KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 100,000 pupils from 1,500 schools will be screened by the end of next year under the Talent Identification and Development (MyTID) System.
The aim, however, is to broaden it to 500,000 pupils from 7,000 schools by 2019.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said on Tuesday that they hoped to be able to screen all Standard One children by then.
The screening process covers physical aspects like height, weight and body size as well as tests on flexibility, muscle endurance, speed, power and cardiovascular endurance.
“We hope to have 20% out of the 100,000 screened next year to move on to the next level,” said Khairy.
“We now have 40 centres to do the data collection but we want to form up to 120 eventually.
“For instance, some children may have the aptitude for natural skills to apply in sports like gymnastics, diving and swimming and we can start early.
“We can later introduce multi-lateral testing for development of team sports.
“The data collection system will be user friendly and the profile of the children, until they finish their education, will be accessible to all concerned as long as there is internet access.
“I hope there is effective implementation. The government has agreed to put the National Sports Institute (NSI) in charge of this exercise, with support from all the relevant government agencies.
“It’s what we do with the data that will determine whether we have future champions for the country.”