Malaysia

Falling Behind in Sciences

Yong Yen Nie, The Straits Times (November 28, 2012)

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

The Malaysian government has identified the field of science as a source for potential economic development. Therefore, the fact that fewer than one in five graduates are qualified in science is disconcerting. To rectify the situation, the Government plans to increase the number of students studying science through the provision of tax breaks for the parents of children who study science, and distribution of financial aid and grants to students. Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (also Deputy Prime Minister) wants to see the number of science students increase by 10 per cent by 2014.

For more information:

Education Ministry forms committee to boost science student numbers

DPM launches network to connect Malaysian scientists worldwide

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