Exploring the first pillar of the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013–2025; on the accessibility of the MEB.

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To recap, our previous article [1] provided an overview of the Malaysia Education Blueprint (MEB) [2] 2013–2025. There, we detailed its objectives and the five aspirations for the Malaysian education system.

The MEB says that “every Malaysian child, regardless of wealth, ethnicity or background, deserves equal access to a quality education that will enable the student to achieve his or her potential.” Here we focus on the first system aspiration — the accessibility of the education system.

According to the MEB, the Ministry of Education (MoE) aims to achieve universal enrolment across all levels from preschools to upper secondary (Form 5) by 2020. …

The MYER team brings you an in-depth, thoroughly researched analysis of the Malaysian Education Blueprint.

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The day was September 6, 2013, when then-Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launched what is known as the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013–2025. It was described as the most comprehensive and biggest manifestation of the government’s efforts to make the most out of the nation’s talents through education.

The approximately 300-page long document (or more accurately, presentation), which is available for public viewing online, speaks of plans, problems and aspirations for the education system, among many other things.

Written by Charmaine Cheong, edited by Ryan Lim and researched by Ellysha Najwa & Edwin Goh.

Gender-related problems such as sexual harassment and gender discrimination remain real problems that our society faces even till this day. In the long pursuit of gender equality and equity, no longer can education be careless in the way that it portrays gender narratives nor is there a place for harmful narratives such as victim blaming, especially since these narratives influence social behaviour and interactions between genders.

Malaysia has been on the receiving end of the United Nation’s praise for our progressive stand on early sexual education in an effort to reduce rates of child marriage, teenage pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and sexual abuse against children. Dr. Wan Azizah, the former Minister of Women, Family and Community Development was recently quoted saying that the government intends to educate children in education as early as preschool on topics such as child grooming, reproductive health and determining safe and unsafe touch. …

Written by Rayden Sia, edited by Rifqi Faisal and researched by Team MYER.

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Last week we talked about the gender narratives present in the Malaysian education system. We looked at examples of how gender narratives are entrenched in our education syllabus and how these narratives can impact women in society. We also discussed the government’s plans to improve the education syllabus and presented a few proposals of our own.

This week, we’ll be taking a closer look at the implications of the gender narratives in our informal educational system and what we can do to tackle the problem.

An Informal Guide for the Impressionable Child

Though many Malaysians have cut the cord and shifted towards online streaming services to get their dose of entertainment, there are still Malaysians who regularly consume free content from Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and paid channel subscriptions from Astro. …

Written by Jane Law Lee Bin, edited by Rifqi Faisal and researched by Team MYER.

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Last week, MYER gave the bird’s-eye view on the equity scene in Malaysia. Today, we’re going all the way down to the nitty-gritty, starting with how gender narratives are taught in our schools.

What are Gender Narratives?

Long before we were born, society has already rooted us with social norms that would define what’s considered acceptable and appropriate based on our given gender. These standards are deeply integrated- from the formal and informal structures of our world all the way down to the branch of how we coddle these thoughts in our subconscious. …

Written by Jonathan Lee, edited by Rifqi Faisal and researched by Team MYER.

If there is one thing the last decade is to be remembered for, it would be that it was one of many upheavals. Especially so towards the end of it, where there were global calls for equity.

What is equity, and why equity instead of equality?

In simple terms, equity is fair treatment, while equality is equal treatment. If a person were to start from a place of disadvantage and treated equally with someone of advantage, the disparity between both individuals perpetuates and worsens.

Equitable measures can close this disparity and create a level playing field for everyone.

Demands for equity has touched many aspects of society; among these is education, which will be our focus for this month. …

Written by Charmaine Cheong Shen May, Edited by Rifqi Faisal, Researched by Ellysha Najwa and Managed by Edwin Goh.

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It is understood that in the status quo, pursuing the arts as a career path is severely misunderstood and discouraged. The neglect for the arts is evident all around us: barely receiving sufficient financial support from the government, underappreciated by many who view it as a waste of time or discouraged by parents who fear that their children will become the starving artist caricature we see tragically portrayed in the media.

Perhaps it is important to take a step back and ask ourselves: why?

As a society, why have we all developed apathy or fear towards a subject that brings us colours and excitement to our everyday lives, that provides many with variation that keeps us from falling into monotony? …

Written by Rayden Sia, Edited by Rifqi Faisal, Researched by Ellysha Najwa and Managed by Edwin Goh.

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“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country. …

Chat with YB Lim Yi Wei was conducted via IGTV hosted by the MYER Movement. The chat was transcribed by Charmaine Cheong Shen May.

When MYER approached YB Lim Yi Wei with a proposal to discuss the MCO and its effects on youths, we were met with bright enthusiasm and a phenomenal friendliness that promised a delightful session between us and the state assemblywoman (ADUN) of Kampung Tunku. On a cloudy Tuesday afternoon and sat before our digital devices, we were presented the chance to speak with her over a Live on Instagram about Youths In a Pandemic, moderated by one of our co-founders, Rifqi Faisal.

Question 1: What are your concerns with the MCO and how it is affecting youths?

YB LIM YI WEI: At the beginning of the MCO, I think one of the most affected were university students. A lot of them were stuck at their campuses and many were unsure if they were allowed to go home or not. On the 29th of April, minister Ismail Sabri announced that 4.8k students stranded on campus would be allowed to go home. However, I think that one of the things we could have done better between the 18th of March and 29th of April was to test students [for the virus] on campus before allowing them to go home. …

Written by Jane Law Lee Bin, Edited by Rifqi Faisal and Researched by Team MYER.

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by Team MYER

Imagine this. You’re getting dressed in your uniform that has been in the closet for months. It’s been a long time since you’ve picked up that old, trusted school bag. You’ve probably forgotten what it’s like to comb your hair or tuck in your shirt. You can finally meet your friends, your teachers and even sit on your usual seat in the classroom. Things are starting to turn around. Everything is finally going to be normal again. Or is it?

COVID-19 has definitely striked our country in many ways. One of them being education, which has been scrambling to stay on its ground for the past few months. Yes, schools reopening may be a good sign that things are starting to shape up but things are probably not going to go back to normal soon. One of them is because social distancing will still have to be exercised among individuals in order to curb the spread of the virus. That means you would probably have to wave goodbye to your tablemates and have second thoughts about giving your best friends those hugs you’ve promised for the time being. …


Malaysian Youths for Education Reform

An independent youth-led movement for education reform in Malaysia. All information and resources are available here by MYER. Twitter/Instagram — @myermovement

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