Research on the Implementation of Educational Policy Reform in Southeast Asia — University of Nottingham, Malaysia


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The HEAD Foundation supported Professor Tony Bush from the University of Nottingham on his research on the implementation of educational policy reform in Malaysia.

Educational reforms often target classroom teaching, and school leadership, as these aspects are central to enhancing school and student outcomes.
In 2013, the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 was launched by the Ministry of Education. The three main objectives of the blueprint were to: i) understand the current challenges of the Malaysian education system, ii) establish a clear vision and aspirations for individual students and the education system as a whole and iii) outline a comprehensive transformation programme for the system, including key changes within the Ministry.

However, as with every ambitious educational reform, challenges are aplenty. One main hindrance that Malaysia and many other Southeast Asia countries face in the implementation of educational reforms is the lack of instructional leadership to effectively see the educational reform through.

Professor Tony Bush from the University of Nottingham and his team (Dr. Ashley Ng Yoon Mooi, Dr. Wei Keong Too, and Josephine Chay at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, Dr. Derek Glover at the University of Nottingham, UK, and Dr. Lei Mee Thien, at Universiti Sains Malaysia) undertook a qualitative research study that examines linkages between different levels within the education system and its support of education policy reforms in Malaysia. The study includes an extensive literature review of international policy processes that aim to answer 13 key questions, documentary analysis, and key informant interviews and subsequent interview analysis.

Read more about his research in the Foundation’s Policy Brief No. 7.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.