SCHOOLS across China have postponed the start of the spring semester to avoid the spread of Covid-19 (novel coronavirus).
Online classes were arranged, but many teachers found themselves unprepared.
Unable to shop for the necessary gadgets as they were advised to stay home to cut down the risk of contracting the new pneumonia virus, they used everything they could find for the sessions.
Some teachers have used hair clips, kitchen tools and hangers to position their equipment for the livestreaming.
The non-tech-savvy ones became the laughing stock among students when they mishandled the gadgets.
Some of them muted their microphones without realising the problem, some could not connect to the system, some had their cameras facing the wrong direction and some appeared uncomfortable.
One of the teachers was even seen smoking during his class.
But all this was nothing compared to what a female secondary school teacher went through last week.
The physics teacher from a city in Hubei province was doing a PowerPoint presentation for her class. As the slide was running, the students and some parents heard voices that sounded like a couple having sexual intercourse coming from the speakers.
It was said that the teacher had forgotten to switch off her microphone.
The teacher later apologised and said she had been under a lot of pressure since the incident.
“My computer is infected with virus, ” she explained.
Recounting what happened during the incident, she pointed out that as the file was running, she saw a pop-up notice asking her to “repair” the Flash video player.
She clicked on the button and walked off.
A while later, she saw the students talking in the chat room about some “weird” voices, so she closed the file.
The city’s Education Department condemned the teacher for playing an audio unrelated to her class, saying the incident was a result of improper operation of equipment.
While some teachers were suffering from the online tutoring sessions, the students were having a lot of fun.
A netizen said it was fantastic to be able to chit-chat with classmates during lessons.
“My teacher played music for us to do morning exercise hahahahahah, ” wrote another online user on a social media platform.
As of last Friday, all educational institutions, including tuition and training schools, remained close.
The commencing date would be announced by individual provinces or cities depending on the development of the outbreak.
Most people in China had hardly ventured out of their housing estates for over two weeks since the government took serious measures in controlling the spread of Covid-19.
As the old Chinese saying goes, “food is the first necessity of the people”, all they want is to enjoy their favourite dishes when they are out of “captivity”.
Responding to an online question “When the epidemic is over, what do you want to do the most?”, posted by chinanews.com, most of the respondents said they wanted to eat, run on the streets, breathe in some fresh air and sunbathe.
Among the foods that top the must-have list were hotpot, barbecue, steamboat, milk tea and fried chicken.
Some also expressed that they wished to go to Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – to visit the city that has captured international attention and see how the disaster has affected it.
As bats are most likely to be the origin of the deadly and fast spreading virus, an online comic titled “I am a bat” made waves in Moments, a function similar to Facebook on Wechat.
In the comic, of which its source and author could not be traced, the bat said: “We evolve very hard to look not adorable to human beings.
“We hide in the caves and only go out at night when humans are asleep, thinking that we could live peacefully in our own world but this hope was dashed.
“Over the past thousands of years, humans learned to breed chickens, ducks, cows and goats. They have been enjoying a good life with plenty of food.
“And also because of this, some of them had enough of the same thing and wanted new exotic stuff. So, they started to hunt for wild animals.
“To this act, I can only say ‘stupid’.
“From my experience of living on the planet for dozens of millions of years, one will be punished for destroying the ecosystem.
“Be it SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) or Covid-19, the viruses are originally from wild animals.
“Wildlife such as civets, porcupines, wild rabbits, raccoons, wild boars, marmots and snakes carry a lot of viruses.
“Seventeen years have passed since the SARS outbreak, some people have forgotten the pain, but it does not matter, Mother Nature jots down everything.
“If humans continue to be naughty, this will not be the last revenge.”