Education as unifying force Dr Mahathir’s big headache

Noor Azam Shairi

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is assuming the education portfolio for now and says vernacular schools are driving a wedge among Malaysians. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, January 22, 2020.

HIS vision school policy never took off on the scale he envisioned but Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes it’s still the answer to Malaysia’s problems with national harmony.

He also believes that vision schools can resolve the politicisation of education, the portfolio he now handles following the resignation of Dr Maszlee Malik earlier this month.

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  • Dr Mahathir is the main cause for the sorry state of our education system and he is the godfather of education policy politics. Please leave and let a new person take over.

    Posted 2 years ago by Simple Sulaiman

    • yep. he let the religion slip into our education system. and now he blame dong zong.

      Posted 2 years ago by . .

    • Wrong! I don't agree with you!

      Posted 2 years ago by Jordan Lee

  • Make the vision schools great and naturally many will come onboard. Our Sekolah Kebangsaan has already been a success as many Malaysians of all races are attending the same classes. The only elements that divide them are Ketuanan ideology and Religious bigotries. These divisive elements are being rampantly implemented by politicians even until PH time.

    Now with the STEM programs, education will be brought one step forward further. Your focus on the vision schools will pay off in due time.

    Independent schools are nothing to be afraid off. They are born out of circumstances and should be allowed to exist in a democratic society.

    Posted 2 years ago by Tanahair Ku

  • Do not mix Ketuanan and Agama in the education system, everything will be okay.

    Posted 2 years ago by Tanahair Ku

  • The 'old policies' which some groups are unhappy to revisit are those policy changes that have been as frequent and changing a baby's diapers. English from a compulsory subject in Razak Report of 1956 has become another football which is out of play because of policies and approaches rather than being in-play in the real progress of education. How many of the Malay headmasters/Guru Besars are themselves competent enough in English to see through any successful implementation of the language in schools? Yesterday in my comment I said one SMK has a very big surau when the big mosque is less than 299 metres away. The truth is that surau was built where there was a tennis court for the students. One can pray in any clean classroom, but one cannot play tennis everywhere.Now you know why many national schools have become one race schools.

    Posted 2 years ago by Citizen Pencen

  • Vision schools are great, but reality bites after SPM.

    Posted 2 years ago by Yoon Kok

  • No need for vision schools. Just go back to the good old days of the 1970s. Many of the SK schools then has produced great Malaysians, multi lingual Malaysians, good moral Malaysians, no racist Malaysians etc. stick to something that has been proven.

    Posted 2 years ago by Elyse Gim

    • Yes, bring back the GSE O and A, we were better off with that system. Racial supremacy has screwed up our education for 60 years.

      Posted 2 years ago by Tanahair Ku

    • **GCE O and A levels

      Posted 2 years ago by Tanahair Ku

  • Just have a look back before 1980. Things seem to be fine then until religion and race started forcing its way into the system. Non-malays and some Malays started to look for alternatives where children could get a proper education. Not religious indoctrination. Local schools could no longer attract quality teachers. Only started getting idiots who were probably being passed out so that they could take up places they were not qualified to hold. So here we are.

    Posted 2 years ago by Sunita petrus