Discuss education at special Parliament sitting

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE direction of the country’s education system amid the pandemic should be presented and discussed at the special parliamentary sitting next week, said the Pakatan Harapan Education Committee.

The committee expressed disappointment over the special session’s agenda which is only limited to the explanation of the government’s plans on the Covid-19 prevention programme, vaccination programme, emergency proclamation and the National Recovery Plan.

“The committee is disappointed that the agenda has omitted presentations or debates on the state of the country’s education plan.

“This sitting is crucial for people to be updated on the government’s plans on education issues, the framework and strategies drafted by the Education Ministry (MoE) and Higher Education Ministry (MoHE).

“We are of the view that the national education involving issues at schools and universities is as important as the Covid-19 pandemic, national security and economy, and it should be raised in this special sitting,” the committee said in a statement yesterday.

As the country’s judicial review body, the parliamentarians are called to query, debate and give opinions on the education plans that have been previously presented by MoE and MoHE.

“The committee would like to emphasise that the people have lost confidence in the government as the MoE and MoHE have seemed to be losing their focus and direction in managing the national education system amid the pandemic.

“The absence of a presentation from these two ministries in the special session will only amplify the sentiment,” it said.

The special Parliament session is expected to convene from July 26 to July 29 and Aug 2, while the Senate will sit for three days from Aug 3-5.

In a statement earlier this month, the Prime Minister’s Office said based on Clause (3) Article 150 of the Federal Constitution, all emergency proclamations and ordinances declared by His Royal Highness shall be laid before both Houses in Parliament.

The sitting will also allow for amendments on necessary laws related to conducting a hybrid Parliament session with virtual and physical attendance.