An Overview of Information Technology and Education in Malaysia

An Overview of Information Technology and Education in Malaysia

Siowck-Lee Gan (Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Malaysia)
Copyright: © 1998 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.1998010103
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Abstract

In the last decade, Malaysia has experienced a period of rapid economic growth accompanied by parallel developments in the IT industries. In line with the national aspiration of transforming itself into a developed country by the year 2020 - all within one generation - much effort in education has been focused on making the nation IT-literate, beginning with the school children. As such, since 1986, numerous IT pilot projects have been initiated in schools. But, to this day, none of these projects has generated into a nationwide project as originally intended. This paper describes IT development and future trends in education institutions in Malaysia, as well as some issues and problems associated with IT uptake. The paper concludes with the writer’s observation that the transformation envisaged for IT and education in Malaysia necessitates the emergence of a new culture and a paradigm shift in education.

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