Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Ministry: ICT key consideration in education overhaul

KUALA LUMPUR: Wider use of information and communication technology (ICT) in the classroom will be a major consideration when the Government revamps the national education system.
“We do not want our students to be left behind.
“The use of ICT is crucial in our efforts to become a knowledge-based society and high-income nation,” said Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.
Other issues to be studied under the proposed review include the quality of teachers and early childhood education, he said after presenting prizes to the winners of the Malaysian National Band Compe­tition (Natcomp) 2011 at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil here on Sunday evening.
Dr Mohd Puad said experts from the public and private sectors were providing input for the review.
Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said earlier that the ministry was preparing a report on the proposed review, which was aimed at improving the quality of national education.
Education director-general Datuk Abd Ghafar Mahmud is heading the team that is preparing the report, which is expected to be submitted to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Cabinet for approval by the year’s end.
On another matter, Dr Mohd Puad urged non-governmental organisations and the private sector to play a more active role in supporting students’ co-curricular activities.
Citing school bands as an example, he said NGOs such as the Malaysian Band Association could provide technical support for students to set up bands in their schools.
“The coaching that students receive from external instructors can help their schools perform well in competitions,” said Dr Mohd Puad, adding that the NGOs and the private sector could also help to fund school clubs and societies.
Meanwhile, SMK Sultanah Asma school band from Kedah emerged the champion to win the Natcomp 2011 title.
The second and third places went to St John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur, and Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid, Kedah.

KANG SOON CHEN. Ministry: Ict key consideration in education overhaul. THE STAR. Retrieved from

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