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Educational development and reformation in Malaysia: past, present and future
Educational development and reform in Malaysia have always been characterized by the government’s efforts to adapt education to national development needs. The essence of educational development and reformation, as in other developing countries, has always been (and is) curriculum development, to provide education for human resource development to meet the needs of the social, economic and political development of the country.
This paper will briefly outline educational development from the time of independence, followed by a discussion on the current educational reforms beginning in 1980s. Highlights will be made on the development of values education in the curriculum, particularly the importance given to it in the new curriculum being implemented.
By Rahimah Haji Ahmad, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia [Download]