The National Advisory Council, COMPASS (COMmunity and PArents in Support of Schools) was established in December 1998 to advise the Ministry of Education on ways in which school-home-community collaboration could be strengthened and promoted. Presently in its 10th Council, COMPASS is chaired by Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social and Family Development. COMPASS comprises members from the various stakeholders representing parents, self-help groups, industry, media and early childhood educators.
Role of COMPASS
COMPASS aims to develop a common understanding among students, parents, schools and the community about the role that each group should play in a concerted effort to achieve the desired outcomes of education.
The role of COMPASS is:
- Promote and develop strong school-home-community partnerships
- Provide feedback on education issues and policies from parental, industry and community perspectives
- Encourage parents, the community and industry to work together with MOE to nurture well-rounded people who are passionate lifelong learners.
The Council meets quarterly for discussions on policies and programmes. Members also gather information on the challenges faced by schools involving parents and the community as well as how they are overcome, and how schools support the education of students.