9789832535065

An Education System Worthy of Malaysia


Description
Author: M. Bakri Musa
Format: Paperback, 307 pages
Subjects: Education, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789832535065
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2003
Price: RM50.00
 

Malaysia’s highly centralized and tightly controlled system of education fails in educating an integrating the young. It is also ill suited for a plural society.

Instead of the present rigid and uniform system, the writer calls for one that is flexible and diverse, but with a core commonality. There should also be private sector participation competition and spur innovation.

Achieving this requires changing the ministry of education from one obsessed with strict top-down command, to a more democratized model with power and responsibilities delegated to the periphery. The minister is less a drill sergeant barking out orders to his raw recruits but more of a symphony conductor coaxing the best out of his skilled musicians.

The reforms suggested here will make Malaysians fluently bilingual in Malay and English, science literate, and mathematically competent as well as foster a common Malaysian identity.