More Changes in Ministers than Reform of Education

More Changes in Ministers than Reform of Education

Posted on : March 13 2020

The historic Fourteenth General Election held in May 2018 brought in a new government ending six decades of the Barisan Nasional that had held power from Independence. Pakatan Harapan (PH), the opposition coalition that wrested power from the old order on a manifesto that promised a wide range of reform, including education. Whilst there has been no clear suggestion of reform of education generally, we have seen a change in government with three different incumbents occupying the seat of Minister of Education since the elections held in May 2018 - four if you count the new Minister of Higher Education appointed by the new government.

Dr Maszlee Malik, the Harapan Minister of Education resigned on the first working day of 2020 amidst a number of controversies. Tun Dr Mahathir, the Prime Minister simply added the Ministry to his own portfolio. Two months later, at the end of February 2020, the Harapan government was evicted from power through what many commentators have described as questionable means and a new government-appointed.  The new government has appointed two new Ministers in Education - Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin as Senior Minister of Education and Dato’ Dr Noraini Binti Ahmad as Minister of Higher Education.

A profusion of ministers of education with no sign of any reform.