KUALA LUMPUR: Education Ministers under the previous administration should be questioned on the findings of a Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) study, says Dr Maszlee Malik.
“I have been here for only a few months, it’s the previous ministers who should reply to the KRI report.
“In moving forward, we will ensure that the next KRI study released will be 100% different and we will see the best of Malaysian education,” he said after attending a presentation of smart school award function at the Education Technology Division yesterday.
Similarly, when asked about the situation faced by former sports school students in the country, Dr Maszlee said it is a “legacy” left by the previous government.
A report in a daily recently highlighted that many students from sports school become fishermen, factory workers, lorry drivers, or join uniformed bodies after failing to make the grade.
“It shows the previous government’s failure. In this new era, we will try to devise efforts to save sports schools and all schools in general,” he said, adding that he and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman are in touch about the matter.
Separately, Dr Maszlee said the ministry plans to bring back educational television channels to the public.
With the aim of democratising education, he said the ministry believes the educational channels will produce a more informed generation.
“We are currently developing our own content for the programmes which we plan to broadcast online.
“We will try to make it go viral because we realised that smartphones have become a necessity in human life.
“I will (also) discuss with Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo on the possibility of (broadcasting) it on RTM,” he said, adding the ministry expects to gradually release the content by next year.
The ministry will also devise educational applications on smartphones, he said, adding that making it go viral on social media platforms will shape good characters.
When asked to comment on criticisms after the minister spoke on the colour of school socks, Dr Maszlee urged the press to focus on the quality of the country’s education.
“If the media sensationalises such petty issues, do you expect people not to talk about it? The media should (write) on education matters,” he added.
It was reported that issues regarding the colour of socks will be decided by the Education Ministry after a discussion with its stakeholders are completed.
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