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From around the middle of 1990s the Ministry of Education took on a more vigorous approach in extending the in-service training of teachers toward gaining professional degree objectives. It started in 1996 with the KDPK Programme whereby holders of teaching diploma were sent for a terminal degree objective in practically all the secondary school subjects. This was followed by the PKPG programme, i.e. a Special Programme Toward Teaching Baccalaureate which provide opportunities for non-graduate teachers of secondary and primary schools to pursue their professional and career development. It becomes clear by now that the Ministry’s aim of ensuring the membership of the teaching service to degree holders shall meet the target in due course. The public universities play a pivotal role in this endeavour.
Seen in the context of governmental effort toward professionalizing teaching and the massive provision for professional education of teachers, the working co-operation between the Ministry of Education and the public universities in pursuing this noble aim is both extensive and intensive. The existence of the Deans’ Council is to be appreciated when it actually functions as an official conduit for transmission of information and policy decision between the co-operating parties. It is also a clearing house that settles complex issues pertaining to academic matters (e.g. admissions requirements, academic rules and regulations of institutions, requirements for graduation, agreements on details of MOUs and MOAs).
On a wider perspective The Council of Education Deans avails itself for expert opinion and advice in matters that may influence policy decision and implementation. In the year 2000, for example, The National Advisory Council on Higher Education was receptive to an alternative proposal from the Deans’ Council with regard to the future of Education Programme at the universities. Indeed the Deans’ Council takes a proactive stance in promoting and advancing the cause of quality in all aspects and levels of education. At the early stages of our effort to introduce criteria for quality assurance in education, the Council has always been in the forefront giving useful and significant input for final adoption and implementation.
As a form of recognition to the existence and role of The Malaysian of Education Deans' Council, the Honourable Minister of Education officially appoints its chairperson to be on The National Advisory Committee on Teacher Education.
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