Masing urges MOE to replace ‘missing’ 100 days of classes when schools reopen on Oct 4

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING, Sept 27: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing wants the Ministry of Education to make up for students missing 100 days of classes last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic once schools reopen on Oct 4.

According to Masing, this would be essential for those in the rural areas throughout the State, where Internet connectivity is lacking.

“The normal scheduled school holidays (three holidays breaks per year), need to be reviewed in order to replace the more than 100 school days that was lost in 2020, and the Ministry of Education (MOE) should rethink their mindset to cover the lost 100 days of students’ school time,” he said in a statement today.

Masing, who is also the Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development, asserted that online learning which was used to replace the missing school days, is not as effective as face-to-face teaching.

“When the Internet (connectivity) is lacking, the teachers were asked, at times, to despatch their learning books to rural schools, or the parents were asked to collect them for the schools.

“However, it is not very successful due to the logistics factor in the rural areas,” he added. — DayakDaily