Muhyiddin should outline concrete plans to prove that the Malaysia Education Blueprint for Malaysia’s 15-year-olds to be in top third of countries in 2021 PISA is no “pie in the sky”


Malaysia has two Education Ministers but this has not stopped the country from continuing to slide down international educational standards, transforming our previous status in the early Merdeka years as a nation of excellence for primary, secondary and university education into a nation of mediocrity.

This was painfully highlighted by two events last week, the release of the 2012 PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) last Tuesday and the inaugural Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 last Wednesday.

The 2012 PISA, a global test of 510,000 15-year-old students in 65 countries in reading, science and maths, found Malaysia’s 15-year-olds not only below the international average in the three critical subjects but four or even five years behind their peers in the top-performing PISA countries/regions in Shanghai, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The inaugural Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 has finally confirmed Malaysia’s removal from the pedestal of the world’s top ranking universities – as not a single Malaysian university succeeded for the third year running to be ranked in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for top 400 universities for 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Malaysia has two universities in this new list of top 100 universities in 22 emerging economies – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) which took the 77th spot and the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in the 95th place. Conspicuously omitted is University of Malaya.

But Malaysia still lags behind Thailand which has five universities listed with its King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi ranked highest at 29th spot.

China came out tops on the new list with Peking University and Tsinghua University taking the first and second spots respectively as well as taking the most spots with 23 universities listed.

Taiwan has 21 institutions ranked in the top 100 while India had 10. Even Turkey fared better than Malaysia with seven universities in the top 100.

Both the 2012 PISA and Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 were released during the UMNO Annual General Meetings last week, but they did not attract any concern or attention as not a single UMNO leader or delegate spoke on it, although there was a specific resolution on education in the UMNO General Assembly.

What better proof that UMNO leaders and delegates were only interested in the politics of education instead of ensuring that all Malaysian students regardless of whether Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan or Iban should get the best education in the world in the country.

With continued deteriorating educational standards, Malaysians need to be convinced that the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 objective for Malaysia to be in the top third of the countries in the PISA and TIMSS (Trends in International Maths and Science Survey) systems by 2021 is no “pie in the sky” but a serious and achievable target.

As PISA is conducted every three years, there will three more PISA assessments in 2015, 2018 and 2021 for Malaysia to be among the top third countries to be realised.

Under the Malaysia Education Blueprint (MEB), Malaysian 15 year-olds are expected to achieve the international average in the 2015 PISA and 2018 PISA and to reach the top third of the system in PISA 2021.

Are these targets realistic, possible and achievable?

Let the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who unlike other Education Ministers has strenuously avoided the 2012 PISA subject like a plague, convince Malaysian parents that he is not “building castles in the air” and show what concrete plans he has for our 15-year-olds to catapult to the top third of countries for these three subjects in 2021 PISA.

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  1. #1 by waterfrontcoolie on Monday, 9 December 2013 - 4:55 pm

    How could the DREAM be achieved when they keep moving and lowering the bar just to keep the headlines in UM, STAR and TV3? Way back in the 60s, when going into the form 6 class was based on the qualifying examination, the aim to get 30% Bumi pupils in the Maths class was lowered to 10.25%! when the rest had to get 60% for entry! Instead of finding out as to why Malay students shied away from Maths and provide the necessary the guidance to improve their standard, they found the easiest pathway which could only made them more uncompetitive in the 21st century. This type of false pride could be witnessed by a fellow Malay teacher who prided himself as the only Malay Maths teacher in the school; in reality his standard definitely did not qualify him to teach the subject but just to keep the pride, the students had to suffer the consequences. In those days, at the back of the maths book, answers were provided; thus whenever the students questioned him on the difference in the answers, he replied simply; the book answers were wrong! As the class teacher, I was duty bound to clarify the answers which of course proved that there were nothing wrong with the answers provide. Thus the students began to lose the confidence though I had to weigh if saving the plight of the students was better than keeping his pride!

  2. #2 by tak tahan on Monday, 9 December 2013 - 5:07 pm

    Moo:Mula hari ini,Malaysia Education Blueprint(MEB) akan ditukar kepada Malaysia Education Cowprint(MEC).MoooooooooOOOO

  3. #3 by saheba on Monday, 9 December 2013 - 5:22 pm

    If results of a couple of local examinations justified a switch in policy from teaching Maths and Science in Eng to teaching in BM, then the dismal PISA results definitely calls for a reexamination of education blueprint. It is a national crisis.

  4. #4 by Layla Sujang on Monday, 9 December 2013 - 6:29 pm

    While it is good to have the education blueprint, we hope there will be reviewed periodically and these reviews should be based on international standards.

  5. #5 by Layla Sujang on Monday, 9 December 2013 - 6:29 pm

    While it is good to have the education blueprint, we hope there will be periodical reviews and these reviews should be based on international standards.

  6. #6 by Di Shi Jiu on Monday, 9 December 2013 - 8:31 pm

    Mr Lim,

    Muhyiddin hasn’t got any plans.

    He only has pieces of paper bounded up into an impressively thick book devoid of content.

  7. #7 by tak tahan on Monday, 9 December 2013 - 9:38 pm

    Under the Malaysia Education Blueprint (MEB), Malaysian 15 year-olds are expected to achieve the international average in the 2015 PISA and 2018 PISA and to reach the top third of the system in PISA 2021.

    Unless there is a change of goverment,my only hope is that we we will not be in the pit bottom of PISA 2021 ranking.

  8. #8 by cinaindiamelayubersatu on Monday, 9 December 2013 - 9:46 pm

    Birucetak apa…
    Sibuk kejar kontrak bina kampus uitm sana sini…
    Graduan yang keluar semua cap lembu…

  9. #9 by tak tahan on Monday, 9 December 2013 - 10:00 pm

    How to be in the top third in PISA 2021 when the supposed Education Minister is so proud to be the only and one world wide kampung jantan/bull to moo to all and sundry that he is Malay first,everything else is second.As a Malaysia Education Cowprint’s cowhead as he is,what is so good about kuai low’s PISA when we can have rendang in NFC condo.Wakakakaka

  10. #10 by cutedevilnabil on Monday, 9 December 2013 - 11:04 pm

    kikiki mooooooooooOOO no schooled ,how can you peoples expect him to says anything concern with schoooool,he only know how mooOOO and mooOOO ,,,,and read TnB meter you know ? mooooooOOOOOOO mooooOOOOOOO moooOOOOOOO bye bye my friends mOOOOoooOOOOOOOoooOOOOOsee you mOOooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  11. #11 by Noble House on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 5:07 am

    At what point does one realize that things will never be the same? But if you’re a fan of animated series like ‘Road Runner’, starting today you’ll get your chance to do more than outrun a pack of demonic monkeys – you can take on the likes of you, too, with Najib’s new theme BEEP, BEEP.

    For to tackle these issues of education and save our children from further exploitations – UMNO MUST GO!

  12. #12 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 7:52 am

    No worries, LKS, moooo will send his WIFE (later, mayb son or daughter as well) on private jets 2 attend PISA, TIMSS meetings around d world
    Rakyat must appreciate their sacrifices 4 national service

    In fact, UmnoB kaki r so concerned abt d fate of dis nation
    They managed 2 persuade their loved ones 2 come forward 2 serve d nation PRO BONO
    AhCheatKor with AhCheatBor n AhCheatKia, Nazi with his rich son, CowChaBor with her whole herd of bull n calves
    Good value mah, vote/elect 1, get plenty 2 serve leh

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