According to Masters Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) There is a growing shortage of professionals in the construction industry, including civil engineers, as a result of increasingly fewer Malaysians taking up courses in science and engineering and this trend, does not augur well for the building and construction industry in the long run.
Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) statistics showed that only about 32% of university students are currently pursuing science courses, Sin Chew Daily reported.
The relative lack of interest in science was already evident since 2012 when the number of science students among fifth formers was far out-numbered by their peers in the arts stream, the reported noted.
MBAM president Matthew Tee Kai Woon told the daily that the country needs to have 60% of university students taking science courses in order to develop the economy.
But unfortunately, fewer than a third of our tertiary students opt for science courses.
He said about 60% of our tertiary students are females who are more inclined to take up arts courses, which in part explains why the number of science students has been falling.
Female students may not necessarily pick civil engineering even if they go for science courses, Tee said, adding even if some choose civil engineering, not all of these female civil engineering students will end up in the construction industry on graduation.