The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025


Education in Malaysia


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Malaysia Education Blueprint



A copy of the 300-page blueprint which took two years to put together can be downloaded from the government’s website.


22 February 2019

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4:53PM Jan 18, 2014

‘English schools’ demise started racial divide’

Despite growing concerns of racial polarisation in the national and vernacular school education system today, multiracial schools were once a reality.

Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers former president Yong Poh Kon said English-medium schools were among the most multiracial before they were abruptly phased out after the 1969 race riots.

“The sad part is we had a multiracial schooling system, but nowadays 94 percent of Malays are in national schools while 88 percent of Chinese are in Chinese schools.

“In fact, the Chinese schools are more multiracial than national schools,” he told a forum entitled ‘Malaysian education system: Can we bring back the quality?’

According to the National Education Blueprint (NEB), as of 2011, national primary schools comprise  94 bumiputera, three percent Indian, one percent Chinese and two percent others, while Chinese primary schools comprise 88 percent Chinese, nine percent bumiputera, two percent Indians and others, one percent others.

‘English schools’ demise started racial divide’

Free Malaysia Today

MCA: Reduce BM learning time in SRJKCs

September 14, 2013

Former Education deputy minister Wee Ka Siong said spending a longer time learning the language is not the only way to improve proficiency.

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA Youth wants the Education Ministry to further reduce the learning hours for Bahasa Malaysia in Chinese national type schools (SJK) (C) to 210 minutes per week instead of the 240 minutes required under the national education blueprint.

Its chief Wee Ka Siong said while the wing was pleased with the improvements that had been made in the blueprint from its preliminary report, they felt that 210 minutes was sufficient for the national language, which is balanced with the learning of English as a subject.

Besides MCA Youth, several Chinese NGOs had proposed that the national language be taught for 210 minutes per week on par with the English language.

The current syllabus for Bahasa Malaysia in Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (national schools) requires 180 minutes a week.


Recently, it was revealed that about 70% out of the 60,000 English Language teachers, who sat for the English Language Cambridge Placement Test, performed poorly.


Wednesday September 11, 2013 MYT 3:27:53 PM

70% of English teachers not fit to teach

SHAH ALAM: About two-thirds of English Language teachers in the country have been classified as “incapable” or “unfit” to teach the subject in schools.

Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said such teachers had been sent for courses to improve their proficiency in the language.

“The ministry will also consider sending them overseas for exchange programmes to take up TESL (Teaching of English as a Second Language) courses,” he said during a dialogue session on the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 held at the Karangkraf headquarters here yesterday.

Idris, who did not state the number of such teachers, assured that a good portion of them had enrolled in English courses locally.

70% of English teachers not fit to teach



He actually means, “Get lost and take your children with you overseas.”

Malaysian Insider

Side Views

Look who’s unhappy with our education system! – Ravinder Singh

September 11, 2013
Latest Update: September 11, 2013 03:06 pm

Well, well, thank you Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh for confirming what many Malaysians have long known.

Please tell us dear minister, how many children of how many elites in the country are attending Sekolah Rendah / Menengah Kebangsaan in Malaysia?

Do us a favour please. Besides having leaders of the country declare their assets, get them to also declare the schools their children are attending.

When the rakyat could see that the children of the leaders are also attending the local schools, you will not need any other promotional campaigns to tell Malaysians that our local schools are “setanding” (i.e. of equal standing) with schools in advanced countries such as Germany and the USA.

* Ravinder Singh reads The Malaysian Insider.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

Teresa Kok: Idris must remember that it is the government’s responsibility to plan, implement as well as sell its polices by way of persuasion and debates.


Teresa slams Idris for ‘overseas study’ statement
1:47PM Sep 11, 2013

Seputeh MP Teresa Kok has slammed Idris Jusoh for stating those unhappy with the country’s education system could opt to send their children abroad, saying it was the government’s duty to “sell” its policies.

NONEPointing out that nobody expects all government policies to “please everyone”, Kok (right), in a statement, described the Education Minister II’s statement as “unbecoming of a minister”

She then questioned if Idris’ stance would mean the same can be asked of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the latter’s teaching of science and mathematics in English (PPSMI) policy was reversed by the later government.

“The policy (PPSMI) did not please everyone, so my first question is could Mahathir tell those people who were not happy to send their children to study abroad?” she questioned.

“This policy reversal (back to Bahasa Malaysia) did not please everyone, so my second question to Idris is can the government tell the people, including Dr Mahathir, to send his grandchildren to study abroad if they opposed the government’s decision?”

Teresa slams Idris for ‘overseas study’ statement

Free Malaysia Today

Study abroad if you’re unhappy with blueprint

Alfian ZM Tahir | September 10, 2013

Government will not be cowed by threats from Chinese groups in implementing the National Education Blueprint.

SHAH ALAM: Despite facing legal action from Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association), the Educational Ministry will continue with its plan to increase the teaching hours of Bahasa Malaysia in all schools as stated in the new Malaysian Education Blueprint launched by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Sept 6.

It was reported last week that Dong Zong and some other Chinese groups may take legal action against the Education Ministry, including holding peaceful rallies, should the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 remain detrimental to Chinese education.

According to a news report, Dong Zong president Yap Sian Tian was not optimistic with what is in store for primary Chinese schools, seeing it as a step to realise the government’s ultimate objective of implementing the monolingual education policy.

Speaking at an open dialogue forum this morning, Education Minister II Idris Jusoh said that his ministry will carry on with its plan and hinted that those who are not satisfied with the blueprint can send their kids overseas.


‘Only Dong Zong unhappy with Edu Blueprint’
11:57AM Sep 9, 2013

Chinese education group Dong Zong is the only education group unhappy with the Education Blueprint 2013-2035 unveiled last week, Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan has claimed.

According to the New Straits Times, he said other Chinese and Tamil education groups were satisfied following meetings with Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin before the blueprint was finalised.

Three Chinese education groups last Friday refuted claims that they had agreed to adding 60 minutes of Bahasa Malaysia lessons for Year Four to Year Six, to 240 minutes a week.

They said they had proposed only 210 minutes a week.

‘Only Dong Zong unhappy with Edu Blueprint’

Excerpts from

Malaysian Insider

Blind spots in the Malaysian education blueprint – Dr Kua Kia Soong

September 08, 2013
Latest Update: September 09, 2013 01:27 am

1 There is a glaring contradiction in the blueprint’s commitment toward promoting unity and inclusiveness for it hardly considers the development and growth of the SRJK schools and Independent schools within the national education system. Considering Chinese and Tamil schools were part and parcel of the national education system at Independence 56 years ago, there is no reason why sustaining them today in our much more developed state should be a problem. There is also no reason why the Malaysian education system cannot accommodate some English-language streams for those children whose mother tongue is English, when we have had so much experience handling English-language education since colonial times.

2 Although the education minister keeps insisting that the government has no intention to do away with Chinese and Tamil education, the reality shows that these schools have been treated like stepchildren in the national education system all these years and government leaders continue to denigrate these schools as being obstacles to integration.

The gross discrimination in financial allocation to the Chinese and Tamil schools (less than 5% of total allocation to all schools) through the years further demonstrate the lack of commitment by the government to mother tongue education of the non-Malays as a cornerstone of inclusiveness.

3 Learning second languages effectively is not simply a question of increasing the contact hours for the students. The proposed 240 minutes of BM and the same number of contact minutes of English for Chinese and Tamil schools smacks of a quantity fixation rather than quality learning of second languages. As with the previous curriculum of learning maths and science in English, the amount of curriculum time in the Chinese and Tamil schools for this, has been arrived at through political horse trading rather than the demands of effective language teaching.

Has any thought been given to the effect of all these extra hours that Chinese and Tamil primary schoolchildren will have to endure under the new curriculum?

* Dr Kua Kia Soong is the adviser for Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM).

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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Presently, Chinese primary schools are required to teach 180 minutes of Bahasa Melayu lessons.

The preliminary report of the National Education Blueprint had proposed to raise it to 270 minutes, prompting objections from the Chinese education groups and MCA.

However, the final report revealed today reduces the proposed 270 minutes to 240.

MCA and the Chinese education groups want 210 minutes.


Teresa urges protest against 240-min BM slot

4:11PM Sep 7, 2013

DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok has said that the Chinese community “must protest” against the Education Ministry’s decision to hike up  the teaching time of Bahasa Melayu in schools to 240 minutes a week under the new education blueprint.

Yesterday, three Chinese groups issued a joint statement claiming they had never agreed to 240 minutes of BM lessons a week, contrary to Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s claims that the groups have agreed to it.

The three groups are Jiao Zong (United Chinese School Teachers’ Association), Hua Zong (Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia) and the National Union of Heads of Schools.NONESince the three groups mentioned by Muhyiddin as having agreed to the formula have openly refuted Muhyiddin, it is clear that he had made a misleading and wrong claim, Kok (right) said in a statement today.

“Hence, he should immediately clarify the truth and tender a public apology,” she added.

Teresa urges protest against 240-min BM slot

Muhyiddin LIES!


Muhyiddin not telling truth, say Chinese groups
5:32PM Sep 6, 2013

In a dramatic twist, three Chinese groups have openly refuted Education Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s claim that vernacular schools have agreed to extra 60 minutes of Bahasa Melayu teaching.

Jiao Zong, Hua Zong and National Union of Heads of Schools said Muhyiddin’s claim that the three groups have accepted a proposal to raise the language lessons from 180 minutes a week to 240 minutes is untrue.

“We are shocked and deeply regret the deputy prime minister’s statement, this is not true at all,” they said in a joint statement this afternoon.

Instead, their proposal has always been for 210 minutes a week.

This, they said, was clearly conveyed in a meeting with Muhyiddin last Tuesday, in which Jiao Zong also submitted a memorandum signed by 732 Chinese primary schools.

“It was jointly signed by 1,604 boards of directors, parents and teachers associations and alumni associations from 732 schools, asking the ministry to respect their wishes.”

Muhyiddin not telling truth, say Chinese groups

Free Malaysia Today

No time for extra BM lessons

Anisah Shukry and Leven Woon | September 6, 2013

The two schooling sessions in Chinese vernacular schools will not accommodate the extra hours for Bahasa Malaysia.

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry’s proposal to tack on extra hours of Bahasa Malaysia classes for vernacular schools has received mixed reaction from independent educational groups.

Dong Zong president Dr Yap Sin Tian asked how prolonging school hours would be possible, given that most Chinese schools have two schooling sessions.

“Right now, Chinese schools are already running on the maximum amount of hours possible. When a school session ends at 1pm, another session starts immediately.

“So if the government wants to propose this, it is impossible to implement now. You cannot allocate more time,” Yap told FMT.

Malaysian Insider

Highlights Of The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 – Bernama

September 06, 2013
Latest Update: September 06, 2013 08:25 pm

Following are the highlights of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025:

The Education Ministry:

* aspires to ensure universal access and full enrolment of all children from preschool through to upper secondary school level by 2020.

* aspires for Malaysia to be in the top third of countries in terms of performance in international assessments, as measured by outcomes in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) within 15 years.

* has identified 11 shifts that will need to occur to deliver the step change in outcomes envisioned by all Malaysians, which each shift to address at least one of the five system outcomes of access, quality, equity, unity and efficiency.

* is to launch the Secondary School Standard Curriculum or Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Menengah (KSSM) and revised Primary School Standard Curriculum or Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR) in 2017 to embed a balanced set of knowledge and skills such as creative thinking, innovation, problem-solving and leadership.


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Although it wasn’t mentioned explicitly in the blueprint that vernacular schools will be removed, there is concern that the identity of Chinese and Tamil schools will die a slow death, just like what happened to English medium schools.

Inspite of the promises made by Muhyiddin, belief is slow in coming. Muhyiddin can promise all he wants but who would believe him?


DPM: New blueprint will defend vernacular schools

Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has given the assurance that vernacular schools have a right to exist and will be defended under the new National Education Blueprint launched today.

The deputy prime minister cited that the right of Chinese and Tamil schools to use mother tongue as a medium of instruction had been guaranteed under the Education Act 1996 (Section 28).

“The ministry does not not intend to sidetrack any school stream that currently exist,” Muhyiddin said at the launch of the 13-year education blueprint for 2013-2025.

“Their right to exist has never been denied.”

He then paused to ask the audience – comprising ministers, politicians, education officials, academicians, teachers and students – for applause after announcing this

DPM: New blueprint will defend vernacular schools

Some fear  that teaching time for non-Malay languages will be reduced to accommodate longer hours for the teaching of the national language.

Thus, when you read the following article, keep in mind that what Muhyiddin says may not reflect what representatives of vernacular education say!


Minister: Vernacular schools ‘aye’ for extra BM classes

Vernacular  schools in Malaysia are not protesting the National Education Blueprint and have agreed to extra hours of Bahasa Malaysia teaching, said the education minister.

Muhyiddin Yassin said that the government had planned to raise Bahasa Malaysia lessons from 180 minutes (3 hours) a week to 270 (4 1/2 hours).

But after the Chinese associations objected, the government opted to lower this to 240 minutes, or an hour more than currently.

This would now be applied equally to both Tamil and Chinese primary schools in Malaysia.

This was one of the points of contention raised by Chinese associations after the first draft of the blueprint was released in September last year.

A compromise has since been reached, said  Muhyiddin, who is also the deputy prime minister.

Minister: Vernacular schools ‘aye’ for extra BM classes

Dong Zong says that it will continue to oppose the blueprint with its petition movement and roadshows that started in July as a move to educate the community about the threats posed to vernacular education by the blueprint.

Malaysian Insider

Vernacular school groups sceptical despite ministry’s assurance

September 06, 2013
Latest Update: September 06, 2013 09:56 pm

Groups championing vernacular education are not buying the education ministry’s assurance that Chinese and Tamil schools will continue to exist and be protected.

The United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) and Tamil Foundation Malaysia remain fearful of the blueprint and its policies, which they say threaten vernacular school education.

“My biggest worry is that the policies are based on Education Act 1996, which in effect pushes for the implementation of single-stream schools.

“We are not against the teaching of the national language, but single-stream schools sideline mother tongue education, and this threatens vernacular education,” said Dong Zong vice-president Chow Siew Hon.

Vice-president of Tamil Foundation Malaysia Raghavan Annamalai said they are on the same boat as Dong Zong on this issue and are unhappy that the blueprint wasn’t reviewed before the launch.

One of the contentious issues will be the following:

* from 2016, is to ensure that English is made a compulsory subject to pass for SPM.


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