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Published: Monday November 19, 2012 MYT 3:08:00 PMUpdated: Monday November 19, 2012 MYT 3:22:19 PM
BY FLORENCE A.SAMY
KUALA LUMPUR: Parents and teachers have been urged to help develop students' creativity and talent and ensure they do not go to waste.
"If their interests are not strengthened through the necessary support and motivation, it will get stunted and cease to exist.
"It will be such a loss if this happens.
"Thus, I urge parents and teachers to be more committed and work towards further developing students' creativity, capabilities and thinking," he said at a ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the Malaysian contingent at the recently-concluded World Robot Olympiad.
Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister, congratulated the Malaysian students for emerging as the overall champion for the third time in four years.
The contingent, consisting of 57 teams, bagged 12 of the 24 medals (two gold, two silver and eight bronze) as well as two Special Awards and 11 Excellence Awards.
The gold medals were won by SJKC Batu 9, Cheras and SJKC Jalan Davidson, Bangsar for the primary school regular (robot organiser) and open (robots connecting people) categories respectively.
Muhyiddin also congratulated and expressed pride over the achievement of Malaysian students who took part in the F1 in schools world championship finals in Abu Dhabu recently.
The team, which was represented by SMK Penang Free and Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor bagged three medals including the prestigious Best Research and Development Award.
"I am impressed by our students' positive attitude towards science and technology and hope this interest will continue to thrive.
"Both competitions have not only successfully enhanced the students' confidence and competitive level but have also placed them at the world stage at a very young age," he added.
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