Akbar: Fiji recognises lack in STEM skills

A participant of the 2019 Robocon domestic competition at the International School Hall in Suva. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI has recognised that it lacks skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), says Education Minister Rosy Akbar.

She made this comment in her address while opening the 2019 Robocon domestic competition at the International School Hall in Suva.

Fiji has also recognised this need as we lack skills from the STEM sector to contribute to our growing economy, whether they help build roads and bridges, new machinery, analyse data, crunch statistics to help policymakers decide on new policies or create new farming technologies.

“The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, with support from USP, FNU, as well as Newcastle and the Australian National Universities, will be embarking on pilot projects to promote STEM subjects later this year,” she said.

“In November 2019, we will host the ‘Science and Engineering Challenge’ inviting primary and high school students to work as a team on a day-long exercise related to STEM activities. In 2020, we will be promoting STEM in our primary schools using basic equipment starting in our remote schools.”

Robocon is a program to cultivate young people’s interest and curiosity in developing applications by leveraging on electronic, mechanical, automation and information technologies – a real integration of STEM.

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