Friday, August 22, 2014

Top 10 Countries for Education

EASYUNI incorporated in 2008 is Malaysia's No. 1 platform for students and parents to search for universities and colleges around the world, find information, read student reviews, and connect with counselors. Or so they claim. They supposdedly let you have access to more than 1700 universities and colleges in over 20 countries. 

Anyway, they came out with this July 16, 2014 article that was published in The Malaysian Insider that identifies the Top 10 countries for education. Actually, it is a list of countries with the highest rankings on the educational component of the UN Human Development Index (HDI). They essentially measure by mean years of schooling for adults aged 25, expected years of schooling for children of school-entering age, mean scores in reading, maths and science, and satisfaction with education quality. 

The ten countries from 1-10 are Norway, Australia, USA, Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan. 

Gasp, double gasp! Malaysia is NOT in the list. 

But smart-ass Muhyiddin Yassin (left) who is Malaysia’s Education Minister had claimed on March 31, 2012 that Malaysian youngsters are receiving better education than children in the United States, Britain and Germany. Let me repeat – USA is No. 3 and Germany is No. 5! 

On Wednesday, I was at KL’s Federal Hotel to attend the joint meeting of the ITC Bintang and Bashamichi Toastmasters Clubs. The latter is from Yokohama, Japan and members were in Malaysia for the Kuala Lumpur Toastmasters International Convention. The meeting was very enriching and like the others, I too enjoyed this meeting. 

I took part in the Table Topics session and of course, I was voted Best Speaker. The assignment speeches were alright although I liked the evaluations better. I would give this meeting a 7.5 score over 10. 

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