I refer to the article Branding Malaysian education (StarEducation, Oct 10), especially the comments made with respect to LAN (National Accreditation Board) under the sidebar “Informative sessions”.
The comment: “Unfortunately Prof Mohd Suleiman sent a representative who merely briefed participants on LAN’s objectives and aims, all of which were common knowledge” is a gross understatement of the presentation made by Puan Zita Mohd Fahmi, LAN secretary and general manager, at the recent Mapcu (Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities) conference.
In fact, the panel moderator Prof Dr Ibrahim Bajunid, in his summing up, had pointed out that her presentation gave a fair overview of the Malaysian Qualification Framework (MQF).
It covered the impact of globalisation, development of quality assurance from a national, regional and international perspective, the elements and role of the proposed MQF, issues on its implementation, international best practices and the relationship between accreditation with the proposed MQF and branding.
She also qualified that the specifics of the MQF would be dealt with by the next speaker Datuk Dr Sharifah Hapsah Shahabudin.
I would also like to correct the statement with regards to MQF which reads: “The MQF will be an external independent body to assess the qualifications of programme benchmarked against international standards. It won’t be a monster for institutions to contend with but instead aims to reduce bureaucracy and rigidity in the current system.''
Again there is an error in the interpretation. The proposed MQF is not an external independent body but a framework that providers and users can make reference to for entry into programmes and credit transfers into institutions of higher learning. It also benchmarks the qualification system in Malaysia. The entity that administers the proposed MQF would then become the external or independent body.
The proposed MQF is a collective effort where input from various stakeholders was gathered. Bureaucracy in the current system has been ratified with the introduction of the one-stop centre, setting up of a ministerial policy review committee and the inclusion of recognition of prior learning under the proposed MQF, which is awaiting approval from the authorities.
In conclusion, we regret that our input at the conference has been portrayed as merely a statement of LAN’s objectives, aims and the usual stuff.
ZAINON NOR AHMAD
Senior Manager Corporate Division
For Chairman/Chief Executive
Lembaga Akreditasi Negara