Ep 03. Stem Talent Development: Policies, Strategic, Sciences and Communications
Fostering a lifelong fascination and love for the STEM field cannot take place overnight and policies need to tackle the issue strategically. The downward trend in the number of students taking science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has an implication on the available professional talents needed for the country’s development. The problem was not just about the students; there are various factors, including the school management not seeming to be confident of the ability of the teachers and students in STEM areas. In this episode, the CEO of Akademi Sains Malaysia, Puan Hazami Habib shares her input on how the long-term development for STEM can take place over the years.
What are the significant hurdles that all stakeholders, be it parents or educators, have to overcome in order to inculcate a love for STEM within the youth? Among the many factors, school managements and the lack of cohesive cooperation with teachers in terms of teaching autonomy plays a role as well. Commenting on the challenges faced by the numerous stakeholders as well as the ways that the industry can address the gap, Puan Hazami gives her earnest take on the industry as a whole.
Each year, the national education system is losing about 6,000 students with potential in STEM areas!