PENANG is doing everything it can to make sure every household has a computer – whether or not they can afford it -- so that the children can embark on online learning, according to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
Chow revealed that his own son was due to return to his tertiary institution in another state but all of a sudden, a suspected Covid-19 case occurred there and the campus was closed immediately.
His son then remained in Penang and received a schedule for online classes.
Chow said he learned that a school in Kedah was recently closed when Covid-19 cases were found there.
He said online learning was now part of the new normal for students and that the state and kind souls needed to step in to help families that cannot afford a computer.
On Wednesday, Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd gave the state 90 re-conditioned notebooks and 10 desktops.
These are meant to be given free to needy children to log in and meet their teachers online.
“We have collected 456 old computers since May. Of these, 233 were repaired, 135 are still being looked at and 88 had to be destroyed because they were beyond repair.
“I call on corporations and individuals to come forward and help us. Donate so that we can help all children in Penang get online, ” said Chow.
State women and family development committee chairman Chong Eng, who was present at the handing over ceremony of the IT equipment by Boon Siew Honda, said others had begun helping to provide online resources for students.
She singled out SJK(C) Chung Hwa 2 in Butterworth which not only started a campaign to re-condition donated old computers but also involved the pupils in the reconditioning process.
This gave them a chance to be exposed to computer hardware and software maintenance.
Also present at the handover ceremony were Boon Siew Honda chairman Datuk Seri Tan Hui Jing, chief executive officer Yoshitaka Nakamura and chief sales and marketing officer Voon Yin Kong.
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