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Saturday September 7, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday September 7, 2013 MYT 10:34:06 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: Teachers and school heads are ready for the challenges under the Malaysia Education Blueprint, which they say will help students prepare for a fast-paced future.
SMK Damansara Utama principal Zulaika A. Rahman said the blueprint would require students to “think on their feet”.
Headmaster Mohradi Mohd Mohlas, of SK Damansara Damai I in Petaling Jaya, welcomed the blueprint as a “big and necessary transformation”.
“What headmasters need to do is to pass on the initiatives of the blueprint and its aims to teachers, pupils and society at large,” he said.
Independent Review Panel on Education chairman Tan Sri Prof Dzulkifli Abdul Razak was glad that most of their recommendations, especially on the issue of teacher quality, were incorporated in the plan.
He said the fast-track promotion of teachers, based on performance rather than seniority, may be the incentive needed to draw top talent to the profession.
National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said she hoped teaching assistants will be posted in schools from next year.
“I also hope the (education) ministry will ensure there is continuous professional training for all teachers and not for just a selected few,” she said.
Petaling Utama district education assistant officer Rosita Wati Abd Aziz said she was happy with the plan to give more autonomy and responsibility to district education offices on matters pertaining to schools under their charge.
MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the finalised blueprint was an “improved version” as it took into account the wishes of the Chinese community.
“It was of paramount importance to the community that the SJKC is here to stay.
“The most important part now is getting the teachers and the community on board,” he said.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai maintained that the lesson time for Bahasa Malaysia should be 210 minutes, adding that the national language and English in vernacular primary schools needed to be improved.
“If the pupils’ language proficiency is poor, they won’t be able to keep up once they are in secondary school,” he said.
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