Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Huge education workforce

The Education Ministry is expected to have more than half a million staff members after the merging of two ministries into a single entity, says Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said the process of merging the education and higher education ministries is expected to be completed within a month.

“The process will not be too complicated to carry out. Each ministry already had well-defined tasks. The Education Ministry was in charge of primary and secondary level matters, while the Higher Education Ministry was looking after higher education institutions,” he told reporters after meeting senior management from the former Higher Education Ministry yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said that the merging of the two ministries would smoothen the implementation of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had earlier announced the merging of the Education and Higher Education ministries when he unveiled his new Cabinet last week.

Muhyiddin said both he and Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh would be in charge of issues related to both schools and higher education institutions.

“It is important for both of us to be well aware of the development of education in all aspects,” he added.

He said both Deputy Education Ministers Datuk Mary Yap and P. Kamalanathan would also not divide their duties between the school and higher education levels.


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