Shift in education system needed to prep younger generation for TN50


PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian education system must undergo a shift in teaching and learning process to prepare the younger generation towards the 2050 National Transformation (TN50).

Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah said today’s education system was focused only in obtaining As rather than applying practical skills.

“I must say teachers now days only give importance to achieving only As, rather than encourage students to be innovative and creative,” he said during a talk before launching the Finance Ministry’s Open Day.

He said students must be taught about knowledge other than books such as entrepreneurship.

“It is my wish to see the younger generation to become millionaires at the age 20 to 25 years old,” he added.

Irwan said the open day is held to inform the people of government projects and programmes designed for Malaysians to achieve economic excellence.

He said the open day will serve as platform for the government particularly the Finance Ministry to correct and explain to the people of the unfounded statements made against the government.

“It is wrong to say that Malaysia is bankrupt and the economy is collapsing.

“Bank Negara had reported that Malaysia achieved a positive economic growth of 4.3 per cent last year and is steadily growing this year between 4.3 per cent and 4.8 per cent.

“Our economy is on the right track as our investment and export are growing,” he added.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s visit to China previously and India this week will further boost international trade and investment, Irwan said.

When asked among the sectors which will be explored in conjunction with Najib’s visit to India, Irwan said the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity (MaGIC) will have a possible partnership with the Indian counterpart technology transfer.

“We hope to train some of the Indian students under MaGIC and vice versa,” he added.

Earlier, Irwan launched five National Strategy Unit Coffee table Book.