KLANG, 16 May: The Executive Councillor for Education, Higher Education and Human Capital Development, Dr Halimah Ali wants the new Minister of Learning and Education to not mix national education policies with political agenda of any party.
He said that the Minister should allow the education policy to be formulated by educational experts without intervention from any political parties to ensure that the country can produce excellent students.
“They should also allow the Department of Education (to function) as the implementer of new policies. Let them do their job. Do not issue directives pressing schools and departments.
“Similarly with institutions of Higher Learning. Do not disturb professionalism, student and lecturer intellectualism.
“What the Minister previously did only led our students to be far behind compared to students from other developed countries,” she said when met after attending the Teacher’s Day celebrations here at Kampung Jawa Secondary School.
Halimah added that the Ministry of Education also should stop any bans preventing elected representatives who are Assemblymen from Pakatan Rakyat to enter any national school.
“We do not want to meet voters but we want to understand the problems of teachers and students so that we can help increase learning standards or facilities that they need.
“In other countries, the ruling party and the opposition work together to develop the community,” she said.
Yesterday, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was reappointed as the First Minister of Education and Higher Education while Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh was appointed at the Second Minister of Education and Higher Education.
Meanwhile, Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching and P. Kamalanathan were respectively appointed Deputy Minister.