Maszlee confident education council will develop holistic, inclusive system

PUTRAJAYA: Education Minister Maszlee Malik is confident National Education Advisory Council (MPPK) members will offer an objective view in developing an education system that is both holistic and inclusive.

In an article written while he was in Mecca to perform the haj, he said the MPPK’s composition symbolised the ideals of creating a globally competitive ecosystem of education while nurturing three core values – happiness, affection and respect.

Maszlee said four new MPPK members would be appointed after amendments to the law. They would include educators from Sabah and Sarawak and those from the Indian community, in addition to the existing seven members.

The MPPK 2018-2021, which came into force on Aug 1, drew flak from various quarters, including the Islamic Academy of Sciences Malaysia (Asasi), over the appointment of some of its members who were deemed to be “not qualified”.

However, Maszlee believed that MPPK chairman Wan Zahid Mohd Noordin, a former education director-general and MPPK chairman of the 2010-2012 session, would advise him accordingly.

“His (Wan Zahid) aspirations are clear, ensuring education should be accessed equally and generating globally competitive students. The values of love and compassion should be instilled and learning should be fun at school,” said the education minister.

He added that while MPPK deputy chairman Yong Poh Kon was a corporate figure, his expertise would help improve graduates’ employability in the industry and reduce unemployment.

Maszlee said the five other MPPK members, namely Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, Satinah Syed Saleh, Dr Sukiman Sarmani, Brigadier General Yusri Anwar and Prof Dr Ruzita Mohd Amin, also represented key stakeholders in the education system.

Satinah, Sukiman and Yusri have a significant role to play in the MPPK just as Noor Azimah, who would offer the parents’ perspective. Ruzita’s work and involvement with the disabled would also ensure that special needs children were included in the national education system, he added.