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Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Chang Lih Kang (second from right) during the signing of the memorandum of understanding and exchange of the letters of intent between the Malaysia Space Agency and the ministry with its strategic partners, at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2023 on May 24, 2023. — Picture by FACEBOOK/CHANG LIH KANG

Need for stronger STEM-based education to drive IR4.0 — Minister

SEREMBAN, Aug 22— The education sector needs to change and be more focused on the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to meet the milestones of Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Chang Lih Kang.

He said this is because the country’s education system is currently facing the challenge of producing science-based human resource talent that has skills in line with those needed to realise the technical revolution.

“One thing that is being talked about right now in relation to the development of STEM is IR4.0. This revolution is digital transformation oriented towards the development of machines and processes that produce quality products.

“Thus, in order to face this challenge, the field of education needs to change, this coincides with the employment sector in the future, which is broader, faster and more interconnected,” he said at the state level STEM Evolution 2023 closing ceremony. The text of his speech was read by Chuah assemblyman Yew Boon Lye here today.

He said the young generation also needs students with a dynamism of knowledge, skills and strong character to face the very complicated challenges of the future.

In the meantime, he said the STEM Evolution programme, which has entered its third year, is to support the agenda of national innovation and nurture the culture of creativity among students.

“It is hoped that programmes like this will be increased in the future. I believe the various events in this competition provide opportunities and space for participants and all present to strengthen STEM education, such as the Drone Challenge, Young Roboticists Challenge and STEM Decathlon Challenge.”

— Bernama

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