Shift needed in education system, says sec-gen
PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian education system must undergo a shift to prepare the younger generation towards the 2050 National Transformation (TN50).
Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah said today’s education system was focused only on obtaining As rather than applying practical skills.
“I must say teachers nowadays only give importance to achieving As, rather than encourage students to be innovative and creative,” he said during a talk before launching the Finance Ministry’s Open Day yesterday.
He said studen ts must be taught other subjects, such a s e ntrepreneur ship.
“It is my wish to see the younger generation become millionaires at the age of 20 to 25 years old,” he said.
He hoped the open day was able to disseminate information on government projects and programmes designed for Malaysians to achieve economic excellence.
He said the open day served as a platform for the government, particularly the Finance Ministry, to correct unfounded statements made against the government.
“It is wrong to say that Malaysia is bankrupt and the economy is collapsing. Bank Negara reported that Malaysia had achieved a positive economic growth of 4.3 per cent last year and is steadily growing this year between 4.3 per cent and 4.8 per cent.
He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s visit to China and in India would boost international trade and investment.
When asked what sectors would be explored during Najib’s visit to India, Irwan said the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity (MaGIC) might have a partnership with its Indian counterpart.
Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah