KOTA KINABALU: Parents and teachers have been encouraged to use online platforms to ensure their children don't miss out on their studies and school work.
Sabah Education Department director Mistirine Radin said e-learning initiatives have been used occasionally by the teacher council in the state, the latest being during the school holidays.
"Of course, this is not compulsory. It's just to make sure time is being used wisely," she said.
With the school holidays extended due to the movement control order (MCO) amid the Covid-19 pandemic, she said it was advisable for teachers, not just those in the council, to continue assisting students via online platforms.
Mistirine said this can benefit thousands of students, especially those with internet access.
She said those with stable internet access can use interactive online study platforms provided by the Education Ministry such as Google classroom, EduwebTV, Zoom, Skype, quizizz and others.
"For those with poor internet connection, what they can do is make sure that homework given prior to the holidays and MCO is completed," she said.
Mistirine said teachers can also WhatsApp or text message students with instructions on what to do or read based on their textbooks.
She said these instructions can be shared via class group chats involving parents, teachers and students.
Subscribers of Astro or the NJOI are also encouraged to tune in to educational channels such as channel 601 for UPSR (Primary 6), channel 602 for Forms One to Three, and channel 603 for Forms Four and Five students.
Mistirine said school heads should also monitor the implementation.
District Education offices must play their part in disseminating such information, she added.
"A record or report on how many students and teachers took part in this self-initiated programme can be compiled before it is handed over to their respective superiors when required," Mistirine added.
She said although this is not compulsory, it would benefit the students a lot in the long run.