The approach must be holistic and emphasise the development
of knowledge, skills, intellectual capital in fields such as science, technology and entrepreneurship. Simultaneously, we must
develop a culture that is progressive, coupled with high moral and ethical values. This is what is meant by human capital
with "First Class Mentality". Three main strategies will be
□ First, increasing the capacity for and the mastery of
a Second, strengthening the nation's capabilities in
science, R&D and innovation;
G Third, nurturing a cultured society that possesses strong
Increasing the Capacity for Knowledge
a. Increasing access to education and quality training
at ail levels
45. There will be more education opportunities at better
equipped pre-schools and primary and secondary schools.
During the Plan period, the Government will build 180 primary schools and 229 secondary schools and full boarding schools. Dilapidated schools, especially those in Sabah and Sarawak
will be replaced. The Government is also aware that 1,598
schools in Malaysia do not have piped water and 809 schools
do not have 24-hour electricity supply. Therefore, RM1.15
billion is allocated to improve and enhance rural school facilities, primarily in Sabah and Sarawak.
46. At tertiary level, the Universiti Daru! Iman in Terengganu, Universiti Darul Naim in Kelantan and a number of polytechnics will be constructed. The Government will also increase
vocational training facilities by establishing Community Colleges, MARA Training Centres and Centres of Advanced Technology.
47. Steps will also be taken to improve the academic
achievements of students especially rural students. The
improvement of teaching quality and the learning environment in rural schools including providing ICT facilities will be
emphasised under the Plan. The education and training of
teachers will be emphasised to...