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Students who are eligible for tablets under the Peranti Siswa Keluarga Malaysia programme are expected to receive them beginning in mid-June.
Communications and Multimedia Minister (MenKOMM) Tan Sri Annuar Musa said that the ministry plans to deliver the first batch of the tablet 30 days from the date of application, which was opened on 15 April.
“…the second rollout is in August, which is 60 days after the application process for those who apply late and for appeal cases,” he was quoted by Bernama.
The government allocated RM450 million, involving orders of 350,000 units of high-quality tablets which came complete with accessories including a keyboard under the Peranti Siswa programme.
Annuar said that the ministry opted for the tablet rather than low-priced laptops after being advised by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and also taking into consideration the feedback of a trial run on a focus group involving students.
The Ketereh MP said that the brand of the tablet will be announced next week, assuring that it was a well-known brand in the market and not of low quality as suspected by some.
Students from B40 families pursuing diplomas, advanced diplomas and Bachelor’s degrees from in public and private institutions of higher learning (IPTA), polytechnics and community colleges under the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), are eligible to apply for the Keluarga Malaysia Student Device initiative.