Only 12,887 out of 150,000 laptops promised have been distributed to students from B40 households to date as schools resume online learning next week.
Schools will revert to online learning later this month but before children are allowed back in schools, the Education Ministry needs to relook the standard operating procedures as there were nearly 24,000 cases among pre-teens this year.
Veteran educator S. Jayanti says teachers should turn challenges of remote learning into opportunities. They should also go back to the basics when faced with problems.
Education Ministry, teachers must spearhead move to ensure children, especially from B40 families, get devices and Internet connection. It is also vital for educators to be given right tools and training to ensure students are not left behind.
Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) president Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim says had teachers embraced digital learning much earlier, they would not be struggling to teach online today.
Ex-teacher A. Velurajan says children who missed out on classes since March 2020 need remedial classes. He suggests that the Education Ministry rope in former teachers for the task while parents should voice out and brainstorm with the ministry.
Different times for national schools make it hard for parents to pick their children up.
Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim says powering schools with internet and caring for the welfare of students during Covid-19 era should be the priority.
Schools will fully reopen by July 22 with staggered starts but it will take time for students to understand SOPs.
Hindu Sangam president Mohan Shanmugam dismayed over Education Ministry’s ignorance of Ponggal festival which is more cultural than religious.
Mother of two Rita Jong says while she does not agree with all of former education minister Maszlee Malik’s decisions, she admits some changes made by the ex-minister were timely.
The resignation of the controversial Maszlee Malik as Education Minister underlines a greater problem faced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad since GE14 – he can’t seem to rely on the fresh faces to get things going.
Education Ministry has yet to call for fresh tenders to provide Internet connection for over 10,000 schools next year, despite pledge after terminating 1BestariNet and Frog VLE in July.