Sunday May 13, 2012
Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof said the pilot project had helped enhance the process of teaching and learning.
According to him, the feedback was very good in that the pupils understood every lesson better when they were asked to make presentations in class.
“The pupils have to read more in preparing their presentations, and when they speak up in class their confidence level also improved,” he told reporters after officiating at the annual general meeting (AGM) of the division’s Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) yesterday.
The Petra Jaya MP said the Education Ministry started the pilot project a few months ago under the Malaysia Innovative Agency of the Prime Minister’s Department and supported by his ministry.
The six-month project is part of the government’s efforts to build a developed and high-income nation. It is aimed at getting children to think creatively and innovatively through more interaction in class.
“Each state has a school to run this pilot project and in Sarawak, it is SK Tan Sri Datuk Mohamed in Taman Malihah, Matang,” he said.
Earlier in his speech, Fadillah said it was not enough for students to score straight-As in public examinations nowadays.
He said they also required skills and creative and innovative minds so that they could always do better than others in the world.
“Our economy in the early days depended on agricultural activities but over the years, it has turned into a capital-based economy which saw the development of industries.
“The economy of the future will be knowedge-based and therefore we need our young generation to be thinkers, creative, self-motivated and innovative.
“This will bring us to achieve our aspiration of becoming a high-income economy,” he said.
Teachers also had to adopt new approaches to better impart their lessons and encourage students to think outside the box, he said.
STU deputy president Jisin Nyuk said there were some 38,000 teachers serving throughout the state, out of which about 22,000 had joined the union.
STU is the biggest teachers’ union in Sarawak and Sabah, and the second biggest in Malaysia. During the annual general meeting, STU Kuching Division gave out incentives to 200 members’ children who excelled in their primary and secondary school public examinations last year.