Muda offers ‘black book’ to shake up Malaysia’s education system

Muda Chairman, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman delivering his speech during the Sidang Muda 2022 at The Vertical, Bangsar on October 8, 2022. — Photo by Shafwan Zaidon

By Radzi Razak

Saturday, October 08, 2022 4:34 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, October 8 – The United Democratic Alliance of Malaysia (Muda) wants to revolutionize education in the country.

The fledgling opposition party led by MP Muar Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman told hundreds of party members at its assembly here today that while Malaysia has a generous budget for education and it was already exceeding allocations in Singapore and Japan, there were no results to show for that.

“We spend so much on education, but middle-class families who used to choose national schools are willing to spend more than 25% of their income sending them to private schools,” the former minister of education said. Youth and Sports.

He also shared what he called a “Black Book” believed to contain Muda’s policies on education reform after two months of engagement with 500,000 people across the country.

He claimed that the current Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system, which is run by six ministries, has not worked.

“I wanted to propose a TVET ministry to take charge and ensure that the system improves and benefits the country,” he said in his speech.

One of his reform proposals is to let students aged 16 choose whether they wish to enter a TVET institution where they will graduate in two years, which will provide them with a better paper qualification to enter the labor market at age 18.

He also suggested that local universities learn from American and European higher education institutions to reduce the number of core subjects required for students to complete their courses.

Muda Vice President Amira Aisya Abdul Aziz also spoke about education reform in her speech, saying changes need to be made in primary and secondary schools to bring Malaysian students up to speed with their peers in schools. developed nations.

She spoke in more detail about Muda’s Black Book at a later press conference, explaining that the document offered new ideas for making education an engine of economic growth.

Muda also organized three forums in conjunction with today’s assembly.

The party organized a political debate and three forums to present the results of its Malaysia Maju campaign.

Amira Aisya added that the findings, along with Muda’s policies, will be posted online after the events.