Thursday, November 13, 2008

Najib Churns Out Another Rhetoric on Education


Source: The Star Online

The Malaysian Smart Schools Flagship Application was created during the time when Najib was Minister of Education. If you read the Blueprint for the Malaysian Smart Schools System, what Najib said in his opening speech at the Seminar on Creating a Blue Ocean in Education and Training Sectors today is no different. He spoke of the need to achieve the same things that were in the Smart Schools blueprint.

Najib just loves to shout rhetorics. After spending a billion ringgit of taxpayers money on the Malaysian Smart Schools project, there is hardly any result to show. What is the status of the project? The project has perhaps died. Last year Hishamuddin, the current Minister of Education introduced yet another Education Blueprint.

Anyone can talk. Our education system will never rise above the level of thinking of our ministers.

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At another function on early education and ‘Each Child is a Gem of the Nation’ (Permata), Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the government had recently approved the Permata curriculum and programme for children ages four and below and there would be a national roll out of the programme next year.

He said RM200mil had been set aside under the 2009 Budget for child early education (from age one to six), adding that the Permata curriculum would be made mandatory for private centres.

Najib said there were 8,814 kindergartens in the country, most of which were privately run.

He also noted that as of 2007, only 10% or 3.1mil children in that age group attended day care centres, which was far below the 80% in developed countries.

He said the government recognised that the first four years of a child’s life were formative years and that 90% of rapid brain development happened during these early years and hence there was a need for a holistic type of early education.

Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor is the chairman of the Permata committee.

1 comment:

simcatfish said...

In the last national blueprint,annouce in 2006, the govt. said RM1.15 billion would be spent to upgrade schools.Now we hear that many schools do not have water an electricity supply,let alone computers to make the schools and students smart.Our children deserve better than empty promises by the govt.

How can we develop the childs intelegence to the fullest if schools are designed to fail them miseably?

We have schools for the rich and schools for the poors.Like chicken eggs.We assign "grades" to our schools,when our schools are failing,we try to create independent schools and profit from more private schools,leaving behind the children of the poors of all races to be recycled in the system of structural mental-ideological violence.Govt. are wasting good talents.Instead of making the slogan "brain gain" a reality the govt. are making "brain go down the drain".