Students: Going to school keeps us more alert than learning at home

KOTA KINABALU: Students around the city are bored of studying from home due to the conditional movement control order (MCO) and hope to return to school soon.

Amber W. John of SM All Saints said she preferred going to school because she could focus better there and ask her teachers directly whenever she encountered problems.

“I am fine with home schooling but given a choice between home and going to school, I will pick school,” the 13-year-old said.

She added that although studying from home meant she had the flexibility to plan when to study and do her homework, it made her “lazy, demotivated and gradually lose focus”.

“I also prefer to be in school because all my friends are there, so I hope things will get better so that I can go back there,” she added.

SM La Salle student Andre Wilkih John concurred, saying he couldn’t wait to return to school.

“In school, we have lots of activities which made me physically fitter and more alert mentally,” he said, adding that classroom learning also helped him communicate better with his teachers.

The 15-year-old said he missed his classroom and even his desk in school but most of all, he missed his friends.

Kota Kinabalu High School student Daniel Emlyllan, 14, is bored of being stuck at home.

“Studying with my friends in school is more fun. I also get pocket money,” he said.

His classmate Rory Mae Stanley, 14, said besides feeling bored, she also lacked focus when learning at home compared with attending classes in school.

But it’s the opposite for child artiste and Ceria Megastar Ministar 2019 champion Eiffel Paul Pailus, who goes to the same school.

“I feel more relaxed at home and I don’t have to wake up early to go to school,” said the 14-year-old, adding that he was happy he could choose when to study and do his homework.

“Yes, sometimes there is a feeling of laziness but that’s normal regardless of whether we are in school or at home,” he said.

The conditional MCO, imposed on Oct 7 to contain the spread of Covid-19, is expected to end on Monday, but it is unclear whether schools will reopen for classes.

The state minister in charge of Covid-19 affairs, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, said it would depend on whether the conditional MCO was extended.

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