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Education Reform in Malaysia: Unfinished Business amidst Political Flux
Malaysia Studies Programme

This seminar will deal with three themes: Malaysia’s recent experience with education reforms, the impact of COVID-19 on the education system and the Perikatan Nasional administration’s response, and key junctures in the country’s political trajectory going forward.

As regards the first, the short-lived Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration sought to introduce far-reaching reforms in many sectors – not least education. Despite often negative coverage, the PH administration was able to introduce significant initiatives. Under Maszlee’s leadership as Minister of Education, these included extensive rebuilding of schools in East Malaysia, reducing the clerical burden on teachers, the ‘Zero Reject Policy’ to ensure no children are left behind, and making Technical and Vocational Education part of the mainstream.

However, following the country’s political reconfiguration in 2020, the Perikatan Nasional administration stopped much of this work. The COVID-19 pandemic placed additional strain on the education system, due to moving teaching online and exposing deep inequalities in terms of connectivity and access to IT. Drawing on his experience as Opposition MP during this period, Maszlee will share his perspective on the measures taken by Perikatan Nasional.

Then, Maszlee will conclude by evaluating Malaysia’s current political context and key challenges. He will first look at the key issues facing the country, including the state of public institutions and the people’s trust, and then evaluate Pakatan Harapan’s position on these topics, before turning to address key junctures ahead.

About the Speaker
Dr. Maszlee bin Malik is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Simpang Renggam since May 2018 and is currently the Chair for the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education.

Jun 7, 2022 02:30 PM in Singapore

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