Assistant minister urges authorities to improve Internet access in Bekenu

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, June 24: Assistant Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development, Datuk Rosey Yunus is hoping that the relevant authorities could strengthen Internet access in rural areas to support students’ home-based learning (PdPR) during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has forced schools to close temporarily and the government has to find an alternative approach in order to ensure that the learning process goes on as usual, as the result, online (teaching) and learning have been used by educators and students during this difficult time on an unprecedented scale,” she observed.

Citing Bekenu as an example, Rosey said that the inconsistent Internet connections from homes have left students adrift in their learning sessions.

Thus, she hoped that relevant authorities could look into the matter to help solve and improving Internet access especially in rural areas.

“For the past two weeks, people in Bekenu and Subis were facing inconsistent Internet connections. In fact, students, parents and teachers here were telling me that they are having difficulties while trying to connect with one another for the PdPR,” she explained today when contacted.

Subsequently, parents and teachers have expressed their worries about the homework gap between rural students and their urban counterparts.

“Access to the Internet during Covid-19 is very much crucial especially for students during their PdPR sessions,” Rosey emphasised. — DayakDaily