Here is another hare brained scheme by the Higher Education Minister, Khaled Nordin. It seems that in Malaysia, we are always scraping the bottom of the barrel. Why do I think this is a bad idea? Academics who are retrenched are probably those who do not write. So tell me again why does Khaled Nordin want to hire them?
Local Varsities To Recruit Foreign Academicians
JOHOR BAHARU, Dec 20 (Bernama) — The Higher Education Ministry will identify academicians who are being retrenched abroad as a result of the global economic downturn for absorption into local institutions of higher learning.
Its minister, Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the recruitment of teaching manpower from abroad could raise the level of higher education in the country.
�Educational experts who may be retrenched abroad can be engaged by the local tertiary institutions which will at the same time raise the standard of higher education in the country,” he told reporters after the handing over of the instruments of appointment of Members of the Advisory Committee of the Pasir Gudang Community College, here Saturday.
Mohamed Khaled said the ministry was also considering the re-employment of lecturers and tutors who had retired.
He said the scope of studies at the community colleges would also be scrutinised to give the students a better edge in their job applications.
He said to date, more than 75,000 students had pursued diploma and certificate courses at the 37 community colleges and 19 branches of the community colleges throughout the country since their inception in 2001.
The minister said nine more community colleges and 15 branches would be set up nationwide under the 9th Malaysia Plan.