The Education Ministry has expressed regret over how the opinions of Harvard researcher Prof Lant Pritchett, on the state of higher education in Malaysia, was wrongly characterised in the headline of a news portal recently.
Prof Pritchett says he only talks about what he knows.
Ghauth Jasmon says the university is already dipping into its reserves and will need to cut 2,000 jobs to survive..
Malaysia has great education policies but these could be hampered by rote learning and a lack of emphasis on critical thinking.
Forget excelling in exams, young people need to be able to solve the problems of carbon emission, democracy, an ageing population, obesity, housing and more.