Maxis after-school digital class holds first-ever award


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018

Maxis Interim CEO Robert Nason (3rd from left), Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman Tan Sri Dr. Halim Shafie (4th from left) Maxis chairman Raja Tan Sri Arshad Raja Tun Uda (5th from left), Maxis head of corporate affairs Mariam Bevi Batcha (6th from left) together with the recipients of the Gemilang eKelas Award.

MAXIS eKelas, an after-school digital learning initiative aimed at improving the academic performance of students in rural and urban communities, celebrated another milestone  by presenting its first ever Anugerah Gemilang eKelas award to students who have shown the most improvement in their studies. 

The award, which was launched in November last year, is open to all students who have been participating in the eKelas programme delivered at Pusat Internet 1Malaysia (PI1M). 

Owned by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), PI1M is an Internet centre located in underserved areas to provide access to communications to surrounding communities. Maxis has a total of 118 PI1Ms under its care nationwide.

To qualify for the award, students are required to achieve a minimum of one grade improvement in the three subjects taught in the eKelas programme, namely English, Science and Mathematics. This was based on the students’ mid-year exam results as the base assessment and final year exam results or PT3 results for Form 3 students. 

Out of the 11 students chosen to receive the Anugerah Gemilang eKelas, three of them showed improvement in all three subjects. To recognise their achievement, a special awards ceremony was held at Menara Maxis earlier today, where each student received a cash contribution worth RM1,200 which will be deposited to their National Education Savings Scheme (Skim Simpanan Pendidikan Nasional 1Malaysia), as well as a school starter pack. 

Another eight students showed improvement in two subjects and retained the same grade in one other subject. They were each awarded a cash contribution worth RM600 for their National Education Savings Scheme and also received a school starter pack. 

Among the award recipients was Muhammad Aqil Danial bin Ramzu Nazri, a Form Two student from PI1M Kg Semuba in Kota Bahru, who showed one grade improvement in all three subjects. 

“eKelas has really helped me in my studies. The teachers are experienced and the notes given are comprehensive. I am so grateful to be chosen as one of the award recipients, especially because it made my parents so happy!” he said. 

Another award recipient, Thirunyanam A/L Thamby Raja, a Form 4 student from PI1M Kg Muhibbah, Puchong, successfully improved his results in two subjects. “eKelas has given me motivation to study even harder. The notes I receive from the eKelas teachers have helped me to become more focused. I’m delighted to have been chosen as one of the award recipients. Thank you Maxis!” he said.

“On behalf of MCMC, I applaud Maxis' efforts in bringing eKelas, a digital learning programme to PI1Ms, in line with MCMC’s aspirations to make PI1Ms a learning hub for local communities, said Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman, Tan Sri Dr. Halim Shafie.

"Today, technology and the Internet have changed the way children are communicating and accessing information. eKelas plays a role in improving the students' learning and today Maxis is acknowledging those who have shown progress in their studies. This would indeed serve as an encouragement for other students,” he added.

Maxis Chairman Raja Tan Sri Datuk Seri Arshad Raja Tun Uda said significant strides had been made in eKelas.

"The introduction of the Anugerah Gemilang eKelas marks yet another key milestone in eKelas’ journey. As we continue to expand and grow the programme, we want it to translate to academic success for the students. By giving them access to new ways of learning through our live tutorials and portal, our ambition is to help eKelas students to live up to their potential and achieve excellence in their studies,” he stresses. 

Maxis eKelas focuses on the three subjects of Science, Mathematics and English for Form One, Two and Three students by offering a combination of live tutorials, group learning and interactive digital content which is in line with the Malaysian School Syllabus. 

The programme is delivered at PI1Ms. 

Since its launch, eKelas now has more than 4,000 students in terms of class population and also those interacting within the eKelas portal. Our aim is to have 10,000 students accessing the portal by the end of 2018. 

The eKelas portal was launched last year, giving students access to a cloud-based resource of learning content, enabling them to study at their own pace. Students can take charge of their learning and at the same time discover how to learn collaboratively. This is in addition to the live tutorials, during which students can interact directly with teachers via video streaming. 

Beyond eKelas, Maxis also gives back to the community through its festive charity events and disaster relief initiatives. In addition, the Company encourages its employees to volunteer their time, energy and skills by for these activities. 

For more information on Maxis eKelas, you can go to www.maxis.com.my/maxis-ekelas. 

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