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Developing Sabah education system via federal and related agencies support

26th June, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Ministry of Education and Innovation is committed in engaging with its federal counterpart and other related agencies to further develop Sabah education system.

Its minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob said this included the development of Sabah education hub in Papar which he stressed required basic physical and connectivity infrastructures.

This, he said, was in line with the government’s aim of providing education to people of all level.

“We need complete infrastructures including land as well as good points of connectivity such as road and digital connectivity in terms of optic fibre in these areas.

“That is why we need to first ensure that these basic infrastructures are available in order to spur education, tourism and other industrial developments in Sabah.

“Therefore, we hope these will be provided so that more investors would come in to Sabah,” he said. He was speaking to reporters after officiating at the Sabah Animation Creative Content Centre (SAC3) Academy 2019 graduation ceremony and ‘Greative Showcase’ here Tuesday.

SAC3, he noted, was among the first institution in Sabah that offered courses in creative industry – one of the major demands in today’s digital industry.

He pointed out that the global market value of creative industry particularly in animation as reported by the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) was USD305.7 billion in 2017 and is expected to escalate to USD404.8 billion in 2023.

Therefore, he said Sabahan youth should tap into the opportunity and become entrepreneurs, earning their own income by setting up their own animation companies.

“The industry has a bright future and we hope our Sabahan youth will take the opportunity to also exploit our beauty here to become subjects in their animations which can later be sold in the form of documentaries, globally.” Yusof added that the government has also set a long term planning to develop the sector and include animation and creative industry into Sabah education system.

A total of 108 students graduated in various programmes including JPK certification programmes – Animation Creative Multimedia Artist, Visual Multimedia Artist, and Visual Film Production – and SAC3 special programmes – certificate of Media Production and certificate of Advanced Media Production.

Since 2011, SAC3 deputy director Marina Abd Ghani said the centre has produced high income-earning graduates in the field of entrepreneurship and creative digital technology which are becoming more popular among millennials. “With this, we believe our future generation will be capable of earning high income even without securing permanent posts in public nor private institutions,” she said.

Also present were Iwan Hermawan Masrul acting deputy vice president of Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA), director of Sabah and Labuan region Department of Skills Development Azmi Pelah, and assistant director of Sabah Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) human capital division Cleophas Gordon.

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