Under the National Education Blueprint
2013-2025 launched last week, Malaysia will equip 10,000 national
schools nationwide with 4G Internet access and a virtual
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak unveiled
the plan to embed ICT in teaching and learning for teachers,
students, and parents through the expansion of 1BestariNet (Wi-Fi)
programme to all schools.
Also, the government will increase the
number of ICT devices until the ratio of student-to-device reaches
10:1. He added that the ratio can continue to be lowered further
subjected to the availability of funds and impact assessment.
Between 1999 and 2010, Malaysian
government has invested up to RM6 billion (US$ 1.97 billion) on the
initiative ICT for education projects. Most of the funds went for
additional computer labs especially to support the PPSMI scheme—the
government’s education policy aimed at improving the proficiency in
English among pupils at primary and secondary schools.
In the blueprint, the effective use of
ICT is required to foster students to learn how to leverage ICT
efficiently to scale up quality learning across the country. It will
also further strengthen the foundation of ICT-enabled schools as well
as introducing proven ICT solutions into the education system.
The government will also pilot a
distance-learning and self-paced learning before scaling
Under shift 9 in the same blueprint, a
system called School Examination Analysis System (SAPS)—an online
system to monitor students’ progress, will be set up at some 500
trust schools as part of encouraging the partnership among parents,
community and private sector to monitor learning performance of
The government will also invest in ICT
solutions for groups with specific needs such as rural schools,
under-enrolled schools, and gifted students to enable cost-efficient
access to high-quality teaching and learning resources.