KOTA SAMARAHAN: The percentage of students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) dropped to 20 per cent in 2014 from 44 per cent in 2011, said Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.
He said the number showed a significant decline compared to the target set under the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (NSTIP), that is to have 60 per cent of students involved with STEM by 2020.
“Up to 2014, only 21 per cent of students across the country favoured STEM, compared to 79 per cent interested in other fields,” he said during a media conference after launching the Sarawak-edition of the MOSTI Social Innovation Tour: Ops Jelajah Cyber 2.0, at Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) Kota Samarahan campus here.
“Therefore the government, through the National Science Council with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education, is formulating a new strategy to increase the percentage of students taking science subjects,” he added.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri was also present.