Empathise with educators in digital adoption

Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi. Photo: Unimas

KUCHING: The public is urged to be considerate to educators who are adopting technology in their day-to-day teaching.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said the transition from face-to-face engagements to virtual learning was still challenging to some.

“Educators, teachers and lecturers alike, are now called upon to make that difficult and challenging transition from face-to-face engagements to the virtual online learning environment.

“Some cope well enough, with the right devices, training, mentoring and facilities but spare a thought, too, for those who find it very challenging indeed in the rural and the interiors where having devices and internet coverage is a luxury,” he said.

He said this in a Facebook post to commemorate the nation’s Teachers’ Day celebration on Sunday (May 16).

The academician said while e-learning had been part and parcel of education in Malaysia, much could still be done to improve it.

“This is to make sure that while we focus on the technological solutions, the true sense of equitable education is not neglected,” he said.

Kadim added that ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and reducing inequality within and among countries were among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) listed by the United Nations (UN).

At the same time, he also paid tribute to all educators in Unimas as well as his alma mater.

“Happy Teachers’ Day to all teachers and lecturers everywhere. May all of you be blessed. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay strong and take care,” he said.