Education important investment in human capital development
“We all know that education is an important investment in human capital development of a country, and through investment in education, we can shape the human capital needed by the country.
“We are in need of quality human capital because it is our most valuable asset that will continue our struggle in the future,” said Taib when officiating at the 21st Chief Minister’s Special Award (AKKMS) at Riverside Majestic Hotel here, yesterday.
He urged the younger generation to accept the changes currently taking place in the national economy and adapt and take advantage of the changes through their own cleverness.
He said the people would need to look for potential opportunities in future by not only looking at academic achievements, but also technical skills.
“For ordinary people, employment opportunities in the future will no longer be created by the government, but from the effort and the ability of the private sector to make money,” he said.
He said the policies implemented by the state government now were more focused on trying to help and encourage the private sector to move forward in the field of economics.
“The government has to see what kind of jobs that will emerge in the future based on economics and the potential that exists in the state,” he said, adding that Sarawak would be governed by this economic trend (the private sector) in the years to come.
The Chief Minister pointed out that in such circumstances, the task of the government would be to encourage investment and focus on individuals who would be able to find the niches to generate economic growth.
He said the people should be aware of the fact that jobs would be created by people who invested and did businesses.
“The younger generation can no longer rely on certificates for success in a career defined by an edge and wisdom nurtured since their school days. We have an economy that relies on the private sector and in such circumstances, training and skills must have contact with the products to be marketed in order to move the economy forward.
“The state now plans for two more vocational schools to accelerate the production of skilled workers in technical fields by 2030 when by then, we will require a total of 1.3 million skilled and semi-skilled workers, with 50,000 of them undergraduates and diploma holders.
“We must devise a strategy to achieve the target of producing 30,000 technically-skilled workers every year,” he said, adding that the state now had only 30,000 skilled workers, not enough to meet the target.
Taib said the state’s capability was very limited, and if there were no aggressive plans, the problem would not be solved.
He said it was the state government’s desires to achieve progress and development through the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) with the active participation of knowledgeable and technically skilled younger generation.
“The state government intends to be directly involved in the operation of technical schools and this reflects the seriousness of the government to transform the development of Sarawak,” he said.
He stressed that to ensure Sarawak could achieve its goal to become a high-income state, all parties should be involved and play their parts.
“I hope principals, headmasters, teachers, Parent-Teacher Associations and students will be able to better appreciate the roles and responsibilities of each other in shaping the future of our country,” said Taib.
He expressed his confidence that all parties would work together and organise the strategic change to achieve excellence in education and the government transformation programme, all for the betterment of the state and country.
Also present were the Chief Minister’s wife Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, Minister of Special Functions Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Adenan Satem, Infrastructure Development and Telecommunications Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin and Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Hajah Fatimah Abdullah.
Meanwhile, the winners of the various categories of the 21st Chief Minister’s Special Award are SM Sains Miri (Sekolah Menengah Gemilang);
SMK Tinggi Sarikei (Sekolah Menengah Cemerlang); SMK Ulu Balingian (Sekolah Menengah Harapan); SK Madrasah Datuk Haji Abdul Kadir Hassan, Kuching (Sekolah Rendah Gemilang); SK Kampung Kebuaw, Dalat (Sekolah Rendah Cemerlang); SK Kampung Igan, Dalat (Sekolah Rendah Harapan);
Hajah Salbiah Haji Seman (Principal SM Sains Kuching); Azman Madaud (Headmaster SK Kampung Kebuaw); Lim Pek Choo of SMK Tun Abang Haji Openg (Academic - Secondary School); Lim Sim Hie of SMK Bintulu (Co-curriculum/Sport - Secondary School); Zaminah Azaman of Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang, Miri (Open – Secondary School); Hwong Ching Lieng of SJK (C) Chung Hua Miri (Academic – Primary School); Rita Rinai Maripa of SK Ulu Lubai, Limbang (Co-curriculum/Sport – Primary School); Tan Chiew Hiong of SK Pujut Corner, Miri (Open - Primary School); Louisa Lee Luh Charn of SMK Green Road, Kuching (Science - STPM Student); Johnny Bong Lip Fun of SMK Green Road, Kuching (Kemanusiaan - STPM Student); Ngu Lih Bin of SMK Methodist, Sibu (Science - SPM Student); Charlene Kong Yuiin Yee of SMK Methodist, Sibu (Kemanusiaan - SPM Student); Nurazfa Albie Razali @ Banju of SMV Matang, Padawan (Technic/Vocasional - SPM Student);
Karunia Bawing John of SMK Marudi, Baram (SPM - Punan Student); Josephine Hii Ai Chung of SMK St Anthony, Sarikei (Handicapped Student - SPM); SMK Tinggi Sarikei (PTA - Secondary School); SK Tabuan, Kuching (PTA - Primary School); and SMK Batu Lintang (Special Award).