With kindergarten to lower primary pupils resuming their school session today, parents and teachers are facing a major challenge in helping these children catch up on their education.
Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Kindergarten (TASKA YSHHB) Principal Datin Hajah Zainab binti Haji Abdul Wahab shared her views on maintaining education continuity, as the school prepares to receive its returning Kindergarten (KG) 3 pupils.
“Not only do our teachers have to prepare the home-learning packs (HLPs) for their pupils, they are also required to look up study material for KG3 activities on the Internet, so that the pupils can get back on track,” she told the Weekend Bulletin.
“Some of the parents actually have the time to teach their children, and they share daily videos on the children’s progress in terms of reading; however, there are some who struggle to find the time to teach their children.
“We understand their situation, so we have asked the teachers to prepare work slides and post those online, so that the parents can visit the link any time to teach their children.
“The pandemic has affected the scheme of learning and the syllabus, so what the teachers are doing now is focussing on their pupils’ core subjects and reading.
“When the pupils are able to read and write properly, Insya Allah, they will be able to cope when they are in Year 1 next year.”
Various efforts have been undertaken to ensure that the pupils can keep up with their studies.
Apart from HLPs, classroom and online learning sessions, the teachers at TASKA YSHHB are doubling efforts by providing PowerPoint videos and slides to be shared with the pupils.
“However, before the teachers can distribute them to the pupils and parents, the content be evaluated first to see whether it is appropriate,” said Datin Hajah Zainab.
“We also encourage the teachers and parents to cooperate and help each other, to ensure that the teaching-learning sessions go smoothly,” she added.