Malaysian education system is evolving and changing over time. The changes and transformation that happened in recent years are to make realize the country’s achievement in the future. Malaysia has a long term vision usually referred to as ‘Vision 2020’ which emphasises on the development of productivity and critical thinking workforce. Information Communication Technology (ICT) has changed the way teaching and learning in education all over the world. Many countries have realised how important the ICT is to the development of a country. Thus, Malaysian education has also implemented ICT based education in the curriculum.
The usage of ICT has increasingly raising the awareness among the rural community. The idea is to integrate responsive and localised community content into the curriculum and enable everyone to get access to the information. ICT indeed has led to new possibilities in development and dissemination of information. However, the current state of living standard in Malaysia is intolerable to the usage of the ICT. The rich will enjoy the benefits of technology and for the poor they will just rely on the facilities provided in the school rather than having one at home.
In Malaysia, under the Smart School project, the selected schools will be equipped with computer facilities by the end of 2005. The government has put a lot of effort to upgrade all the schools in the country to become smart school. The schools serves as learning institution that have systematically reinvented in terms of teaching-learning practices and school management to prepare children with Information Age and to promote the goal of the National Philosophy of Education. It is one of the seven flagships applications that are part of Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project. But how many of teachers in such schools will rely solely in using ICT in the classroom?. The usage of ICT in Smart School is also questionable as the ICT should not take over the teacher in the classroom. The teachers should use the ICT to help them deliver the lesson. It should not be otherwise.
Most universities in all over the world have implemented web-based application. The electronic learning (e-learning) also has change the way teaching and learning of the learning institutions. The e-learning is supported by ICT, internet, intranet, TV, CD-ROMS and many more. The implementation of the e-learning in the education is a part of the strategies to catch up with other developed countries around the world. In Malaysia the Ministry of Education and YTL has introduced the 1BEstariNet project. Every parent, student and teacher has been provided with an ID that enables access to a variety of tools that create a more exciting and interesting learning experience.