Inculcate student interest in STEM, teachers told

Dr Annuar (left) during the online dialogue.

KUCHING: Teachers have been urged to inculcate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects among students.

Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee noted that fewer students were adopting STEM subjects because their interests were subdued at an early stage.

“This is because there are schools that do not have teachers who are able to teach these subjects at the primary school level.

“Some teachers need to undergo training so that they can teach in Science and Mathematics.

“This is crucial as teachers need to increase the interest of students in this field at an early stage as I feel that these subjects are crucial for the country’s development progress,” he said.

He was speaking at an online dialogue session organised by Institut Aminuddin Baki (IAB) Sarawak on Friday (July 16).

Dr Annuar said teachers need to be equipped with and granted access to learning materials and apparatus for them to teach Science and Mathematics.

“We, in the Education, Science and Technological Research Ministry (Mestr) can help. We can give courses to teachers to teach in these subjects.

“Our ministry’s role is not in terms of the (Education) policy but to complement and supplement our teachers in Sarawak. So there is no need to be afraid to discuss with Mestr to ensure that we have ample teaching materials,” he said.

Dr Annuar said the teachers also have to change the mindset of Bumiputera students who usually have little interests in Science and Mathematics, deciding that they are weak in the subject at an early stage.

“The best way to improve in Science and Mathematics is to practise. They are afraid of these subjects as they do not have the needed exposure.

“Once they have been exposed, their interest can be increased along with their abilities,” he said.