Rodger Chan Siong Boh

KOTA SAMARAHAN: The Sarawak government should consider setting up a digital school, suggested Rodger Chan Siong Boh.

The Association of the Boards of Management of Aided Chinese Primary Schools Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions deputy president said the Covid-19 pandemic had given students a taste of digital classroom and learning.

“Digital school is more than just smart classroom or smart school, it is moving the whole school from full- or semi-paper and physical-based to a fully digital-based construct similar to the digital bank.”

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the new SJK Chung Hua Bako here, officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, on Tuesday (Sept 15).

At the same time, he said he was grateful that the Chief Minister supported the revival of computer classes in aided Chinese schools.

“The computer classes in aided Chinese primary schools were stopped after over 20 years of operating, and this has disadvantaged many students, especially those in the outskirts and rural areas with limited access to computers.

“Computers have become part and parcel of learning. It is no longer an extra-curricular subject but forms the backbone and fabric of every subject.”

He said that SJK Chung Hua Bako was a good model for a digital school of the future as it was the first school in Sarawak to incorporate smart classrooms from the very first day.

He also pointed out that education excellence was key in producing noble leadership and progress for the state as well as the country.

“In education, we must leave out all issues be they racial or political. We must let education be education.

“I sincerely hope that the state government would actively pursue full education autonomy for the good of our children, our future and our Sarawak.”