Home-pack learning for those without Internet

Azlan Othman

Schools will provide home-pack learning for parents and guardians who do not have access to Internet for their children or those who cannot afford computers and handphones for online learning when online teaching and learning for students starts on Monday.

“Parents can take the hard copies from their children’s schools,” Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman told the media when asked about parents without access to Internet and computers or students with different abilities (OKU) yesterday.

“For online learning, laptops, tablets and handphones can be used. Some teachers used WhatsApp during the school holiday to communicate with students.

“If a family has many children, e-learning can be carried out by taking turns. E-learning can be done at any time,” the minister said.

The minister added that private tuition schools can utilise online learning to ensure the students’ health and safety are maintained.

The minister said there are e-learning platforms available such as Microsoft Teams at schools through the Ministry of Education (MoE) in cooperation with Microsoft. Some teachers use Google Classroom and Zoom.

On flexible working hours, the minister said some teachers choose to work on alternate days, or to come only in the morning. Some schools set the number of teaching hours.

Regarding school fee payments deferment during the COVID-19 outbreak situation, the minister said such matters can be discussed with the school.

The MoE in a statement on Wednesday said schools had activated their own Business Continuity Plan (BCP) to safeguard the well-being of teachers and school staff by allowing those categorised as vulnerable, including pregnant women, to work from home.

The implementation of the work from home (WFH) method is aligned with flexible working arrangements for civil servants, as stated in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Circular Number 06/2020.