Syabas TPM and Minister of Education, I think this is good news for Malaysian Parents, it's good for the MOE to get official feed back from local education professionals throughout the year rather than having impromptu councils called for specific issues intermittently. I do not know so much about the other members but I think the inclusion of Professor Emeritus Khoo Kay Kim in the council is a brilliant idea.
7 appointed to advisory council on education
2010/11/10 By R. Sittamparam firstname.lastname@example.org
PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry has appointed seven prominent intellectuals and educationists to sit on the National Education Advisory Council which will act as its official think-tank.
Chaired by former Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin, the council, which met for the first time here yesterday, will advise the education minister on all matters related to the country's education system.
The other council members are historian Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim, Inti International University deputy vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid, International Islamic University Malaysia's professor of education Prof Datuk Dr Sidek Baba, Cempaka International School chairperson Datin Freida Mohd Pilus, Sarawak Islamic Educational Services bureau chairman Datu Dr Adi Badiozaman Tuah and Universiti Sains Malaysia's social sciences faculty deputy dean (graduate studies and research) Associate Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who met council members to outline their terms of reference yesterday, said that the council would look into the country's educational development from early childhood to higher secondary level.
"The council will also advise me on educational infrastructure, educational divide related to access, equity and quality of education, future direction of the education system, development of human capital, curriculum development, consolidation and review of policies, and education management.
"The council will also make evaluations on issues related to education and provide practical strategies and solutions to tackle the issues."
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the council members could be called on to present their views on any pressing and relevant matters by the ministry.
"For now, it has been decided that they meet twice or thrice a year."
Asked if the council would serve as a mediator between the ministry and the public, Muhyiddin said while council members would not make public announcements, they would be free to collect feedback from the public and interested quarters.
"I feel the time has come for us to be open-minded because whatever we do is not for the ministry's interest but the country's.
"Even in the past, we have always obtained input from all quarters through the process of engagements, roundtable discussions and consultations.
"We need to look ahead 10 years in line with the government's policy of transformation and the need to generate quality human resource for further development."
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