Village kids study on dirt road due to poor internet connectivity

Pic from Facebook

POOR internet connectivity has forced a group of children from Kampung Entakong in Limbang to turn a section of a dirt road into a ‘makeshift classroom’ to study under the Teaching-Learning From Home (PdPR) programme, which has been running throughout different stages of the Movement Control Order (MCO) since March last year.

Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang said there are four telecommunication towers in Ulu Medamit which were completed in December, but the transmission equipment has yet to be installed.

Thus, he called upon the federal government to expedite the works on expanding network coverage over Ulu Medamit in Limbang, following the completion of the construction of the telecommunications towers at the end of last year.

According to Borneo Post, a Facebook user ‘Lenneth Xabi’ had posted the photos of children studying at a section of a dirt road in Ulu Medamit, where gunny sacks are used to cover the ground for them to sit on.

“The situation faced by the PdPR students in UIu Medamit. Feeling sorry for them – they have to make do with internet connectivity that comes and goes; to wait 30 minutes up to one hour to regain the signal.

“Very difficult for these children to study; it’s not too warm in the early morning, but as noon approaches, it can get quite hot.”

“I hope the internet coverage over Ulu Medamit would get better to facilitate these students,” wrote Lenneth Xabi in the Facebook post, which as at 5.30pm yesterday had garnered over 1,500 reactions, nearly 160 comments and 579 shares.

Some also commented that even the service provided by some telecommunication companies have poor coverage in the area.

Paulus said the federal government should take up Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s proposal for Sarawak to be issued its own telecommunication licence to expedite the provision of related services without any more delays.