KUCHING: Sarawak’s education system is progressing with an emphasis on English and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, a minister of state has said.
Sarawak Education, Innovation and Talent Development Minister Datuk Roland Sagah said the state is implementing the Bilingual Program (DLP) to teach science and math in English in schools primary, in addition to developing STEM packages for students.
“These programs are not something that will not bear fruit. They are also carried out by expert people who know the needs of the future. We are not stagnating as far as Sarawak is concerned, we are moving forward,” he said. he declares.
He told reporters after launching Sarawak’s DLP training course for third grade science and math teachers here on Tuesday, August 9.
Sagah was asked to comment on Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin’s observation that the Malaysian education system was stagnating due to the reluctance of stakeholders to make changes.
Radzi said on Monday (8 August) that other countries have overtaken Malaysia in education because they continue to make changes and improvements while Malaysia remains static.
Meanwhile, Sagah said more than 1,000 primary school teachers in Sarawak have been trained under the state’s DLP program since its introduction in 2019.
Unlike the national DLP program, which allows schools to choose whether to teach science and math in Bahasa Malaysia or English, he said Sarawak has decided that all national primary schools in the state will use English.
“We want to make English more widely used by our students from an early age so that they can integrate into the global environment in which English is widely used,” he said.
Sagah said first- and second-grade science and math teachers received DLP training in 2019, while the current four-day course was for third-grade teachers.
He said the training program was designed by the Batu Lintang Campus of the Teacher Training Institute to meet Sarawak’s educational needs.