EDUCATION REPORT CARD: COULD DO MUCH BETTER!

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 14 Dec 2019

As another protest gathering of the major Chinese associations hovers over the introduction of khat calligraphy in the vernacular school curriculum, the Education Minister gleefully prides itself as the first ministry to present its “report card” for 2019, themed ‘Education for All’: “We have targeted 2019 to be a strong foundation year to ensure the country can move towards an inclusive and high-quality education system,” he said. He even prided himself with the achievement in fulfilling the promise contained in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto on the issue of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) education loans and the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)!

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SACRIFICING CHINESE SCHOOLS AT THE ALTAR OF THE DEBT MOUNTAIN

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 29 June 2018

The announcement by Education Minister Maszlee Malik to halt the construction of eight Chinese primary schools (SJKCs) that had already been approved by the previous administration because of supposed financial constraints is totally unacceptable. Is this his own opinion or is this a Cabinet decision? In a government committed to inclusion and transparency what possible rationale could there be for putting the brakes on such a small yet critically important project?

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