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Groups all geared to give feedback on blueprint
SETTING ROAD MAP: Ministry’s Open Day to see input from interested parties on education plan
KUALA LUMPUR: EDUCATION interest groups have welcomed the Education Ministry's Open Day next month to hear out their views on the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 preliminary report.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister, announced on Wednesday that his ministry would allocate two days next month to hear public views and give clarification on the blueprint.
National Collaboration of Parent-Teacher Associations president Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan said he would definitely attend the open day.
"We have some important proposals that we want to put forward to help improve the blueprint further.
"Firstly we propose that the blueprint also place greater emphasis on the teaching of other languages such as Mandarin and Tamil besides Bahasa Malaysia and English."
Ali said the teaching of the mother tongue of the multi-racial population of Malaysia, not only to the speakers but also others, would promote greater national unity and understanding among the various races.
He said the blueprint should strive to instil a value system in students from the preschool level upwards, that recognises the element of diversity and unity of a multi-racial Malaysia.
"Students should be taught to recognise the differences of the various races and appreciate, consider and optimise on them, to instil a solid set of human values."
Ali said the learning of Arabic should also be made compulsory for Muslim students as this would put Malaysia on the forefront of the global Islamic community and Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation countries.
"This will enable Muslims in Malaysia to get to know the global Islamic community better."
Ali said the vital roles of the PTA as well as the alumni associations in a school's development need to be emphasised in the education blueprint.
He said these associations should be given a boost and proper undertaking so that they could steadily contribute to their respective school's development.
He said the government should also provide allocations for PTAs besides giving annual recognition for prominent PTA personalities at the school, state and national level.
"Malaysia should take the lead to set up an Asean-level PTA and even a global PTA for greater regional and global interaction in the field of education."
Ali said there was also a need for a national education audit to monitor the development of education and prevent misuse of resources.
Parent Action Group for Education chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said she would also definitely visit the Education Ministry's open day.
She said Page would be proposing that more efforts be put in to upgrade the teaching of Science and Technology in line with the national Science and Technology Policy.
"Being a uniquely multi-racial country there should be a clear policy on the teaching of Mandarin and Tamil.
"Right now although these languages are being taught in some schools, there is no scope for continuous development of students' proficiency in them."