Education & Nurturing
Education is particularly important to uplift the socioeconomic status of those in the bottom 40% of the population. 9% of Indians in the 20-24 age group have low educational attainment (i.e. only up to lower secondary), compared to 6% of Malays and 5% of Chinese. Similarly, for the slightly older cohort aged 25-29, 13% of Indians in this age bracket have low educational attainment (i.e. only up to lower secondary), compared with 9% of Malays and 7% of Chinese.
The mission of this Blueprint is to close the inter-ethnic gap in educational attainment as well as to ensure that a minimum level of educational attainment is achieved for all Indian children. This mission complements the Government’s broader initiatives to improve Malaysia’s educational system, as outlined in the Malaysia Education Blueprint (“MEB”) and the 11th Malaysia Plan.
This Blueprint also sets out to improve current Indian-focused interventions. Recognising the need to close the large gap49 between Tamil-vernacular primary schools (“SJKT”) and other types of schools, the Government has formed a unit within the Prime Minister’s Department, PTST,to improve the status of SJKTs throughout the country. Other Indian-focused interventions were taken up by SEDIC, a unit set up in 2014 to work with NGOs on social assistance in a variety of areas. These include assistance for Indian students and youths in overcoming issues such as transitioning to a Malay-vernacular secondary school, qualifying and applying for tertiary-level institutions, underperformance, dropping out, exposure to gangs and others.
This Blueprint is driven both by the conviction that interventions are most effective when implemented early, as well as the resolve to ensure that no child or youth under the age of 18 is left behind.