Students struggling with poor Internet connection


Compiled by C. ARUNO, XIAO TONG and R. ARAVINTHAN

STUDENTS in Cameron Highlands are still struggling to keep up with online schooling because of poor Internet connectivity, reported Makkal Osai.

P. Thilagavathi, whose three children are participating in online classes, said Bertam Valley where they live has poor mobile Internet connectivity.

She used to drive them 20 minutes to Ringlet for data reception but that was not possible due to the movement control order’s limit on passengers in a car.

Even when they were able to get to Ringlet previously, sitting in the car and following the lessons was not a good learning environment for the kids, she said.

R. Ratha, M. Santhakumar, L. Saratha, and R. Kannan who are staying in Tanah Rata and Ringlet areas reflected the sentiments saying they face similar problems.

The parents have to continue working while the children are learning from home so they are unable to monitor or help them.

They said parents were constantly worried whether the children were able to follow the lessons through online learning with the added stress of unstable connectivity.

The students themselves said while they understand the need for schools to remain closed, they could not wait for the pandemic to be over and return to normal schooling.

The worried students are struggling to keep up with lessons and hope they would not fall behind.

> An elderly disabled woman’s donation of 1, 500 Rupees (RM85) to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic despite her own hardships touched many people, the daily also reported.

Tamil Nadu state’s Minister for Information and Publicity MP Saminathan was attending the opening ceremony of a new Covid-19 treatment in Thiruppur when he was approached by the woman identified as Arukkani.

The woman who uses a small wooden platform with wheels to move around tried to donate the money she had saved up.

Saminathan, who was touched by the gesture, thanked her and asked her to keep the money and let him donate the equivalent amount on her behalf, but the woman refused.

She said the money she had saved up could help at least one or two people and donated it anyway.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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