Datuk Dr. Mary Yap Kain Ching is the Deputy Minister of Higher Education. She has served as the Deputy Minister of Education from 2013 to 2015. Her working experience in the field of education includes being an English teacher, English lecturer, Chief School Inspector for the Schools Inspectorate, School Principal and Director of Teacher Education Institutes.
Upon her retirement in 2007, she was appointed as the Senior Consultant at Aminuddin Baki Leadership Training Institute and she had been the advisor to the Minister of Education on the Cluster Schools of Excellence Movement from 2007 to 2009. Her educational innovations on management and leadership models won her the 2nd Ly Chanh Duc Award from South East Asia Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO-INNOTECH, Manila). In view of that, she was appointed as an on-line tutor for the Excels Excellence in School Leadership Program for principals in South East Asia. Known for her 'result-oriented' approach, she had developed the Super Leadership Training Program to groom young aspiring teachers and principals to be excellent school leaders.
In 2009, she was appointed as a member of the Women's Advisory Council for Sabah (MPWS) where she helmed the Education Committee. Later in the same year, she was invited by the Prime Minister of Malaysia to sit in the Board of Trustees for PINTAR Foundation which focuses on building capacity for schools through a school adoption approach led by the Government-linked Companies.
Her current role in the Ministry of Higher Education is to assist the Minister of Higher Education on the effective implementation of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education).