Mon | Nov 19, 2018

Society cannot live by STEM alone

Published:Thursday | August 30, 2018 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Professor Stephen Vascianne, president of University of Technology (UTech), made a valued point regarding the important of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

But society cannot live by STEM alone.

In 2015, The Student Loan Bureau (SLB) came under public scrutiny for allegedly priorizing loans to STEM students. The argument was made for the Government to "establish a special scholarship fund to attract students in the field of STEM, and for individuals to pursue one's own passion in life".

Subsequently, the Maths, Science and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (MS-TVET) Teachers Initiative was established, granting scholarship to "students pursing degrees in education, in preparation to teach STEM courses". An initial step for future economic development, but a development strategy that also requires a balance.

 

OTHER OCCUPATIONAL GROUPS

 

In an era where STEM is gaining greater focus, one has to be careful not to marginalise other occupational groups. So hats off to companies that take the initiative to assist at least one student with a full scholarship in a non-STEM field of study.

One, one cocoa full basket. Business entities that are fiscally independent, and have the wherewithal to help at least one student, should seize the opportunity to do so. Not

only seeing such as a social responsibility cause, but an effort to nourish the pool of available recruitees for adequate succession planning. Thus, preventing future shortages of competent workers outside the field of STEM.

S. Hare