SIBU: The Education, Science and Technological Research Ministry will continue to distribute Raspberry Pi computers to primary schools in the state.
Its assistant minister, Dr Annuar Rapaee said so far, more than 500 of the computers had been distributed to Kapit, Bau, Serian and Sibu.
He added his ministry would try its best to distribute the computers to 1,265 primary schools throughout Sarawak before the end of this year.
“The number of computers received by each school depends on the number of students.
“These computers are fully funded by the state government. They can be used as routers as well as intranets.
“Each computer is equipped with a server, which allows access to learning materials covering a radius of 10m,” he said when met by reporters after the distribution of the Raspberry Pi computers at the Sekuau Resettlement Scheme Community Hall here today.
Dr Annuar, who is also Nangka assemblyman, said a teacher could teach offline even if his school area did not have internet coverage by uploading learning materials onto the computer.
“This is the advantage of the Raspberry Pi computer. Our ministry will upload teaching and learning materials on the internet.
“Apart from that, our teachers will also be trained by Information Systems Sdn Bhd (Science) staff as this computer is not the same as the regular office computer,” he explained, adding students could receive and share learning materials with their friends even when they were offline.
In addition, the computer also provided early exposure to the digital world to students, he added.