Our young­sters bank­ing on Ma­hathir to lift ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

PETAL­ING JAYA: Young Malaysians hope new Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad will put em­pha­sis on Science and Tech­nol­ogy.

“For Malaysia to grow, we need to have a strong man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try and con­tin­ued in­no­va­tion.

“We can’t have these un­less we have enough en­gi­neers, IT ex­perts and sci­en­tists,” said Adrian Chan, a post-grad­u­ate stu­dent at War­wick Uni­ver­sity in Bri­tain. “We also need more Malaysians to take up Science, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics (STEM) sub­jects.

“Based on a sur­vey done by the Pro­gramme for In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent As­sess­ment (Pisa) in 2011, even Thai­land is ahead of us.

“Our Asian neigh­bours such as Sin­ga­pore, South Korea, and Hong Kong are lead­ers in Pisa’s Maths and Science scores. My wish is to see Malaysian stu­dents able to catch up and com­pete with them.”

Lim Wern Jie, prob­a­bly Malaysia’s youngest pro­fes­sional ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­oper at 15, said the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry should use up­dated ma­te­ri­als, es­pe­cially for ICT.

“Since tech­nol­ogy ad­vances quickly, we should use e-learn­ing for these sub­jects rather than text­books.

“Books can be out­dated by the time they are pub­lished. For ex­am­ple, pri­mary school In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy books still talk about Mi­crosoft Of­fice 2010 while Of­fice 2019 is about to be re­leased soon,” he said when con­tacted.

Lim, who ob­tained a schol­ar­ship to study in the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Sin­ga­pore’s High School of Math and Science, said com­put­ers in school labs should also be up­dated to the lat­est op­er­at­ing sys­tems.

He said teach­ing meth­ods should also be im­proved.

“Based on my ex­pe­ri­ence, most stu­dents who learn how to use soft­ware in pri­mary and sec­ondary school often just blindly fol­low in­struc­tions from the text­book.

“Some can­not com­plete the tests and home­work with­out the text­book. This shows that the cur­rent teach­ing method is in­ef­fec­tive and should be im­proved,” he said.

He said he had high hopes for ed­u­ca­tion in Malaysia and ex­pected the new Prime Min­is­ter to be the “Fa­ther of Mod­erni­sa­tion 2.0”.

Lim is a self-taught cod­ing wizard who has al­ready de­vel­oped more than 50 apps.

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