Teachers get free phones in 1BestariNet phase 2 despite 'failure' label

Modified 29 Nov 2016, 8:44 am

The Education Ministry has rolled out the second phase of 1BestariNet, described by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as a "failed" project, which will see 138,820 Altitude smartphones by Yes 4G distributed to teachers.

According to an Education Ministry circular to state education departments, the 138,820 Altitutde smartphones would be distributed to teachers in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malacca, Penang, Kedah and Perlis between October and December.

In Selangor, the devices were distributed in a number of special ceremonies attended by political leaders.

Previously, the PAC in its proceedings had branded the 1BestariNet project a failure and questioned why the government was extending the contract.

The Education Ministry planned for the project to run for 15 years at a cost of RM4.077 billion.

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