Shift needed in ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, says sec-gen

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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

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