During Term 1 school holidays I had the pleasure of visiting the family of MahSuri in her home country of Malaysia. MahSuri lived with my family in Australia for 10 days whilst on teacher exchange at Wallan Secondary College in 2013.
While in Terengganu, I was able to visit MahSuri’s school and see classrooms in action. I also had the opportunity to discover more information about the attempts by the Malaysian government to develop a curriculum for all schools to follow – similar to our Australian Curriculum. It is evident that the Malaysians are looking toward Australia and in particular Victoria for guidance, they are logging onto the VCAA website to gain insight into how our VCE system of Study Designs is used in our classes.
The Malay people are truly wonderful people who are working hard to ensure that the level of literacy and numeracy amongst their students improves. All students in Malaysia speak Malay, Arabic and English. It was clear that the students were very keen to practice their English language skills with me and to find out about the Kangaroos that jump through our suburban streets!
The visit allowed me to gain a broader understanding of Malaysian schools and their education system. It also provided me with the opportunity to further establish the working relationships/collaborations between our teachers and to continue to achieve a school partnership that will benefit students and teachers at both schools.