Tuesday September 8, 2009
Stopping the brain drain
KUALA LUMPUR: There is a need to stop the outflow of gifted children from the country, said Permata Negara policy working committee chairman Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Rosmah, who is the wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said she was aware of talented Malaysian children being offered scholarships as well as citizenships from other countries and did not want a brain drain to occur.
“Therefore, I feel it is urgent that we get on with the Permata Pintar programme as soon as possible,” she told a press conference at the Prime Minister’s private residence in Jalan Langgak Duta here yesterday.
Rosmah also said the construction of a complex for the gifted children programme will commence in November this year and is expected to be completed in a year.
About 100 students are expected to enrol for the first intake in January 2011 and another 100 the following year.
The Permata Pintar programme is aimed at enhancing the potential of talented children and will be open to gifted Form Four students.
The proposed 20ha complex will be located in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, with a RM20mil budget for the first phase which will consist of an administrative block, three science laboratories, a computer laboratory, four classrooms, a cafeteria, a surau, a music room and an art room.
In the second phase a multi-purpose hall, dormitory, field, swimming pool, halls, seminar rooms and an observatory tower will be built.
Rosmah also said 405 children, aged between nine and 15, were selected to go for a school holiday camp at the Education Faculty in UKM where they will be exposed to various courses such as biotechnology, mathematics and creative writing.