Edu Ministry told to urgently address learning access for rural kids

By Emma Victoria

THE Education Ministry needs to come up with initiatives or programmes for rural children who do not have Internet access.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau urged the ministry to look into the issue immediately, otherwise those in the interior will risk being left behind in the national education landscape during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

“If no effort is done for rural students to continue with the learning process, I worry that when examination time comes, these underprivileged rural students with be on an unfair playing field compared to urban kids,” he told The Borneo Post.

On Wednesday, Sarawak Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin said his ministry is working on recommendations for the federal Education Ministry to implement home-based learning in rural areas.

This was to ensure students in the state can continue with their learning session if schools are to remain closed for a prolonged period due to Covid-19.

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