Forced to improvise due to a lack of teaching materials

Forced to improvise due to a lack of teaching materials

KOTA BARU - With conditions hardly conducive for teaching, schools in the state just had to make do with what they had.

At SK Manek Urai near here, pupils who came in early in the morning attended assembly and were registered. Classes only started at about 11am.

"We conducted classes orally," said headmaster Yusof Ismail, adding that this was because of a lack of chalks and marker pens.

"As required by the ministry, each teacher wrote down the progress of their day's classes.

"How they plan to conduct the classes or carry out lessons is entirely up to their creativity and I trust them with that," he said.

The teachers, said Yusof, just needed to spend time with the pupils and fulfil the requirements of the syllabus.

"After more than two hours of classes conducted according to the timetable, the students were allowed to go home at 1.20pm," he said.

At SJKC Chung Hwa here, Year 1 pupil Lee Tien Pock said he started his day by assembling at the school hall at 7.20am.

"We sang the Negaraku, our school song and read the Rukun Negara and after that the teacher briefed us again on school rules and safety regulations," he said.

The seven-year-old said he and his classmates were led to classrooms by prefects who monitored them for about an hour until the teachers came.

"The classes started after that. We had books for only some subjects. The teacher said the books were from the library and we had to take good care them as we had to share them for now.

"After recess, it was Maths and it was fun because we played counting games in a group," he said.

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