PUTRAJAYA: A total of 43 educational initiatives have been implemented by the Pakistani Harapan (PH) government within 100 days of its administration, said Education Minister Dr. Maszlee Malik today.
He said what of the initiatives promised in the PH's election program, such as removing the names of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) borrowers from the blacklist of the immigration service, which was fulfilled on 8 July.
The move brought relief to 429,945 borrowers, he said in a statement.
He said the ministry was also working to make it possible for those in the low-income group to postpone their repayments through the Income-Contigent Loan Repayment (ICLR).
The Ministry, he said, had chosen a more holistic approach by maintaining the integrity of the country's education system by giving autonomy to higher education institutions and more freedom of expression to students by reviving the speaker & # 39; corner.
Maszlee said in conjunction with the PH manifest, the ministry, through a special committee, had also begun an inclusive study to abolish the Universities and University Colleges Act, while public universities were encouraged to conduct more debates and dialogues with interested parties
Attempts to improve higher education also saw suggestions from government stakeholders, such as in the appointment of the university board and candidates for the functions of rectors and vice-chancellors, he said
Maszlee said that his focus during the 100 days of governing the ministry was to reduce the burden of teachers from administrative work, to improve national schools and schools for special education, to ensure that students no longer carry heavy bags to school, the use of Bahasa Improve and encourage Malaysia to master more than three languages.
He said the ministry had abolished the audit process for the "Standard Kualiti Pendidikan Malaysia Gelombang 2", last June 7 in an attempt to reduce the burden of about 500,000 teachers in the country.
Other initiatives taken by the ministry during his 100 days of supporting it, he said, included setting up a commission review of the national education system to keep pace with the 4.0 industrial revolution; launching a national reading campaign and setting up the Empowerment Committee for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
He said the ministry also conducted internal research into huge contracts such as the solar hybrid genset in Sarawak and the delivery of 1Bestarinet, and is taking action to enable the opening of the Malaysian Arts School next year.
About the well-being of people with disabilities (OKU) Maszlee said that the Ministry, in collaboration with non-governmental organizations, special education and also to improve the academic performance of students Orang Asli nationally.
He also authorized the religious educational institution, such as the tahfiz schools, with talks held with several countries in the Middle East to enable students from Malaysia to promote their studies there.
The ministry, he said, had also allocated RM30 million to government-backed religious schools and also offered training. He said that there was also attention for Tamil schools, where they were now placed directly under the minister and deputy minister.
As far as the Chinese national schools are concerned, Maszlee said that the government had agreed to build six new schools, consisting of four in Johor and one each in Selangor and Penang.
The transfer of students in non-registered schools would be carried out and the ministry had received RM30 million this year for the purpose.
The ministry also received RM50 million in 2018 as a special fund that would be transferred to schools according to their needs, he added. – Bernama