THE Selangor government has told Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh that he should also stake his job on solving other problems plaguing the education system, not just Malaysian studentsâ€™ performance in international tests.
Selangor education exco Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said other systematic abuses and shortcomings continued to go unaddressed.
“These included poor training and management of teachers, repeated political interference in curriculum, as well as alleged improprieties in education-related procurement and instances of prejudice against minority students.
“It would be even more appropriate if the minister could pledge to resolve these long-standing problems and also be willing to put his job on the line in resolving them,” he said today in a statement.
Idris yesterday said he was confident that students would perform better in this year’s Pisa and TIMSS after dismal performances which saw Malaysian education rankings drop when compared with students in other parts of the region.
“I challenge you. I say that when the Pisa and TIMSS results come out this year, we will do better. I am giving this guarantee as a minister.
“I am putting myself at stake because I know we are going to perform better,” he said in Parliament.
Idris declined to comment when asked what he would do if the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) results showed a decline instead of an improvement.
Nik Nazmi commended Idris’s move to put his job on the line to guarantee better results in Pisa and TIMSS.
“Too few cabinet ministers in the Umno-Barisan Nasional government are willing to take personal responsibility over their respective portfolios.
“We plan to hold Idris to his pledge and eagerly await details of his plan to ensure that Malaysian students do better in the Pisa and TIMSS,” he said in a statement today.
Nik Nazmi also reminded Idris of the anxiety felt by parents, educators and employers that went beyond the two global assessment tests.
He said the problems in Malaysia’s education were much bigger than how students performed in Pisa and TIMSS, although the decline in performance was worrying.