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Only 28pc students in the Stem stream, says Minister
Published on: Wednesday, November 29, 2023
By: Ricardo Unto
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Only 28pc students in the Stem stream, says Minister
Arifin said among the steps the Ministry took was to strengthen the role of the Sabah State Library and the organisation of Stem outreach programmes, especially in rural areas.
Sabah only recorded 28 per cent of students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) stream, said State Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Datuk Mohd Arifin Mohd Arif.

“Concerned about this issue, the Ministry is committed to implementing various initiatives and programmes to cultivate Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to encourage students, including rural students, to venture into Stem,” he said during the question-and-answer session at the State Legislative Assembly sitting.

He was responding to a question by Nominated Assemblyman Datuk Jaffari Waliam.

Arifin said among the steps the Ministry took was to strengthen the role of the Sabah State Library and the organisation of Stem outreach programmes, especially in rural areas.

He said a RM3 million Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Centre is being built at Keningau Library to attract students to opt for STI.

“The centre is equipped with the latest technological content based on basic science – mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry – with a fun and interactive environment. The STI Centre will also benefit the Upper Interior – Keningau, Tenom and Tambunan – students.

“It is hoped that these facilities will be built in Tawau and Sandakan in 2024 to benefit students in Sandakan Zone and the East Coast.”

Among the Stem outreach programmes held this year were the Borneo Science Tours in Kota Marudu, Pitas, Kudat, Kimanis, Kalabakan and Pensiangan, Stem Fiesta in all districts and the Mini Stem Theatre in Beaufort.

“Aside from that, the Ministry is collaborating with the Malaysian Science Academy (ASM) through the National Science Challenge programme held at the World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, on Oct 31.

“This programme aimed to foster interest among school students to delve into STI and instil in them the inclination to continue their studies and careers in the field.

“Sabah has the largest participation of rural students, with a total of 2,454,” he said.

The Ministry’s flagship programme, Sabah Science Carnival (KSS), held since 2021, recorded some 1.8 million participants for 2021-2022.

“This year, among the KSS programmes held were the Stem Carnival, Stem4U, Science and Art Educamp and 3S Stem Speaker Series.”

He also said in line with the memorandum of understanding signed on July 11 between the Ministry and the China Science Technology Museum and Guangxi Science Technology Museum, that 60 scientific exhibits worth more than RM3 million have been placed in Sabah for three years.

“The mobile exhibition themed ‘Experiencing Science, Enlightened Innovation’ will visit 13 rural locations in the State.

“The tour is scheduled to involve Kudat, Tambunan, Ranau, Beaufort, Tenom, Sipitang and Kota Belud,” he said.

Meanwhile, to a different question by Bongawan Assemblyman Datuk Dr Daud Yusof, Community Development and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk James Ratib said the existing Bongawan health clinic has been listed in the dilapidated clinic repair project next year with an estimated cost of RM155,000.

“The government, through the State Health Department (JKNS), plans to set up four new health clinics in Bongawan.

“However, a new suitable site is still being identified as the proposed site was not possible due to swampy and at risk of flooding.

“The proposed site area needed is 10 acres for the construction of a Type 4 health clinic, quarters and other facilities for the staff and patients,” he said.

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