SEPANG – The need to increase the number of computer sets and the duration for computer studies for the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) should be studied, says Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum.
He said the limited duration for learning computer as well as number of computer units available could affect trainees to continue their studies at the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) as proficiency in technology was a prerequisite.
“Currently the module is implemented using 44 computer units which is clearly insufficient, furthermore only five hours are allocated for the computer class in one session,” he told reporters after inspecting the PLKN Transformation Pilot Project 2.0 at Princess Haliza PLKN camp here, today.
Mohd Johari said an increase in computer sets was important as he had been informed by trainers that only 20 per cent of the 469 pilot project trainees at the camp were able to operate the computer.
In this regard, he told the National Service Training Department (JLKN) to study the aspect and discusss with all camp operators.
Mohd Johari was also of the view that the English class should be introduced in the Self-Development module to give more emphasis as trainees had poor command of the language.
Apart from technology and English, the pilot project trainees were also exposed to new modules such as Fit4Life as well as Malaysiaku during the training which had been shortened to eight weeks compared to 12 weeks earlier.
The PLKN Transformation Pilot Project 2.0 was introduced to study the effectiveness of the new modules which would be introduced for PLKN programmes starting in January next year. – BERNAMA