welcomes increased ICT funds
Sarawak Tribune - Tuesday, 29 October, 2002 Page 3
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- State Assemblywoman Hajah Fatimah Abdullah (BN-Dalat) welcomed the
increased allocation for ICT development in the State and the setting up
of Electronic Resource Centres in selected rural areas.
the Budget 2003 tabled by Minister of Finance and Public Utilities Tan Sri
Datuk Amar Dr George Chan, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister
yesterday, it was announced that the increase would be six percent from
RM69 million to RM 73 million.
said Sarawak was one of the few States in the country where the Government
played a dynamic role by complementing the efforts of the Federal
Government in providing ICT facilities to its people. This, she pointed
out, was "the correct strategy,"
added that the State Government was preparing its people for ultimate
changes that were happening around the globe.
people must be ready to learn and cope with these changes," she
more people having access to ICT facilities, she believed the digital
divide between the rural and urban areas would be gradually reduced.
also commented on the changes which were expected to happen in the
nation's school policy next year with the teaching of Mathematics and
Science in English.
a result, more money had been pumped into the rural schools to ensure that
the students would benefit under the new policy, she said, adding that
many rural schools had been supplied with ICT facilities and generators.
we are still concerned with the power of the generators. In some schools,
the power was insufficient," said Fatimah.
the teaching of Mathematics and Science subjects in English, she said the
issue should not be perceived from a narrow view but viewed as a strategy
to ensure that the new generation would not be left behind in the future.
future depends on an educated workforce and nowadays, education, skills
and knowledge could be acquired easily through the computer and the
language used is English," Fatimah said.
such, the people had no choice but to learn English, the language used in
ICT, she said.
don't believe you will lose your identity from learning another language.
It is knowledge."
the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English, it was also important
for the government to look at the teaching of English subjects in school,
the curriculum and quality of teachers, she added.
Padungan State Assemblywoman Lily Yong said the allocation for ICT
development showed the commitment of the government in preparing the
people for the onslaught of globalisation and changes happening around the
shows the wisdom of our leaders," she said.
FATIMAH ...THE CORRECT STRATEGY