Teachers play role in shaping students’ interest in TVET

Sagah delivering his speech at the 51st State-level Teacher’s Day celebration in Limbang today (Aug 18, 2022).

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By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, Aug 18: Teachers are the driving force behind students’ academic performance, and they have the potential to pique students’ interest and excitement in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), says Minister of Education, Innovation, and Talent Development (MEITD) Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn.

Sagah stated this today at the 51st State-level Teacher’s Day celebration in Limbang which was officiated at by Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“The Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) has given a new impetus to educational transformation.

“Focusing on TVET is vital to prepare for IR 4.0 which allows digital transformation of manufacturing and leveraging third platform technologies,” he said.

He noted that the change is being driven by three key technology domains: physical, digital, and biological across the nine pillars of technological advancement.

“Human resources with adequate digital and data literacy will be required for IR 4.0, so students across disciplines will need to gain digital and data literacy during their studies.

“This means that, by the Industrial Revolution 4.0, the quality of life and work will correlate with the knowledge and skills of simulation and virtual reality, system integration, vertical and horizontal, industrial Internet of Things (IoT), cyber security, cloud computing, additive manufacturing, supply chain, data analysis, and robotic automation.

“Thus, in this context, it is vitally important to impart appropriate education to the future workforce,” Sagah highlighted.

He said that with teachers instilling interest in and excitement over TVET in students, it is hoped that the initiative will increase the number of students in the science stream, as Sarawak strives to achieve a TVET-driven economy in the near future. — DayakDaily