TUARAN: There has been a marked improvement in academic achievement in the district as reflected by the district education office’s (PPD) success in bagging the first Chief Minister’s Award in education excellence early this month.
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Wilfred Madius Tangau was equally elated to be able to present the 2016 academic excellence award to more than 130 pupils and students from all the schools here.
“Congratulations to the teachers, parents, children and Tuaran PPD for a job very well done,” he said when officiating at the presentation ceremony in Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort here Friday.
Tangau who is Tuaran MP said his Ministry through the Malaysian Sciences Academy in collaboration with the Education Ministry and Higher Education Ministry was pushing for the introduction of a new pedagogy known as Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) in schools.
Currently, several schools throughout the country including in Tuaran have been chosen to conduct the pilot project for IBSE.
IBSE, which has long been introduced in Western countries, promote critical thinking among school children through creative teachings to stimulate their interest in the science subject.
The approach was imperative to boost the number of students taking up science and mathematics, he said, adding this is especially true since science, technology and innovation (STI) had been named as one of the pillars for Malaysia to achieve a high-income developed nation status three years from now.
He called on the Tuaran PPD and parents to embrace STI as it augured well with the establishment of a National Science Centre and National STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Centre in Kampung Laya-Laya here.
Tangau also presented materials, which he sponsored for the second consecutive year to assist pupils in their UPSR and PT3 examinations.
Also on hand were Kiulu Assemblyman, Joniston Bangkuai, Tamparuli Community Development Officer Jahid Jahim and Tuaran Education Officer, Ta Nia bte Hj Jaman.