“What the education system needs is bold leadership to take transformational reforms to the next level. Bring in more technology as an enabler to 21st century learning.
Evaluate education reforms, communicate them to stakeholders and make the outcomes public on a regular basis.
The key people here are the dynamic principals in schools who need to be bold leaders, too, rather than pitstops awaiting retirement.
Until teachers realise that a mindset change is necessary to produce students with a worldview, the 12MP will remain a pie in the sky until the next plan.”
Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim
“What we parents want is straightforward and simple – we want our children to be bilingual, marketable, global citizens with the promise of a decent job.
To achieve this, there must be more emphasis on the use of English in schools and enhanced training for students to be more computer savvy to prepare them for the IT and digital world.
However, this requires political will because on paper, plans always look great but implementing them is another story.”
Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education chairman Mak Chee Kin
“Education plays a major role in the development of Malaysia so the welfare of the teachers must be a priority. Over the years, we have been talking about revolutionising the education system.
Now is the time to look into this seriously. While Bahasa Malaysia is our national language, the teaching of English should be emphasised.
We want everyone to be able to speak English fluently since they already have a good command of the national language.
The 12th Malaysia Plan is welcomed and shows that we are progressing as a nation towards the future. As the country moves forward, parents hope the education system will be revamped to ensure quality education for every child.”
Educationist and former National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam