Kids should pursue courses with high job demand, parents told

Promoting STEM amobg secondary school students

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, April 12: Parents, especially those in rural areas, are advised to seek advice and guidance from teachers before deciding on the courses their children should pursue in order to avoid course-employment mismatch.

“Opt for subject knowledge and employability skills that are very much in demand,” urged Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau at the launching of `Project of Dream Realised (PRO-DR) Roadshow’ here today.

Dennis added that school leavers must be equipped and be prepared for the fast-changing world.

“In the digital economy, take up coding or programming courses, for instance,” he said.

On the state’s digital economy agenda, Dennis said he believed it would definitely transform the state.

“The digital economy will contribute about 17.4 per cent of Sarawak’s GDP in 2025,” he said.

Five hundred students from five secondary schools in Miri division were present at the roadshow. The schools were SMK Riam, SMK Lopeng Tengah, SMK Dato Permaisuri, SMK Chung Hua Miri and SMK St Columba.

Miri is the 10th location for the roadshow after Bintulu, Mukah, Sibu, Sarikei, Saratok, Betong, Sri Aman, Serian and Lundu. It started in Lundu on March 25.

After Miri, the roadshow will go to Limbang (April 14) before wrapping up in Lawas two days later.

Also present was Sarawak STEM-Digital outreach manager Fredick Kelvin.

PRO-DR is a project initiated by Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (Tegas). Forty-five agencies are taking part in the programme. — DayakDaily