DPM: Real life skills add to students’ experience

Saturday November 10, 2012 MYT 2:17:00 PM

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PETALING JAYA: Learning outside the classroom can help students to enrich their experience and learn about real life, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said such learning thinking skills, problem solving, self-study and the skill to work as a team were important for life in the 21st century.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said this when opening the World Robotic Olympiad (WRO) on Saturday, which saw host Malaysia sending the largest contingent with the participation of 56 teams competing in various categories.

“Learning through activities such as designing, constructing and robot handling will help the students to master knowledge and skills in the fields of computer engineering, electrical and high technology mechanical engineering which have a high demand in industry,” he said.

He noted that the organising of the WRO in Kuala Lumpur was also appropriate with the declaration of 2012 as the Year of Science and National Innovations Movement (SGI 2012) aimed at mobilising the national development agenda through the enculturation of science and innovation among Malaysians.

Muhyiddin said that just like in the other developing countries, the field of science and technology played an important role in Malaysia’s development, particularly in efforts towards becoming a developed nation with a high income. – Bernama