Streamlining education support structure [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will be restructured starting next year, with federal, state and district education offices to be more streamlined organisations.
The move will revise the roles, organisational structure and head count of the ministry's offices at every level to provide a clear delivery channel from the centre down to schools.
The roll-out will begin with approval from the Public Services Department, following a test run in Kedah and Sabah this year.
Both state and district offices will be given greater decision- making power over budget and personnel needs and greater accountability for improving student outcomes.
There will also be clusters to allow greater specialisation and provide clearer mandates for officers.
The clusters are:
CURRICULUM to oversee subject curriculum, assessment and paedagogy;
SCHOOL MANAGEMENT to oversee the running of schools; and,
FINANCE human capital, procurement and administration, for finance and accounting, school maintenance and procurement.
State education departments will focus on school administration, planning and coordinating curricula, implementation and providing a shared service centre with centralised administrative functions.
District education offices will focus on teacher and principal support, with limited administrative support - mostly data entry and clerical work to ease the administrative burden on teachers.
The ministry also hopes to speed up school improvement through systematic, district-led programmes rolled out in all states next year.
All schools are expected to meet basic infrastructure requirements by 2015, starting with Sabah and Sarawak.
To improve the use of information communication technology (ICT) for learning, Internet access and virtual learning environments will be provided via 1BestariNet for all 10,000 schools.
Online content will be strengthened to share best practices, starting with a video library of the best teachers delivering lessons in Science, Mathematics, Bahasa Malaysia and English.
The ministry also hopes to maximise the use of ICT for distance and self-paced learning, in order to expand access to high-quality teaching regardless of location or student skill level.
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