Internet facilities to aid education transformation

Datuk Len Talif Salleh

KUCHING: The improvements made in terms of internet access for rural areas will benefit schools as it strives to elevate the level of education through the Education Ministry’s School Transformation 2025 (TS25) programme.

Urban Development and Natural Resources assistant minister Datuk Len Talif Salleh said the state government through Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) has introduced the Sarawak Rural Broadband Network (MySRBN) initiative.

“This provides broadband network facilities in 150 rural sites with a target of 45,000 homes and public places will be provided internet access without limit with speeds up to 30Mbps.

“This is important in heading towards the digital era and youth play a role as the main driver of the digital industry or Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0),” he said in a Facebook post today (July 30), after attending a virtual discussion on TS25.

Len said under a total seven schools for the Tanjung Manis Zone were selected under TS25 namely SK Abang Gesa Belawai, SK Abang Galau, Rajang, SK Tanjung Manis, SK Abang Buyuk, Jerijeh, SK Bayang, SK Staon and SMK Belawai.

“Among others, the objective of the TS25 is to drive the development of schools, improve the quality of effective learning by prioritising student development,” he said.

He said for Kuala Rajang constituency, its service centre has channelled a total of RM647,000 in funds for school leavers to pursue tertiary education since 2011.

He added, Degree programme students will get RM500, Diploma students will get RM400 while Certificate, Form 6, Foundation and Matriculation students will get RM300.

“Future plans to develop Tanjung Manis as a digital and technical education hub will be a development catalyst for the Rajang Valley including Pulau Bruit in the future.

“My hope is that this TS25 programme will produce noble, high quality human capital among the children of the Rajang Valley who are highly knowledgeable, innovative and competitive in the global arena.

“This, in turn, will help to drive development in the Rajang Valley,” he said.