SIBU: The announcement by the Federal Government to consider the reopening of schools in the middle of May has received mixed reactions.
Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) secretary-general Priscilla Lau said while parents were worried about their children missing out on so many school days, they wanted the pandemic totally under control before allowing their children out.
“Parents and teachers are concerned about replacing so many missed classes by the end of this school year.
“They are also worried about students sitting for major examinations this year, ” Lau said in a statement.
She said in the UK, for example, upon the announcement of the lockdown of schools, the Cambridge Board of Examiners immediately issued a worldwide notice to all students sitting for examinations such as O levels, IGCSE, AS Levels and A Levels in April to June to revamp its assessment method.
“Cambridge has pledged to honour the students and teachers who have worked so hard towards the Cambridge examinations by allowing them to submit assessed coursework, mock examinations results and other school work that will help Cambridge award these students with the relevant certificates.
“The Malaysian government could also assist our students this way, ” she said.
Lau said controlled examinations may not be the best option right now because it places undue pressure on the students and teachers given the situation.
She said conducting online classes was difficult because of the big number of students in a class and that not not all, especially remote areas, had Internet access.
She urged the government to make such important decisions fast.