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Sunday August 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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THE merger of the education and higher education ministries will spur the transformation of education in the country to be on par with international standards by 2020.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this would also ensure the continuity of quality and more dynamic policies and programmes in the national education system.
“The merger is a big step taken by the government.
“The Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013 - 2025 and National Higher Education Strategic Plan would be strengthened under the merger.
”Human capital mobility in the field of education will be more active and effective when academics cooperate with teaching staff to determine the direction of national education,” he said before presenting the 2011 and 2012 National Academic Awards 2011 and 2012 last Tuesday.
Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister, said all levels of education would share resources and expertise to ensure an efficient management system. He said education transformation initiatives could also be implemented more efficiently..
“The collaboration among teachers in schools and higher learning institutions will produce human capital who are able to innovate and explore new fields that would determine the progress and future accomplishments of the country,” he said.
Muhyiddin said university researchers could produce more knowledgeable and technically-skilled human capital.
“This can be achieved through collaborations with other bodies.
The research findings will not only create an impact or advantage for the researchers, they could also be shared by other parties through commercialisation,” he said.
At the event, Muhyiddin presented the 2012 Tokoh Akademik Negara (Academic of the Year) 2012 award to Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Nik Safiah Abdul Karim (from Universiti Malaya (UM)) and Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Latif Ibrahim (from Universiti Selangor).
Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Asmah Omar from UM was the recipient of the 2011 Academic of the Year award.
The award carries a RM200,000 cash prize, a trophy and certificate of appreciation.
Also present were Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Deputy Education Ministers Datuk Mary Yap and P. Kamalanathan, Education Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Madinah Mohamad and secretary- general II Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang. — Bernama
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