Intellectual renaissance needed to open student minds-Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.(the Star)

Friday November 14, 2008

Intellectual renaissance needed to open student minds

KUALA LUMPUR: There should be an intellectual renaissance in the country to open up and liberate the minds of students, and this should start in the universities, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“Our education system must change. Our children are just not curious enough. They must be curious about the world. They must ask questions,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

He cited a question at his daughter’s university that asked if the Cold War had ended, a question which even he would have difficulty answering.

“You can’t find the answer in text books. There is no right or wrong,” he said in his opening speech at the Seminar on Creating a Blue Ocean in Education and Training Sectors.

“It depends on your power of reasoning, and you have to articulate your ideas.

“This is the (thinking) younger generation that we must propagate.”

At another function, Najib said the Government had recently approved the Each Child is a Gem of the Nation (Permata) curriculum and programme for children aged four and below and there would be a national roll-out next year.

Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, chairman of the Permata committee, said 14 Permata centres had been set up nationwide, catering to 380 children. Another centre would be set up in an Indian majority area with help from Wanita MIC.

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