Young generations must learn computer codings - Syed Saddiq

Last update: 12/11/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 -- The younger generations, especially students are encouraged to learn computer codings in an effort to improve their skills to face the challenges of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).

Minister of Youth and Sports Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who made the recommendation, said young people should dare to think outside the box in increasing their knowledge and increasing literacy related to computer knowledge.

"In facing IR4.0, we should no longer be too dependent on conventional learning systems, we need to compete with young people from outside the country who generally have a high literacy in computer knowledge.

"The education system in Malaysia should be exposed to the subject of 'coding' and students must seize this opportunity, so that giant companies can make this country an investment destination because at that time we would have a generation with extensive knowledge of it," he said.

He said this when launching the Hewlett Packard (HP) Generation Coding (#GenC) programme at Universiti Kuala Lumpur, British-Malaysian Institute (UniKL BMI), today.

He also praised the noble efforts of HP Inc. Malaysia, UniKL BMI and Microsoft which had held free class initiatives for students to learn about the basic principle of 'coding', and also hoped that the students did not waste the opportunities that existed to add new knowledge.

In the meantime, HP Inc. Malaysia managing director Fayza Mohamed Amin, when met by Bernama said the company targeted 400 primary and secondary school pupils and students from 10 schools in Kuala Lumpur to obtain a certificate in basic coding skills through the #GenC programme in 2020.

‘’To date, we have been successful in giving away certificates to 200 students from five schools through the classes from September until November. We expose Scratch Coding to seven to 12-year-old pupils while students, aged 13 to 17 years, were taught 'Python Coding' at the HP Technology Laboratory here.

‘’Meanwhile, at the global level, HP targets 100 million people to have coding literacy in 2025. To date, we are already at 21 per cent, namely, 21 million people, and we will continue to endeavour to boost this number from time to time in our effort to prepare society to face IR4.0,’’ she said.