KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — A PKR MP today shot down a federal minister's idea for a separate private Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) for paying students, saying the proposal only focused on pandering to increased demand from wealthy parents.
Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said education should not be made a commodity based on the financial ability of a student’s parents, but instead focus on increasing creativity and based on performance.
“To ensure the government is not anti-education, the administration should focus on how to execute a High Order Thinking Skills approach. Not by providing opportunities to wealthy parents, but it's the student evaluation that must be prioritised,” the PKR vice-president said in a statement.
“I plead for the government to take a moral stand and absorb the systems used in developed countries to bolster our country's education system.
“It's not wrong for us to learn the education system successes like Canada, Germany, Finland,” she added.
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had two days ago, announced that a paid MRSM was under his ministry’s consideration after receiving requests from high-income parents who wanted to enrol their children with good UPSR results in MRSM.
According to the rural and regional development minister, such MRSM will be built in the Klang Valley area.
In his announcement, Ismail briefly said that the fees for the proposed paid MRSM would be “slightly lesser” than private and international schools.
However, he later added that the fees have not been finalised and would depend on the cost of the school.
Ismail said even if the proposal is considered, Ismail said it would not mean that Putrajaya will stop subsidising the current MRSM scheme for children in the urban poor category.