4 August 2015
Kuala Lumpur 

Malaysian education will suffer with a government that thinks they know better

Kuala Lumpur,  4 August 2015 – Following the change in leadership at the Ministry of Education, IDEAS Chief Executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan issued the following statement:

“I am disappointed that the Prime Minister decided, for his own benefit, to reshuffle the cabinet and change the leadership at the Ministry of Education. Rather than spending resources on consolidating the merge between Education and Higher Education it seems he is going backwards by splitting the ministry again.”

“How is the public going to believe that education in this country is not politicised and that the promises the Blueprint are to be fulfilled? The uncertainty the Prime Minister’s move has created makes you wonder if he puts politics over and above the needs of our children.”“Furthermore, with a new Deputy Prime Minister implying that he prefers to abolish choice in the school system by forcing a unified one system onto everyone, can we really expect the government to respect parents rights? Back in 2009 Dato Sri Najib Razak said that the era of government knows best is over.  But now his newly minted Deputy Prime Minister is slapping him in the face and telling him that he knows better. Are we to expect even more flip flops in our education system today?”

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