Computer Science skills incorporated into Malaysia’s primary and secondary curricula
Starting from 2017, Computational thinking and Computer Science skills will be part of Malaysia’s primary and secondary curricula. This adaptation to the national education system, promoted by the Education Ministry and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), will benefit up to 1.2 million students across 10,173 schools nationwide.
After the implementation of a pilot program with 24 schools fully involved and 300 sponsoring co-curricular activities, it was recognized that 40% of the students improved their digital literacy when assessed after eight to ten weeks of courses. It is expected that throughout a larger time span and, with the support of 9,200 trained teachers, the overall program could generate a bigger impact.
However, the new Computer Science curriculum is not an isolated program. It is part of a larger initiative called My Digital Maker Movement, which promotes the conformation of partnerships between private and public sectors, as well as academia to provide students with valuable digital skills. Through the program, students will also be introduced to Digital Maker Hubs and Digital Maker Clubs in their communities to support them when carrying out their school duties. Additional private sector players have offered holiday internships, teaching modules, training and tools to support the agenda.
Additional Sources: The Malay Mail Online