Saturday, January 09, 2010

800 Laptops For Year 6 Teachers

By Satiman Jamin

KUALA TERENGGANU: The state government will distribute 800 free laptop computers next month to teachers who are teaching Year Six students.

Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said this was in line with the state government drive to use e-learning as a tool to boost students' performance in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR).

"We don't want teachers to use textbooks when their students are all using e-books. Teachers should also set an example and start using them."

Ahmad was speaking at the awards presentation of 3,600 students who scored 5As in last year's UPSR examination at Stadium Negeri here yesterday.

He said the teachers would undergo training courses to ensure they have the necessary skills and competency to use the e-learning methods in class.

He said the state government was negotiating with Intel Corporation Malaysia to incorporate a software program in the teachers' laptops that will enable them to manage and monitor their students' laptops.

"We don't want the students to open the e-textbook of another subject while the teacher is teaching Mathematics."

Ahmad said that although it would cost millions of ringgit, the state government viewed the programme as an important aspect to improve the learning by e-book project.

"My vision is for the future generation in the state to be IT-savvy. This is part of our objective in making Terengganu a corridor of knowledge (Anjung Ilmu)."

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