KOTA KINABALU: Parents and teachers are encouraged to use online platforms to make sure that their children do not miss out on their studies and schoolwork.
Sabah Education Department director Mistirine Radin said the initiative using online platforms or e-learning had been used occasionally by the Excellent Teacher Council in the state, the latest being during the past school holidays.“This is not compulsory and it is just to make sure that time is passed wisely, ” she said.
With the school holidays extended because of the movement control order (MCO), she said it was advisable if teachers, not just those in the council, continued assisting students with their studies at home.
Mistirine said this could benefit thousands of students especially those with Internet access.
She said for those with stable Internet access, teachers could adopt an interactive online study method using platforms provided by the Education Ministry such as Google classroom, EduwebTV, Zoom, Skype and quizizz.
“For those with minimum internet connection, what they can do is make sure that homework given prior to the holidays and MCO are completed, ” she said.
Mistirine said teachers could also WhatsApp or message students with instructions on what to do or read based on their textbooks.
She added that these instructions could be shared via class group chats that involve parents, teachers and students.
Households with cable television are also encouraged to tune in to the educational channels including those such as for UPSR (Primary 6), for Forms One to Three and for Form Four and Five students.
Mistirine said to make this work, headmasters and principals must monitor the implementation.
District education offices must play their part in disseminating the information and these implementations as well as instructions to personnel and anyone involved.
“A record or report on how many students and teachers take part in this self-initiated programme can be compiled before being handed over to their respective superiors when required, ” Mistirine added.
She said with these initiatives, students could keep up with their studies regardless of the situation.
She added that although this was not compulsory, it would benefit the students if they took part.Mistirine hoped that teachers would consider these options and parents helped ensure its smooth implementation by monitoring their children and making sure assignments given by teachers were completed.
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