The education ministry is drafting the 2017-2025 National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Stem) Action Plan to overcome the declining number of students joining the stream.
Deputy Education Minister P.Kamalanathan said, the action plan to be implemented through the ministry’s cooperation with the higher education ministry and science, technology and innovation ministry, focuses on eight key areas, including basic teaching and learning policies and facilities.
“The plan also focuses on awareness programme, career, strategic cooperation, data and research, commercialisation and innovation,” Bernama reported as he saying at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.
He was replying to Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Bharu) on the cause behind the declining ratio of students in the Stem stream.
Kamalanathan also admitted there was a decline in the number of students entering the Stem stream in 2014 by 47% or 193,557 out of the 414,314 form five students compared with previous years.
He said the decline was also attributed to the decision of students eligible to enter the science stream opting to puruse the arts stream.
As such, Kamalanathan said the ministry had formed a special committee to study the cause and recommended solutions for the declined enrollment of students taking the science and technology stream in schools.
“The report revealed that the decline was due, among others, to a packed and difficult curriculum as well as unattractive teaching and learning activities,” he added.