Two schools to tap talents of young innovators coming up

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KUALA LUMPUR: The government plans to introduce two digital innovator schools, aimed at recruiting young talents.

Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) chief executive officer Yasmin Mahmood said the agency would work with Mara and the Asia Pacific University (Apu) to set up the schools.

The Edge Financial Daily quoted her as saying: “The first intake will be in 2019. We will be having two schools, one a public school and the other a private school.”

The programme is part of the #mydigitalmaker initiative – a collaborative effort between MDEC and the ministry of education.

Saying several young Malaysian minds had done well in the digital and technology space, Yasmin named Lim Wern Jie, 15, whose apps were downloaded by hundreds of thousands of users, as an example.

“It would be an injustice to them if we do not spend more time to nurture them in a concerted manner. This is the idea behind the digital innovator schools, to pluck these exceptional innovators and provide the right exposure and support to fulfil their potential,” the report quoted her as saying.

Speaking at a forum entitled “How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) supercharge growth, innovation and job creation?” yesterday, Yasmin said the first intake would start with Form 1 students.

The public school will be located at MRSM Kuala Kubu Baru, with the curriculum to cover computer science and coding, while the private school will be at Apu.

“The private school will be a high-tech school located at a university campus, and the curriculum will be very different. The basics are there but we are also looking at portfolio-driven education, based on the project the students complete,” The Edge Financial Daily reported her as saying.

During the forum, co-organised by the World Bank and MDEC, the World Bank’s lead knowledge management officer (data) Prasanna Lal Das said the private sector was rapidly adopting disruptive technologies but governments around the world were not responding as effectively to the potentials and challenges of such disruptions.