PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry is expected to be the biggest ministry around with a workforce of more than half a million people.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the process of merging the Education Ministry and the Higher Education Ministry is expected to be completed within a month.
"The process of merging should not be too complicated. Each ministry already had well-defined tasks previously, with the Education Ministry in charge of primary and secondary levels while the Higher Education Ministry was looking after higher education institutions," Muhyiddin said in a press conference Tuesday.
He added that the merging of the two ministries would smoothen the implementation of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the Education Ministry and the Higher Education Ministry would be merged when he unveiled the new cabinet last week.
Muhyiddin and Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh were appointed as Education Minister and Education Minister II respectively.
Muhyiddin said both him and Idris would be in charged of overall education issues affecting schools and the higher education institutions.
"It is important for both of us to be well aware of the development of education in every aspect," said Muhyiddin.
He added that Deputy Education Ministers Datuk Mary Yap and P. Kamalanathan would not divide their tasks between school and higher education levels.