KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will strive to ensure that all Malaysian children have the opportunity to attend school and access to quality education.
Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said he was pleased with the information Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had presented from the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) reports.
“For example, preschool enrolment has increased by 80% from 2009 to 2012,” he said, adding that it was part of the Government’s agenda to improve education in the country.
“The ministry is constantly looking for opportunities and ways to improve teaching and learning in schools as well as how to improve enrolment at both school and pre-school levels,” he said after launching the Teachers Day Festival 2014 at Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.
“The Government has placed large importance on education. We realise that one of the most effective mechanisms to develop the country is through education.”
Kamalanathan said that by having good facilities, quality curriculum and excellent teachers, Malaysian students could become successful individuals.
“As successful individuals, they will be able to further develop themselves, their families and the country,” he said.
Teachers play a significant role in education and they are the “prime movers” in transforming education, he added.
“I always say that the teaching profession is the most noble profession there is. For example, many people want to be doctors and that is a noble profession as well because a doctor would save lives, maybe even up to a thousand lives. But teachers save a generation,” he said.
As most schools would be celebrating Teachers Day on Friday, Kamalanathan urged Malaysians to call up their old teachers to thank them.