Ministry of Education (Malaysia)

The Ministry of Education (Malay: Kementerian Pendidikan), abbreviated MOE, is a ministry of the Government of Malaysia that is responsible for education system, compulsory education, pre-tertiary education, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), curriculum standard, textbook, standardised test, language policy, translation, selective school, comprehensive school.

Ministry of Education
Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia
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Logo of Ministry of Education (Malaysia)
Ministry overview
Formed1955 (1955)
Preceding agencies
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Higher Education
JurisdictionGovernment of Malaysia
HeadquartersBlock E8, Parcel E, Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62604 Putrajaya
MottoStrong Implementation, Rapid Execution - Excellence: Ultimate Reach of an Organization (SIRE-EURO)
Employees551,693 (2017)
Annual budgetMYR 43,988,468,100 (2017)
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Ministry executives
  • Alias Ahmad, Secretary-General
  • Khair Mohamad Yusof, Director-General
  • Azmi Lateh, Deputy Secretary-General (Educational Development)
  • Jamil Rakon, Deputy Secretary-General (Management)
  • Khairil Awang, Deputy Director-General of Education (Education Development Policy)
  • Ahmad Tajuddin Jab, Deputy Director-General of Education (Education Operation)
  • Amin Senin, Deputy Director-General of Education (Teaching Professionalism Development)
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  • Minister of Education
    • Deputy Minister of Education
    • Second Deputy Minister of Education
      • Secretary-General
        • Under the Authority of Secretary-General
          • Internal Audit Division
          • Corporate Communication Unit
          • Key Performance Indicator Unit
          • Education Performance and Delivery Unit
          • Integrity Unit
          • Legal Advisor Office
        • Deputy Secretary-General (Education Development)
          • Education Development Division
          • Procurement and Asset Management Division
          • Policy and International Relations Division
          • Scholarship Division
          • School Audit Division
        • Deputy Secretary-General (Management)
          • Finance Division
          • Human Resource Management Division
          • Account Division
          • Competency Development and Assessment Division
          • Psychology and Counselling Division
          • Information Management Division
          • Management Services Division
        • Director-General of Education
          • Deputy Director-General of Education (Education Development Policy)
            • Educational Planning and Research Division
            • Curriculum Development Division
            • Examination Syndicate
            • Educational Technology Division
            • Textbook Division
            • The National Book Council of Malaysia
          • Deputy Director-General of Education (Education Operation)
            • School Management Division
            • Technical and Vocational Education Division
            • Islamic Education Division
            • Special Education Division
            • Fully Residential and Excellence Schools Management Division
            • Sports Division
            • Private Education Division
            • Co-Curricular and Arts Division
          • Deputy Director-General of Education (Teaching Professionalism Development)
            • Teacher Training Division
            • Aminuddin Baki Institute
            • Inspectorate of Schools
            • Institute of Teacher Education
          • Under the Authority of Director-General of Education
            • Matriculation Division
            • Johor State Education Department
            • Kedah State Education Department
            • Kelantan State Education Department
            • Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Education Department
            • Labuan Federal Territory Education Department
            • Malacca State Education Department
            • Negeri Sembilan State Education Department
            • Pahang State Education Department
            • Penang State Education Department
            • Perak State Education Department
            • Perlis State Education Department
            • Putrajaya Federal Territory Education Department
            • Sabah State Education Department
            • Sarawak State Education Department
            • Selangor State Education Department
            • Terengganu State Education Department

Federal agencies

  1. Institute of Language and Literature, or Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP). (Official site)
  2. Malaysian Examination Council, or Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia (MPM). (Official site)

Key legislation

The Ministry of Education is responsible for administration of several key Acts:

  • Educational Institutions (Discipline) Act 1976 [Act 174]
  • Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Act 1959 [Act 213]
  • Malaysian Examinations Council Act 1980 [Act 225]
  • Education Act 1996 [Act 550]

Policy Priorities of the Government of the Day

Frequently Asked Questions about MOE Policy

Malay name and its function

In Bahasa Malaysia, it was called Kementerian Pendidikan, and was in charge of all the education-related affairs. In 2004, its name was changed to Kementerian Pelajaran and then became in charge of the education from pre-school up to the secondary level. The tertiary education was taken over by a new ministry, Ministry of Higher Education until May 2013 where Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the two ministries will be merged to form a single Ministry of Education. In 2015, the ministry was split again.

Political significance

Historically, the position of Minister of Education is considered a stepping stone for future Malaysian prime ministers. All Malaysian prime ministers to date have held this position in their career except the first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman.

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