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[2112] Of a return to basics

One simply cannot overestimate the power of education in shaping a society. It has an awesome capability of influencing a person’s perspective towards the world by impressing certain mind frame, especially to young, whose mind is naively free of skepticism. A liberal society will require an education system that removes that naiveté and develops critically […]

Notwithstanding the idea of publicly and privately funded higher education, I thought the idea of granting apex status to the best local university is good. That status works to focus resources into a particular university in order to drastically improve its quality. Improving quality obviously depends on how the money is spent as well as […]

And so, after six years of going through the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English (in Malay, Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris; PPSMI) in all primary and secondary public schools, it will come to an end in 2012.[1] As I have expressed earlier, I am of two minds […]

In response to the scholarship controversy, the Deputy Prime Minister — or more appropriately the Education Minister — Muhyiddin Yassin shared that there are plans to limit the number of subjects students can take “to enable a fairer selection for the Public Service Department (PSD) scholarship.”[1] This solution should be rejected because it is a […]

Growing up, Mr Najib attended the renowned Malay College Kuala Kangsar before studying for a bachelor’s degree in industrial economics in the UK. [Profile: Najib Abdul Razak. BBC. April 2 2009] I do not think that is right. Did he attend the Malay College? I thought he went to St. John in Kuala Lumpur instead?

Di zaman dahulu kala di Yunani, bidang logik, tatabahasa dan retorik perlu dikuasai sebelum seseorang itu melangkah ke tahap pendidikan yang lebih tinggi. Dikenali secara kolektif sebagai trivium, sukatan ini bertujuan untuk memperkasakan seseorang individu itu dengan membolehkannya memiliki pemikiran yang berdikari. Adalah mudah untuk memahami mengapa sukatan trivium disediakan untuk memperkasakan minda seorang manusia. […]

I am guilty. I am guilty of grinning when I found out that the Malaysian education system is maintaining English as the medium of instruction for science and mathematics in the primary and secondary levels.[1] I am guilty because despite preferring for the courses to be taught in the language best comprehended by the students, […]

I experienced a tremendous surge of security today and I have not felt such feeling in such a long time. The only regret I have is that I did not set a higher target for myself. I might have set a goal too low for myself. Ever since graduation a few years ago from Ann […]

The Descartes Education Counselling Centre is organizing a forum on liberal arts colleges in the US this coming Saturday, August 23 2008 at 15:00 in Damansara Utama. I will be speaking there, tentatively about public universities with the hope of giving prospective undergraduates some idea of the difference between public universities like Michigan and liberal […]

Borrowers obviously will celebrate if they see a reduction in their repayment obligation. When the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) reduces its service charge or really, interest rate, from 3% to 1%, already I read borrowers singing high praises to the body. The reduction of rate also turns the financing facility into a subsidy, […]

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