Following is an article adapted from the Malay Mail Online complete with responses by TTF (in blue):
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said bigger reforms on education were on the way to make national schools great again, subsequently providing quality workforce in ensuring sustainability of the national economy.
TTF: Yes, and I’m sure that wearing black socks and black shoes is the right way to go about it as the colour helps students absorb more and increases their intelligence levels.
The prime minister said a special task force had been formed to review in entirety the national education policies, from preschool to tertiary education with the findings due for completion next month.
TTF: Is this the same task force that found black socks and black shoes necessary to help students absorb more?
“The reforms, among others, will touch on several key areas including English language, quality of teachers and the employability of graduates,” he said in his keynote address at Invest Malaysia 2019, here, today.
“The government also aims to produce human capital that is e-Ready and e-Fit,” he added.
The vision, he said, was to produce quality, future-proof and values-driven graduates through three main outcomes, which were the emphasis on values in education, increasing quality across the system, and more autonomy and accountability.
“In the last 10 months, key steps have been taken towards these ends.
TTF: What key steps?
The black shoes and socks?
“They include reforming the curriculum where the national civic and religious education syllabi are currently under review to ensure values are practised and inculcated. In other words, let’s make national schools great again,” he said.
TTF: Oh…did you include the benefits of wearing black shoes and socks in the syllabi?
Towards the vision, Dr Mahathir noted that, among others, the government had abolished examinations for Standard One to Three to make way for more holistic development of each student.
TTF: A very good move Mr Prime Minister.
Very commendable. You have my thumbs up on this.
Apart from that, he said, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates would be increased by making it more accessible, experiential and meaningful.
“So is the development of a single Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system to ensure standardisation and industry-driven,” he said.