Malaysia is come a long way ahead as far its education system is concerned. The opening of several international schools over the past few decades has increased competition among the government-run educational institutions, domestic private institutes, and the international school.
This has enhanced the quality of education in leaps and bounds of the Southeast Asian country and has helped the students.
However, there are still some areas which need improvement and can be enhanced considerably by initiating a few simple steps.
Some measures by which the quality of education can be improved in Malaysia:
1. More focus on English language
The schools and educational institutions in Malaysia are laying more focus on English. However, even more, efforts are required to be undertaken to teach and popularize English among the students. It has to be ensured that the Malay students are taught English from a young age, which will help them to achieve a good command over the language. When the students will work in a multinational company or study abroad in the future, their proficiency in English will help them to thrive and succeed.
2. Enhance the quality of teachers through training and workshops
Schools and educational institutions can improve the quality of teachers by providing them adequate training and knowledge-based workshops that will enable them to provide best-in-class teaching. Educators play an important part in imparting teaching to their students and they should be trained so that they can teach efficiently and effectively. Schools and institutes should conduct programs to recruit good educators and train them with best available resources.
3. Promote extracurricular activities and organize co-curricular events
Schools and educational institutions should promote extracurricular activities and encourage the students to participate in them. Schools can organize co-curricular events to refresh the minds and spirits of students and help them to develop a well-rounded personality. These extracurricular activities and events will help the schools to develop a more open culture and ensure the physical and mental wellbeing of the students.
4. Encourage students to develop critical thinking skills
Educators must encourage and induce students to develop critical thinking skills and avoid rote-learning techniques. The purpose of education is to enable students to understand and achieve their potential not to test their memory and speed.
5. Implement interactive style of teaching
Malaysian schools and educational institutions are required to implement an interactive style of teaching as it requires greater level of interaction between teachers and students. The schools that implement an interactive style of teaching fare better than the schools that don’t implement such teaching style.
6. Put more emphasis on coursework, not tests
Teachers must give greater importance on the coursework and not measure a student’s worth on the basis of his/her test scores. The coursework should be designed in such a way that it will enable students to improve their problem-solving abilities, communication skills, decision making abilities, and critical thinking skills.
7. Focus more on practical subjects
Instead of laying more focus on the theoretical subjects, schools and educational institutions must lay more focus on developing the practical knowledge of the students through practical subjects. Practical subjects such as math, science, English, French, German, Mandarin, etc, should be taught to the students that will enable them to do well in the real world.
8. Ensure consistent program for students
The schools and colleges in Malaysia keep on changing their syllabus and curriculum from time to time. It makes difficult for students to cope with the frequently changing syllabus. Schools and colleges should ensure that they put in place consistent syllabus for the students.