Last updated on 3 April 2019 at 12:13 pm
Why Malaysia needs quality education more than ever. I am sure you would agree that your personal experiences in life, your inbuilt knowledge and accumulated skill sets affect how you can sustain your basic needs and survive. This same logic can be extended to a national level. A nation’s education system is what builds a nation’s population skill sets, knowledge and experiences. It is what drives the success of a country in the long run.
Change Is the Only Constant?!
Let’s face it. Nobody likes change. It is difficult. Yet, it is inevitable. In fact, the global labour force constantly faces a challenge to continually adjust itself to remain competitive in the global economy. That is the reason why new skill sets and tools need to be adopted by our current workforce for Malaysia to keep up with this. And this is not excluding our up and coming younger generation too given they are the future of Malaysia’s workforce.
Human Capital…With Quality
Quality human capital means education. That means education for the general Malaysian workforce – including the underprivileged youth. But more specifically, education that focuses on skills which are actually useful and required for social and economic development should be the one of the primary focuses. This is the reason why English education is especially important for the Malaysian youth, so the workforce is able to compete internationally.
Skills That REALLY Cope With Changes
We already know that knowledge of technology is crucial. Sure, we don’t need to learn how to code, (yet), but it will be pretty useful to know how to have basic IT and researching skills. Also, skills essential for success are not limited to technical know-how, but include social skills, particularly the usage of English language. In fact, one would be pretty at a disadvantage if he/she does not know of this language. Furthermore, the ability to be able to adapt and to cope with the pressures of constant change, society and the environment should not be overlooked.
Better Nation Financial Ecosystem
According to Traditional Human Capital Theory, education increases the productivity of a worker. Indirectly, this pushes for competition within the labour industry for the workforce to become even more equipped with their know-how and skill sets. This competition can help to increase the quality of human capital in Malaysia.
On an organizational level, lack of skilled workers affects the companies’ ability to expand, their profitability, and their spending abilities. To be profitable, productive, and competitive on a national and international level, there needs to be a constant supply of skilled workers – all achievable via an education system focused on only useful and relevant tools and skills.
Better Monetary Value of Goods & Products (Gross Domestic Product)
In 1960 – 1990, Hanushek and Kimko found a significant positive effect of the quality of education on economic growth compared to quantity of education, highlighting the importance of quality in education.
That just translates to better economy in the country, which is a big “YAY!” for us.
An educated, well functioning working adult translates to work efficiency and productivity. To put it simply, an well functioning adult means a better citizen that will contribute to a country’s economic growth in the long run.
How SOLS 24/7 Contributes
At SOLS 24/7, we aim to meet this need by providing education equality to scholars from underprivileged and low income families and we focus on scholars who have high potential to succeed rather than those who are already performing.
We prioritize education skills such as English, IT, leadership and character building skills so we are able to build individuals who will be better prepared for Malaysia’s workforce in the inevitable ever-changing times.
Written by Jassica Nia