PUTRAJAYA, Oct 19 – Education is a basic human right in shaping the future and producing holistic individuals with the right values, competency and skills, said the Education Ministry’s secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad. Emphasising that education was vital in shaping the future of a society, she said it was imperative that the training of teachers could enhance their skills including language proficiency so that they could impart knowledge to their pupils well.

“However, parents too must play their role and cannot rely solely on teachers to do the job. Parents should work together with teachers on the children’s school projects which can help promote the value of learning, so that the children would possess noble values and further reinforced by their teachers and parents.” She told this to Bernama after the first plenary session at the Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) 2014 biennial conference at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here, Sunday.

On the Malaysian government’s transformation programme, Madinah said the country needed a large number of highly-skilled workers to fill the 3.3 million job vacancies in the years to come. “So, it must begin from now and we need to start with the schools. We must have the right curriculum, the right teachers and right courses at the tertiary level to ensure that the graduates are employable,” she said.

Realising the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) to meet Malaysia’s need for skilled workers, she said the government had been emphasising on this and allocated a huge sum of money for this sector. “We find that over 80 per cent of our students who graduated from the technical and vocational institutions, could get jobs within the first six months. Therefore, they must be further trained so that they can be readily employed,” she said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the tabling of Budget 2015 on Oct 10, had proposed an allocation of RM1.2 billion for TEVT to increase the intake of students in view of the applications received far exceeding the number of places available. Asked on the challenges in facing the future together, Madinah said leaders needed to have constructive engagements with the “rakyat” (people) to understand their needs.

“Communication is important as the government has very good policies and programmes, but it is vital for the rakyat to understand these programmes and how they could impact them for their own betterment,” she said. On how the Commonwealth nations could share their experiences and knowledge, Madinah said: “CAPAM provides a platform to do so as there are lots of lessons or iconic products, knowledge and achievements that we can share.

“We (Malaysia) can tell them, how we do it, for example, through the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).” About 1,500 delegates from 53 countries are attending the three-day conference which began today.

The CAPAM biennial conference, organised in collaboration with the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) and the Commonwealth Secretariat, is themed, ‘Public Service Transformation: A New Conversation’. In conjunction with the conference, an inaugural Commonwealth Media Forum co-hosted by the Chief Secretary to the Government’s Office and Malaysian National News Agency, Bernama, will be held on Tuesday.

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