TEACHER TRAINING: Countries keen to study Malaysian education system
SEVERAL United Nations Educational, Sciences and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) member countries plan to seek assistance and gain experience from Malaysia, especially in education and training of teachers.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister, said requests were received during bilateral meetings with Omani Education Minister Dr Madiha Al-Shabaini, Namibian Education Minister Dr David Namwandi and Indonesian Education Minister Prof Dr Mohammad Nuh on Thursday, in conjunction with the 37th Unesco General Conference that will end today.
He said Malaysia would sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Namibia and Oman soon and form joint working commissions to see how Malaysia could provide assistance and guidance to improve their respective education system.
He said the countries were impressed with Malaysia's initiative to improve its education system, including the implementation of the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
"Based on our past and present experience, education ministers from other countries are interested to know about our initiatives and look forward to learning from us," he told the Malaysian media after having breakfast with the press here yesterday.
Present was Malaysia's Ambassador to France, Tan Sri Ismail Omar.
Elaborating on the bilateral meetings, he said although Oman had formed partnerships with Malaysia via signings of several MoUs, it hoped Malaysia would continue to play a more active role in helping its education ministry, especially in training its teachers.
"Namibia, for one, is interested in sending their students to study in Malaysia because of our high-quality education and also wants to sign an agreement with us to strengthen ties in the education sector."
Indonesia thanked the Malaysian government for allowing it to open classes for children of Indonesian workers, especially those working in Sabah.
"We were informed that the classes are ready and will be in operation soon.
'The move is in line with Unesco's principle of ensuring children get proper education through its Education for All agenda."