UPDATE 7:20pm Fri 18 May 2018: Tun M has announced that he will not be the next education minister in accordance to Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto. Speaking in a Facebook video uploaded on Parti Peribumi Bersatu’s page, the prime minister stated, “That is the provision of the manifesto and I cannot break it.”
Watch the video below for Tun M’s full explanation:
The following is an article written on 17th May, when Tun M originally announced he was going to be Education Minister:
Just a glance at the confusion on social media today over the announcement of plans to implement the Sales and Service Tax (SST) in replace of the GST, gives one the impression that Malaysians aren’t as woke as we believe ourselves to be.
Earlier today, Tun Dr. Mahathir, Prime Minister of Malaysia, announced at a press conference for the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council that he will be our Minister of Education. Questioned by the media on what led to his decision to assume the role, Tun Dr M replied, “Because many people in Malaysia seem to be uneducated.”
He went on to say that he took over this position as he wants to place close observation on our education system to change this.
Tun M is known to be witty and blunt with his words, however this time it seems to be more of the latter.
Our education system has been known to be outdated compared to other countries in Asia and Tun M wishes that the way of teaching students on blackboards or whiteboards could be altered to a more technology-savvy method.
He even suggested that due to the lack of teachers in schools, the education system could implement different techniques such as using software that are accessible to everyone.
Many parents in Malaysia have opted to remove their children from government schools citing bad quality of teachers and amenities, and have looked towards Chinese-vernacular schools, private schools and home schooling as alternatives.
We here at JUICE come from various backgrounds but we all agree that we need to move away from an exam-driven education, and implement a more experience-driven education.
In the press conference, it was also declared that Deputy Prime Minster, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be our new minister in charge of women’s affairs & welfare. However, the remaining 8 ministers are yet to be set.
What are the changes you guys are expecting in the education system? Let us know in the comments.