KUCHING — The state government in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak has set up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education laboratories in three primary and three secondary schools at a cost of RM750,000.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the pilot project had so far shown very encouraging results and it had been proposed for more schools across the state next year.

“We want to give every opportunity to our students to acquaint themselves with science and technology, besides jobs related to science and technology like engineering and accounting.

“We are giving big emphasis on these four areas to develop the right human capital to face the new era where technology is very important.”

Abang Johari said this to the media after declaring open the upgraded hall of SK Rakyat Haji Bolhassan and its STEM education laboratory, here, today.

“With this approach and exposure, they will be technologically well versed to play their part in the increasingly digital world of today.

“We have also emphasised on the teaching of English which is the language of science and technology where we put in extra classes for the subject above the normal national curriculum,” he said.

Abang Johari said Sarawak could not wholly depend on the federal government, especially in educational and digital economy matters.

“That is why we have invested in setting up branch campuses of Swineburne University and Curtin University, as well as University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) besides other technical institutions.”

The chief minister said the state government had allocated RM1 million for TVET (Technical, Vocational, Education and Training) this year.

“All in all, we have allocated about RM10 million this year alone for our education intervention programmes in preparation for the digital era,” he said.




Source : Bernama                http://buff.ly/2oGDtgB

Photo : themalaymailonline.com

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