After not going to school for three months due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the sultanate, the preschool and primary students are a happy lot to come back to school.
A Kindergarten 3 student from Bright Jigsaw International School Md Ziqri Darwisy spoke of his excitement on his first day of school where he could join his friends and teachers.
“I am happy to meet my friends as I can play with them!” he said.
His mother Norhafizah binti Haji Jaini expressed her contentment with the reopening of the school and said, “I believe that it is a very challenging for parents to teach their children at home as it is not easy to carry out the task to teach them and at the same time do other work.”
She then added that learning at home via Home-Based Learning (HBL) and e-learning are different from face-to-face learning. She was concerned of the educational development of her son if the HBL and e-learning prolonged.
A Year 4 student of Sekolah Tadika Jaya Datin Hajah Malai Rogayah Muhammad Nur ‘Aiman Rasydan Masdiman expressed a similar statement, “I feel happy to get back to school where I can meet my friend rather than learning at home.”
His mother Norrashidah binti Juni preferred to have face-to-face learning since she and her husband are working and find it difficult to monitor their son’s education at home.
“Despite concerns on the pandemic, I am confident that the school complies with the Ministry of Health guidelines, and I will make sure that my son will keep his hygiene well and remind him on social distancing.”
Meanwhile, another preschool student from Sekolah Alif Sdn Bhd, Bandar Seri Begawan Branch Nur Damia Hana Nabilah binti Mohd Firdaus expressed her happiness to go back to school coming Monday.
“I want to go to school and meet my friends,” she said.