FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
LEARNING SKILLS FOR OPEN DISTANCE LEARNERS
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Improving the Mastery of Soft Skills among University Students in Malaysia
Recently Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Minister of Education Tan Sri Muhyiddin
Yassin voiced his dissatisfaction towards the current Malaysian education system, and had
since conducting a review towards it. This action is taken after the discovery that many
students in tertiary educational institutions lack in competency and having difficulties finding
a job. Many people, especially employers have known an important element which is missing
from most of the university graduates; namely the soft skills. However this particular reason
is never revealed to applicants that failed for the jobs they aimed for, and therefore they are
left in the dark and never realized what went wrong despite their excellent grades.
In many countries including Malaysia, basic education or primary education is mandatory
and it focuses on reading, writing and ciphering. Malaysia for example has its own National
Philosophy of Education, in which the education serves as the holistic development of
individuals who are intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically balanced and
harmonious. The Philosophy also dictates that education should be designed to produce
Malaysian citizens who are “knowledgeable and competent”, “possess high moral standards”,
“responsible and capable of achieving a high level of personal well-being”, and will
“contribute to the betterment of the family, the society and the nation at large.”
Unfortunately the education system itself does very little in demonstrating the Philosophy
that some teachers described it as a philosophy containing “big words that exist merely in
theory.” While indeed students learned the basic skills (reading, writing and ciphering), it
didn’t help students with... [continues]
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