All set for digital learning

(From left) Azizi, Roslan and Badrul Hisham checking out the tablet on how TM ONE can help to transform the national education landscape.

(From left) Azizi, Roslan and Badrul Hisham checking out the tablet on how TM ONE can help to transform the national education landscape.

TM ONE wants to equip schools and ensure they are ready to carry out 21st century learning techniques.

TM One chief executive officer and executive vice president Azizi A Hadi says the company has the necessary infrastructure to support interactive digital learning.

He adds that it needs the green light from the Education Ministry but once they have it, it can deliver on their promises.

Azizi says TM aims to “enable” 85% of Malaysia’s over 10,000 national schools with high-speed Internet access, to use fibre technology within the next six months.

“That’s about 8,700 schools,” he says, adding that this will include both urban and rural schools.

TM, he says, has a network of over 50,000km of cables nationwide, adding that “fibre is the best solution for schools.

“We feel this is our uniqueness. We have the readiness to equip the schools.

“We want to fulfil the ministry’s aspirations to be quick and impactful while being cost-effective.

“TM’s network is secure and we can provide security to the whole infrastructure and protect from hackers,” says Azizi.

One of its key focuses is to ensure nationwide access to education, he says.

“We want to become the digital enabler in a very hyper-connected ecosystem,” he adds.

Azizi says its key stakeholders are the students and teachers, while parents are also important.

TM One has engaged with other stakeholders such as the state education departments, district education offices and the National Union of the Teaching Profession to understand their needs so it can create the best learning environment.

Over the past two years, TM One has learned that the company needs to meet the technological demands of the 21st century classroom and Education 4.0, which aims to equip students with the necessary skills to meet the fourth industrial revolution.

Azizi says teachers have a “wishlist” and want to see augmented and virtual reality being used in the teaching and learning process one day.

Teachers, he says, would also like to not have to rewrite their lesson plans or attendance list.

“Why rewrite something when it can be digitised?”

“They want to use rich content, they want it to be interactive. Teachers want to be able to discuss with their counterparts in other places or teach multiple classes at the same time,” he adds.

But, Azizi points out, “to do all these things, we need the platform and the connectivity.”

“This is where, we believe we can come in and help all these stakeholders,” he says.

“To do this you need the right infrastructure and technology to do it.

“TM has our (ready) data centres (nationwide) and we have the infrastructure to store all the content.”

Azizi says that with the right connectivity and technology, all kinds of things can be possible in the future.

As an example, students can use a smartcard for almost all their daily schooling needs.

“Just imagine, everything from recording attendance by tapping into readers, to purchasing food in the canteen,” he explains.

He says parents can even check if their child has boarded their transport home, so increasing the safety and security aspects too.

“Items such as smartcards and e-wallets can be part of this solution.”

This is not the first time TM is getting involved in education, he says.

“We started way back in 2004 when we started providing SchoolNet to schools.

“But now, we want to play a bigger role in Malaysia’s education so that we can bring our nation into the next level, which is the fourth industrial revolution,” he adds.

TM One chief operation officer Roslan Rashidi and senior director Badrul Hisham Besri were also present.

By Rebecca Rajaendram
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