More than 5m students to benefit from STEM centre


The setting up of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning centre is expected to benefit more than five million students and 138,330 teachers nationwide.

Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah (picture) said STEM teachers would receive continuous professional development training to unearth STEM talents needed in the country.

“The establishment of the STEM centre involved the implementation of four main initiatives — namely, a STEM awareness and culturalisation programme; provision of continuous professional development training; implementation, evaluation and monitoring; as well as a STEM source of reference,” he told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

He was replying to a question by Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (Parit Sulong-BN) who wanted to know the ministry’s plan to empower the development of a STEM centre, so that the 2050 National Transformation generation could progress in line with the advent of Industry 4.0.

Abu Bakar said STEM is important to produce more skilled manpower, apart from ensuring the continuous development and competitiveness of the country.

Meanwhile, graduates from Tahfiz school were yesterday told to join the 1Malaysia Training Scheme 2018 outreach programme being carried out nationwide.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the programme offered training and job opportunities for its participants.

He said the curriculum modules in the National Tahfiz Education Policy comprising Tahfiz Turath, Tahfiz Dini, Tahfiz Sains and Tahfiz Kemahiran, guaranteed the quality and future of tahfiz graduates in fulfilling the demands of the employment sector.

“These tahfiz students have added value in many other areas such as science, technology and also industrial skills,” he said in a reply to Shaharuddin Ismail (Kangar-BN) who wanted to know the government’s long-term move in providing a platform for tahfiz graduates to procure jobs. — Bernama