Pandemic must not interrupt children’s learning

Dennis (fourth left) presents RM10,000 in minor rural project grants to a representative of SMK Temenggong Datuk Lawai Jau to cover the cost of transportation for the delivery of PDPR materials to schoolchildren in Baram.

KUCHING: Schools, parents and students in Baram are urged to ensure that the process of education is not interrupted during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said the community must not give up on education for the sake of their children’s future.

“Indeed, the learning process has been affected badly by the pandemic.

“With all sorts of shortcomings, school management and teaching staff must ensure that disturbance is brought to a minimum level to enable them to sit for public examinations when the time comes,” he said today.

Dennis also praised the efforts by Baram Division’s education office, headmasters, principals and teaching staff to ensure education for rural children.

“One school that is badly affected is Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Temenggong Datuk Lawai Jau in Long San, Ulu Baram.”

He said the education and school staff have reached out to the students and brought them learning materials for home-based teaching and learning (PdPR).

He said teachers had to use their own funds and that of their schools, supported by contributions from the Parent-Teacher Association, for transportation.

He added that local elected representatives also chipped in for the cause.

“Baram has 73 schools in a difficult situation but all teachers and support staff have the support of parents and villagers.

“I’m thankful that Baram is blessed with capable leaders and highly spirited teaching teams who have overcomed obstacles to reach their students.

“For students who have Internet access, they will continue to study online but those without it are provided with PDPR materials.”