More autonomy for state’s education districts as the decentralisation of certain education matters is approved.

Datuk Mahdzir Khalid

The Education Ministry has approved a proposal to decentralise certain matters that can be handled by the state and district education office, which would allow greater autonomy, according to Education Minister Datuk Mahdzir Khalid.

“For instance, if a school is on fire, decisions need to be made but then you have to write to the PPD (district education offices), after that JPN (state education departments), and then to the ministry.

“For me this is unnecessary. If a school on fire, and the (cost of the damage) is RM1.2 million, decide at the state level and the ministry will give the money.

“There is too much bureaucracy ,” he told reporters in Putrajaya yesterday after delivering the ministry’s 2017 new year message.

He also added that certain matters will continue to de centralised like the Form Five Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination. However, certain examinations that are administered by the school will continue to be assessed in the respective schools.

The details of the finalisation and restructuring are yet to be finalised and education districts await the official announcement on the matter. The proposal was approved by the Public Service Department (JPA) on the 14 December 2016.

Source: The Malay Mail Online