KOTA KINABALU: The government is addressing the digital communication issues in Sabah by upgrading more than 2,000 telecommunication towers and building 400 new ones under the National Digital Network Plan (Jendela), said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor.
In his State Teachers’ Day celebration address on Monday, Hajiji said the Covid- 19 pandemic has made it more challenging for teachers to carry out their duties and no longer be confined to the classrooms.
“The pandemic has drastically changed the practice and teaching methods,” he said, adding that teaching and learning no longer done face-to-face like it used to be, instead digital learning platform has become the dominant teaching methods.
Usage of applications such as Google Classroom and Zoom apart from WhatsApp as well as Telegram to conduct online teaching is the new teaching method, especially for the home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) in this pandemic era.
“The government understands the challenges faced by teachers in conducting online classes,” he said.
The Chief Minister said since the state’s topography poses a challenge in ensuring better internet access, creativity on the part of teachers in ensuring lessons reached all students, particularly those without internet access was appreciated.
“I realise there are teachers who have to walk on foot for miles just to deliver learning materials to their students while schools are also implementing various ways to ensure school children are not left out from their studies. For this I thank you,” he said.
He said the government will always be appreciative and supportive of efforts to enhance the teaching profession.
“I call upon the people of Sabah to continue to be respectful to teachers because in this cyber era we often hear many baseless attacks on the teaching profession. While in fact, it is difficult for us to repay the deeds and contributions of teachers,” he said.
Hajiji assured that the State Government will continue to monitor closely the education development in Sabah through the related agencies and support all initiatives that have been planned to boost the state’s academic achievements.
Conducted virtually, the Sabah Teachers’ Day 2021 also honoured teachers for excellence. This year’s Education Leadership Award went to former State Education Director Datuk Hajah Maimunah Suhaibul while the Tokoh Guru award went to Dr Shirley Tay Siew Hong.