KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 – The Education Ministry will form a committee to review the national education policy, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the committee’s role would be to revisit the philosophy and policies behind the national education system and also upgrade the curriculum and the education system from pre-school to university level.
“This would cover civic consciousness and the development of noble values as well as the strengthening of science and technology,” he said.
The minister was responding to a question by Ahmad Faizal Azumu (PH-Tambun)’s question on the direction of the education system during the question and answer session.
Maszlee said the committee would consist of experts in the field of academia, politics, religion as well as representatives from non-governmental organisations (NGO).
Replying to a supplementary question on steps taken to encourage usage of the English language without neglecting Bahasa Malaysia in rural areas, he said the Education Ministry would increase the number of English teachers deployed in such areas.
He added that other steps taken to increase English standards among the current batch of teachers are to invite retired teachers and graduates to assist in improving English standards, and also hire trainee teachers. — BERNAMA