The Education Ministry's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform, or 1BestariNet, is not a failure and the government has no intention to scrap the project.
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The ministry's secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad said this in refuting the claim by an opposition member of Parliament that the project might turn into a "white elephant".
"The government has invested RM663 million (in VLE) and we are not going to stop.
"We will make full use of what we have invested in because we have to see the return on investment (ROI)," she said at the Session With Media: The Auditor-General's Report 2013 Series 3 at Angkasapuri in Kuala Lumpur today.
Madinah was responding to a question from the media on the statement by Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari yesterday, fearing the 1BestariNet project might turn into a "white elephant" after it was reported in the third series of the Auditor-General's Report 2013 that the VLE was under-utilised, with only less than 5% of usage since it was implemented in 2011.
She said it was too early to measure its success as the project was intended for 15 years.
"I believe this project is not a failure. And I don’t think we should stop what we have started. This is an investment by the government and we believe the ROI on this investment will be visible in the coming years," she added.
Madinah said that as at October 31, this year, 69.3% of teachers had actively used the VLE while 33% of students and 3% of parents had also used the technology.
The utilisation of the VLE was expected to hit 30% next year, she added.
Meanwhile, Education director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said the less than 5% of VLE usage in the early stage of implementation was expected.
He said its usage was expected to increase in the coming years when teachers were encouraged to develop their own content and to upload them into the VLE.