Success in nation building depends on success in building an education system that creates high-level human skills. Being indecisive about reforms at a time when things are looking so bad is simply wrong.
In September 2013 the Ministry of Education (MOE) launched the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, a document touted by then Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the “most comprehensive and biggest manifestation of government transformation in getting the best returns in human capital to drive all national development aspirations1.”
The Blueprint was in part a response to declining standards of Malaysian students relative to their peers in international assessments such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
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