Are we ready to move from STEM to STREAM?
Date : 13 March 2019
Reported by : Roslan Bin Rusly
Category : News
EDUCATION Minister Dr Maszlee Malik has called for greater public-private partnership, inculcating value-driven education to humanise education,and moving forward with STREAM(Science,Technology, Reading, Arts, Engineering,Mathematics)rather than focusing solely on achieving the 60:40 STEM to Arts enrolment quota.
However, there are still many issues to consider in implementing STREAM into Malaysia’s school curriculum as discussed during the 1stThought Leadership Series on Education Policy recently.
Malaysian Scientific Association(MSA) president Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman said although the ministry’s effort to inculcate STREAM into the curriculum is much welcomed,it raised an important question of whether the students can cope with the sudden change in their education system again.
Mazlan, together with ASLI Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) chairman Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ramon Navaratnam, co-chaired a dialogue session titled “Pacing Forward with Stream—A Wise Choice?” Ramon added that such an expansion in the curriculum will surely widen the career opportunities for Malaysian students in the near future, creating more holistic, value driven students and in turn diversifying Malaysia’s human capital pool.
Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)principal analyst Dr Tan Shu Ying also presented the scene setting on education for future job prospects.
She said STREAM as proposed by the government is too idealistic at a time where science and mathematics-based learning need to be amped up in order top ropel Malaysia to achieve a developed nation status in the near future.
International Islamic University Malaysia rector Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Datuk Dzulkifli Abdul Razak,in his presentation, opened the floor for a debate on STREAM,where a discourse was held on the government’s effort to reform the education system regarding the curriculum.
ASLI Centre for Public Policy Studies, an independent, private and non-for-profit think tank,plays an instrumental role in engaging stakeholders, particularly those from the private sector, to help inform policies in line with government’s aspirations. This round table discussion was intended to tackle multiple issues faced by the current education system to propose a holistic and quality education in equipping students for the future.