking Skills, Leadership, Bilingual Proficiency, Ethics and National Identity
  • To achieve desired student outcomes, reform of education system to be approached in 11 shifts
    • Shift 1: Provide equal access to quality education of an international standard. Initiatives under Shift 1 - revised curriculum for schools in 2017 and option for high achieving students to finish school earlier.
    • Shift 2. Ensure every child is proficient in Bahasa Malaysia and English language. Under Shift 2, 70,000 English teachers to sit for Cambridge Placement Test and be given training to improve language proficiency.
    • Standard Bahasa Malaysia curriculum for all both government and vernacular primary schools - goal to abolish 'remove' class in secondary schools by 2017
    • Shift 3: Develop values-driven Malaysians - plans of expanding the Student Integration Plan for Unity (RIMUP) programme for students
    • Shift 4: Transform teaching into profession of choice. Only top 30% of graduates will be recruited for teaching. Also new career package and reduced administrative duties for teachers.
    • Shift 5: Ensure high-performing school leaders in every school
    • Shift 6: Empower state and district Education Departments and schools to customise solutions based on need - they can tailor their approach for different schools.
    • Shift 7: Leverage ICT to scale up quality learning across Malaysia. Ministry to expand 1Bestari (Wifi) to all schools.
    • Shift 8: Transform Education Ministry delivery capabilities and capacity so that there is no overlap of function and more streamlined.
    • Shift 9: Partner with parents, community and private sector at scale. Parents will be able to monitor student progress online through School Examination Analysis System (SAPS) system. Five hundred trust schools to be set up
    • Shift 10: Maximise student outcomes for every ringgit. To ensure "outcome-based budgeting" with government spending on education
    • Shift 11: Increase transparency for direct public accountability. Blueprint and progress of its goals will be made public

  • First wave: Blueprint implementation, there will be more support for teachers and focus on core student skills
  • Second wave: Build upon progress.
  • Third wave: From 2020 - 2025, schools will have autonomy to handle their own administration

--The Malaysian Star Online

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