In this respect, the Ministry of Education has identified five system aspirations that will set the stage for the transformation of our education system in its Education Blueprint.
These include providing equal access to education for all children; offering high quality education comparable to international standards; allowing more equity in urban-rural, social-economic and gender achievements; promoting unity through shared values; and achieving efficiency through improved student outcomes within current budget levels. Deputy Education Minister I, Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching (pic) stressed that the standard of the education system is a top priority area for the government.
"Equipping the students to become 'world class' students and equipping the teachers to become 'world class' teachers is at the top of the list of priorities, particularly for students and teachers at the primary school level.
"The Taylor's World Class Teacher Scheme is a timely means to bring the best students into the teaching profession. The stringent rules of acceptance; strong academic credentials, leadership quality and strong participation in co-curricular activities; ensure that the participants of the scheme will be trained to become teachers of high calibre," she said.
Yap, who is Member of Parliament for Tawau, noted that this first-of-its-kind teacher development programme aims at providing the opportunity for outstanding individuals who have the passion to be teachers to undergo a structured learning experience within the Taylor's Education Group, and eventually secure a job placement in one of the Taylor's International Schools, if the graduates meet the minimum requirement.
In line with the efforts of the Ministry of Education, Taylor's University partnered with Taylor's Education Group School Division to launch the Taylor's World Class Teachers Scheme (TWCTS) in 2013 to develop dynamic high-calibre future educators with a strong passion to teach.
For 2014, Taylor's University is offering scholarships once again in the form of 100pc tuition fee waiver annually to 20 high achievers to allow them to be a part of this revolutionary educational experience.
The Diploma in Education (Primary Education) and Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) (Hons) offered by Taylor's University School of Education via Taylor's World Class Teachers Scheme will help raise the standard of teaching in the country by attracting qualified students to take up teaching as their preferred profession.
Students will not only have the opportunity to intern and learn in one of the most established international schools in the country during their course study, but also obtain a job placement at Taylor's International Schools, upon graduation.
The Taylor's World Class Teachers Scheme is open today (Monday) for registration for aspiring students who have dedication, passion and commitment for the teaching profession. Next intake will be on March 24 for Diploma in Education and 31st March for Bachelor of Education.
For more information on the scheme, kindly contact 03-5629 5000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.taylors.edu.my/twcts.