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Say bye-bye to heavy school bags and hello to the new Smart Interactive Digital Textbook!

The ‘heavy school bag’ issue that constantly worries the parents of school kids is about to be a thing of the past, this is due to the launching of the Smart Interactive Digital Textbook by the Ministry of Education which is expected to be implemented in 2016, Bernama reports.

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Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin claimed that this innovation is the second wave of the innovation and transformation of the digital textbook project.

This is a continuation from the first wave of the transformation that allowed textbook access via the 1BestariNet portal, where the teaching, learning, collaborative and administration processes of the Smart Interactive Digital Textbook can be done through a virtual learning environment.

“This innovation is part of the Ministry’s efforts to solve the problems of heavy school bags which have been repeatedly brought up by many parents,” said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is also the Minister of Education of Malaysia at the Innovation Day celebration yesterday.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the Innovation Day celebration at Putrajaya. (Photo Source:

He added, “What is important is that the parent would not need to pay any extra cost for this digital textbook, instead all equipment, including the Google Chrome Book, would be given to the school permanently for the convenience of the students.”

On the other hand, Muhyiddin also suggested for the Ministry of Education to begin its own research and development (R&D) work on schools and universities’ development which focuses on the design of the schools, classrooms, as well as lecture halls so that they meet the requirement of the 21st century.

“The research in the area should be intensified because the conventional concept of expanding educational access by having more schools will not be so relevant in the future with the existence of a virtual learning environment,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.

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