Parents, kids still getting used to online classes


Making it work: Nurnadhirah (second from left) helping her children with their online classes using the one smartphone she has at their home in Taman Manggis, George Town. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Online classes are another new norm which parents and children have to cope with amid the pandemic.

To ensure that students are attentive, teachers have imposed a strict policy of making sure cameras are on at all times.

This is to ensure that students are not sneaking off to the kitchen for snacks or taking a nap while the teachers are conducting classes.

Businesswoman Ooi Su Ching, 40, said her children’s school had imposed this rule.

“I have a nine-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter who attend online lessons. The camera must be switched on and attendance is taken at the beginning and end of the class.

“I notice that the teachers call out names and ask them to read passages so that their train of thought is there and they are paying attention.

“This is to ensure that they are alert and do not stray off during class.

“I understand the difficulty of maintaining their attention as the teacher can only see their faces and not their tabletops, ” she said.

Ooi said the teachers at her children’s school were nice enough to let the students snack during their lessons.

“They do keep them on their toes but bathroom breaks are allowed.

“I have no idea how much longer it is going to go on. My children do miss their friends and a classroom environment, ” she said.

Nurnadhirah Syed Abdul Rahim, 30, is still trying to cope with having all five of her children share one handphone for their lessons.

“All my children are in school and we only have one device. I divide their screen time based on importance.

“My eldest is 12 and she will be sitting for exams this year. She gets top priority as her teachers have online interactive classes, ” she said.

“They want to see her face during the lesson, so she keeps the phone.When she no longer needs it, the others catch up on their lessons.”

Nurnadhirah, whose children are aged between six and 12, said it was difficult to juggle their lessons as her children needed guidance and it was difficult to divide her time.

“They miss school and have not learnt much online due to our constraints, ” she said.

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