KUALA LUMPUR: Changes will be made to the national education system after the 14th General Election to better equip our youths with skills to survive and thrive in the era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said realigning the education system is necessary in light of the new challenges brought about by the digital revolution, which is fast shaping the future.
“This is one of my concerns and in the post-GE14, with the mandate from the rakyat, we will have to look at it very closely and probably make changes here and there,” he said during a townhall session with Axiata and Celcom employees at Arena Axiata, Bukit Jalil, yesterday.
The nation’s young, particularly the future generation, must be equipped with the skills and supporting environment if they were to succeed, said Najib.
“This is perhaps one of my top priorities after GE14,” he said.
Najib was asked on what was being done to prepare the nation’s youths to face an uncertain future brought about by the digital revolution.
To another question, he said the country’s current state of unity was different from that enjoyed by previous generations.
“In a sense, we are living harmoniously, free from strife – unlike some countries – despite us having a diverse society where a lot could go wrong easily.
“But if you talk about living in a compartmentalised education, I concede that we now live in a compartmentalised manner,” he said.
Najib attributed this to the evolution of the education system that had somewhat separated students according to race.
“As you can see today, the Malays are in the national schools while there are also the SRJK(C), SRJK(T) and religious schools.
“We have gone through structural changes and we are now studying in a very compartmentalised manner,” Najib said, acknowledging however that there was no immediate solution to remedy the situation.
The Prime Minister said for the moment, the education system would be geared towards imparting core values among the youths to promote better interaction and mutual respect.
He said there were still moments of unity among Malaysians, pointing out that 95% of those cheering on Datuk Lee Chong Wei during the screening of the Rio Olympics badminton finals in Putrajaya were Malays.
“There are moments of unity where we can come together as a nation. We need to create more moments like these,” he added.
Earlier, when addressing the audience, Najib said he had adopted a non-political interference approach in the running of government-linked companies as long as these were in line with the national agenda.
Also present were Axiata Group Bhd president and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim and Khazanah Nasional Bhd managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar.