Selling reusable bags to buy tablets for needy pupils

A TOTAL of 83 pupils of SJKT Bayan Lepas in Penang will each receive a tablet for online learning.

Headmaster Sangga Sinnayah said the school had been raising money to buy the tablets by selling reusable cotton shopping bags.

“Within a week, we managed to raise RM24,000 from the sale of 1,000 bags at RM10 each as well as donations from parents, the public and NGOs, ” he told Bernama when met at the school recently.

He said about 80% of the school’s 130 pupils are from the B40 group.

“For the first phase, the school is giving away tablets to 40 students while the rest will receive theirs at the end of February in the second phase, ” he said, adding that the tablets would be lent to the pupils for a year.

Parent S. Sasikala, 35, said she was happy that her daughter, who is in Year Three, would no longer be left behind in online learning.

“We have no internet connection at home and we can’t afford to buy new smartphones.

“So, I am grateful to the school for providing us the tablet together with a SIM card, which is a big help to us, ” said the factory security guard.

S. Kavitakala, 39, said with the tablet aid, her daughter who is studying in Year One no longer needed to share devices with her two brothers, aged 12 and 17, who are also involved in online classes. — Bernama

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