PUTRAJAYA – Lecturers at all Institutes of Teachers Education (IPG) must spearhead educational change by becoming role models to pre-service teachers so that they could be equipped with pedagogical content knowledge, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
He said the pedagogical content knowledge was necessary for them to teach higher-order thinking skill (HOTS) to students and help shape their attitudes and characters.
“This change is necessary to ensure our education system will become one of the best in the world after 2025,” he said in his latest posting titled “Menerajui Perubahan: Kitatidak boleh tidak berubah demi sekolah!” (Spearheading Change: We Cannot Remain Unchanged for School!) in his blog, portal.tokdet.my.
According to Mahdzir, within the Education Ministry itself, changes had begun to happen at every level, from the policy makers to the implementers in schools, in line with the educational transformation planned and carried out under the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
He said during his visits and discussions held at education departments nationwide, he had seen for himself that the changes made among top education officers at the state level were in line with the changes made by the ministry’s top management.
“States’ top education officers can now present their problems clearly with concrete data and arguments…they are also able to share their success stories, identify problems and propose the solutions creatively,” he said.