Ministry of Education
Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia
Coat of arms of Malaysia
Ministry overview
Formed1955 (66 years ago) (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 Ministers responsible
Ministry executives
  • Yusran Shah Mohd Yusof, Secretary-General
  • Habibah Abdul Rahim, 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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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.


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:

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.

See also