Govt, NGOs urged to continue helping needy students

Adam Prakash

KUCHING: The Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) is urging the government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to continue assisting needy students, especially those in the rural areas.

Ever since teaching and learning at home (PdPR) was implemented in March last year, students have been relying on the stability of internet connection to keep up with their education.

Students in the rural areas, especially those from hardcore poor families, faced an uphill struggle not only from the lack of stable connectivity but also financially.

STU president Adam Prakash Abdullah was asked for his thoughts on the possibility of students giving up their education because their parents could not afford to purchase mobile data for PdPR sessions.

“As far as we know, there are no records of rural students from hardcore poor families giving up their studies.

“However, STU hopes that the government and NGOs will continue to assist these needy and rural students so that they are not deprived of education,” Adam said on Friday (Aug 27).

He added that STU hoped teachers would continue to deliver learning materials to students and assess their progress wherever possible.