THE Kedah state government has embarked on an ambitious plan to facilitate learning and raising the education standard among its school-goers to a higher level. It has invested RM18mil in the ‘Kedah e-tutor’ programme, a free online education portal which would benefit some 280,000 students from Years Four to Six and Forms One to Five in the state.
Kedah is the first state to offer such a portal for its students, covering at least 80 subjects.
The subjects are Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Perdagangan, Pendidikan Moral, Additional Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
The video-based virtual learning programme which kicked off this month, would last until end of the year when the students sit for major national examinations.
The results from their exams would then be used as a yardstick of the programme’s effectiveness before the state government decides if the learning method should be continued.
Easy learning: Mukhriz (right) chatting with students as they view the portal’s official web page.
Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said the state government took human capital development seriously in an effort to transform Kedah into a developed state.
His objective was to make Kedah among the top five states with regard to academic achievements.
“Although we are not a rich state, we don’t compromise when it comes to education.
“The Kedah e-tutor programme is not meant to “disrupt” the rice bowl of tuition teachers but will supplement current efforts be it for students in the city or rural areas.
“With this, everyone would get the equal chance to access and learn like everyone else,” he said after launching the portal at the Sungai Petani Municipal Council’s Dewan Kenangan here recently.
High speed Internet connectivity was not being experienced by 25% of the state and the shortcoming is being rectified.
Mukhriz added that he would not be calculative when it came to education expenditure.
“It’s an investment, not expenses and we’ll get the returns in various forms. Students will contribute to the state one day,” he said.
The portal was created and managed by IT company TH3 Holdings Sdn Bhd. The company was also providing an online education portal for the Perak state government at SPM-level Additional Mathematics and Physics
Who is Sunny Yee?
The portal content provider Sunny Yee said the portal enabled students to surf the Internet for their studies anywhere and at any time
“What makes this online portal so interesting is that the students learn through videos in an interactive way.“We’ve created at least 4,000 videos in this portal, using high-quality green screen production.
“At least 40 teachers, all experts in their respective subjects were roped in to prepare the content in video form,” he explained to The Star.
He said the content of Kedah e-tutor took a year to be completed and the duration for each video is 10 minutes.
During the launch, Yee, who has been giving seminars for the past 30 years, explained to the students the steps to use the portal.
Being well-versed in Bahasa Malaysia and English, he spoke in both languages and also Chinese, while adding in jokes and real-life experiences to make his explanations easy to understand.
The content of the portal is only accessible to Kedah students. For more information, log on to www.kedah-etutor.com.
Last year, Yee was also invited by the state government to give a mind-mapping workshop for Additional Mathematics and Physics to some 1,500 students here.
Also present during the portal launching were state Education, Transportation and Public Works Committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain, state Education Department director Datin Azuyah Hassan and TH3 Holdings chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr How Kok Choong.