The AplikasiPangkalan Data Murid (APDM) is a database started in 2010 by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. It integrates school student-teacher data and makes it accessible to government bodies.

APDM was designed to impact the schooling system of the country and make it more accessible to government assistance.

What has APDM done?

Being a centralized database, it has made schools connect better with the administration. APDM now stores valuable information on students and teachers from all over the country.

Not only has this allowed faster data interpretation and recovery, but also allowed the government to identify the flaws in its education policy.

APDM has also been a force of decentralization of Malaysian education administration. The government has envisioned the database to empower the structure of the education system. It will help the department to be more efficient in strengthening the structure.

How has it done so?

As envisioned, APDM worked very accurately to bring together the relevant information required for enhancement.

  1. It has decreased bureaucratic legwork –

Before APDM, district-level school information took longer to be updated with the Ministry of Education. With a computerized system, the functionality of this real-time data has increased many folds.

  1. Eased policy-making –

The data has proved to be very handy when it comes to policy formation. Since the introduction of the system in 2010, literacy rate in Malaysia has increased to 94.6% from 93.1%

  1. Enforced base level participation –

With APDM’s help, the ground level district schools of Malaysia can participate comfortably. It has eased their process to submit information that no longer needs to go through multiple hoops.

Is it significant?

Malaysia’s 2010 literacy rate of 93.1% may not signify a massive impact. UNESCO’s 2015 reading of 94.6% does not seem very far-fetching either.

However, the system has had a colossal impact on the education system’s functionality. It has made information gathering a cakewalk for the administration.

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