students a head start in IT
The Borneo Post - Sunday, 27 October, 2002
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More professionals will have to be involved in evolving an information
technology (IT) environment conducive for students who are the hopes the
State in bring about an IT-strong society.
Minister, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud said the
development of information technology (IT) in Sarawak was still seriously
wanting, thereby posing a grave concern of the State's ability in
achieving the status of a Keconomy by 2020.
proficiency in IT had been targeted at the younger generation, the
provision and setting-up of computer system in many schools, particularly
in the rural areas, was highly disappointing, falling way off the mark, he
made these remarks at the State Planning Unit 30th anniversary cocktail
and dinner gathering held at a leading hotel here Friday night.
stressed that educationists had to start somewhere to ensure computer
literacy among children suggesting that they looked at some schools in the
Mukah division, which were now well equipped with software and prepared
for IT learning.
added that while many private institutes were believed to be willing to
support to ensure success in such programmes, the essence was to kick it
off early, including using the English language to teach sciences and
mathematics in schools.
my mind, the success of any effective change to human resource development
has to be initiated as soon as possible, even at the preschool
level," he said, adding that educationists should come up with a
framework early to set in operation the process of producing more science-
believed that in this way young children would be appropriately equipped
to meet the country's manpower requirement in a decade of two in line with
the aspiration of the state. By so doing, the state would be assured of
enough supply of the right personnel needed in the various sectors and
disciplines including the commercialisation of agriculture, he said.
out that biotechnology was a discipline of increasing importance today,
Taib projected that the state would need many engineers, chemists and
biologists for exploiting its potential in this area.
said although it had been pointed out that Sarawak should produce some
10,000 engineers by 2010, a more realistic figure would be 7,000.
State government was now in the process of working on measures to increase
the number of engineers and scientists to meet the future demands of the
state, he added.
State Secretary, Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain and his deputy, Datu Wilson
Baya Dandot also spoke at the function.