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Sabah kids return to online classes with limited internet access

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KOTA KINABALU: With all schools closed here due to growing cases of Covid-19, Sabah has found itself in the limelight for its insufficient digital infrastructure to cope with online learning.

Although parents believe that closing schools is the right move, they are concerned about the current teaching-learning process, which in their opinion is not as effective and needs to be improved.

Another major problem, especially in rural areas, is limited access to the Internet, as well as a lack of funds and a lack of understanding of technology by parents to support their children’s education.

Salbinous Saribun, president of SK Advent Tamparuli’s Parents Teachers Association, said Internet connectivity needed to be upgraded as many parents had expressed their difficulties in gaining access where they lived.

“Infrastructure development requires political drive and government willpower.

“At the same time, I urge the Education Ministry to find a way to teach those B40 groups who are less experienced in using the Internet effectively,” said Tuaran’s 35-year-old father of two.

Saribun said there were no live online classes for her son, who is in Primary Two, for now, as not all parents had access to the internet and depended mostly on WhatsApp group interaction.

Kota Kinabalu City Hall staff Julita Joingin, 42, said her daughter Form One started with online classes this week, but only for about two hours a day.

“Although it is easier to adapt because we have already addressed this problem during the movement control order (MCO), it is a shame because I know his classmates who are not able to go online.

“We are fortunate to have powerful Wi-Fi at home,” said the Penampang resident.

Business woman and mother of four, Alexsandra Kong, said her two daughters studying at SJKC St James in Likas underwent project-based learning rather than online classes.

“I realize now how much time I have to dedicate to helping them. Takes time.

“My child who is in kindergarten received video clips to learn from the teacher via WhatsApp,” said the 41-year-old from Penampang.

All three parents agreed that the lack of a physical classroom hindered their children’s full learning experience.

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