Malaysia is emulating developed countries like Japan, Germany and America by giving emphasis to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Stem) studies and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Tvet), said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The prime minister said the move to make Stem and Tvet the main education agenda was to produce more skilled personnel in technical professions.
“We also do not want to be left behind in ensuring that Stem and Tvet are prioritised, with the latest statistics showing that 44 percent of students in Malaysia made Stem fields their choice, and the government is aiming to increase this percentage to 60 percent,” he said.
Mahathir was speaking at the launch of the National Technical Profession Day 2019 through a video recording in Kuala Lumpur today.
He drew attention to developed countries which also stressed on innovation and producing the latest technologies, making them among the countries with the most number of registered patents globally.