Bridging digital divide

A study on ICT literacy among students in malaysian rural areas

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Abstract

An important social issue, in developing countries like Malaysia, is the digital divide i.e., unequal opportunities to access Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities in urban and rural areas. Several internet penetration indicators show that Malaysia has succeeded in bridging this digital divide, but more effort is needed, especially in raising economic and educational statuses in rural areas. Little research has been conducted on the ICT skill levels of students in rural areas. This paper aims to examine whether ICT skills contribute to narrowing the digital divide between rural and urban areas, by looking at a case study in the rural area of Kundang Ulu. This study employs a questionnaire survey to generate data concerning respondent's background, ICT usage, and ICT skills. Data from 585 students in Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tengku Temenggung Ahmad (SMKTTA) was gathered. The results show a small percentage of computer ownership, low usage of ICT, and weak to moderate levels of fundamental and basic ICT skills among students in the area. These findings emphasise that the digital gap is a persistent issue in Kundang Ulu. This paper seeks to help policy makers and authorities in identifying strategies and policies to bridge the digital divide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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  • ICT literacy
  • Rural areas

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