New panel to advise on education

New panel to advise on education

PUTRAJAYA - A new 11-member panel has been appointed to the National Education Advisory Council, effective Aug 1.

The council will advise the Education Ministry on policy matters from preschool to higher education levels, and will serve till July 2016.

Former education director-general Tan Sri Dr Abdul Rahman Arshad heads the council while Science Advisor to the Prime Minister Prof Tan Sri Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid serves as deputy chairman.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the council's pool of expertise would help better implement the Malaysia Education Develop­ment Plan.

"I hope the panel will not only give ideas on policy matters but also on education issues and concerns brought up by the public."

"The ministry is open to feedback. Although we have certain policies that have been decided by the Cabinet, we are still open (to opinions) because education is a dynamic field," he said.

He was speaking before handing out appointment letters to the panel members on Tuesday.

Muhyiddin, also Education Minister, said the ministry was reviewing its National Higher Education Strategic Plan.

"We will change the name to Malaysia Higher Education Develop­ment Plan 2015-2025. It is scheduled to be launched by the year's end," he said.

The council was set up in 2010 and meets at least twice a year.

Members of the new panel include National Population and Family Development Board chairman Tan Sri Napsiah Omar, Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Datuk Sham­suddin Bardan, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak founder Datuk Hassan Harun and UKM's Institute of Ethnic Studies principal research fellow Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria.

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