Radzi: Malaysia’s education system hasn’t lagged behind

THE MALAYSIAN education system has not lagged behind, but changes are needed for the sector to thrive.

Acknowledging the system has been “static”, Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said stakeholders need to be more receptive to change if they are to make progress.

“Many have said that our education system has regressed, but I disagree.

“It’s just that we’ve been stagnant for many years,” he said during the Education Transformation Executive Address on Aug. 24.

Because we did not advance, others passed us, he says.

Other countries have been very aggressive in changing their education systems to fit the times, he added.

He compared the scenario to a slow car driving down the highway.

“When we drive slowly, the fast moving cars will pass us one by one,” he said.

Speaking to stakeholders at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Radzi said it was difficult to get everyone on the same page when it came to education policies.

“We want to move forward like other countries, but every time something is introduced we say it can’t be done.

“Please trust and support us. We are working very hard to move our education system forward,” he said, citing the abolition of Form Three (PT3) assessment and of Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) as an example.

Classroom assessment has been used as part of school-based assessment since 2011 in primary schools and 2012 in secondary schools. It is a type of continuous assessment used by teachers in teaching and learning.

“For more than a decade, well-thought-out measures, including classroom and school-based assessments, have been in place to prepare teachers and students, but when exams were scrapped people said that we weren’t ready.” take before we are finally ready? ” he said.

Reminding teachers not to turn normal end-of-year tests into ‘high-stakes’ exams, he said school tests should only be carried out to determine students’ mastery of lessons and are not intended to replace the PT3 or the UPSR.

“Please don’t turn end-of-year exams or final tests of a college term into high-stakes exams.

“Otherwise we are back to square one.”

Although the ministry receives a large part of the annual budget, a large part is intended for the payment of salaries.

“Over 80% of our allocation is for emoluments, so there are limits to what we can do.

“Nevertheless, we must do our best within these constraints because this cannot be the reason why the education system remains static,” he concluded.

Also present at the event was Deputy Minister of Education, Datuk, Dr. Mah Hang Soon.