Programme launched in Nangka to help 272 longhouse children catch up in studies

Dr Annuar (second left) presenting a food basket to the headman of Rumah Maxwell at the function.

By William Isau

SIBU, June 9: A total of 272 students from 22 longhouses in Nangka constituency are expected to benefit from the newly introduced ‘Acquiring Knowledge’ programme.

Speaking at the launching ceremony today at Rumah Maxwell along Mile 13 Jalan Oya, Nangka assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapaee said the programme will be able to help longhouse students who were left behind in their lessons due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He added that these students were those who were affected by ineffectiveness in the implementation of teaching and learning at home (PDPR), especially pupil in Primary 1 to 3.

“As we know as a result of Covid-19, we found out that some students are still lagging behind in lessons due to the ineffectiveness of the PDPR approach. It is common knowledge that it is not only the issue of Internet connectivity but also the issue of care, and the issue of monitoring the students,” said Dr Annuar who is also the Deputy Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development

He said through the programme, longhouse students in his constituency will enjoy free tuition four times a week for two hours from 7pm to 9pm.

“They will be given a proper study place and teachers to guide them. The students must go to the place of study. They will gather and a teacher will provide monitoring, and guidance to them,” he added.

Dr Annuar hoped that the students’ parents would also take the matter seriously and ensure that their children are present when the programme is carried out.

He also stressed that his party is also committed in helping to make the programme a success by providing assistance in terms of books and facilities for the programme. — DayakDaily