Politics and Education

When: Wed, May 22, 10am – 11:30pm, 2013
Where: Bilik Cemerlang, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free

This lecture will explore the symbiotic relationship between politics and education, where each influences the fate of the other. The social, economic and political factors leading to the educational policies will be discussed. The current educational issues such as the teaching of maths and science in English, replacing the primary school evaluations and the lower secondary assessment examinations with school based exams, among others, will also be discussed. The Malaysian Blue-Print on Education (2013 – 2025) will be critically reviewed.

Professor Tan Sri Dato T. Marimuthu is Adjunct Professor at the School of Education and Cognitive Sciences, Asia e University, Kuala Lumpur. He was formerly the Chairman of Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology University. Professor Marimuthu obtained his BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Malaya and his MEd and PhD form the University of Manchester, England.

In 1990, Professor Marimuthu entered politics and become the member of Parliament for Teluk Kemang in Negeri Sembilan between 1990 till 1995. During this period, he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture. He was then elected to the Senate, holding office from 1996 to 2002, and served as the Chairman of the International Relations committee of the Malaysian Parliament. Professor Marimuthu was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University, California and the University of Chicago.