Education for What and for Whom?


The federal government announced its master plan for education in September 2012. As was expected, the general goals sound fine at first glance while the larger problem of implementation – and credibility – remains.

Let me take this opportunity, especially when our cover story by Wong Chin Huat this month is about new thinking in education, to add my thoughts to the subject of education.

Education policymaking in new nations such as Malaysia is a complicated and conflictive process where different political agendas necessarily fight things out over time. Continuing the imagery of warfare, there must therefore be long periods of deadlock and defensiveness of past policies.

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