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While most of the country’s school students have turned to online solutions to continue learning, the recurring problem is that not every student has the ease of reliable internet access.
A school in Kedah took that issue seriously, and came up with the ingenious idea to create physical DropBoxes for each students to access and submit their homework.
SK Taman Ria realized that students did not have access to data and devices and were struggling to keep up with online lessons. For this reason, they started the ‘Drop Box Station’ program where parents can come to school to collect modules for students home learning. pic.twitter.com/YpUwYNd8Gs— PEMIMPIN GSL (@PemimpinGSL) January 25, 2021
Much like a “drop-off/pick-up” point for food deliveries, the DropBoxes still allow students to complete their schooling with the use of physical worksheets and exercise books while maintaining physical distancing.
SK Taman Ria noted that many of their students struggled to keep up with online classes because they did not have reliable access to internet data or devices. Hence, this physical option would allow students to still complete their schooling and studies. Parents can drop off completed worksheets and pick up new ones.
The school attributes this idea possible, thanks to the collective support from the school teachers, parents, district and state office. pic.twitter.com/nqjSdGN4D1— PEMIMPIN GSL (@PemimpinGSL) January 25, 2021
Netizens were quick to commend the ingenious solution, tailored to the specific needs of the community.
Great idea!! Agree..rather than sit and grumble about not having internet access, this works too. After the MCO, the students can take back their own “box” to use at home for their own notes, etc. Low cost, no waste.👍🏽— Along Azlina (@alongsj) January 24, 2021
Solutions in education cannot be sweeping and for all, instead it must be personalised, each school empowered to do what they believe is best for the community and their students.— Cheryl Fernando (@cherylfernando) January 24, 2021
Proactive idea rather than putting blame on the current situation. Kudos. 👏🏽— Navindra Arul Shanthiran (@navinarshan) January 24, 2021
SK Taman Ria in Sungai Petani, Kedah was not the only school to implement this idea. In fact, a good number of schools have already been using this method to allow students to stay updated with their homework.
My sister’s school in KL also did the same thing! 👍🏻👍🏻— rai (@rayhanadni) January 24, 2021
SK Taman Ria is part of the PINTAR PEMIMPIN Online Leadership Program, a development program for school leaders from all over Malaysia to build their skills and expertise to ensure students’ learning continues during the pandemic.
This program has helped developed similar solutions for other schools around the country as well.
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