Experts from Malaysia and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will jointly review the national education system in line with global changes. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told that the move would provide a more balanced assessment of the country's education system. He stressed that the review would cover only the implementation process and not policy which had been accepted by the people. Muhyiddin told that education must move in tandem with, if possible ahead of, what's happening around the world.
It was described by Muhyiddin that the review did not mean there were weaknesses in the education system which had achieved success over the years.
Muhyiddin said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has been invited to address the 35th Unesco General Conference's first plenary session on Oct 6. This would be the first time in Malaysia's 51-year history with Unesco that its Prime Minister would address the world body's opening plenary session as such invitations are usually reserved for heads of states. He said it was a historic milestone for Malaysia as Unesco has never invited a head of government to give a keynote speech at its first plenary session. Muhyiddin met Elysee Palace secretary-general Claude Gueant and French Education Minister Luc Chatel before attending a dinner with the Malaysian community in France.