90% of urban and rural centres set up with 1Bestari programme

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  • Sunday, 20 Apr 2014

KOTA KINABALU: The 1Bestari virtual teaching and learning programme is being implemented in over 90% of rural and urban schools in the state, said State Education Department director Datuk Jame Alip.

“Students in rural areas are enjoying better 4G Internet connectivity and a safer learning environment within schools with the 1Bestari programme by the department and YTL Communica­tions,” he said.

Speaking at the state-level “Hari Profesionalisme 1Bestari­Net” event at Universiti Malaysia Sabah here yesterday, Jame said that through the platform, teachers and headmasters were getting hands-on experience on ways to enhance teaching and learning techniques while streamlining administrative duties.

He added that the programme would benefit over 500,000 students and 40,000 teachers from more than 1,200 primary and secondary schools in Sabah once it was applied.

“All students and teachers can get access to filtered information from a source, without having to worry about inappropriate content in the Net,” he said.

He also explained that the Education Ministry initiative, 1BestariNet, provided a virtual learning environment by connecting all schools in the country through YTL’s YES 4G connectivity.

“I hope YTL communications will work closely with the ministry to further improve Internet connectivity in Sabah, especially in rural areas,” he said.

According to YTL Communi­cations chief executive officer Wing K. Lee, 117,000 Chrome­books (shareable laptops) with the Yes 4G data plan had been allocated to schools throughout Sabah since the programme was introduced last year.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, who launched the state 1BestariNet programme, urged students, teachers and parents to embrace technology in education and other development processes.

“This will enable us to compete with others globally,” he said.

Hari Profesionalisme 1Bestari­Net will be held consecutively in Sandakan, Tawau, Beaufort and Labuan districts.

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