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Start of home-based learning causing Orang Asli anxiety

– The implementation of home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) across the country from tomorrow (Jan 20) has Kampung Orang Asli Kubang Badak and Tebong Stesyen Tok Batin, Besi Dulah, worried because of the lack of devices and Internet access for children in the two villages.

He said it will be hard for them because they will be relying on a parent’s mobile phone and sometimes they may have to share with their friends when their parents go foraging in the forest or to work.

“It is difficult to get a computer or laptop here. In fact, some people don’t understand how to use a computer,” he told Bernama today.

He said there are 15 Orang Asli children – eight primary and seven secondary school students — from 130 Temuan families living in these villages in the interior of Melaka, about 30km from Alor Gajah town.

He said that although you can get a broadband service at the Pusat Internet Kampung Kuala Sungga, about 4km away, some of the Orang Asli are shy to meet outsiders.

He said that when the movement control order (MCO) was imposed in March last year, groups of dedicated volunteer teachers came twice a week to hold free and informal classes at the Balai Raya Kampung Orang Asli Kubang Badak.

However, the 39-year-old said he doesn’t know if the classes will be held this year but would like the government to provide an appropriate learning method for the Orang Asli children.

“I really miss the teachers and my friends. It’s been a long time since I wore my uniform. Tomorrow I will have to borrow my mum or sister’s phone for learning so that I become smart and can go to university,” said Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tebong Year 3 student, Kartiaini Ramesh, 9, who wishes school will return to normal this year.

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced recently that primary and secondary school students will continue learning at home, while students sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Malaysian Vocational Diploma (DVM) will go back to school.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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