Lower secondary allowed to bring computer devices

Written by: mottaman | 07 Dec 2018 10:00
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07 Dec 2018 10:00

Starting next year, lower secondary school students will be allowed to bring their own computer devices to schools.

This move, according to deputy education minister, Teo Nie Ching, would allow students to access digital textbooks.

However, she said the ministry has no plans to supply such devices to students.

"But if parents allow their children to bring tablets for the digital textbooks, then that’s fine.

"We call it bring your own device because for next year, it is still at the early stages (of implementing digital textbooks).

"From there we will monitor the reaction of the students and parents on this initiative," she said.

According to The Star, Teo said the government intends to introduce digital textbooks for those in Form One to Form Three next year.

She said the ministry plans to introduce interactive digital textbooks for those in Form Three in 2020.

"And in 2021, we will prepare interactive digital textbooks for those in Form One, Form Three and Form 4.

"In 2022, the digital interactive textbooks will be available for those in Form One to Form Five," said Teo.

She said the ministry has taken proactive steps in utilising technology by digitalising textbooks in stages.

Thus far, the ministry has turned 495 printed textbooks into digital Portable Document Format and have uploaded them in the 1BestariNet website for students and teachers.

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