CM Stresses On Use Of Internet Connectivity For Teaching Of STEM Subjects

LONG SAN, Baram: The use of technology must be given strong emphasis in the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in Sarawak schools in order for the state to be able to create a solid foundation in science and technology, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Addressing the people here when launching the Temenggong Datuk Lawai Jau (TDLJ) Tuition Programme on Sunday, he pointed out that computer and Internet technologies had become the primary aid in the study of STEM subjects in school, which the education system should capitalise on.

A total of 75 Form One students from SMK TDLJ are taking part in the pilot project under the TDLJ Trust Fund. Under the programme, the students learn Mathematics, Science and English using tablets provided by Datuk Tan Thian Ho and the internet in an interactive way.

However, the programme is hindered by slow internet speed as Long San is yet to be supplied with electricity and due to the hilly terrain of the area.

The programme was initiated by the Temenggong Dato Lawai Jau Education Trust Fund.

The Chief Minister believed that the students had shown signs of improvement in their grasp of science and mathematics, which he said were the foundation to Internet and computer technologies upon which Sarawak’s future hinged on.

He reminded the people that mathematics is vital for understanding algorithm which is the basis of computer languages.

He also said that Sarawak needed to leapfrog its economy from semi-mechanisation to one that would fully employ digital technology.

We cannot depend on incremental development as this will never bring us to Industry 4.0, he said.

He expressed gratitude to two volunteers who had close connection with the Silicon Valley in California for helping to bring the tuition programme to SMK TDLJ in the remote Kenyah settlement.

Abang Johari said all that would be needed was for the school to have a 24-hour supply of electricity and good Internet connection in order for the students to have full access to Internet services.

He said he had instructed Miri Resident to study how a mini-hydro power plant at the village could be redeveloped and combined with solar energy to produce 24-hour hybrid power supply.

He reiterated that the government would also study how Internet balloon technology could be used to provide strong and reliable Internet connectivity to the area.

If successful here we would template the model in other rural areas of Sarawak where Internet connectivity is problematic because of the mountainous terrain, he said.

He expressed gratitude to the children of Datuk Temenggong Oyong Lawai Jau for taking steps to start a programme to assist students to do well in their studies at the school.

The school is named after the Orang Ulu paramount chief who took part in the negotiations leading to the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

Source: Borneo Post