Devices and Internet access earmarked for disadvantaged students under Cerdik initiative


The Cerdik initiative, which aimed to equip students with laptops, tablets and Internet access for e-learning, would start rolling out this February. — Bloomberg

Students from low-income families will receive laptops, tablets and Internet access to study at home, starting February under the Cerdik initiative.

The initiative would provide RM150mil worth of tech to students and schools selected by the Education Ministry.

The Ministry would also decide on the hardware and software requirements to ensure sustainable implementation and a longer shelf life for the distance learning tools.

Its secretary-general Datuk Yusran Shah Mohd Yusof said the aim was to bridge the gap between those who could afford digital devices and those who cannot.

“We hope this initiative will also pilot learning models for future adoptions,” he said, in a press release.

Yayasan Hasanah, a foundation under sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd, would be managing the funds.

Its managing director Shahira Ahmed Bazari said the first tranche of devices would be rolled out from February onwards, and the foundation would aim to accelerate the pace of distribution.

The 150mil in funding was contributed by 13 government-linked investment companies (GLIC) and government-linked companies (GLC) including Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

Cerdik was announced during the tabling of Budget 2021 last November, with the aim to equip some 150,000 students in 500 schools.

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