THE Ministry of Higher Education has worked with multiple government agencies including Communications and Multimedia Ministry to solve connectivity issues and internet access for students of higher learning institutions.
Its deputy minister Datuk Mansor Othman said various methods and alternatives were initiated by the ministry to assist students who are facing connectivity issues during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mansor, who admitted that internet connectivity was a big issue during the pandemic, said the ministry took proactive measures to help students overcome the problem.
“Yes, it is a big issue especially when it involves equipment where some students do not even own a computer to use it for their studies at home.
“Second, is the internet access problem, which is the main issue that we identified during the Covid-19 period where many of the students were not allowed to go back to campus and they have to study from their home, which does not have good internet connectivity, ” he said after opening the Community Donation Programme in Permatang Pauh, on mainland Penang recently.
Mansor said in overcoming the connectivity issue, the government has taken initiatives such as setting up local internet centres at various locations across the country.
He said the government also contributed a ‘one-off’ assistance to needy students during the pandemic so that they could buy their own laptop or computers for their studies.
Present at the event were Seberang Jaya assemblyman Dr Afif Bahardin and representative from National Unity Department Suria Baharom.
A total of RM35,000 was given for three state constituencies in Permatang Pauh during the programme.
Nine students — three each from Seberang Jaya, Permatang Pasir and Penanti — were also given a laptop each.
About 30 needy families from the three constituencies were given food baskets to ease their burden during the pandemic.
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