Sufficient internet coverage to assist students

Sufficient internet coverage would be provided for all including low density, rural and interior areas to assists students study online, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahamad Zahid Hamidi.

“I have already informed the Digital Minister (Gobind Singh Deo), that, from the end of this year, there will be no more students climbing trees to get coverage, because we have 5G.

“We have 5G, so we will continue to provide coverage for low population, low-density areas, villages, Felda and Orang Asli settlements and interior areas; it is mandatory to be provided with sufficient coverage,” he said when officiating the national-level Teacher’s Day Celebration in Kuantan, Pahang.

In addition to that he also said that upto 8,104 computer laboratories in schools need to be upgraded and used to the optimum to ensure the Digital Education Policy achieves its objectives.

“I hope that the ministry (Ministry of Education) makes this matter a priority. I was also informed that the supply of teaching and learning (PdP) devices to students, at computer laboratories, has been implemented in phases.

“Starting from 2022 until now, it has benefited 11,220 schools, where 213,014 laptop units have been provided. I will discuss with the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) so that additional funds for the supply of these devices can be approved, as requested by the ministry,” he said.

He also said that the Ministry of Education would be given a higher budget compared with RM58.7 billion in Budget 2024 to provide for sufficient learning equipment.

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