The National Education System & the Classification of Educational Institutions

Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education

The Education Act 1996 is centrally administered by the Ministry of Education. A separate ministry for higher education was first established in 2008 under the Ahmad Badawi Government that dealt with the higher education sector including universities, university colleges, polytechnics, community colleges and the burgeoning private sector of higher education. The two ministries were merged after the 2013 General Elections and divided again under the Najib Razak Government in July 2015 as part of a reshuffle of the cabinet.

The two ministries were again merged after the 2018 General Elections. The Minister of Education in the new government is Dr. Mazlee Malik.