KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 (Bernama) — The Ministry of Education (MOE) will collaborate with stakeholders towards restoring student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, which is showing a decline at the moment.
Its Minister, Fadhlina Sidek, said for that purpose, she, together with MOE’s top management, held a discussion with the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI) to find a way to address the issue of the decline in the number of students interested in STEM education.
Fadhlina, in her Facebook post, said from the discussions, both parties agreed to implement efforts and cooperation with stakeholders to ensure that STEM, which is an important element in preparing students to meet future needs, becomes a field of choice in schools again.
She said that, during her meeting with Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Chang Lih Kang, they discussed several educational issues related to science, mathematics and technology.
“In order to address the issue of the decline in the number of students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, we will implement efforts and cooperation with interested parties to ensure that STEM becomes the field of choice for students again,” she said.
On May 16, Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in his speech at the national-level Teacher’s Day celebration, touched on the declining interest in the STEM field among students.
In this regard, Anwar wanted the Education Minister to establish a special team to find a way to boost school students’ interest in STEM, especially among students in rural areas and in the B40 group.