DIFFERENT APPROACHES: Muhyiddin says it's all part of move to improve quality of our education system
THE Education Ministry is considering giving more autonomy to district education offices (PPD) and schools so that they could make their own decisions in implementing policies set by the ministry.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said at the moment, there were times that decisions made at ministry level were not implemented or were interpreted differently at the district or school level.
"We want the decisions or policies by the ministry to be correctly interpreted and implemented at the grassroots level to achieve the goals set for our education system.
"With more autonomy, PPDs and schools can make their own decisions as each district is different and needs different approaches in implementing our policies," said Muhyiddin, who is also the education minister.
He said under the ongoing education system review, the ministry was looking for ways to improve the quality of work in the education sector so that its policies could be implemented better.
"We are studying the role of the district education officers so that they can monitor the implementation of these policies.
"If there are any problems or questions, these officers will be able to solve them," said Muhyiddin after opening the Muar Education Office here.
Earlier, at a corporate and social responsibility programme by SME Bank Berhad at Kampung Kurnia Sakti near here, Muhyiddin said the agricultural sector should not be the only main economic driving force of the rural community as there were now better infrastructure and business opportunities available in rural areas.
"But in spite of the improved infrastructure, there is still much to be done to further develop the villages in terms of raising the people's income."
Muhyiddin urged the rural community to work hard to earn a better living and to make use of government-initiated financial institutions such as SME Bank to assist them in business ventures.
He also presented SME Bank contributions of 50 hampers to villagers and 40 computers for a community information technology centre.
SME Bank also presented RM5,000 each to Kamisah Mustam and Azlan Ali, two villagers who were victims of a recent fire.
At a separate function, Muhyiddin contributed almost RM95,000, in his capacity as Pagoh member of parliament, to needy residents, two Chinese schools and a Chinese temple during a meet-the-people session at Kampung Lenga Batu 23.