Education inequity is a massive problem that’s part of a vicious cycle,
caused by deep-rooted factors.

  • Socio-economic Factors
    Socio-economic Factors

    Children growing up in low-income families face greater barriers accessing education and other basic necessities, compared to their more affluent peers.

  • Systemic Factors
    Systemic Factors

    There exists public and private sector structures that reinforce the vicious cycles of poverty, that high-need communities experience.

  • Prevailing Ideology
    Prevailing Ideology

    Society as a whole has deep-seated and damaging views about families and children in poverty, that perpetuate the cycle of inequity.

  • Education Inequity

As a nation, education inequity impairs our collective economic and social well-being. Unless we all win, we all lose.

  • "Education enables rags to riches stories at the individual level as well as higher labour productivity and job creation at the macro level. Everyone benefits when there is good public education regardless of whether they are direct consumers of public education or not."
    YB Yeo Bee Yin
    Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change

What Does Education Inequity Look Like?

In many communities globally, as well as in Malaysia, children face a variety of barriers to education.

Education inequity is real and measurable.
Here’s what the research says.

  • “The education they received… was not of the quality needed for a country with aspirations of reaching a high income status.”
    Improving Education Sector Performance in Malaysia: Lessons from a Delivery Unit Approach. World Bank Group
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  • “7% of Malaysian schools were graded as Good, 13% as Fair, and 80% as Poor.”
    PISA 2009+ Study, Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025
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  • “Those with tertiary education earn up to 3.6 times more than those without a certificate.”
    The State Of Households 2018: Different Realities. Khazanah Research Institute
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