MALAYSIA EDUCATION BLUEPRINT
Education is a major contributor to the development of our social and economic capital. It inspires creativity and fosters innovation; provides our youth with the necessary skills to be able to compete in the modern labour market; and is a key driver of growth in the economy. And as this Government puts in place measures under the New Economic Model, Economic Transformation Plan and Government Transformation Plan to place Malaysia firmly on the path to development, we must ensure that our education system continues to progress in tandem. By doing so, our country will continue to keep pace in an increasingly competitive global economy.
Our education system has been the bedrock of our development. It has provided this generation and those before it with the skills and knowledge that have driven the country’s growth and, with it, our prosperity. At the centre of this are the thousands of dedicated teachers, principals, administrators, and officers and staff at the Ministry of Education, both past and present, whose contribution can never be overstated. In the 55 years since our independence, they have overseen a dramatic improvement to the quality and provision of education. And through their efforts we have, for example, achieved near-universal access at the primary and lower secondary levels, while global organisations such as UNESCO and World Bank have recognised and lauded Malaysia’s progress in education. But in order to meet our high aspirations amidst an increasingly competitive global environment, we cannot stand still. Our country requires a transformation of its entire education system, lifting achievement for all students. Make no mistake; this will require an entirely new perspective, so that students develop skills needed for the 21st century. Rather than simply adding staff and facilities, there is now a need to understand and improve the dynamics of the teaching and learning process. To this end, the Government has developed the Education Blueprint. It provides a comprehensive plan for a rapid and sustainable transformation of our education system through to 2025. And by building on the range of initiatives introduced as National Key Result Areas, it sets out the fundamental changes that we require. From how we approach student learning, the way we recruit, train and reward our teachers and principals right through to how the Ministry of Education itself operates, it lays out a process for that change. And in doing so, it lays out clear improvements on the factors that really matter, along every step of this journey.
Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013 - 2025 Foreword
These targets are ambitious, but entirely achievable. They include: ensuring universal enrolment from pre-school to upper secondary education in 10 years; halving the achievement gaps between the rich and poor, urban and rural, and between the states that form Malaysia in 10 years; rising from the bottom-third to the top-third of countries in international assessments like PISA and TIMSS in 15 years; and building an education system that gives children an appreciation for our unique identity as Malaysians. And this will be achieved with due prudence and care for the resources allocated; every ringgit spent must be directed towards improving student outcomes. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the Ministry of Education and all those who contributed towards the development of this Education Blueprint. I realize that transforming the education system will not be easy and that we are likely to encounter a number of challenges along the way. But despite this, rest assured that not only are the Government and Ministry of Education committed to delivering on these goals, I am also personally committed. And hand in hand with the rakyat, I have every confidence that...