Academics lament 'glorified high school teachers' at varsities

Mustafa K. Anuar

PhD graduates lining up to get their scrolls at Universiti Malaya last month. Academics are decrying the lack of initiative shown by some of their colleagues in academia. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, November 28, 2017.

IT would seem rather harsh the accusation that “most university lecturers today are like glorified high school teachers”, as expressed recently by a retired professor from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Dr Omar Shawkataly in his outburst at a public forum.

But some academics do share his observation, indicating that it is symptomatic of the challenges confronting the country’s institutions of higher learning.

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