Mah: Rural students can study with offline notes, homework

TANJUNG MALIM: Pupils in rural areas with weak Internet connectivity will not be left behind as they will get physical notes and homework from their teachers.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said teachers, whose pupils lived in rural areas with poor Internet connection, could pass the notes and homework to the respective village chiefs or tok batin to be distributed to the children.

“It is part of blended learning where it combines online and offline.

“A teacher may leave these notes and homework at a designated location for the village chief to pick up, ” he told reporters after presenting rations to the Orang Asli community at Kampung Chang in Bidor.

“The village head will then make the delivery, including the homework, to the pupils.

“Once they are done with their homework, the village head will collect the work and place it back at the designated area for the teacher to collect it, ” he said.

Dr Mah was commenting on concerns that poor Internet connectivity would affect the studies of rural schoolchildren.

On Wednesday, Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said home-based teaching and learning was not only limited to online, as teachers are allowed the flexibility of setting suitable methods for their students.

Dr Mah said the ministry had come up with several solutions to counter the issues with online learning.

He said the issue was not only affecting those in rural areas, but also to those in urban areas.

“The Education Ministry is taking the matter seriously and we have come up with several solutions, including setting up an educational television channel.

“My office has set up an easy web learning tool for those who need it, ” he said, adding the ministry would try to come up with other methods and creative ways to help the children with their education.

Separately, Dr Mah said two teachers had been assigned to assist students and pupils at Kampung Chang with their lessons.

“The village tok batin, Dahil Yok Chopil, has raised some concerns to me about the Orang Asli children in his village who are not able to go to school.

“I have been in contact with the teachers for quite some time as they are also worried about the children, ” he said.

“The teachers will ensure the children are not left behind.”

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