Giving students freedom to learn beyond the classroom via Maxis eKelas

KUCHING, John Mackwin, a Form Two student from Kampung Taee, Serian near here lights up when he talks about his experience of putting up a performance for the eKelas English drama competition.

He is one of the many students who are benefitting from the Maxis eKelas programme in Sarawak whereby students can access eKelas in the 21 Pusat Internet located in Kuching, Miri and Sibu.

My friends and I like to perform and it’s definitely easier to learn when you’re having fun…We read the script together, understand it so that we can speak it correctly, and use the right tones and expressions.

“Even if we’re shy, it’s more fun to be involved in a group project and do things together, he said at the Hari Gawai celebration held at Pusat Internet Kampung Taee recently.

John’s group won the first place for the overall Form Two students in the eKelas drama competition, which attracted over 400 students from 72 participating Pusat Internet.

Maxis eKelas continues to receive enthusiastic response with the flagship programme currently being delivered at 72 Pusat Internet located across 10 states in Malaysia, with over 10,000 students connecting through the programme via the eKelas portal.

The programme is made possible by Maxis’ partnership with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), as it is run at their Pusat Internet which serve as digital hubs for communities in underserved areas.

Exemplifying this enthusiasm are the eKelas students of Pusat Internet Kampung Taee, who are some of the most engaged and participative in the programme, clinching the first and second places for the overall Form Two students in the eKelas English Drama competition and winning the festive decoration contest.

Last year, eight students from the village qualified for the eKelas Holiday Camp held in Kuala Lumpur.

Congratulating the students at the Hari Gawai celebration, Maxis chief executive officer Gokhan Ogut said the eKelas programme brings digital learning closer to the community especially for students in the rural areas.

“By leveraging technology, we are able to connect students to experienced teachers and through the eKelas portal, and provide access to quality learning content…Kampung Taee is a good example how a community comes together to embrace technology and benefit from it, he added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)