Better control of virus with limited face-to-face learning sessions

Ahmad Malie

KUCHING:  Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) president Ahmad Malie has lauded the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) for limiting face-to-face learning session to only major examination candidates for the time being.

Doing so would allow for better control of the Covid-19 situation, he said.

“As there will only be examination candidates attending classes, there will be fewer students in the buildings or institutions. The students can practise better social distancing as well,” he told New Sarawak Tribune on Monday (Jan 18).

On Jan 16, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) announced that the reopening of schools on Jan 20 would only apply to students sitting for major examinations.

These are students who will sit for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia examinations (SKM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Diploma Vocational Malaysia (DVM) for 2020 and 2021 as well as equivalent international examinations.

Meanwhile, pre-schoolers, Year One to Year Six, Form One to Form Four students will follow learning sessions through home-based learning (PdPR) method.

Ahmad was glad that these groups of students were allowed to learn from home in view of the hike in number of Covid-19 cases throughout the state.

“This announcement has brought relief to parents who are worried about sending their children to school,” he said.

He hoped the teachers would ensure none was left behind in their online teaching.