Progress is not made on infrastructure and technology alone. Tun Mahathir had recognised that education plays a crucial role in the development of human capital, bridging the digital gap and the creation of an IT savvy society.
In 1997, the Ministry of Education launched the Smart School initiative under the MSC Malaysia project. Its goal was to promote best practices in technology-enabled teaching, learning and school management.
Between 1999 to 2002, a total of 88 selected schools nationwide were to undergo a transformation to Smart Schools. Using technology as an enabler, computer labs and facilities were set up for students to access learning materials and accelerate learning.
However, the digital divide is still present today and the ideas of the smart school has not been spread throughout other schools in Malaysia. Sadly, education was one of the sectors that received cutbacks in last year’s budget.
And that’s pretty much it, love or hate Tun M, his tenure as Malaysia’s fourth and longest serving Prime Minister may have its fair share of controversies but you can’t deny that his vision set the country on a path of industralisation and modernisation.
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