Mahdzir offers international audience insight into Msian Education Blueprint

Mahdzir Khalid / Forum Pendidikan dan Kemahiran Global

DUBAI 12 MAC 2016. Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (tengah) sedang mendengar ucapan Pengasas Yayasan Barkey, Sunny Barkey sempena majlis perasmian Forum Pendidikan Global dan Kemahiran 2016 di Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE), sebentar tadi. NSTP/Email

DUBAI: Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid today had the opportunity to share his views on the Malaysian education system and offered an insight into the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 (MEB) at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) 2016 here. The MEB, which has drawn the interest of educationists and experts, provides a comprehensive plan for a rapid and sustainable transformation of the education system in Malaysia. Speaking at the Ed Talk session, entitled “Asia Regional Update” at the Atlantis, The Palm hotel, he said: “I’m here today at the (GESF) to share knowledge and seek new ways to enhance the quality of teachers in Malaysia. “The forum emphasises on how can we shape the teaching profession to churn out quality teachers in efforts to produce quality graduates, among others. “Besides that, it focuses on how the community, in particular parents and private sectors can play a proactive role in enhancing the teaching and learning process at schools. “Some of the notable speakers at the forum will also speak on the importance of equipping students with soft skills and vocational training in a bid to produce employable graduates.” These key messages, Mahdzir said had been incorporated in the MEB for the betterment of the Malaysian education system. “For instance, MEB emphasises on increased parental and community involvement in education. “The ministry has taken steps to raise awareness on the roles of parents and the communities in education through the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), which is done through the Parents Support Group (PSG), as the platform for greater collaboration between school, parents and the wider community.” PSG, he said, operates within the existing organisational structure of PTA in sharing best practices in pedagogy to create a continuous support for the learning of the students which includes providing assistance in and outside of the classroom. Mahdzir said the PSG also serves as mediator between parents and school administrators in addressing challenges to the learning of students (such as social vices, disciplinary matters, and learning disability). “Parents would lend their professional experiences or ideas and collectively problem solve in these areas. “As a result, more parents are involved in school activities and in 2015 and the percentage of schools achieving the average attendance score of 65 per cent or above in various activities is 83.5 per cent, which is an increase of 46.5 per cent compared to 2014.” He added that the ministry had also developed the Parent Engagement Toolkit (called Sarana Ibu-Bapa) which advises parents on how to play an active role in helping their children succeed in schools. This toolkit, he said consists of four main elements which includes providing conducive learning environment, meaningful interaction at home, communication skills with children, and support for excellence. Mahdzir also said the ministry would offer more places for students with special education needs in vocational training. “In 2015 more than 500 students received vocational training skills. “Vocational education equips students with skills and qualifications that are required and recognised by industry as well as to prepare them to be entrepreneurs.”

Source :New Straits Times