Recently, the government announced that it would be giving out thousands of 1Malaysia Laptops or Netbooks to be precise. The laptops which are aimed to promote the use of ICT among students and help improve broadband penetration in the country, comes with basic specifications which allows them to run basic application including Counter Strike and DOTA.
While the intentions of giving these new laptops to the needy students are lauded, I can’t help wonder if the students will actually use the laptop for what it’s meant for. Teachers on the other hand, do not get free laptops. Selected teachers get borrowed laptops which are to be returned to the school once instructed. Those not selected have to use their personal laptop during class or for lessons.
Tell me again, why students are getting a free laptop for errrrr… Facebooking??