The mega huge 1BestariNet project which cost the government a whopping RM4.077 billion has caused YTL Communications some RM2.4 million in fine after the company failed to network together some 1,003 schools specifically in Sarawak, Penang and Kelantan.

The 1BestariNet project which was suppose to introduce Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to some 10,000 schools in the country has even been under utilized with less than 5% usage nationwide.

Further breakdown shows that daily utilization of the e-learning by students was found to be between 0.17% and 0.63%, while usage by teachers was from 0.57% to 4.69%. The usage of the e-learning by parents was the lowest, at between 0.01% and 0.03%.

A check in a few schools by revealed that the whole 1BestariNet was pending with infrastructure cited as the biggest obstacle.

Few schools have said that the 1BestariNet VLE environment was too heavy to load, and that usage using a shared internet networking which ran on 2-4MBPS was close to difficult.

The 1BestariNet is a project initiated by the Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE) and carried out in partnership with YTL Communications in which 10,000 primary and secondary public schools in Malaysia are supposed to be equipped with “high-speed 4G Internet access” and a virtual learning platform within 30 months from December 13, 2011. The project was said to be a replacement for the highly unsuccessful SchoolNet system.

Source: Malaysian Wireless


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