Synopsis: Membincangkan isu pendidikan = Discussing educational issues

Apakah isu-isu pendidikan yang patut kita bincangkan?

= Which big educational issues should we be discussing?

Sepanjang bulan Oktober, kita telah menerokai persoalan ini dengan (a) menjemput para pembaca untuk berkongsi pendapat tentang topik yang patut kami bincangkan, dalam post Pengenalan, (b) menyenaraikan beberapa sumber rujukan tentang pendidikan di Malaysia dalam post Apa Kata, dan (c) temu bual bersama Elmarié Potgieter, pengarah urusan RITE Education, dalam post Q&A. Minggu ini, kami menghuraikan perbincangan ini.

= Throughout October, we have explored this question through (a) asking readers for their thoughts on the topics we should cover, in our Pengenalan post, (b) sharing a list of sources of information on Malaysin education in our Apa Kata post, and (c) an interview with Elmarié Potgieter, managing director of RITE Education, in our Q&A post. This week, we summarise this discussion.

1. Isu penting dalam pendidikan di Malaysia adalah rumit kerana isu-isu ini bukan sahaja merangkumi ciri-ciri sistem pendidikan, tetapi juga menyentuh persoalan lebih besar tentang masyarakat Malaysia.
= The big issues in Malaysian education are complicated because they involve not only the characteristics of the education system, but also some larger questions about Malaysian society.

Misalnya, isu pengagihan kuasa pentadbiran antara Kementerian Pendidikan, Jabatan Pendidikan Negei, Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah, dan sekolah dipilih oleh para pembaca sebagai isu penting. Isu ini dikenal pasti oleh Elmarié Potgieter dalam post Q&A sebagai salah satu bidang yang patut diperbaik. Walau bagaimanapun, isu pengagihan kuasa dalam sistem pendidikan juga menyentuh isu yang lebih besar tentang sistem pentadbiran persekutuan serta sistem perkhidmatan awam di negara kita.

= For example, the issue of sharing administrative power among the Ministry of Education, the State Education Departments, the District Education Offices, and the schools was chosen by readers as an important issue to discuss. This issue was also identified by Elmarié Potgieter in the Q&A post as an area that needs to be improved. However, the distribution of power in the education system also involves larger issues about our federal system of government as well as our civil service.

2. Kerumitan persoalan-persoalan ini tidak bermaksud bahawa kita patut mengabaikan perbincangannya. Sebaliknya, perbincangan tersebut adalah lebih penting oleh sebab persoalan-persoalan ini rumit.
= The fact that these issues are complicated does not mean that we shouldn’t bother to discuss them. In fact, these complications make it even more important to have these discussions.

Setidak-tidaknya, ini ialah pendirian kami di Dialog Pendidikan. 🙂

= At least, this is what we believe at Dialog Pendidikan. 🙂

3. Dalam membincangkan isu-isu ini, kita patut menjemput penyertaan daripada pelbagai pihak, terutamanya pelajar, ibu bapa, dan guru.
= In discussing these issues, we need to include many different viewpoints, especially those from students, parents, and teachers.

… In many schools, parents are not really given a voice, or the opinions of only a handful of influential people are being heard. This is part of the culture that has to change because, as the well-known African proverb goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” …

—Elmarié Potgieter, when interviewed in the Q&A post

… When it comes to education issues, everyone will say something. And everyone will say that the main focus is on the children. True. But the children’s voices remain muted. How many times do we turn to the students for opinions? We often measure the impacts of a programme based on students’ performance in examinations or some kinds of tests, or based on what their parents say, or based on the school’s achievement in co-curricular activities, or even based on evaluation of teachers’ competence. Well, some studies do interview students to learn about their “perceptions” of something. But I think we need to go deeper. We need to listen to students voices more. They need to be at the table with the policy makers. If it’s true that we’re doing this for them, then this is what we should do. …

Cynthia C. James, in her blog post about English-medium education

Nota sampingan: perbincangan pelbagai hala tentang pendidikan juga dapat diadakan secara langsung. Sebagai contoh:

= Side note: it’s also possible and productive to have discussions about education with many different people face-to-face. For example:

On the 27th July, Teach For Malaysia’s South Region hosted a bi-annual regional conference, Connect-ED. Connect-ED was our first “un-conference”, developed to bring the key players in Johor’s education ecosystem, including government officers, principals, teachers, private partners, NGOs, parents and students together to explore how give students an excellent education. …

Our Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri (JPN) Johor desk officer remarked that Connect-ED helped all participants understand and explore how to best maximise student potential. He explained that we shouldn’t work in silos; everyone needs to work together to address the dynamic, ever changing realities of education. …

—Tien Chia Lim, on the Teach For Malaysia blog

Terima kasih kerana mengikuti perbincangan bulan ini! Sertai kami bulan depan dalam perbincangan baru: “Apakah implikasi perkembangan persekolahan swasta di Malaysia?” Dan sila lawati kami di Facebook. 🙂

= Thank you for taking part in this month’s discussion! Join us next month when we will discuss: “What does the growth of private schooling mean for Malaysia?” And don’t forget to visit us on Facebook. 🙂


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