TEMERLOH: Sirim Bhd’s information and communications technology (ICT) based learning programme, codenamed “Sirim Pintar-Learning” has received positive response from the participating schools, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said.
He said the programme has proven to be effective in helping in the learning process at schools through the use of the latest technology.
A total of 32 schools in Sabah, Sarawak, Kelantan, Selangor, Johor and Malacca have benefited from the programme since it was introduced at Sekolah Kebangsaan Nanga Kesit, Lubok Antu, in Sarawak in 2009.
“Initial reports from the schools revealed that, through the programme, the students are becoming more and more interested in learning and participating in the interactive learning process,” Ongkili said.
He was speaking at a ceremony to present Sirim Pintar-Learning programme kits to selected schools in the Kerdau state constituency here on Thursday.
Three schools — Sekolah Kebangsaan Paya Taram, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (SJK) Cina Kerdau and SJK Tamil Ladang Bee Yong — are the first in Pahang to use the programme.
They received a programme kit each worth RM35,000, comprising an interactive white board, software and a projector.
Three other schools — Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Pulau Pasir Mandi, SK Telok Sentang and SK Paya Arau — received a Sirim Robokit, which will help the pupils learn about integrated control systems and basic computer programming.
Ongkili said the ministry is receiving many applications for the programme from schools nationwide, but the project is still categorised as a pioneer programme.
“When a detailed review has been done, we will have a discussion with the Education Ministry about expanding the programme,” he said.
He said the Government has always tried to give the people access to the latest technology, especially through education.
To encourage more creativity and innovation at the grassroots level, the ministry is planning to build community innovation centres nationwide, to help people develop their ideas to the extent of commercialising them for profit, Ongkili added. — Bernama