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20-02-2006, 09:44 AM

The Education Ministry will set up a committee to monitor information and communications technology (ICT) development in schools.

Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said this would give a clear indication of ICT needs in schools.

"The committee will, for example, look at the number of computers in schools and the ability of teachers to use and teach related subjects as well as update the software," he said, adding two companies had been shortlisted to help in the monitoring.

He was speaking after attending a convention here.

On another matter, Hishammuddin said the ministry was ready to improve the overall education system, especially narrowing the gap between rural and urban schools.

He said a five-year plan encompassing three areas — infrastructure, delivery and teachers — would be announced soon.
On infrastructure, the target is to improve teaching tools and the physical aspects of existing schools and training of teachers to maximise the use of computers in teaching.

On the delivery system, he said the focus would not only be on attaining academic excellence but also on other aspects like sports development.

Teachers would be trained on using ICT and maximising their usage during school hours.

The financial security of teachers in rural schools will also be addressed.


The Education Ministry will soon appoint an independent auditor to monitor the effectiveness of the use of ICT in all schools.

Its minister Datuk Seri Hishammudin Tun Hussein said this was necessary as almost 87% of schools in the country have either desktop computers or notebooks.

“We want to know whether teachers are using the facilities effectively in the learning and teaching process and whether there are enough computers.

“We want to know whether the computers are lying idle or whether they have been supplied to schools which don’t have power supply,” he told newsmen after delivering a talk at the Glocal Malays convention here yesterday.
Hishammuddin said the ministry had initially short-listed five companies for the auditor role, however three companies pulled out after he laid down stringent conditions.

Hishammuddin said he would announce a five-year master plan for the ministry after the tabling of the Ninth Malaysia Plan by the Prime Minister.