Media statement by the Pakatan Rakyat Education Taskforce in response to the National Education Blueprint (NEB) Final Document on the 9th of September, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur
The final version of the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 was released on the 6th of September, almost one year after 11th of September, 2012, when the preliminary report was released. During this one year period, in the run-up to the Final Blueprint, the Minister was supposed to ‘embark on a second round of intensive public consultations to gather feedback from different stakeholder groups to incorporate into the Final Blueprint’.
We were waiting in anticipation that the Ministry would be true to its word and incorporate much of this feedback into the final document, especially in areas where shortcomings have been identified. Unfortunately, the final document fails to address many of the concerns previously expressed by stakeholders after the release of the preliminary blueprint. Furthermore, what is ‘new’ in the final blueprint is not transformational and fails to give confidence that the state of the education system in Malaysia is making a turn for the better.