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Higher education ministry working on guidelines for ChatGPT
Published on: Friday, March 17, 2023
By: Jason Thomas, FMT
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ChatGPT’s launch last November has been met with both enthusiasm and concern by members of Malaysia’s academia. (AFP pic)
PETALING JAYA: The higher education ministry is working on guidelines on the use of the artificial intelligence-driven ChatGPT, says its minister, Khaled Nordin.

Khaled said ChatGPT and other AI technology will be beneficial if adopted as a tool in the learning process.

“We are not regulating (ChatGPT), but we are already working on providing guidelines on what to do and what not to do when adopting these tools,” he told FMT.

“It cannot be seen as a tool that is an end in itself. If we do this, then the learning process will be taken over by machines.”

Asked whether he knew how widely ChatGPT was used in local institutions of higher education, Khaled said he would have to check.

In January, Khaled had suggested a white paper on “A New Horizon for Science, Technology and Innovation – A Strategy for Malaysia” to prepare the ministry to manage changes in teaching and learning.

In a Bernama report, he said the white paper would be aimed at managing current and future technological disruptions to teaching and learning and the governance of higher education institutions.

Capable of producing college-level essays in seconds, ChatGPT’s launch last November has been met with both enthusiasm and concern by members of Malaysia’s academia.

Its accurate and thorough responses are almost indistinguishable from human-written text, leading to fears it could be used for plagiarism and cheating.

In a recent statement, the Malaysian Academic Movement (Gerak) said there was an “urgent need” for a high-level task force or committee of experts from education and technology to develop cross-sector policies and guidelines to meet its potential and challenges.





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