KUALA LUMPUR: All key military camps will be equipped with multimedia centres for children of military personnel whose education have been affected due to their frequent transfers, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the centres, which was expected to cost RM40,000 each, was one of the measures taken by the ministry to help the children to improve their academic performance besides offering them tuition classes.
We are setting up more multimedia centres to encourage the usage of IT among children of military personnel particularly the lower-ranking personnel, he told reporters after presenting the Armed Forces' Awards For Outstanding Academic Achievement 2003 to 382 children of servicemen who achieved excellent results in their SPM and PMR at Wisma Pertahanan here yesterday.
He said children of military officials had a higher percentage of achieving excellent academic performance than those of the lower recruits, mainly because the latter were more frequently transferred.
Najib said the multimedia centres would be equipped with 10 PCs, a library and various educational facilities.
It will be funded by the Armed Forces Fund Board with help from the private sector.
At least 1,500 or 2,000 family members of a battalion of between 500 and 600 men at each military camp will be able to gain Internet access and use the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) facilities with the setting up of such centres.
So far, he said there were 16 multimedia centres, which had been built since 1999, scattered nationwide.
The centres include one each in Kelantan, Sungai Besi, Butterworth, Penang, Terendak (Malacca), Lumut (Perak), Port Dickson (Negri Sembilan), Kuching (Sarawak), Tanjung Gelang, Kuantan (Pahang), Sri Sandakan (Sabah) and Bukit Jugra, Banting.
Najib said the ministry provided various schemes for children of its servicemen including scholarships, interest-free education loans and tertiary education fund.