Ministry may allow students to use laptops, tablets in class


KUALA LUMPUR: The education ministry plans to allow students to use information and communication technology (ICT) devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones in schools.

Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid said the use of ICT devices for teaching and facilitation in classes would be according to the times and subjects determined by the ministry.

He said the proposal had not been finalised since the ministry needed to study the proposal in detail.

“I have not given thought to the devices to be allowed in schools. Perhaps after further discussions, the ministry will announce the decision within the next two months,” he said here today.

Mahdzir noted that some developed countries such as Japan and Korea had allowed limited use of several ICT devices in schools.

He said to this end, service provider 1BestariNet had been directed to increase the speed of broadband internet to six gigabytes per second for rural schools and 12 gigabytes per second for urban schools.