SIX SMK St Michael Ipoh students received tablets from Lions Club of Ipoh Central to help them with online learning.
The school’s counselling head V. Ravindran said the students — from Forms Four and Six — also had six months’ worth of Internet data to allow them to take part in online classes.
“We interviewed them after getting feedback from teachers who said the students had difficulties following online lessons.
“Some of their parents are jobless because of the pandemic. Others are from low-income families or have no choice but to share a gadget with their siblings.
“When one sibling is using a gadget, the others are forced to skip classes,” he added.
Ravindran said he had been working with former students to raise funds for more laptops to be given out to other learners at the school.
The former students managed to raise money to buy eight new laptops, three notebooks and two second-hand laptops, he said, adding that the gadgets were presented in May.
“We hope to get seven more gadgets, either laptops or tablets, to help other students,” he added.
Ravindran said the school had also presented food boxes and cash aid to 38 needy students.
He said the aid was given out to students whose family’s household incomes were between RM1,001 and RM2,000.
“This is the third phase of the programme.
“The two earlier phases saw families with household incomes of below RM1,000 getting the assistance,” he added.
The club’s president, Dr Terry Lee, said a total of 25 tablets had been donated to four schools.
They include SMK St Michael, SMJK Yuk Choy, SMJK Sam Tet and SMK Methodist Girls School.
“If there are more students who need these gadgets, we will donate again,” he said.