Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said today that starting January next year, Computational Thinking and Computer Science will be integrated into the country’s formal school curriculum.
Najib, when announcing this, said they would be integrated into the new Standard Based Curriculum for Primary Schools (KSSR) and Standard Based Curriculum for Secondary Schools (KSSM) in phases.
“This effort will benefit approximately 1.2 million students from 10,173 schools nationwide,” he said at the launch of #mydigitalmaker movement at Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah, Precinct 1 here today.
Najib said Computational Thinking and Computer Science would be integrated into all subjects for primary schools in phases starting with Standard One next year, Standard Two in 2018 and so on.
He said Basic Computer science would be offered to secondary schools, starting with Form 1 and Form 4 next year.
“What we are introducing is in fact something that is also being done in many other countries. This is a global phenomenon. US, UK and Australia have already integrated Computer Science education into their schools. I understand that Malaysia is the first country in ASEAN to have piloted this curriculum in our education system,” he said.
Najib said the Education Ministry and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) were working closely to prepare the educators for the new curriculum.
He said about 9,200 teachers were currently undergoing training on how to integrate computational thinking and computer science into their classrooms for the new curriculum next year.
“Computational Thinking and Computer Science is also being integrated into teacher training colleges and Institut Aminuddin Baki which trains principals and headmasters. In future, all teachers graduating from teacher training colleges will be equipped with these skills,” he said.