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Sarawak’s bet on English to teach Science, Maths the right one — Awang Tengah
Posted on : 06 Aug 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Sarawak’s bet on English to teach Science, Maths the right one — Awang Tengah POSTED ON AUGUST 6, 2019, TUESDAY AT 12:03 AM

Awang Tengah (third right) presents a trophy to one of the winners, as Henry (second left), Dr Hassan (fifth left) and others look on.

LAWAS: The Sarawak government is confident that it has picked the right path in implementing the use of English to teach Science and Mathematics next year, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

He says with English being the lingua franca of trade, information technology and research, the decision by Sarawak to begin the teaching of the two subjects in English for Primary 1 pupils next year, bodes well for Sarawak in terms of its future human capital.

“We want our kids to be well-versed in terminology at a young age as English is the language of technology, trade and research, and the world is now moving towards digital economy and Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0),” he said when closing the Limbang Education Services Cultural and Sports Festival (PSKPP) championship here recently.

Awang Tengah said China’s rapid development into a global powerhouse had seen more and more of its people becoming well-versed in the English language in order to help them communicate better with the rest of the world.

“I have just returned from a trip to China and they’re speaking flawless English. Not only that, they would use their smartphones to check on the use of a particular word to make sure they can communicate better,” he said.

He added that it was important for Sarawak to be able to produce intellectually-capable human capital to meet the demands of digital economy and IR4.0, and that using English to teach Science and Mathematics would be a good start.

On a separate matter, the deputy chief minister assured all that the Sarawak government was working towards repairing and upgrading school infrastructures such as classrooms and teachers’ quarters in Limbang Division.

He said the government had taken note of feedback from the respective schools during a lab conducted recently, and had made available the funds needed to roll out the projects according to priority.

He later announced a grant of RM50,000 and a further grant of RM20,000 from Lawas MP Datuk Henry Sum Agong, for PSKPP Limbang, to help them prepare for the state-level PSKPP championship.

Also present at annual sports meet were Limbang Resident Ahmad Denney Ahmad Fauzi, Lawas Education Officer Dr Hassan Hasbollah and his Limbang counterpart Matzinan Wahit, as well as some 700 athletes and officials.

Credit to : The Borneo Post