Zahid: Need to review education system to ensure national unity


KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the education system needs to be reviewed as not all schools follow the national education policy.

This made it difficult to promote national unity and cross-cultural understanding, he said after giving a lecture at the Intan Public Policy Ministerial Forum Series today.

When it came to pre-school institutions, Zahid said it was difficult to control them as there were multiple systems such as tadika perpaduan, tadika kemas and private kindergartens.

Likewise, there were some primary schools that followed the national education system and some that adhered to a vernacular system.

“That is part of the national education policy which promotes teaching using the mother tongue. But please, when it comes to the secondary level, use the same stream,” he said at a question-and-answer session.

He added that this was important in ensuring cross-cultural communication between students.

“In the end, there is no meeting point. Have people from Islamic religious schools met students from Chinese schools? No. When will there be any cross-cultural communication?

“There is no country in the world with three education systems. Only Malaysia has this. Our leaders are so nice,” he said.

“If the education system does not focus on national unity, it could result in a fractured society.”