Khairy engages with 450 teachers in TN50 dialogue session

MASRIWANIE MUHAMADING


KUALA LUMPUR: One or two teachers from the 1Malaysia Young Teachers (GM1M) programme will be chosen to be part of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50)’s “Circles of the Future” initiative, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said yesterday.

The decision was made following a suggestion from a teacher during a TN50 dialogue session, which took place at the Balai Budaya Tun Syed Nasir of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) here.

The dialogue session, which was chaired by Khairy and Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, involved the participation of over 450 teachers aged 40 years and below.

Khairy said that over 30 aspirations and ideas were shared by the teachers during the two-and-a-half hour dialogue session, with many of them stressing on creating a holistic education system that is supported by an effective teaching workforce.

“This also means that their aspiration is for the teaching profession to become a career choice, and that the working environment will improve in the future. I believe this is in line with the changes and improvements made by the Education Ministry.

“Many issues were raised, including those (which we have addressed) that are still ‘works-in-progress’, and issues which can be solved through the application of technology in the future.

“For instance, many have mentioned the administrative tasks which can be reduced through the use of technology, including automation; while an education system which focuses on creative thinking has been implemented through the Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR or Primary School Standard Curriculum) (beginning 2015),” he said.

Khairy also thanked Mahdzir and the Education Ministry for their cooperation in organising the event, and applauded the teachers who expressed their views and ideas.

“I can see that the teachers who turned up at the event today are very committed; they love their profession and they want to be equipped with the best facilities to ensure that we are able to provide a world-class education system that is not exam-oriented.

“And this, in turn, will enable us to produce students with a world-class mentality in the future,” he said.

The National Transformation 2050 (TN50) discourse series, which is the brainchild of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, is aimed at gathering the views and hopes of the people, particularly the youth, to generate a new, 30-year transformation plan for the country that truly reflects the people's vision.

The first dialogue session was held at Universiti Malaya (UM) in Jan, which involved an engaging discourse between the Prime Minister, Khairy and over 500 youths from diverse backgrounds, from all over the country.

Discourse sessions have continued to be held at various other public universities nationwide, since then.

It is expected that the process of gathering input for the 30-year transformation plan, which succeeds Wawasan 2020, will take about two years.