SIMUNJAN (Sarawak): The government will implement a programme to supply laptop computers to fifth formers sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in Sarawak in a bid to bridge the digital gap and facilitate exposure to information technology among students.
Prime Minister Najib Razak said the pilot project would benefit around 33,000 fifth formers in 188 secondary schools statewide.
He said the laptop computers would be supplied to each of the students either in the form of rental or loan.
“After completing their SPM examination, the students will pass on the laptop computers to the next batch of fifth formers. Hopefully this project will be able to witness a more outstanding academic performance,” he said.
The prime minister announced this during a walkabout at Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Ladong in Sebuyau, about three hours’ drive from Kuching.
Relating his last visit to the school in January, Najib said he vividly remembered that the school was in need of an allocation to make immediate improvements of its facilities and buildings.
“And the government had given immediate allocation to eight schools in the state, including SK Sungai Ladong, which were in need of repairs and new and additional buildings.
“Alhamdulillah (All praise be to Allah), SK Sungai Ladong has now been upgraded, in just seven weeks. Its new building and science laboratory are now fully utilised,” he said.
The prime minister also described his visit to the school as a “solution walkabout”, saying that it not only allowed him to see the problems for himself, but also to find an immediate solution for them.
“The immediate action taken to upgrade the school is a good example of collaboration between the Ministry of Education and the state government. I am sure the students now have a more conducive learning environment in preparing for their SPM,” he said.
During his visit to the school in January, Najib had given personal recommendations on the upgrading work so that the 59-year-old dilapidated school be given a new lease of life.
Following the recommendations, two single-storey buildings were built for the school in the past seven weeks, using the Industrialised Building System (IBS).
The school now has two buildings built on stilts, with six additional classrooms and a science lab, along with two new teachers’ quarters and a recreational area to provide a conducive environment for its 172 students and 19 teachers.