PUTRAJAYA: Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim has been appointed as the new Education director-general effective Jan 10.
She took over from Datuk Dr Amin Senin who retired on Dec 21 last year.
In a statement today, the Education Ministry said 58-year-old Habibah will be the ministry's 17th director-general and the second woman to helm the post.
"Habibah started her service in education in 1986 as a teacher in several schools in Selangor and Kedah, before leaving to serve under several organisations under the ministry.
"Among her positions were deputy director-general (policy and curriculum sector), Education Planning and Research Division (BPPDP) director, Performance and Delivery Unit (Padu ) executive director and senior lecturer at Institut Aminuddin Baki (IAB)," it said.
Habibah obtained a bachelor's degree with honours in Biology from the University of Salford, United Kingdom in 1984.
Later, she furthered her studies in Education at University of Bristol, United Kingdom in 1993 and earned a doctorate in Education from Stanford University in California, United States in 2001.
With her expertise, experience and excellent achievements, the Education Ministry is confident that Habibah would be able to further elevate its achievements in line with the aspirations of the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
The ministry recorded its highest appreciation to Amin for his service.