Photo - Raimi Ridzuan from SMK Cyberjaya demonstrating the Maxis eKelas service to YBhg Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud, Director General of the Ministry of Education (centre) and YM Raja Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad Raja Tun Uda, Chairman of Maxis Berhad (extreme right).
A partnership between the Malaysian Ministry of Education and telco Maxis to increase ICT usage in schools through creative learning has completed its first milestone as 30 selected secondary schools have completed the eKelas pioneer programme.
Maxis chairman YM Raja Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad Raja Tun Uda said the 900 students and 120 teachers from the 30 schools are among the first to use an interactive online learning service that was launched in 2012.
Maxis and the Ministry of Education (MOE) will now move to a national rollout of the free eKelas service to all 2,300 public secondary schools beginning this June.
"Having seen the impact this programme has had on the schools, we are excited to provide this service to the rest of the public secondary schools in Malaysia with the hope that they too will benefit from this innovative learning service," said Sri Arshad.
"We believe that Maxis eKelas will provide students with an experiential and exploratory method of learning which will make a difference in how they approach their day-to-day studies. With this initiative, we are also pleased to support the government's efforts in capacity building, helping to develop a future society that is technologically literate, dynamic and innovative through ICT learning," he said.
The Maxis eKelas programme is a result of a 2011 smart partnership between Maxis and the MOE to support the government's continuous initiative to increase ICT usage in schools through creative learning.
Focus on Smart School agenda
"The Ministry of Education gives a strong focus on the Smart School agenda as it helps in expanding access to quality and affordable education to all Malaysians," said the MOE's director general, YBhg Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud. "The provision of Maxis eKelas as a free service to all secondary schools nationwide is a noble effort from Maxis in contributing to national education, which is part of their Corporate Responsibility initiatives."
In the eKelas pioneer programme, students and teachers from the selected schools were given online learning tools to encourage knowledge acquisition through adaptive, experimental, experiential and relevant real world scenarios.
"I believe that through activities such as the Maxis eKelas Challenge, we can reach six of the students' aspirational goals which are knowledge, thinking skills, leadership skills, bilingual skills, ethics, spirituality and national identity," said Abd Ghafar. "Students need to realise that they should participate in activities such as this competition as it helps foster excellence and therefore puts our young generation on equal or higher level with those in developed countries."
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