by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE
A TOTAL of 1,726 students in Sabah and 118 in Labuan has received digital devices equipped with data connections worth RM4.6 million contributed by Yayasan Petronas to facilitate access to online learning for students from bottom 40% families.
CEO Nelly Francis Shariah said the contributions were channelled through the district education offices in Beaufort, Kuala Penyu, Papar, Kinabatangan, Labuk and Sugut, Semporna, Lahad Datu, Pitas, Ranau and Tenom, as well as the Labuan Education Department from June 29 to July 2.
“It is part of Yayasan Petronas’ commitment under the Cerdik programme, which is a corporate social responsibility initiative by government-linked companies, to facilitate students from low-income families to access education in the new norm.
“Our intention through the involvement in the Cerdik programme is to provide equitable access to quality education to students towards bridging the digital divide in learning,” she said in a statement yesterday.
She said the devices provided through the Cerdik programme would support students’ learning needs for three academic years and equipped with data connections, technical support and warranties.
“In total, Yayasan Petronas distributed 12,000 devices worth RM30 million nationwide under the Cerdik programme,” he added.