MALAYSIA - Students will be poised to make waves in the world job market as the Malaysia Education Blueprint aims to expand their potential and produce global leaders.
To produce these quality individuals, Education Ministry curriculum development division deputy director Dr Azian T. S. Abdullah said students must practise high level thinking, be fluent in English and Bahasa Malaysia and have a strong sense of ethics.
"Our current education system is considered good, but if we want to compete on the global stage, we must ensure that we meet international standards," she said in an interview at her office in Putrajaya.
Dr Azian said Malaysian students fared below the international average score in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
Pisa is an international standard that evaluates three types of expertise which are the ability to read, sound knowledge of Science & Mathematics and how to apply it by student within an education system.Pisa also focuses questions that provides students with high level of thinking, while the current school examination, only focuses on the academic subjects.
Pisa is an international study that aims to evaluate education systems worldwide every three years by testing the competencies of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics and science.
Dr Azian said Malaysian students recorded scores of 400 and above but still below Pisa's international average of 500.
"We narrowly missed the mark. We have good students who score straight As but when it comes to competing on the international level, we could be better," she said.