Towards providing quality secondary education : training and retaining quality teachers in Malaysia

Mokshein, Siti Eshah, Ahmad, Hussein Haji and Vongalis-Macrow, Athena 2009, Towards providing quality secondary education : training and retaining quality teachers in Malaysia, UNESCO, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Title Towards providing quality secondary education : training and retaining quality teachers in Malaysia
Author(s) Mokshein, Siti Eshah
Ahmad, Hussein Haji
Vongalis-Macrow, Athena
Publication date 2009
Total pages 37
Publisher UNESCO
Place of publication Bangkok, Thailand
Summary With the gradual attainment of universal primary education, governments are shifting their attention to secondary education. Responding to the increasing demand for secondary education presents serious challenges and major opportunities in the quest for Education For All (EFA), and countries are striving to find policy responses to address these emergingissues. It is clear that teachers play a fundamental role in addressing challenges faced by secondary education. Ensuring the presence of competent secondary teachers in urban and rural areas is a major concern in both quantitative and qualitative terms. Existing studies on teacherrelated issues and analyses of teacher policy in developing countries tend to focus on primary education, probably due to the special emphasis given to primary education in the EFA process. In order to fill the gaps and respond to the increasing demand for quality secondaryeducation, the Education Policy and Reform (EPR) unit of the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) coordinated a regional research study on secondary teacher policy and management in 2007 and 2008. This series includes a regional synthesis paper on comparative assessment of issues and policies affecting secondary teachers in East and South-East Asia, and five case studies: Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, and Thailand. Three major areas related to secondary teachers are discussed in the case studies: quantitative analysis of demand and supply of secondary teachers, quality of secondaryteachers, and compensation. Each study is presented as a summary of the original study, and gives an overview of the status and issues of the country’s secondary education system. Researchers and officials from several universities and education ministries collaborated in thepreparation of the study. UNESCO Bangkok would like to sincerely thank all those individuals and institutions who provided their expertise and professional experience to this research. The findings presented in the series are intended to help governments gain insight into policyfor secondary teachers across a diverse range of countries, and draw lessons for possible policy responses to challenges and problems in the expansion of secondary education.
ISBN 9789292232955
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
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