A TOTAL of 346 out of 1,109 applicants have been shortlisted for the Penang government’s E-Learning Computer Programme.
State family development and gender inclusiveness committee chairman Chong Eng said priority would be given to Form Five and Form Six students in the programme where used desktops, demo tablets or notebooks would be refurbished before being loaned or given out to eligible recipients.
“The state government prioritises students in the upper forms, such as those in Form Five and Form Six, followed by other forms.
“The schools would help identify the eligible students before passing us the list.
“We will then decide. No student will be left behind as the state strives to help those in need, ” she said after receiving eight laptops from a private company at her office in Komtar recently.
The programme, launched by the state government on May 21, is to assist needy students who do not have computers to take part in e-learning lessons.
Under the used computer grant scheme, used computers will be collected and repaired before they are donated to eligible students.
The computer device loan scheme will see several corporations such as Intel Malaysia, SNS Network (M) Sdn Bhd, Acer, PITH Computer and Lenovo, providing computer devices to be lent to qualified students recommended by their schools.
Chong Eng said more than 100 new computers had been loaned to students on a six-month period while another 126 secondhand computers that had been refurbished would be given out to eligible students for free.
At the press conference, Chong Eng received eight used laptops worth RM20,000 from a private company.
Its managing director Goh Guek Eng said her company was pleased with the state government’s effort in helping students in dire need of assistance.
“The state has been fulfilling its responsibility towards society, ” she said.
Chong Eng thanked the companies for donating their used computers as part of their community service.
On talk that the state government should be providing the laptops and computers through its own funding and not public contributions, Chong Eng said that education falls under the Federal Government’s jurisdiction.
“By right the Federal Government should be providing the computers.
“We are stepping forward and private companies are contributing under their CSR programme, ” she said.
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