KUALA LUMPUR, 7 June 2023 – Yayasan PETRONAS recorded its highest enrolment rate in its upskilling programme,Program Duta Guru (PDG) for secondary school teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
The programme aimed at enhancing teachers’ skills and knowledge in STEM saw approximately 456 teachers in PDG’s national induction (Kitaran Pembelajaran 1.2) recently. These teachers form the 4th Cohort of the 10-year programme carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MOE).
“We are excited to witness such an extraordinary response to PDG,” said Shariah Nelly Francis, CEO of Yayasan PETRONAS.
“The enthusiasm and commitment shown by educators demonstrate their eagerness to enhance their teaching skills and provide their students with an engaging and transformative learning experience. We are proud to support them as they began their journey in becoming future Duta Guru,” she added.
With the critical need in increasing STEM enrolment among students in the nation, Yayasan PETRONAS recognised the importance in equipping teachers with the necessary tools and expertise to inspire the next generation of innovators and problem solvers who will bring solutions to the various crises confronting nations.
Over 400 teachers will begin their two-year journey by attending a comprehensive 24-month programme focused on integrated STEM and Engineering Design Process (EDP), that includes training, coaching, and peer-learning elements. PDG equips teachers with innovative teaching strategies that aims to enhance higher order thinking skills (HOTS) among their students.
To date, there are 730 participants enrolled in PDG across 141 districts and 253 Duta Guru (graduated teachers). By 2030, PDG aims to upskill 4,500 teachers nationwide in higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) to serve as role models in the delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects to students.