Monday, June 14, 2010


Author : M. BAKRI MUSA

Published by : Strategic information research development (SIRD)

Malaysia’s highly centralized and tightly controlled system of education fails in educating and integrating the young. It is also ill suited for a plural society.

Instead of the present rigid and uniform system, the writer calls for one that is flexible and diverse, but with a core commonality. There should also be private sector participation competition and spur innovation.

Achieving this requires changing the ministry of education from one obsessed with strict top-down command, to a more democratized model woth power and responsibilities delegated to the periphery. The minister is less a drill sergeant backing out orders to his raw recruits but more a symphony conductor coaxing the best out of his skilled musicians.

The reforms suggested here will make Malaysian fluently bilingual in Malay & English, science literate, and mathematically competent, as well as foster a common Malaysian identity.

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