SMK Bukit Bandaraya student Aiman Ba’trisyia Munir Kasman, 17, is nervous about whether her teachers will be able to complete their lessons before the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) trials.
But she said the school closure was no excuse for her to lag behind.
“I am in touch with my teachers and seniors through Whatsapp and my tuition teachers are providing online lessons.
“I already have my own revision plan as I want to get good grades,” she said.
Another SPM student, who wanted to be known only as Han, is worried about missing out on her lessons, especially in subjects she is weaker in such as Chemistry.
The lessons may end up feeling rushed once school reopens, said the SMK (P) Jalan Ipoh student.
“I’m studying on my own and watching YouTube videos to supplement my Science subjects.
“It’s worrying because it might affect my future,” she added.
Her batchmate Harisha Kajentharan said studying at home was not the same as receiving face-to-face education from their teachers.
She is making a timetable on the topics to cover at home and will have the help of a one-to-one tutor.“It is not the same as when our teachers explain to us, but I will try to use this time efficiently to cover the topics on my own,” she said.
Meanwhile, some parents share the students’ worries.
A mother of three, whose son will be sitting for SPM this year, said her son’s boarding school had yet to contact parents about their action plan for the next two weeks.
“What if the government can’t contain the virus? If the SPM exams are held earlier, will teachers be able to cover the syllabus by then?” she asked.
Taking matters into her own hands, she is setting up one-to-one tuition lessons for her son.
Another parent, R. Tanuja, said while she was concerned about the school closure, students’ health and safety were more important.
Her son is sitting for the PT3 examination this year and will be continuing his lessons from home.
“There’s been no communication from the school, but there are
teachers giving students homework through Google Classroom.
“This will be good for maintaining momentum and keeping in touch with the school and teachers in an alternative way,” she said.
National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Harry Tan said while teachers were worried about Covid-19, they remained an “innovative lot”.
“They won’t sit idle. Let teachers and students find their way through these turbulent times,” he said.
To cope with the pandemic crisis, Tan said extra classes were the norm if the curriculum were to fall behind the planned schedule.
“For now, let the government take the lead. Teachers and students should follow the advisory set by the government and practise social distancing,” he said.
Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said parents should realise that the move to shut down schools was for good reason.
“With the temporary closure, either one or both parents may be at home, which makes the situation more manageable,” she said.