Education Ministry's Padu to focus on combating social ills among students


PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry's Education Performance and Delivery Unit (Padu) has mooted more holistic human development programmes for Malaysian schools to combat social ills among students.

Its chief executive officer Khadijah Abdullah said aside from academic achievement, more focus should be given to the students' outcome.

"Children dropping out of school is one of the areas that Padu needs to focus on. We need to give them alternative education so that they don't get into crime," Khadijah told reporters during a press briefing in her office today.

Education Performance and Delivery Unit (Padu) chief executive officer Khadijah Abdullah. — fotoBERNAMA

Padu, a special intervention unit set up under the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013 - 2025, has recently won the prestigious Mike Nichols Award for excellence in managing the implementation of a massive education transformation agenda.

Citing that her unit has achieved 86 per cent of its target in delivering the first wave of the Malaysia Education Blueprint, which included improving the school attendance of Orang Asli people to 86.3 per cent in 2016 as compared to 79.1 per cent in 2015, Khadijah said more needed to be done in producing all rounder students with high moral values.

In view of the rising cases of school bullies and hate crimes among the younger generation, Padu's executive director for programme management, Radzifuddin Nordin said his team are amidst organising a series of nationwide "moral workshops" involving school teachers, students, educationists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to brainstorm the issues.

The first moral educational workshop is expected to be held at the end of December. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd