DIGITAL learning has already become an essential part of online education amid the Covid-19 pandemic, says Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
He pointed out that the Penang’s ‘E-Learning Computer Programme’ was still important although schools are set to open in stages from March 1, as announced by the Education Ministry.
“The computer gadgets are still much needed as digital learning has become an essential part of online education.
“Digitalisation practices have been accelerated as computer gadgets have played an important role in online payment.
“Students are at the forefront of digitalisation and the tablets will help them in their studies via online learning,” he said before receiving 44 tablets from Prominent Sound Sdn Bhd at his Padang Kota service centre in Arratoon Road today.
These new tablets are meant for the low-income (B40) families in the Padang Kota constituency.
Chow said the eligible recipients would be invited to receive the tablets.
“I am happy to note the Prominent Sound Sdn Bhd’s initiative to contribute 44 tablets to the Padang Kota constituency.
“On top of that, they have also contributed 20 sets of computer devices last month.
“To date, some 1,000 students have benefitted from the ‘E-Learning Computer Programme’. We hope that more private firms will come forward and support this programme,” he added.
Prominent Sound Sdn Bhd legal adviser Lim Choo Hooi, who was present, said it was a privilege to be able to work with the state to assist the needy ones.
“This effort will help the students to learn efficiently.
“The programme is essential for the students in this new digitalisation era,” he said.
The ‘E-Learning Computer Programme’, which was launched by the state on May 21 last year, was meant to assist needy students who do not have computers so that they can take part in e-learning.
Also present were Lau Keng Ee, who is Chow’s special affairs officer in Padang Kota and Prominent Sound Sdn Bhd managing director Khaw Lay Ne.
Story by Edmund Lee
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Video by Ahmad Adil Muhamad