Radzi Jidin admits Malaysia’s education system is stagnating and stakeholders don’t like changes

Chief Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Jidin delivers his keynote address during the Education Transformation Forum at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral hotel in Kuala Lumpur on August 8, 2022. — Photo by Ahmad Zamzahuri

By Keertan Ayamany

Monday 08 August 2022 15:26 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, August 8 – Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md Jidin today acknowledged that the Malaysian education system is stagnating due to reluctance to make changes, leaving other countries to overtake Malaysia in terms of of education.

Radzi pointed out that during the push to abolish national UPSR and PT3 exams, some teachers and other stakeholders opposed the move, saying schools were ill-prepared for classroom and school-based assessments.

“These classroom and school-based assessments have been introduced since 2011. This is not new. This thing has been in the system for over 10 years, but many said we weren’t ready.

“If after 10 years we are not ready, how many decades will it take before we are ready? he said in his speech at the Education Transformation Forum at the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Hotel here.

“When people say Malaysia is behind many other countries in terms of education, I said we are not behind, we have just stagnated, we have just remained static, we are not moving.

“While other countries keep going through, keep changing, keep improving the system, that’s why they’ve passed us,” he added.

Radzi also said that resources must be used “in an optimal way”, stating that there were schools during the movement control order (MCO) which racked up water bills to the tune of thousands of Ringgit per year. month.

He added that the ministry will soon launch a dashboard displaying the use of public services by schools.

“Until now, school principals do not know how much the water bill they pay is. Because our water bills are paid wholesale at the district education office.

“The district education offices also after receiving the bills, they just pay. Nobody wants to ask questions,” he said, adding that these wastage issues are being addressed.

Of note, schools were closed for the majority of months during the Movement Control Order (MCO) periods in 2020 and 2021.

In the latest Program for International Student Assessment (Pisa) – conducted in 2018, but released in 2019 – Malaysia ranked 48th in math, 49th in science and 57th in reading.

Singapore was ranked 2nd across the board, with other regional neighbors such as Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea taking places in the top ten – beating countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. United.

China ranked first in all areas.