KOTA SAMARAHAN: Public Universities Vice-Chancellors and Rectors Committee (Jawatankuasa Naib Canselor dan Rektor – JKNCR) chairman Brigadier General Prof Dr Kamarudin Hussin revealed that less than 40 per cent of Malaysian students are pursuing their tertiary education in fields related to science and technology.
He said the number was below the target set by the government to have 60 per cent of students in the country’s public universities pursue courses in science and technology. “We are actually experiencing a downward trend of students who are interested to further their studies in the fields of science and technology,” Kamarudin, who is also Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) vice-chancellor, told a press conference here yesterday.
Chairing a meeting with 15 vice-chancellors at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) yesterday, Kamarudin said among the holistic approaches that could be taken to tackle the situation was to have a change in the nation’s education policies.
“It is a must to have a change of policies and guidelines between the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Learning to enable more students to be interested to pick up science and technology for their tertiary education,” said Kamaruddin.
Among the factors contributing to the decline, he pointed out, was the preference of school students for subjects which are easier to pass instead of science and mathematics. Meanwhile, on Saturday, the committee visited SMK Petra Jaya where a Renewable Energy (RE) system will be put in place at the school’s gazebo.
“UniMAP will set up a solar system at the school’s gazebo together with Unimas as a way to prick the student’s interests in science and technology,” said Kamaruddin. He added that the project is part of JKNCR’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and will be extended to other schools in the future.
Sourced from: The Borneo Post |19 October 2015