Poor Internet connections, no computers hinder online learning in Sabah

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Apr 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah teachers, parents and students mostly support and want online learning during the movement control order (MCO).

However, more than half of them have problems with unstable or inadequate Internet connection, said Sabah Education Department director Mistirine Radin.

She said many students also had to share handphones with their parents while only a small number of families, including in urban areas, had computers.

From data collected, she said, about 60% of students statewide say they have weak and unstable Internet connection whereas only 24% of students in urban areas have computers with an Internet connection.

"From the various online platforms, 80% use WhatsApp and Telegram for their online studies and homework through their handphones whereas those with better accessibility and notebooks use Google Classroom," Mistirine said when contacted Tuesday (April 14).

"These are some of the problems faced and we will be having discussions this week to overcome these challenges," she said.

She said among the plans included working with district officers and to get their approval to set up transit points for teachers to send in homework or study materials to students without Internet access.

"For example, a transit point can be a village chief's house or clinics, or community centres, whichever is feasible and allowed by the authorities," Mistirine said.

Asked if there are parents who complain about this online study platform, she said almost none did.

"So far, I have only received one or two complaints from parents saying that their children's teachers gave too much school work," she said.

Mistirine said they would also address this problem and try to standardise the amount of schoolwork or study materials statewide.

"We don't want some schools to have too many school work while some have none or very little to do," she said.

She said ultimately, the goal is to ensure that students can still keep up with their school work despite not being in school.

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