KGBS opposes suggestion to abolish school holidays this year

Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) president Ahmad Malie (seated centre) at a press conference.

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, March 20: The Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) has strongly opposed the Malaysian Parents Consensus (MIMBAR) proposals to abolish school term holidays this year.

Calling the proposal torture, unfair and causing more stress to students as well as teachers, KGBS president Ahmad Malie opines that this will also demotivate them to continue their studies.

“The proposal made is as if our teachers and students are not involved in any learning sessions during this Covid-19 pandemic where face-to-face school session has been postponed till today.

“It is during this time where teachers had to put more efforts to ensure the success in Teaching and Learning at Home (PdPR) for their students. Furthermore, this is totally sudden and new for our educators to absorb,” Ahmad told at a press conference today.

Therefore KGBS is in view that no one should view term holidays during this crucial time as not important.

Although he acknowledged MIMBAR saying that many students were left behind during PdPR, Ahmad asserted that while students or teachers may seem calm during this time, many of them were stressed out with the online method.

He added that KGBS also strongly emphasised the interests and welfare of students from the psychological point of view.

“If the term holidays are abolished as proposed, these students will certainly be deprived of resting their mind due to struggles from online learning system,” Ahmad said. – DayakDaily