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The Watchman: Malaysian Education System: Not Good Enough?

I’m against the Malaysian National Service. I’ve said it before and I will say it again. The program is ill-conceived and has not merits whatsoever regardless of what the politicians are saying. And can you blame me?

In my previous ranting, I have asked the question whether our wonderful ministers have sent their children to the National Service camps. I ask again … how many ministers in the current Cabinet have children selected to attend National Service? Please raise your hands.

As I have suspected. None! And these are the same people that are trying to convince Malaysians to send their children to these ‘death camps’? What a load of dog pile!

Similarly, these are also the people who are trying to convince Malaysians on how great our education system is. The story below by Boon Yeng suggests otherwise. Read it for yourself and let your blood boil.

Education Minister, Hishammudin Hussein’s son is doing ‘O’ Levels, and will be going off to the United Kingdom this coming
September to further his studies.

Deputy Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak’s daughter, Nooryana Najwa has been accepted into Georgetown University in
Washington D.C. to read politics and international relations after doing her IB (International Baccalaureate).

Hishamuddin Hussein and Najib Razak’s children are academically smart. However, it seems like both of them did not sit for their SPM.

Before doing her IB, Nooryana had her education in Garden International School. Najib’s son, Norashman Razak had his education there too. But Garden International School bases its curriculum on the National Curriculum of England. It teaches the English National Curriculum through Key Stages 1 to 4 and the Cambridge ‘A’ Level.

Najib and Hishamuddin are cousins. Their fathers were our former education ministers. Najib’s father, Tun Abdul Razak, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, was the education minister in 1955. Hishamuddin’s father, Tun Hussein Onn, our third Prime Minister, was the education minister in 1969. Fast forward, Najib became our Education Minister in 1995-1999. Hishamuddin is our current Education Minister.

Well, there goes the saying, ‘like father, like son’ Hishamuddin’s son and Najib’s kids did not follow the Malaysian Education System (so I doubt they sat for UPSR, PMR or SPM) though they come from an ancestry of education ministers. Both of their grandfathers were former education ministers, one’s father was the education minister and is now the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia while the other’s father is the current education minister.

So why weren’t Najib’s and Hishamuddin’s children following the Malaysian education system? Were our DPM and current
Education Minister trying to be kind to not let the government subsidize their kids’ education by sending their offsprings to a private school instead of national schools?

Or is it that both Najib and Hishamuddin do not have confidence at all in the Malaysian education system because it is too crappy that they had to sent their kids to a private school which follows the English National Curriculum so that their offsprings would not be screwed up by the already screwed-up education system in Malaysia?

Which is which? I do not know, but I am very inclined to think that the latter prevails.

*SIGH* So much for being a kind and compassionate minister. If the Malaysian education system is not good enough, then do something to improve it. After all, that is under your portfolio.

But if the education system is not crap and of quality and standard like what you and your counterparts have mentioned countless times then why didn’t your kids go through it? Why didn’t your kids go through SPM, then Matriculation or STPM before gaining admission to the university? After all, matriculation and STPM have the potential to produce quality graduates, right?

How does the current government expect us to have faith in our education system when the DPM and current education minister did not even put their kids through it?


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