THE recent meeting between the Education Minister and senior management teams from private education institutions is certainly an encouraging development for our education sector.
The meeting he subsequently had with the National Association of Private Educational Institution (NAPEI) council to further understand the problems faced by the private education sector gives us greater confidence that we are on the right path forward.
NAPEI thanks Dr Maszlee Malik for listening and taking positive steps in directing the ministry to ensure that equal attention is given to the private education sector which has contributed significantly to educating the Malaysian populace. We can and will help the government to position Malaysia as one of the leading destinations for good international students who want a world-class education.
NAPEI encourages the call for a more autonomous environment where education must be relevant and industry-driven. The private education sector has, over the years, tried its level best to provide industry-driven courses to meet the skills needs of employers. However, due to the necessity to comply with too many regulations, the programmes become generic and sometimes outdated because of the length of time taken to get them approved. Over-regulation and ad hoc policies are among the major setbacks hindering the sustainability of the private education sector currently.
We hope that with the forthcoming revamp and greater involvement of the stakeholders, these issues would soon be a matter of the past.
NAPEI would also like to suggest that a regulatory impact analysis (RIA) be carried out before any new regulations are imposed.
As membership of NAPEI includes language centres, pre-schools and international and private schools, the minister’s recognition of education tourism that we have proposed, which would further add value to Malaysia becoming an education hub, is most encouraging.
NAPEI is looking forward to working with the Education Ministry and contribute to the development of a new education roadmap that would take Malaysian education to greater heights.
ASSOC PROF ELAJSOLAN MOHAN
National Association of Private Educational Institution
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