MIRI: Sarawak Government gives great emphasis on educational development. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said such an approach was in line with the nation`s aspiration to produce quality human capital necessary to boost development in the country.
"Without knowledge, skill and right attitude, we will not able to compete with other countries in the globalization era,"he stated in his address when officiated at the Presentation of Excellent Student Awards Yayasan Sarawak at Mega Hotel yesterday.
Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan said to-date there were various education opportunities provided by the government following with the establishment of educational institutions such as UNIMAS, UPM, UiTM, Swinburne University Sarawak Campus, Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus and many others.
Even so, he advised the student who wish to pursue their tertiary studies to choose skill related courses in order to match the current trend in the job market.
Commenting on the Student Excellence Scheme, he described such scheme as a kind of motivation gift from the government.
"We need human resource or skilled human capital that can meet Sarawak`s aspiration to become an industrialized state status. Such effort is in line with the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) as Sarawak needs highly skilled manpower in various fields," he remarked.
Meanwhile, a total of 345 excellent students in UPSR exam and 347 in PMR exam received saving premium certificates of RM100 and RM200 respectively plus certificates of appreciation.
Also present at the function were Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Lee Kim Shin, Director of Yayasan Sarawak Mohamad Abu Bakar and Miri Education Officer Hajah Rosnani Yunus.
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