As this NKEA continued to prime Malaysia to be one of the world’s best education hubs, from early childcare to tertiary education and beyond, the country has achieved marked progress in developing its education sector, benefiting local students while attracting a growing number of foreign students.
Enhancing Malaysia’s international reputation as an education hub was a key focus and achievement in the past year.
Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) was a major contributor to this success, marketing and branding Malaysia to the world and ensuring that foreign students have a smooth transition moving and studying in Malaysia.
A Note From the Ministers
Going forward, we see greater private sector participation in the Education NKEA, not just in providing education offerings, but also in partnering with educational institutions to help develop students with the right skills base to encourage graduate employability.
The Government will continue to elevate the Education NKEA to ensure our education offerings meet the needs of a high-income and globally competitive economy.
EPP 1: Ramping up Early Childhood Care and Education
This year saw the establishment of 411 new private pre-schools and 586 new private childcare centres.
Much of the work this year was focused on improving the quality of pre-schools, especially through the development of a more robust self-assessment tool, and increasing the participation of pre-schools in the self-assessment programme. It is hoped that this improved tool will enable the MoE and the ECCE Council to better assess private pre-schools, allowing for the provision of training and guidance for lower-performing schools to meet the necessary standards.
The fee assistance programme offered by the Government will continue to provide children from low- to midincome families access to quality private pre-schools while encouraging unregistered pre-schools to register with the MoE and contribute to the growth of the sector.
Moving forward, the MoE will step up its efforts to identify unregistered pre-schools and help them in obtaining operating licences. To achieve this, the MoE organised an awareness campaign (“Program Jom Daftar”) to encourage the registration of these pre-schools, bringing together various agencies whose approvals are required, i.e. local council, Fire Department and the Health Ministry to answer any queries operators might have.
EPP 5: Scaling Up Private Skills Training Provision
The past year has seen active growth in TVET not only in numbers, with 1355 new international students enrolled in TVET programmes, but also in the maturation of the programmes being developed. Currently there are 2,700 international students enrolled in TVET programmes. For 2015, enrolment is targeted to grow by 800 students in line with the target of 16,000 students by 2020.
Although still in its early stages, TVET will be a key growth area in the coming years, especially with the start of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015, which would increase mobility of skilled workers from neighbouring countries, and in turn spur the growth of TVET institutions.
To increase the standards and quality of private TVET institutions, DSD will conduct the third star rating exercise next year on all accredited institutions. This exercise is held biennially and focuses on raising the quality of graduates from private skills accreditation centres.
EPP 14: Building a Games Development Cluster
The year was a busy one for MyGameDev, which was tasked with nurturing talent for the growing field of games development among public secondary schools, tertiary education institutions and post-graduates.
The main challenge of this EPP is to improve the perception of the local game development industry, which is seen not so much as a career path as it is a hobby. This is especially so among secondary school counsellors who are seen to be wary of such outreach programmes as well as parents.
To that end, MyGameDev will continue its efforts in organising such outreach events across the country, and further develop its online portal to bring the gaming community closer together and attract investments in the field.
Ramping up Early Childhood Care and Education
Scaling Up Private Skills Training Provision
Building a Games Development Cluster
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Critical Target 2015
- Continue to focus on increasing the percentage of students enrolled in early childcare and pre-schools
- Facilitate improved international student and teacher experience through collaboration with EMGS, the Immigration Department and other relevant agencies
- Improve international marketing of universities and course availability in Malaysia as a global education destination with the support of EMGS and relevant Government agencies