Here Are The List of 15 Educational Reform Policies & Concrete Changes Under Mazlee Malik : Benefiting The Students, Teachers & Education System - The Coverage
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Here Are The List of 15 Educational Reform Policies & Concrete Changes Under Mazlee Malik : Benefiting The Students, Teachers & Education System

Our education minister, YB Dr. Maszlee has announced that he is stepping down, effective tomorrow.

I’m devastated by this decision. It’s a big loss to the education world, specifically in Malaysia. I am normally impartial about politics, but this man, is truly a leader who actually brings concrete changes in our edu system. In less than 2 years, he brought a lot of changes that can really be felt by those who are in the system.

  1. Implementation of PBD
    We have started moving towards a non-exam based education. Did you know, since last year, there are no more exams for pupils of Year 1, 2 and 3? Yes. We have changed towards a more learner centered system. PBD, if implemented properly is a very holistic system. Pupils are given feedback based on their attitude, talents, behaviour, social skills, sports, interests, rather than academic in isolation. Lessons are now more focused on pupils’ actual development, are more fun, enjoyable, meaningful, and purposeful. The goal is now aligned with the wholesome development of an individual like what we have long aspired. Sure, the implementation can be further improved but now, it is no longer an aspiration on the paper alone, we are making valid strides towards it.
  2. Abolishment of LINUS, SKPMG2 audit (now skpmg2 serves only as guidance), filing system of academic panels.
  3. LINUS is basically a screening programme conducted on Year 1-3 pupils carried out 4 times a year during lessons. Although I’m an advocate for LINUS programme, it has lost its meaning due to strict and inflexible rules. It has become an exam and not for its true purpose. Also, having to carry out LINUS during class had caused a lot of problems such as losing momentum, time to carry out the actual lesson, and a negative washback effect on the purpose of learning. When it was abolished, I could carry out lessons without having to struggle for time. I could even teach extra subject matters for two whole months because I could finally complete the syllabus. Before that I could barely finish it due to constant interruption of screening. Not to mention, a LOT of paperwork has been reduced. SKPMG2 is no longer an audit which once had caused hardworking teachers sleepless, working in preparing hundreds of unnecessary paperworks and evidence. Now, it has become just a tool for schools to track their own progress. In addition to that, we don’t need to prepare 5-10 unnecessary files for our academic panels as it is up to the teacher in charge to decide.
  4. Internet
    I have no idea if this is related, but the school internet provider has been changed since last year. Previously, we barely had any internet coverage in our rural school and since they terminated the old service provider and replaced it with a new one, our school finally has internet coverage! Imagine, from no internet at all to 4g! Means it is possible. Do you know how many work can be done in the school since then? Also, no more strict enforcement of FrogVLE as it is now changed to google classroom which is more flexible and user friendly.
  5. Teacher’s welfare
    It doesn’t happen to our school but I know a lot of teachers faced this situation: extra class during holidays. It’s okay if it is the teacher’s initiative to carry out on their own, but a lot of teachers are forced to carry them out during holidays when it is supposed to be a time for them to spend with families. The pupils also deserve a break and experience outside of the school compound. After Dr Maszlee is in the office, there are strict announcements that there should be no extra classes, programmes, meeting or activities during holidays. Admins who go against this are going to face disciplinary actions. Do you know how thankful teachers and students feel? May I also mention his initiative in regards of teacher transfer issue? SOP for bringing students out for school activities, camping, competitions using their own transport?
  6. The teaching profession
    Dr. Maszlee has made initiatives in his ministry that helps to ‘repolish’ the image of teaching profession. Teachers are now slowly recognised as a noble job it once used to be. Hero teachers are being celebrated and recognised under programmes such as Guru Adiwira and Edufluencers. These people in turn travel around Malaysia to inspire others, empower, and guide them to the same, recognising their own potential. I am also aware that these teachers are also directly involved with the remapping of our edu system so that our voice and opinions are heard.
  7. No more streaming
    Abolishment of streaming students into Arts or Science stream. They can choose which subjects that they prefer better or more suited to their future. Equal importance is given for all subjects. Students are learning for the sake of knowledge and I believe, now, they will be more passionate in actually understanding what they are learning. Isn’t this what we all dreamt off when we were in the school back then?
  8. Respect, love, and happiness
    This is the one that I support the most. I can’t state how important these values are in our education system. We are in need of these. Attending school has become more fun. Pupils enjoy coming to school, lessons have become more learner-centered and I can observe that the programmes carried out under his administration are based on this philosophy. Personally, I have the same vision as he does, which is why I am really thankful that our edu minister is someone who understands and values that. We are really on the right track..
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There’s so much more than the ones I’ve listed. OKU pupils’ welfare, murid cicir are now back in school, funds for school buildings, etc. All of these achievement in just 20 months? Amazing! However, those who are ‘outsiders’ or not working in the edu system itself are the ones who talk the most. Netizens who are swayed by racial talks or because it is ‘cool’ to hop on the wagon of spreading mocking memes. Matters are twisted for political gains. Black shoes, jawi are really no issues. Petty if you are even considering them at all. Jawi for instance are mere 3 pages of lesson, and it’s introduced because it is related to our country’s history, art and culture, not related to islamisation at all. Even the free breakfast programme has its own benefit. Remember those Japanese students that you guys have always praised for their discipline and good attitude? That is the vision. Sadly, most of us are blinded with ego and prejudice. We want changes but when those changes take place, we resist them.

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I’m pissed and sad if this really happens. We are at great loss, losing a minister who actually cares, does his work, walks his talk, and knows what actually matters. Please YB, I really hope you rethink this matter thoroughly. Don’t lose your hope and motivation simply because of people’s ignorance as well as their political agendas. There are a lot more people out here who support you. Malaysia is in need of an education minister like you.

I’m sorry for this long, emotional rant, which I’m sure has many grammatical errors.

Source : Azia Farzana

8. He empowered disabled people with his OKU Inclusion Policy

Dr Maszlee announced that all public universities are required to implement the Disabled Person (OKU) Inclusion Policy and establish an OKU Services Unit for the 2019/2020 students intake.

The policy will ensure that there is no longer a separation of OKU students from other students.

Since the implementation of the OCU Inclusion Policy, 466 students with disabilities were offered places of study at public universities for the 2019/2020 intake out of 547 applicants.

9. Implemented policies to allow teachers to focus on teaching instead of having to deal with clerical workloads

Under Dr Maszlee, the Education Ministry engaged in several initiatives to help ease the burden of teachers such as increasing resources in schools, reducing paperwork, etc.

According to Bernama, among the transformations were facilitating the management of file and documentation, data management and online systems, giving teachers the freedom to devise the implementation of Literacy and Numeracy (Linus) appropriate to the needs of students.

He also approved the transfer of 15,565 teachers who were previously unhappy.

10. He introduced free breakfast programme at schools

The initiative, ‘Program Sarapan Percuma’, to be carried out in national schools and government-aided schools this year, will ensure that all students, especially the poor, wouldn’t go hungry while learning.

It is expected to benefit 2.7 million students across the country.

11. He abolished examinations for students in Year One to Three

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The policy, which was implemented in 2019, ensured that schools adopted a “learning-centred” approach instead of an “exam-oriented” one so that the emphasis is on the students’ character development.

12. He implemented a streamless school system

The initiative, which has come into effect this year, meant that Form Four students won’t need to choose between Science and Art streams, thus giving them more flexibility in picking subjects.

13. He empowered disabled people with his OKU Inclusion Policy

Dr Maszlee announced that all public universities are required to implement the Disabled Person (OKU) Inclusion Policy and establish an OKU Services Unit for the 2019/2020 students intake.

The policy will ensure that there is no longer a separation of OKU students from other students.

Since the implementation of the OCU Inclusion Policy, 466 students with disabilities were offered places of study at public universities for the 2019/2020 intake out of 547 applicants.

14. He brought in a policy allowing all stateless and undocumented children in the country to be able to go to school

Under him, the Education Ministry simplified the registration process for children without citizenship into government schools, thus allowing many children to get their wish to finally go to school.

A total of 427 stateless and undocumented children were allowed to go to school in 2019.

15. Implemented policies to allow teachers to focus on teaching instead of having to deal with clerical workloads

Under Dr Maszlee, the Education Ministry engaged in several initiatives to help ease the burden of teachers such as increasing resources in schools, reducing paperwork, etc.

According to Bernama, among the transformations were facilitating the management of file and documentation, data management and online systems, giving teachers the freedom to devise the implementation of Literacy and Numeracy (Linus) appropriate to the needs of students.

He also approved the transfer of 15,565 teachers who were previously unhappy.

Source : SAYS

Posted on the online petition platform change.org, a petitioner by the name Tuah Kencara started the petition some six hours ago and urged the Prime Minister to reinstate Maszlee.

“YB Maszlee has worked hard to improve the education quality by introducing various initiatives that were proven in benefiting the students, teachers and society.

“He has also been transparent in all his initiatives and progress to bring reform in education.

“However, his efforts were shadowed by negative reports and sensationalised by those with a vested interest.

“His decision to resign is a huge loss to the nation. We request that the Prime Minister reinstate Maszlee as the nation’s education minister,” according to the petition on Thursday (June 2).

The petition also listed his initiatives dubbed as Maszlee’s “contribution throughout his short stint”.

Among them were zero dilapidated schools, free breakfast programme, mutual teacher transfer agreement, education for disabled children and the Technical, Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) programme for students.

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