Stakeholders warn our education system could be heading for a disastrous future

PETALING JAYA: From the Razak Report of the 1960s, to the KBSM and KBSR of the 1980s and 1990s, to today’s KBAT and KBKK, all impressive acronyms, where are we in education?

Despite these numerous overhauls and policy changes, stakeholders warned that our education system could be headed for failure.

Parents Action Group for Education chairman Datin Azimah Abdul Rahim said it was frustrating to see the top administration responsible for the country’s education system failing to realize its shortcomings.

“They failed to see what they were missing and therefore any change or redesign made is superficial and doesn’t address the bigger problem,” she said. the sun.

Azimah said she had been on the Majlis Penasihat Pendidikan Kebangsaan for two years.

“We had over 100 meetings during my time there and many solutions were suggested, but I think our paper is now on someone’s desk and forgotten.”

Azimah said that with the current situation and teachers’ claims that they had to lie about student assessments, the country is heading for a disastrous future.

“Unmasking such incidents dampens student motivation and gives false hope,” she said.

Stressing that any change in the education system must include input from all stakeholders and not just to overcome a problem, she said: “The problem will not just cause problems in our schools. Companies will award scholarships based on these results, but is the quality of these students as good as it says on paper? »

Meanwhile, a former high school English teacher, who wished to be known only as Asri, says he retired early due to pressure from his superiors and the education office of the district.

“It is true that teachers are supposed to lie about student results, and if it (a student’s result) is very bad and no lie can improve it, the student will be asked to change his ‘school.”

Asri said there was an incident where a student who was not academically inclined was pushed to such an extent that he rebelled against the school.

“I remember it was his first disciplinary foul, but as he was targeted for expulsion from school, he was expelled,” he said.

Asri added that he now helps problem students as he believes the curriculum and teaching techniques used in schools are not able to capture the interest of such students.

He said the changes in the education system were mainly about the curriculum, but teachers lacked the right tools to educate students.

“I hope the Ministry of Education realizes that everything they are doing is not working and needs a major overhaul.

“A good result on paper is like giving students false hope. When they go to the real world or to other countries to study, then they might realize where they really are,” he said.