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KUALA LUMPUR: A task force is being formed to execute the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told this to some 1,000 educators at the launch of the 2012 National Education Convention last night.
"Following the decision reached in the recent cabinet meeting, the task force will be set up and chaired by me together with several government agencies including the Finance Ministry, Public Services Department, Human Resources Ministry and Pemandu.
"Through the task force, we want to make sure all that has been planned and endorsed in the final report later can be carried out to fulfil the people's hope and aspiration," said Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister.
The blueprint, which outlined 11 shifts, will be implemented in three "waves", with the results to be assessed in 2015, 2020 and 2025.
An annual report on the progress of the reforms would also be published.
Wave 1 (2012-2015) will focus on efforts to turn around the system by supporting teachers and focusing on core skills, Wave 2 (2016-2020) on accelerating system improvements and Wave 3 (2021-2025) on moving towards excellence with increased operational flexibility.
Muhyiddin said the blueprint launch by the prime minister was timely since the education world was such a dynamic field and failed to realise this would place the current generation behind others and the nation would lose its competitive edge.
In this respect, the deputy prime minister urged all including the National Professor Council (MPN) to support the blue print and monitor its performance after the final report was prepared and executed.
"By doing this, you (the professors) can realise your motto 'MPN the nation's thinker' in the future for the sake of our children's future."
Earlier, National Professors Council chairman Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid said MPN had a big role to play in relation to the education blueprint.
In this respect, he urged the convention participants to make use the opportunity to debate on education issues and national transformation challenges.
"The education blue print must get the support from all and should not be politicised because education is the biggest investment for our nation's future."
The blueprint was prepared following feedback from a total of 12,000 participants nationwide.
Some 156 recommendations were also received from various organisations as well as input from studies conducted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, the World Bank and public higher learning institutions.
Malaysia devotes 16 per cent of its gross domestic product to education development annually, one of the highest in the world.
Muhyiddin later witnessed a cheque presentation worth RM500,000 from the Yayasan Wangsa Perdana to MPN to sponsor the "Mahathir Distinguished Internship Programme".