THE state government is planning to give away 1,500 laptops to needy students this year under its Penang E-Learning Computer Programme.
Penang social development committee chairman Chong Eng, who is the programme’s chairman, said priority would be given to poor applicants who have performed well academically and those with single parents and multiple siblings.
“A new batch of applications will be opened soon, ” she said during a press conference at Komtar.
The programme, launched by the state government on May 21 last year, is to assist needy schoolchildren who do not have computers at home and therefore cannot 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. Chong Eng said the state government received about 1,000 applications last year before approval was given to 794 deserving students.
She said the programme also saw 800 more laptops being loaned to students.
At the same event, Keysight Technologies Inc senior vice- president Datuk Go oi Soon Chai presented RM150,000 in donations plus 70 computers and tablets to Penang Science Cluster chief executive officer Ooi Peng Ee.
Witnessing the handover ceremony were Chong Eng and Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who thanked the company for being the primary driver and sponsor of Penang Science Cluster which inspires youths to be innovative and take up science and technology.