Malaysia Dateline

Education system is the foundation of a nation

When the Minister of Education said “This includes ensuring the selected headmasters have the integrity and are trustworthy to hold such a positions,” dated 23 November 2018, it seems that all this while the past and current ‘head of schools, departments and even education officers’ are low in their integrity level and not trustworthy.

This may be true as more and more exposures are in the news but may include IPGM, Matriculations and departments too.

Anywhere in the world, political philosophy has inevitable impact on education that controls the government of a country.

Behind any education system characteristics and how it works there will be seemingly political factor dictates the type of administration that the educational system will have.

Education system is the foundation of a nation. Education makes man civilized and therefore the country. It makes the mankind literate in ethics and moral values.

There’s always a saying, “half the task of a country’s development is done, if we have a well nurtured and balanced education system.”

Almost any education system in the world are suffering with many issues that needs to be addressed at the earliest, when we have some very big problems and then the challenges are tougher.

The use of power by government officials for illegitimate private gain is consider as political corruption, but ‘education officers’ are government officials thus can it be a political corruption?

Forms of corruption vary, but include bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft, and embezzlement this seems common in the education sectors.

Corruption may facilitate misuse of power and grafts and it has also very much crept into the education system in Malaysia which is not only deteriorating the education system but also effecting the social as well as cultural set up.

Governments come and go, making so many promises, victimizing the innocent population, but at the end it turns out to be another mirage of hopes.

The blend of education and corruption makes it a more deadly combo. Where the education system should just have the motto of providing education and knowledge, they are providing more; they are providing money to the corrupt politicians and businessmen. They see it as an another industry where money flows uninterrupted, irrespective of any recession

A lot has to be done to make our education system flawless and at par with those of developed countries.

Malaysia is said to be a developing country, which is known for its varied culture and tradition.

While we use the word ‘developing’ it means there are new forward ideas and changes coming up from Malaysia and also there are something lacking too compared to other countries.

Being a Malaysian, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to scrutinize this and contribute to the development of our country.

Education has become a must remedy for every country to help their existence and development economically.

The news and medias always gives good reports and had been critical on the Malaysia public education system.

Though some may use the term revamp, transformation but the actual fact are that the actual quantity of schooling that children experience and the quality of teaching they receive are extremely insufficient in government schools.

A common feature in all government schools is the low quality of education, with weak infrastructure and inadequate pedagogic attention.

Inequalities are common. The government is trying to improve education system particularly in rural areas the rich will become richer and the poor will get poorer.

It is imperative for the government to correct the blemishes in Malaysia’s education system which will also be a step towards reducing income inequality

The basic thrust of government education spending today must surely be to ensure that all children have access to government schools and to raise the quality of education in those schools.

A proposal came through sharing of resources between private and public schools. Shift system is one of the ways through which common schooling can be achieved.

Some even mentioned that the poor quality of education is the poor quality of teachers in government schools.

The teacher training program for ‘wanna-be teachers’ should be look into.

To improve the quality of education, the government needs to spend more money from its coffers on education.

Certain appropriate policy measures are needed to improve the education system otherwise inequalities are going to be widespread and basic capabilities.

We cannot deny the contributions of our ancestors in the education system; however the loopholes and the corruption and politics cannot be overlooked or ignored in any way.

But we can hope for a tremendous change which will make us appreciate our education system on its pluses and find new ideas for motivating the government and responsible authorities to have an eye on the minuses and take the necessary steps to leverage the education system up.

‘When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms, when creativity blossoms, thinking emanates, when thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit, when knowledge is lit, economy flourishes.’ – Dr Abdul Kalam Azad.