Five siblings forced to share a smartphone for online lessons

One smartphone to five children raises much frustration.

KOTA BHARU: Since the school session began last Sunday, five siblings from a poor family here is only equipped with one smartphone, which belongs to their mother, to study via teaching and learning at home (PdPR).

Hasyani Mat Jusoh, 42, said her family is among the poor who are finding it a great challenge in adapting to online learning which starts from 8 am to 12.30 noon on school days.

 She said as there is only one smartphone at their disposal, her five children aged between six and 15 had to take turns to complete their school work.

“It is a tough situation trying to figure out how to provide for my children in order not to disrupt their online learning as my husband is an odd job worker with no fixed income.

“At times my children will cry from frustration after having to wait too long for their turn on the gadget,” Hasyani said when met at her house in Kampung Sri Kulim Melor here yesterday.

“On top of that, I have to worry over my medical treatment,” said Hasyani who was diagnosed with stage two colon cancer two years ago.

The slow internet connection was also a snag so the internet plan had to be upgraded, she said adding that a RM30 reload was needed each week.

According to Hasyani since the movement control order (MCO) was enforced, her phone had broken down twice and had to be sent for repair.

At such Hasyani who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HRPZ II) and physiotherapy at the Mahligai Health Clinic, is hopeful that someone would be sympathetic to her family’s plight.

“I would be grateful if my children can be provided with two smartphones to cope with their PdPR session. This is sufficient to make online learning easier for them,” she added. – Bernama