PUTRAJAYA: The new government will continue to implement the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 and the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education).
However, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said there will be periodic mid-term reviews on all activities and programmes in the blueprints.
“These evaluations are part of efforts to strengthen the implementation of both blueprints and ensure they are understood by all stakeholders,” he said after clocking in for the first time at the Education Ministry.
After clocking in, he immediately proceeded to meet the heads of all the ministry’s departments and sections.
The Simpang Renggam MP added that those at the execution level such as teachers and lecturers need to understand the blueprints if they are to be implemented successfully.
He also said the ministry is going to focus on getting those at school and university levels to understand what has been planned in the blueprints.
“Everything that has been planned can only go well if they (stakeholders) are involved,” said Dr Maszlee.
He added that he will hold meetings with the stakeholders to ensure their reactions and aspirations are in line with the ministry’s efforts.
He also said the Pakatan Harapan government is committed to making national schools the “best choice for the rakyat”.
He said his team would also work towards ensuring teachers have a successful career.
“The Government wants to conduct a detailed evaluation of various issues affecting the (teaching) profession including teachers’ workload,” he added.
Dr Maszlee is the 19th Education Minister and will helm the newly merged Education Ministry and Higher Education Ministry.
The ministries were split in 2015 when former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak carried out a Cabinet reshuffle.
“My team and I will do our best to manage this change (merging the ministries) and I trust that the team understands their needs and abilities in understanding their respective roles,” he said.
“To me, this merging (of ministries) can strengthen the development of Malaysia’s education sector because we need to look at the long term when addressing education issues,” he added.
Dr Maszlee also thanked his predecessor Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid for his efforts to raise the standard of the education system based on the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
Mahdzir could not be present at the event as his mother is seriously ill.