We are now entering the final phase of our education reform plan.
The Ministry of Education is committed to continuously improving Malaysia’s education system at every level, from preschool to post-secondary education
At its core, the goal and purpose of our education system is to equip Malaysian students holistically and enable them to fulfil their potential. Since every student is different, the ministry also understands the importance of tailoring their approach to help bring out the talents of each individual.
To this end, the Malaysia Education Blueprint (MEB) 2013-2025 was developed for a sustainable transformation of our education system
MEB carefully sets out the fundamental changes that are required in our current education system, making sure each aspect of learning is accounted for.
From how we approach student learning, to the way we recruit, train, and reward our teachers and principals, right up to how the Ministry of Education itself operates, the MEB charts out a process for that change. In doing so, it also lays out clear improvements on the factors that really matter, along every step of the journey.
While the targets set in MEB may seem ambitious, they are entirely achievable. Here are some of the targets outlined in the blueprint:
1. Ensuring universal enrolment from preschool to upper secondary education
2. Narrowing the achievement gaps between the rich and poor, urban and rural, and between states
3. Rising from the bottom-third to top-third of countries in international assessments like Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
4. Building an education system that gives children an appreciation for our unique identity as Malaysians
On top of that, the MEB also resonates with the UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Here is a brief glimpse of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025:
The plan includes five system aspirations: access, quality, equity, unity, and efficiency. It also outlines six student aspirations: knowledge, bilingual proficiency, thinking skills, ethics and spirituality, leadership skills, and national identity.
Split into three waves between 2013 to 2025, the blueprint sets out fundamental changes that need to be made, from how we approach student learning and recruit teachers, to how the Ministry of Education operates. As we enter Wave 3, the focus is to move towards excellence and increased operational flexibility.
To ensure that the aspirations set out in the MEB are met, there are deadlines as well as a yearly report to monitor the achievements
Every year, the Ministry of Education comes up with a yearly report to share the highlights, progress, challenges, and setbacks of the implementation. Sometimes, course corrections are required. What’s unique about the MEB is that it’s not just a document that has been carved in stone, but it’s a living document that embraces changes with time.
Read the annual reports in detail by visiting the Education Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU) website.
All in all, education reform doesn’t happen overnight, and instead requires the continuous efforts of parents, teachers, students, and the government alike
Thankfully, the MEB gives us all a comprehensive idea of how we can continue to improve our education system. While it may seem like a long road ahead, we can be rest assured that progress is made every step of the way.
You can click here to read the entire Malaysia Education Blueprint.