Call to set up National Education Action Council

TO address post-pandemic education issues concerning lower primary pupils, Simpang Renggam MP Dr Maszlee Malik has proposed that the government set up an apolitical National Education Action Council.

Claiming that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected nearly one million pupils, mainly in Years One and Two, and also preschoolers, he said there were some still struggling with the basic skills of reading, writing and speaking.

“The lack of normal teaching and learning for almost a year has stunted this education process.

“A majority of the pupils still can’t read, write or count. These are skills that they should have at their age, ” he told reporters.

The council should include representatives from education NGOs and MPs with experience in the education sector from both sides of the political divide, he said.

“A comprehensive solution can be found if the Education Minister is ready to cooperate without considering politics, ideology and expertise.

“Although MPs have on numerous occasions raised this issue, there still isn’t a clear solution by the ministry, ” he added.

Maszlee said Senior Minister Dr Radzi Jidin’s winding-up speech on Tuesday did not reflect the ministry’s seriousness in addressing the issue.

“I had asked whether the ministry has a masterplan ready for these children when they are enrolled in Years One and Two next year. But no answer was given, ” he added.

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