Now that Maszlee Malik has resigned as education minister, attention has turned to who will succeed him in the hot seat.
Let’s hear from you who should replace him and raise the standard of education in the country. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below and explain your choice.
Whoever succeeds Maszlee has a huge job on his or her hands. How to improve the standard of education? Well, Dr Francis Loh has analysed the main problems with our education system: it is too centralised and too politicised. Teachers should need more autonomy to tailor lessons to their pupils, he adds.
Francis suggests that we take a look at how the tiny nation of Estonia has transformed its education system into one of the world’s best (see the video above). Read his timely article “How to reform Malaysia’s ailing educational system” on the Aliran website.
Apart from this, we really need to look at the criteria for selection of teachers and teacher trainers. In Finland, another country with a top education system, teachers are selected from the top 10% of graduates, and teaching is a highly sought after career.