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Yap: Education is a collective responsibility

Published on: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The responsibility to provide the children with the best available education is a collective responsibility, according to Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching.

As such, she said parents should not leave the responsibility to educate their children solely to the ministry, but instead must play their roles to help the ministry to ensure success of the implemented education policy.

She said the Parents-Teacher Association should also become the mediator between the schools and the parents in tackling issues at schools.

"Former United States Secretary of States Hillary Clinton once said that 'it takes the whole village to educate a child'.

So, it's a collective responsibility. Each person has a role to play to educate the children."

She said this to reporters after launching the state-level Parent Tool Kit and School Tool Kit, here, Saturday.

Yap said the collective responsibility was also vital in ensuring success of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

"The blueprint, which was recognised by Unesco, is not the ministry's property, but is the property of the Malaysian people. That is everybody has his or her own roles and responsibilities to ensure its success," she added.

Meanwhile, Yap said students enrolled in the technical and vocational institutes enjoy a higher rate of employability.

"However, this does not mean that there is no future for students in the academic fieldÉthis has something to do with the importance and needs of expertise in the technical and vocational field," she said.

She said parents should also change their mindset towards students enrolled in the technical and vocational field as second class students.

Yap said this in her speech when opening Kiara College, here, Saturday.

Earlier, Kiara College CEO Natalie Chow said the college would be the starting point of higher institutions in the State.

According to her, the college plays an important role in producing highly skilled graduates to fulfil and support the country's Industry planning besides offering students alternatives to be involved in practical studies.

"The learning implemented through 'hands on' are based on 60 per cent practical teaching and 40 per cent on theories," she said, adding that the mission and vision of the college is to offer education to students from the interior.

"We no longer want to see people from the interior to be left out in achieving the education's objective as we want them to be in line with those in the city by the year 2020," she said.

Chow also said the college also offers free English classes for two months to its students.

"This is to prepare them entering the first semester," she said.