Saturday, September 15, 2012

#SaySomethingNice - Brain Gain

In improving our seemingly lacklustre education system, which is accused of hampering the development of exceptional human capital, The National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 was recently announced.

The blueprint has many supporters and detractors. Some claim it to be the right push in the right decision. And there are also those who pointed out its shortcomings like the lack of emphasis on the PPSMI issue and the trend of flip-flopping between policies.

But in the spirit of being positive and saying nice things, let us have a look at some of the best that our education system has produced.

Nur Amalina Che Bakri, a student of the University of Edinburgh, has for instance proved her worth in the field of medicine and was recently given the honour of being one of the presenters in the British Gynaecological Cancer Society Annual Meeting.

Dhruva Murugasu, who studied Economics at the University of Cambridge, was the top student in his faculty for three consecutive years. On top of that, he is also the proud winner of the Adam Smith Prize. Previous winners include big names like John Maynard Keynes, Amartya Sen and India’s current Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.

Several years back in 2005, Najmil Faiz Mohamed Aris was given the opportunity to present his studies in nano technology to the British Parliament. And his research has also won the Best Research of Good Prospect award.

All of them most definitely have done us proud. Their brilliant minds are truly things to be proud of. All we need now is to make sure these gifted minds keep making us proud and keep contributing to the country.

Our education system, while in many ways flawed, does still produce quality students who have made a name for themselves as well as for the country.

And I say, this is one of the nice things about Malaysians. 

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