Mindef’s education blueprint to see paradigm shift

Hishammuddin (fourth from left) and Mahdzir Khalid (third from left) and Salleh (left) observing the class conducted by Nur Syazwani Mohamad Nazri at the Royal Malay Regiment 5th battalion camp Kluang. — Photo: Bernama

KLUANG: The Defence Ministry’s (Mindef) Education Blueprint Agenda 2018-2022 will see a new realm in education for the ministry and Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM).

Army chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkiple Kassim said some approaches in strengthening education within ATM and Mindef included developing school infrastructure in ATM camps and ATM education institutions especially for Maktab Tentera Diraja (MTD) and Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Terendak.

“This blueprint, which is the brainchild of Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, will benefit 38 schools in Malaysia.

“Specifically, 102,820 individuals comprising 33,611 students, 1,987 teachers in our camps as well as 67,222 parents will gain from this blueprint,” he said in his speech before the launch of the education blueprint at the Royal Malay Regiment 5th battalion camp here.

Zulkiple, who is also the Mindef Welfare chairman, said the blueprint proved that the learning process for army personnel children had always been its top focus.

Hishammuddin launched the blueprint which was also witnessed by Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Salleh Tun Said Keruak, and ATM chief General Tan Sri Raja Affendi Raja Mohammed.

Zulkiple said the initiative of the Mindef education welfare was a cooperation between the Education, Communication and Multimedia, as well as Women Development, Family and Community ministries.

He added that the blueprint also outlined a closer approach to recognise and appreciate the Mindef human capital.

“This includes ATM personnel, Mindef staff and the veterans who have given their all while serving for our country,” he said.

Zulkiple said the blueprint would ensure the soldiers’ children’s education was in line with the learning processes of the 21st century.

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