Online learning for students from Monday

Azlan Othman

The Ministry of Education (MoE) announced yesterday that online teaching-learning for primary and secondary schools, sixth-form centres, vocational institutions and the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) under the MoE; schools under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA); and private schools will begin on March 30.

For international schools, online teaching-learning sessions will commence on the dates set by their institutions.

“To ensure that their health and safety are maintained and free of any possible infection, students will be required to extend their stay at home and learn from various online platforms based on their schools’ capacity, whether through e-mail, Google Docs, WhatsApp, video conferencing, Microsoft Teams, social media platforms or any other compatible telecommunications application,” said the MoE in its statement.

“In addition, schools will also provide home-pack learning for students who do not have access to the Internet. Education by means of television programmes will also be implemented, as a supplement to teaching and learning through mass media.”

The MoE statement said that schools have also 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 their homes.

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

For information, contact the MoE’s COVID-19 Operation Centre at 2382396 during office hours only.