Malaysian universities have failed yet again to feature in the latest Times Higher Education World Reputation rankings released today, a sign that local varsities are losing ground to not only top universities in the world, but to those within Southeast Asia.
Malaysia had never been featured on the list, which was into its fourth year, despite Putrajaya’s goals to make Malaysia an education hub for the region and attract some 200,000 students to local universities by 2020.
Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin previously said that Malaysia has one of the best education systems in the world – better than United States, Britain and Germany. (more…)
Baru (left) being briefed by the teachers about the flood problem at SK Siang-Siang.
The construction of SK Long Sukang new building is abandoned due to the contractor’s financial problem.
The Education Ministry is urged to seriously look into all the problems faced by rural schools in the state, especially with the RM1 billion allocated by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently.
Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian said The Borneo Post’s revelation yesterday on the lack of clean water supply and poorly built teachers’ quarters at SMK Tinjar in Lapok, was proof that many rural schools in the state were in ‘pathetic’ condition and in need of urgent action from the ministry. (more…)
The Sarawak state opposition has urged Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to go on a tour of some of the state’s rural primary schools to see for himself how the children are coping without water supply to the schools.
“It’s a really stinking situation,” state PKR chief Baru Bian (pic) said after returning from a weekend visit to his rural constituency of Ba Kelalan where he said some of the schools in the Lawas–Tinjar areas have had no piped water “for years”.
He said what he knew could probably be only the “tip of the iceberg” with more schools experiencing the same fate. (more…)
Lok Wing Kong
English is today entrenched as a global language. Research shows that 1 in 4 of the world’s population speaks English (25% of 7 billion or 1.75 billion). About 380 million people speak it as their first language and more than 1.35 billion people speak it as their second language.
English has official status in at least 75 countries with a more than 2 billion population. China alone has about 500 million people who speak English fluently as their second language. Its widespread use in practically all aspects of life and the work place is unquestionable. The use of English as the main international language in business communications, IT, academic conferences, advertising, travel, airports, air traffic control, education, science and technology, journalism, pop music, diplomacy, sports and as an “official” language in international events equates it as a sine qua non of progress, power and modernity. (more…)
The Borneo Post
Poor command of the English language, inability to communicate and lack of self confidence are among factors why local graduates are unemployable.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abd Wahid Omar said a solution must be found to tackle the problem to ensure graduates do not remain jobless in the future.
The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Shamsuddin Bardan had said poor command of the language among fresh graduates lists as one of the top grouses of employers. (more…)
The Education Ministry is mulling to introduce the Mandarin and Tamil languages as subjects in schools.
Second Education minister Idris Jusoh said the ministry wished to create a balance in language proficiency among the races in the country.
“Currently we are only emphasising on English, Higher Order Thinking Skills and other subjects,” he said.
Nevertheless, he said the plan had to be studied from all angles before it could be implemented. (more…)
Sin Chew Daily
The question about whether the School-based Assessment (PBS) will be continued has been clarified after Second Education Minister, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said that it will not be abolished.
Idris said that the Education Ministry is currently studying ways to improve the system and the report will be out on April 1.
In other words, the new implementation of the PBS would be started, and whether it can fundamentally solve the existing problems will be tested in practice. (more…)
Amendments must be made to the PBS to lessen the burden on students and teenagers, says PAGE.
The school-based assessment (PBS) system can still operate in schools, but it should be tweaked so as not to burden either teachers or students, said education lobby group Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE).
PAGE chairman Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the PBS’s objectives were good as it aimed to remove rote learning and an exam-centric system by allowing students to gain marks through other means besides the end-of-year exams. (more…)
With no exams under the school-based assessment system, its critics say gauging pupil performance was too subjective and vague.
Any improvements to the much-criticised school-based assessment (SBA) system should be tested at pioneer schools first before it is adopted throughout the country, says a teacher’s pressure group.
Teacher-Community Voices Malaysia (SGMM) spokesperson Mohd Nor Izzat Mohd Johari said such a pioneer programme would be able to test the new system to ensure that it worked well with pupils and teachers. (more…)
DR AZLY RAHMAN
Malaysia’s monopoly corporate crony capitalism, framed and flourishing ethnocentrically and laced with economic fascism continue to take root, fashioned after the ethos and eerie-ness of America’s Enron Corporation which was said to be too big to fail yet fell like a house of cards that turned into ashes after an internal combustion of a self-immolation.
It also brought down one of one of the world’s biggest accounting fraudsters and master of creative accounting – Arthur Anderson. This is a feature of the many a Wall Street-fashioned American corporation – grow bigger with bigger lies with the help of world-class lying accounting firms. (more…)
The government has an ambitious plan for education – it has declared that Malaysia intends to be an international hub for tertiary education.
That is well and good. But perhaps the Education Ministry should do some serious soul-searching about affairs at home too.
One nagging issue which the ministry has been flip-flopping on is this — why are our high school students today still unable to comprehend the simplest of English? Are our schools keeping up with what is actually relevant in today’s society? (more…)
The additional RM1 billion allocation for repair and rebuilding of dilapidated schools in Sarawak and Sabah as announced by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin last week has been described by Sarawak PKR as grossly inadequate.
Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian (pic) said there were 800 such schools in Sarawak alone, adding that according to the Educational Blueprint, 1,608 schools in the two states required critical repairs by the end of last year.
Muhyiddin announced the allocation for 600 dilapidated schools in the two states during his three-day working visit to Sarawak last week. (more…)
The announcement by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin recently that the schools’ based assessment (SBA) system is under review, is of little surprise.
Whatever reasons the government may give, the fact that there was no proper planning, consultation or thought before its implementation, can’t be hidden.
Introduced in 2011 in primary and secondary schools, its purpose is to reduce the reliance on examinations and ensure students are not left behind. (more…)
The epitaph of the late boxer, Joe Louis reads “he was a credit to his race, the human race.”
Very few in Malaysia’s history, sadly, can live up to that description of the ‘Brown Bomber’ that Louis was known as.
In Malaysia, racism and narrow-mindedness are destined to not only flourish, but perpetuate, because the education system is focused on segregation and discrimination, not on nurturing good human values and humanity. (more…)
Should Malaysians be proud that only 37 per cent of teachers trained to teach English in the country have a high level of proficiency on par with their counterparts in the United Kingdom?
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin seems to be elated by this level of competency among English-language teachers in the country.
One wonders what the proficiency level of the remaining 63 per cent of English-language teachers is.
On Feb 8, Muhyiddin was reported to have said in Johor that English language experts from the University of Cambridge had praised the level of teaching and learning of English in Malaysian schools. (more…)
The Najib administration could be on the verge of another flip-flop, this time reviewing the universally unpopular school-based assessment system (SBA).
Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) said the decision was due to negative feedback from teachers.
“The SBA will be re-looked again as the ministry wants to implement the programme efficiently to improve the education system,” he said. (more…)
The Education Ministry has no plans to replace the school based assessment (SBA) system with the matriculation system in secondary schools, according to Education deputy minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching.
She said a number of issues had to be considered before the matriculation system could be implemented.
“We do not have any plans but as an educator, I am optimistic about seeing some progress although we have to weigh the factors prior to any development. (more…)
A group of teachers will continue to mount a protest over the failure of the Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (student evaluation based on school work or PBS) on Feb 22, despite Second Education Minister Idris Jusoh last Friday urging further discussions for improvements to the system.
Already, Form Three students this year are already faced with the prospect of not having their Forms One and Two assessment results being considered as part of their final grades, as the government may revert to the examination-based system, similar to the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR), despite it having been abolished last year. (more…)
A teachers’ pressure group is going ahead with its protest at the Education Ministry against the new student-based assessment system (SBA) and has rejected calls for it to halt the plan and return to the dialogue table.
Suara Guru Masyarakat Malaysia or Teacher-Community Voices Malaysia (SGMM) spokesperson Mohd Nor Izzat Mohd Johari said the group was adamant about calling for an end to the three-year-old system before it was used on Form Three students this year.
This is because Form Three students have to sit the crucial Penilaian Menengah Rendah exams at year-end. (more…)
Cecilia Jeyanthi Victor
Much has been said about rising racial polarisation and weakening of interfaith relations in the country. But it is more pertinent to pinpoint the cause of these problems so that remedial measures can be taken.
Certain quarters have blamed the education system for these woes.
Parents Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said national schools had become breeding grounds of racial polarisation and that the education system was the root cause of the problems plaguing the country now. (more…)
Teachers are upset over glitches in the school-based assessment system, including difficulties uploading data online.
A teachers’ pressure group is planning to hold a protest at the Education Ministry at the end of this month to demand that Putrajaya end its ambitious three-year-old pupil assessment programme.
The protest, a rarity for the profession, reflects growing discontent among teachers with Putrajaya’s implementation of the school-based assessment (SBA) system, said a spokesman from Suara Guru-Masyarakat Malaysia (SGMM). (more…)
While most street protests over the years have been initiated by the opposition, the New Year rally in Dataran Merdeka against price hikes can be described as a resurrection of the “spirit of ’74”, when the student movement became a national force to be reckoned with, say activists.
Veteran activist Hishammuddin Rais (pic), who was present during the legendary student rallies of 1974, said that tomorrow night’s gathering could be just as significant, going by the response from the public especially student groups.
At the same time, another activist, who has been involved in promoting this year’s rally, said it marked the start of students becoming drivers instead of merely passengers in political campaigns. (more…)
Although the finalised Malaysia Education Blueprint has just been released recently, some of the programmes as deliberated in the blueprint have been kick-started seeing that 2013 is supposed to be the inception year of the 12-year transformation plan.
Among these initiatives are expanding accessibility to pre-school education, LINUS testing for literacy and numeracy skills and the roll-out of 1Bestari.net for integrating ICT into day-to-day teaching. With such massive undertakings underway, resistance is expected and one of them I would like to talk about is the rejection of the school-based assessment system (PBS) by the National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP), basically the union for teachers in Malaysia. (more…)
There was an interesting article by Wan Saiful Wan Jan that was published by The Star (10 December 2013) titled “Poor and Ignorant”.
Most low-income parents do not know about the Malaysian Education Blueprint, and they think teachers know best.
This is not surprising given the fact, as stated by the writer, that the attendance for the public consultation on the blueprint comprised only a very narrow section of society who are teachers and PIBG (parent-teacher) representatives. (more…)
More than 50 years ago, Malaya achieved independence through cooperation among the various races.
Native Malays formed the biggest ethnic group. Besides other indigenous groups, the Chinese and Indians were the second and third largest racial group at that time.
Given the highly complex and diverse racial mix, with each group speaking mainly their own respective mother tongues and without a common language, our leaders at that time must have, after careful and cautious considerations, prudently decided that it is best to accommodate language demands of the larger racial groups. (more…)
As 2013 draws to a close, Malaysia has seen its fair share of events with people who either inspire or bring despair to the country. It has been a year where some feel a sense of entitlement, that it is their way or the highway, that they have to make a name for themselves no matter what and where the little people’s hopes have risen and have also been shattered. Yet, there are the few who do good work quietly to help their fellow man, to make Malaysia a better place. Over the next few days, The Malaysian Insider will feature some of them – Malaysia’s Inspiring People 2013 – the ordinary heroes who never cease to amaze us with their perseverance, diligence, empathy and vision for a happier nation. (more…)
A group of pupils with their teacher at one of Malaysia’s many vernacular schools.
Our students are now four years behind Singapore in Mathematics.
Two years behind Vietnam in Science and 4.5 years behind Shanghai in reading skills. We are still ahead of Indonesia, but since we are sending our best and brightest to Indonesia for a degree, it is just a matter of time before they overtake us in global rankings.
Given time, and if things remain unchanged, I wouldn’t be surprised if they source out Malaysians as maids and workers for their industries. (more…)
MOHD FARHAN DARWIS
As 2013 draws to a close, Malaysia has seen its fair share of events with people who either inspire or bring despair to the country. It has been a year where some feel a sense of entitlement, that it is their way or the highway, that they have to make a name for themselves no matter what and where the little people’s hopes have risen and have also been shattered. Yet, there are the few who do good work quietly to help their fellow man, to make Malaysia a better place. Over the next few days, The Malaysian Insider will feature some of them – Malaysia’s Inspiring People 2013 – the ordinary heroes who never cease to amaze us with their perseverance, diligence, empathy and vision for a happier nation.
Sick and tired of an education system that teaches kids to compete instead of cooperate, and to be number one instead of helping the weak, Anas Alam Faizli began a movement which helps poor students all over Malaysia to excel in their studies. (more…)
The National Education Blueprint’s goal that all schools in the country meet the basic infrastructure requirements including access to clean treated water, at least 12 hours of electricity a day, along with sufficient toilets, classrooms, tables and chairs for the student and teacher population by 2015 starting with Sabah and Sarawak seems to be a pipe dream.
Already at the end of 2013, it doesn’t help that the education minister admitted earlier this year that rural schools in Sabah and Sarawak lagged behind in facilities and needed massive support to catch up with urban schools. (more…)
Of late, the Sarawak state education system has been under constant fire with issues ranging from lack of basic facilities, insufficient teachers due to high rate of transfers, accessibility, and connectivity.
In terms of social and economic implications, the state’s inadequate education system has become a major concern especially when education authorities have gone on record acknowledging that dilapidated schools in rural Sarawak are very common.
Now to add to rural school woes is that only two rural schools in Sarawak have been categorised as excellent while 110 are average and 12 have been categorised as below average. (more…)
It did not surprise Malaysians that their country was again ranked poorly when it was placed 52nd out of 65 countries that participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) 2012.
But the question is this: “Shouldn’t the education ministry look at how each individual school fared in assessments and learn from the success of those that did well?
The next question is: “What language was the assessment conducted in as Pisa offers students questions in the main language of instruction in their respective countries where each round focuses on one area –Reading, Mathematics or Science? (more…)
The failure to benchmark local education with international standards and not allowing schools and other stakeholders to make decisions that affect students are the key reasons the Malaysian education system is on the decline, said experts.
Former deputy education minister Datuk Wee Ka Siong (pic) noted that Malaysia was not up to mark in terms of education, even though Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin insisted it was, simply because, “we have not benchmarked our standards with the international level of education”. (more…)
Sin Chew Daily
Changes to the number of minutes for Bahasa Malaysia classes in Chinese primary schools again? What about the DPM’s promise? How about the 240 minutes previously agreed on?
The education ministry has through the Education Blueprint proposed to increase the length of BM lessons from Standard 4 to Standard 6 for Chinese and Tamil primary schools from 180 minutes a week to 270 minutes. This proposal met with strong objection from many Chinese associations in the country.
The Chinese community has yet to reach an accord on the ideal number of minutes, but the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Hua Zong), the United Chinese School Teachers Association (Jiao Zong), Kesatuan Kebangsaan Guru-Guru Besar Malaysia, etc, are fighting for 210 minutes while the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) and some Chinese associations insist on 180 minutes. (more…)
B Nantha Kumar
A Tamil school has a new RM3 million building with nothing in it.
A Tamil school in Bukit Tinggi, Klang, has a new block of 20 classrooms, but the students and teachers who will occupy them may have to sit on the floor when school reopens next month.
The Ladang Highlands Tamil School has been waiting for furniture for the new building since February, when the school’s advisory board wrote to the Education Ministry for the provision.
R Kannan, the board member who wrote the letter, told us today that the ministry had yet to reply. (more…)
Sarawak SMKs fare below nation’s average education standard due to insufficient funds and delays in processing requests for development and maintenance of schools.
PKR spokesperson Boniface Willy Tumek fears that allocation of the education budget for Sarawak is insufficient and urges that autonomy be accorded to the State’s Education department.
The Ministry of Education’s (MoE) insufficient allocation to the Sarawak state education department result in school maintenance delays and inadequate care being given to the student’s welfare. (more…)
The Malaysian Reserve
Autonomy in schools will allow the resident learning centres to accommodate local needs and allow ownership by teachers, administrators, parents and students.
Malaysia needs to decentralise its schools, provide feedback to parents on performance and find quality teachers as a crucial step in its race to become a high income nation, according to the World Bank’s Economic Monitor report on High-Performing Education released yesterday.
The report said Malaysia’s education system, which is among the most centralised in the world, makes it difficult to adapt to rapidly changing needs and circumstances. (more…)
The oposition in Sarawak said the government’s scant efforts to improve the education system in Sarawak is a deliberate move “to produce Sarawakians who will be subservient to Putrajaya”.
“It’s a subtle form of colonisation that is worse than (what) the British did,” charged PKR Bukit Saban branch chairman Noel Changgai Bucking.
Bucking described as “skeletal” the RM1.2 billion allocated by Putrajaya next year for improving dilapidated schools that lacked basic facilities like classrooms, science labs, teachers and other facilities. (more…)
Sin Chew Daily
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia have been ranked 77th and 95th respectively in the inaugural Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS and Emerging Economies Ranking 2014. Our universities seem doing well, but it is not really the case.
We must first understand that although the ranking followed the appraisal standards of world university rankings, its scope covered only 22 countries and regions, excluding universities in the US and European advanced countries and regions, and even Asia like Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong. (more…)
Lok Wing Kong
I have predicted long ago that the Education Blueprint 2013-2025 by the Education Minister will not be able to raise the standard of the education.
My prediction is spot on when we were ranked 52nd out of 62 countries for TIMSS and is firmly entrenched at the bottom third place of the Pisa survey, worse than Vietnam.
Singapore is in second place. The young students aged 11 and 12 years from Singapore are better than our 15 years old students in reading, speaking and general knowledge, etc. (more…)
Putrajaya launched its Education Blueprint 2013-2025 recently, with the objective of being among the top countries in the education field.
Warning that the Malaysian education system has deteriorated to an alarming level, opposition leaders and action groups have called for drastic action to be taken to address the situation, including convening a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to examine its faults.
The strongest call for a change came from Sarawak where a lawmaker called for the setting up of a RCI after the country only managed a poor 55th ranking out of 65 countries in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) done by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (more…)
Alarmed by the poor ranking for Malaysia in an international students’ test, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar urged a new bi-partisan approach to reform the country’s education system.
A bi-partisan parliamentary select committee should be tasked to look into improving Malaysia’s education system, Nurul Izzah said in a statement today.
At the same time, the Lembah Pantai MP added, a National Education Council comprising politicians, academicians and other stakeholders should also be formed to study this issue.
Spelling the word pen, is simple, but a word like education is mind boggling – education volunteers show the way to eradicate illiteracy.
All the children in class understand the teacher’s explanation, but one child does not. The other children progress in their studies, but one child gets left behind. Future prospects for the other children looks bright, but his future seems blurred.
A year ago, Zarul was illiterate. (more…)
The move by the Education Ministry to look at new ways and measures to improve the teaching and learning of English augurs well with Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU).
STU president Jisin Nyud in assuring their support, noted at the moment that the ministry through English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) and other agencies are trying
their best to bring back English and their programme and this is ongoing. (more…)
The term ‘Dayak’ has been pronounced a non-word by state ordinance, on the basis that the tribal people of Sarawak should no longer be encouraged to think of themselves as a nation, but only as groups to be divided and ruled.
Yet, how else to collectively describe the native people, who are surrendering up their vast natural resources to enrich West Malayisan leaders and their agents in Sarawak (Taib Mahmud and his BN cronies)? (more…)