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Number of schools under Dual Language Policy increasing
Published on: Saturday, December 23, 2023
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Number of schools under Dual Language Policy increasing
Datuk Dr Mohd Arifin bin Mohd Arif
ON implementation of Dual Language Policy (DLP) in Sabah, Dr Mohd Arifin said based on JPNS, the number of schools under DLP is increasing. For now, there are 83 schools (44 secondary schools and 39 primary schools) taking up the policy of Science and Maths in English.

Next year, he said another 20 schools (four secondary schools and 16 primary schools) will be added to the DLP list.

He said KSTI, through its departments and agencies, is highly committed to ensure Sabah would not be left behind from development of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and delivering services to stakeholders and custodians. 

“The development of the Ministry’s Dashboard is one of the initiatives to display and integrate the latest data of the ministry/department/agency accessible to all stakeholders and custodians. 

“This initiative aligns with the government’s desire to adopt data-driven decision-making and transparently share information among the government, private agencies, and the public,” he said.

The Ministry, through the State Computer Services Department (JPKN), in efforts of implementing e-government services, has assisted in developing 67 new application systems from 2022 to 2023 for the Ministry/ Department/State Government Agencies in Sabah to further strengthen the service delivery system to the people.

“It is always the ministry’s mission to ensure that digital infrastructure is improved and expanded, especially in rural areas. 

“Efforts to enhance internet coverage, particularly in urban and rural areas, are a key agenda for the Ministry in collaboration with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). 

“The Ministry planned to install 300 Very Small Aperture Satellite (VSAT) units starting this year at 300 locations in both rural and suburban areas across the State to ensure that residents in these areas do not miss out on receiving broadband access,” he said.

He said a total of 161 VSATs comprising 138 VSATs under MCMC and 23 VSATs under KSTI were installed in a total of 300 locations throughout Sabah that have been identified for the installation of the VSATs to begin in January, next year.

On telco towers, he said as of the third quarter of 2023, some 205 new transmission structures out of the planned 637 have been completed and are operational.  

While those existing ones that have been upgraded to 4G and 5G, he said 4,308 existing transmission stations have been upgraded to 4G while the remaining 57 are in progress, and as of Oct 31, 2023, a total of 437 sites out of the planned 622 sites have been completed by Digital National Berhad (DNB). (Data source: MCMC). 

(DNB was set up by the Malaysian government in 2021 as a special purpose vehicle to develop the country’s 5G network infrastructure, which private telecommunications firms would use to offer 5G services to their customers.)

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